Superfood Meat Pie

French Canadians rejoice. I’ve found a way to transform the Québécois staple comfort food into health food by adding/substituting some highly nutritious ingredients. Kale haters, you won’t even notice.

For the record, your Memere’s meat pie will alway be the best ever.

Superfood Meat Pie

image2lbs ground pork*
1 bunch of kale (super food)
3 large sweet potatoes (super food)
2 cloves garlic (super food)
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon ground cloves* (or more if you’re a clove fan)
Sea salt & ground black pepper (to taste)
1 Ready-to-bake pie crust

Peel and boil sweet potatoes until soft. Mash to smooth consistency. Add butter or margarine if you like.

In a food processor, finely chop the kale, onion and garlic.

In a large sauce pan, begin cooking the ground pork.

Gradually add seasoning (clove, etc) and chopped kale mix.

Cook until pork is thoroughly cooked. Stir often to avoid clumping and ensure ingredients spread evenly.

Add mashed sweet potatoes. Stir to ensure they are spread evenly with the meat and kale mix.

In a pie pan, prepare your crust. Spoon in your meat/potato/veg filling. Apply top crust, pressing to join bottom crust around the edges, cutting off the excess.

Bake according to the directions on your rady-to-bake pie crust.

*substitutions: Some families use half ground pork, half ground beef. Use whatever you’d like. Some families use different spices. Try what you’d like.

That one time I witnessed a fatal air show crash…

I’ve lived a pretty sheltered life. I grew up in a quiet, somewhat isolated part of the county, with low crime and friendly neighbors. Nothing big usually happens there. And likewise, despite the professional and travel experiences I’ve been privileged to have, I’ve stayed out of the way of major events. They say we remember bad/intense experiences better than most because the adrenaline burns them into our memory. 28 years later, I can still remember this very vividly.

Flash back to May 25th, 1986. Every year, the local airport, Berlin Municipal Airport (KBML) had an airshow. The runway way long enough that they could host some fairly large and interesting planes, military and private.

That year, one of the performers was the Flying Farmer – Bob Weymouth of Dresden, ME (pictured above). Typical stunt pilot in an older model fixed wing, single prop plane. In this case it was a 1946 Piper J3C-65, doing the typical dips, climbs, rolls and other common maneuvers. Weymouth was apparently a very experienced pilot with decades of stunt shows in this plane on his resume. Continue reading That one time I witnessed a fatal air show crash…

Game: Medical Condition or NPR Correspondent?

npr_logo1I listen to NPR everyday. They have many fine journalists, correspondents, hosts and other professionals and produce very intelligent and intriguing news and information pieces. I began to catalog some of the names of these people in my head and realized that many are very unique.  Some so unique that if you weren’t paying attention, they might blend right in as part of a medical or science segment. Here’s a small quiz to test your knowledge. Answers are below. No cheating.

Medical Condition or NPR Correspondent?

1) Spina Bifida
2) Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
3) Creutzfeldt Jakob
4) Audie Cornish
5) Mandalit del Barco
6) Yuki Noguchi
7) Gonadal Dysgenesis
8) Filatow Dukes
9) Ofeibea Quist Arcton
10) Fitz Hugh Curtis
Bonus: Doualy Xaykaothao

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Big Brands Turn to Regional Accents to Pitch Products

If you live in New England, chances are you’ve already been smothered with McDonald’s latest TV & radio ad campaign that features people butchering the traditional Boston/New England accent.

Well if that wasn’t enough, here comes Direct TV with a whole series of ads, web videos and website (TalkBoston.com):

What’s my point? People like familiar things. People like to be able to relate to situations. Perhaps this pertains more to some segments of the population that with others. For instance, Land Rover is not tripping over themselves to get folks from South Boston to explain the features of the new “Range Rovah”. But the ability to connect with your audience in a sort of, “I know someone like that,” or “That sounds like me,” does things no slogan or computer generated animation can do.

Plus, people with accents – or impersonating them – are wicked funny, guy.

