Kathy Hodge Show at The Bert Gallery

Check it out!  We have a Kathy Hodge original!  Bert Gallery

R.I. ACLU affiliate joins residents in suing Cranston over redistricting plan that counts inmates | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal

R.I. ACLU affiliate joins residents in suing Cranston over redistricting plan that counts inmates | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal.

FRESH CHEVRE, WARMER TEMPS, THE USUAL LINE-UP PLUS ONE – kiersten.marek@gmail.com – Gmail

News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market:

Finally, we should have a clear, non-arctic evening for our market.  Come back and taste the goodness from our faithful vendors:  The Local Catch, Blue Skys Farm, PV Farmstand, Foremost Baking Company, Little Falls Cafe,  and (we hope) Presto Strange O coffee truck.  Our market table will feature products from Virginia & Spanish Peanut Company, Rhody Fresh butter and cheese, Fruit Hill Apiaries Honey and Barden Orchard apples.

New this week: Winter Chevre from Beltane Farm. Market regulars will fondly recall the delightful goat cheeses from Paul Trubey’s Lebanon CT farm, sold at our regular season market.  This chevre is described as follows:

“While our goats are on winter break from milking, our cow Betsey Bigelow provides the milk for this creamy, soft cheese with a velvety texture.”

We met Betsey, her new calf Penelope, and lots of goats at the farm when we went to pick up the cheeses.  She is a sweet girl, and her cheese is delicious.  Samples will be available tomorrow.

And we will have a familiar face behind the table at the Blue Skys Farm booth:  Chang Xiong of Pak Express will be subbing for Christina for the early part of the market.  Say hello to Chang and get a spring preview.

See you at the market.

Coconut Almond Cranberry Macaroons — Chocolate Dipped!




From “Cooking for Emotional Wellness” — let your archetypes inform your cooking!

Why PBS/WNET Returned $3.5 Million to John Arnold’s Foundation

Kiersten Marek:

Woo-hoo — another win for pushing back on 1% influence!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Investigative Journalist David Sirota wrote a brilliant series of articles about PBS taking $3.5 million about pension reform from the foundation of billionaire JohnArnold, a former Enron trader. After stonewalling, PBS decided there was a perception of conflict of interest since Arnold has been a prominent figure in the public debate about public pensions. And PBS returned the money.

Here is an analysis of the imbroglio by Felix Salmon of Reuters. It is an open secret that PBS has become heavily dependent on corporate funding, as Salmon notes here:

“There’s a whole world of subtext in that phrase, “we thought we were following the guidelines” — a lot of which my former boss Jim Ledbetter teased out in his 1997 book Made Possible By…: The Death of Public Broadcasting in the United States. The big problem is that public broadcasting has become dependent on corporate financing — and has become…

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eBook Publishing Made Easy: Google Docs + Sigil + Calibre

Kiersten Marek:

My latest project…

Originally posted on Rich McCue v4.0:

How hard could it be?  Those are usually the last words I utter before descending into a quagmire of technical pain as I work through how to use and master a new technology. Fortunately this time, making an eBook and related hard copy book turned out to be a straightforward and fairly easy process to master… once all the appropriate tools were identified and lined up, that is. An added bonus is that all the software is free to download and use on both Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

This project started a couple of months ago when a coworker kindly suggested that I write a paper based on a presentation I give to classes of law students on software tools for research and collaboration: Research & Collaboration Tools for Students, Staff & Faculty: Creating a Modern Memex. With that encouragement I started writing with my current favourite writing…

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America’s deportation machine: The great expulsion | The Economist

This is a complex issue.

America’s deportation machine: The great expulsion | The Economist.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies (Gluten Free)

Kiersten Marek:

I might have to try this one.

Originally posted on Sincerely, Alex.:

Fudgy Chocolate delicious gluten free brownies @Sincerely, Alex.

I am all about clean eating, but even I need a chocolate fix once in a while. Since I actually don’t crave sweets all that often (I’m more of a salty person), when I do eat sweets it’s go big or go home. I decided to go with a recipe I’ve made a few times before: it’s chocolatey, easy, and doesn’t require too many shopping ingredients. PLUS I had a fantastic Lindtt Fleur de Sel Chocolate bar just dying to be used.

Here’s my interpretation of these gluten-free DELICIOUS chocolate goodness brownies.

Fudgy Chocolate delicious gluten free brownies @Sincerely, Alex.


  • 2 eggs, ½ cup of vegetable oil+ 2 Tbsp
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar, ¾ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • ½ cup coconut flour OR rice flour
  • 1 bar of chocolate, chopped OR 1 cup of chocolate chips

Fudgy Chocolate delicious gluten free brownies @Sincerely, Alex.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 glass pan.

Put oil, sugar…

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Bacon Squash Succotash–Refrigerator Wars Battle 1

Kiersten Marek:

This looks good!

Originally posted on The Naturopathic Table:


Bacon Squash Succotash

This dish is the result of what I call the first battle of the refrigerator wars. Reminiscent of looking into a full closet without the faintest idea of what to wear, the refrigerator wars is the kitchen analogy. Why do I have so much food in the pantry and the refrigerator, but I have nothing to eat? The solution to this problem, which everyone faces, can be answered in a variety of ways. The easy solution is to go out to eat or make convenience food out of a box or a can. The overachiever will solve this issue by going to the store and buying all the ingredients for a recipe that is appealing during this desperate hour. The defeated solution is to not appeal to the appetite, and munch on whatever you can–a nut, a tortilla chip with ketchup, dry ramen, whatever. But the winner…

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Imbolc 2014: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know

Happy Imbolc, Friends!

Imbolc 2014: Facts, Dates, Traditions And Rituals To Know.


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