Top 13 Photos From My San Francisco Trip

For those who don’t know, or didn’t see my over-sharing on Facebook last weekend, I took an impromptu holiday to San Francisco, CA July 11-14. I traveled alone and although I had intentions of meeting up with friends in the Bay Area, I didn’t get a chance to in the 3 short days I was there.

San Francisco is a pretty amazing place. A city of over 800,000 built on some of the strangest terrain (for a city) I have seen. It was founded in 1776 and has an old-meets-new feel about it, which from what I understand, for California, is somewhat rare. There is no shortage of things to do and things to see and eat.

Since I was flying solo (literally and figuratively), I decided to pack as much as possible into 3 days. I figure I walked at least 7-8mi per day around the city, both on purpose and as the result of a broken sightseeing bus and overcrowded cable car stops. This allowed for some off-the-beaten-path photo opportunities.

Rather than rehash by day by day, hour by hour itinerary of the trip, I’ll leave it to a handful of photos to summarize the things I saw and the depth of things the City By The Bay has to offer.

If you’re interested in more detail, let me know.

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13. Marina is Sausilito

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12. Mega Yacht approaching. Bay Bridge in the background.

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11. Team New Zealand (America’s Cup), post race. Alcatraz in the background, middle left.

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Those viral language maps prove “The Goonies” movie was linguistically accurate

By now, you’ve seen dozens of your facebook and twitter friends post this compilation of maps that visualize how/where people pronouce different things or refer to different things (i.e. pop vs. soda, or caramel vs. “carmel”):

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

Well, there’s one map that stood out for me. While the geographical breakdown was predictable, it nonetheless proves the linguistic accuracy of one of the best movies ever produced, 1985’s The Goonies.

Most will remember the character Sloth, who had many memorable lines/quips/sayings, most notably was his entrance into the pirate ship scene:

What’s my point? Well, The Goonies was set in Astoria, Oregon. According to map #7, this is deep in the heart of “you guys” county:

Yes. It is quite possible that if The Goonies had been set in Lexington, KY he may well have said, “Hey, You All,” or in Jacksonville, FL we may have heard, “Hey Y’all.”

Epic Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf

970171_10151416847911440_2066875694_nI had this once at the Concord Food Co-Op. It seemed like the greatest idea ever no one else has tried. So I took it upon myself to conquer it my own unique way.

Ingredients I used:

  • 1.5lbs ground chicken (Organic, antibiotic-free)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 of a large vadalia onion
  • 1/2 of a large sweet red pepper
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 slices of whole grain wheat bread
  • 1 bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Continue reading Epic Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf

Band of the Week: The 1975

Band of the week. Back after a short hiatus.

The 1975 have burst onto the world music scene thanks to their catchy single “Chocolate”, but their music seems to go much deeper. First off, despite it’s poppy and wholesome melody, “Chocolate” is cleary about something not wholesome. Check the lyrics. Thankfully, the heavy accent will conceal much of this for their American audience. I can really only make out something about guns hidden under petticoats.

Their new Single, The City, is clearly the more developed, modern, mature sound we should expect from these guys moving forward. I haven’t heard much more from them but these two songs, but from what I can tell, we have a lot of thoughtful, good music to look forward to. How can you be rocking hair cuts like these guys and not have something interesting to offer?

Origin:  Manchester, England, U.K.
Found via: BBC Radio 1, XFM Radio

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Slow Cooker Chicken Saag

saagSaag. Doesn’t sound too appetizing, does it?

Saag is an Indian dish found in most Indian restaurants, usually offered with lamb or chicken. It’s unique feature is the spinach laden sauce. I get it frequently when dining at such establishments. After a few successful weeks of cooking other things in my slow cooker, I figured this dish was worth a try.

  • Slow Cooker Chicken Saag
  • 2.5lbs chicken breast – cubed to bite size
  • 15oz fresh spinach (or frozen if you’re lazy) – I used baby spinach – less stems, etc.
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • Ginger, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1tsp Turmeric
  • 1tsp Cumin
  • 1tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1.5tbs Coriander
  • 1.5tbs Garam Masala
  • 1.5tbs Curry
  • 1 can coconut milk (richens the sauce)
  • 1 can diced tomoatos Continue reading Slow Cooker Chicken Saag