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Hot Chefs, Cool Heroes by mary elizabeth

I keep reading pieces about how high school and college aged kids, when asked to name their heroes, used to list such bastions of heroism as MLK, jr. and Gandhi, but now tend to just list off celebrities. I’m not surprised. We, as a collective consciousness, have become so cynical it’s no wonder our children find their safety and comfort in fads and fashion. There’s nothing to be done about it. When our kids are ready for heroes, they’ll find them and in the mean time we grown-ups have to try and live heroically. We have to try and be kind and respectful and honorable so that although their larger-than-life roll models may be consumerized plastic cut-outs, their local ones are real and true.

The staff here at Living Light has been pretty heroic these past few days. The Chef Showcase ended last night and it was  super fun and filled with yummy treats, but  also a ton of work. Vinnette Thompson is here for the Chef Showcase and she is definitely one of my heroes. First of all, she specializes in desserts while she’s here and I love desserts. (I swear I ate a third of a mudslide pie the other afternoon.) For the showcase, she presented a Coconut Custard Pie and Chantilly Lemon Bars. Both were absolutely delectable. That woman is a genius with textures. She’s definitely a celebrity, too. Besides being a guest instructor here at Living Light, she has her own raw business – Raw Food Underground (cool name, huh?) and she used to be the chef at the Hippocrates Institute. How cool is that? Check out her demos on-line as part of our encore package.

Of course, Living Light’s all the time heroe Cherie Soria did a fantastic job as hostess of the showcase. She was warm and engaging – she really kept things rolling and makes a fabulous television personality. She makes a fabulous heirloom tomato tart, too – another recipe you can check out on-line as part of our encore package.  You can still sign up for it and see all these hot chefs do their thing. Heroes or celebrities? You decide.

(And locals – while your thinking about it, come into our cafe – we have dessert platters on sale for $2.95!)


August 30, 2010 at 4:58 pm 9 comments

Cabbage Heads by hilloah

This is the first year we attempted to grow cabbage: obviously we do well! We will have to grow more. My two grandsons, Nathan and Aidan, thought it was fun to pose with a head larger than their own!

Cabbage Heads

 I was reading the Farmer’s Almanac this morning and it said that if the berries are plentiful in the summer, look for a cold winter. Last year we had a good crop and had rain through June; usually our rain is over in April. Archie had just mentioned that our Loganberries seemed to be behind in their proliferation this year. We are glad that we will not have too cold of a winter, but what is wrong with our berries? BackyardGardner has great tips for growing loganberries, and we seem to be doing everything right. Ah well!

Last Friday was First Friday and we toured the town; always so much fun! We ate at Franklin Street Cafe, a great newish restrauant that has gluten free food as well as vegetarian foods: something for everyone. After diner we went to a play, La Cage aux Folles . The play itself was wonderful: funny, moving, touching. One of the best things, however, is seeing people you know on stage. This adds a whole new perspective to their personalities.

Have I mentioned that “I LOVE THIS TOWN!”!

Our Chef Showcase is this month so we’re all getting excited here at Living Light.  One of the most exciting parts is Laura Fox’s Third Best of Raw Cacao Contest. The contestants are some of our very own, like Colleen Cacowski, Martine Lussier and Linas Kesminas, plus some of our graduates like Chef Tina Jo. And the judges will include our guest chef extraordinaire Vinette Thompson. You can be a part of this event whether you come to the showcase or enjoy it at home via live streaming.

August 11, 2010 at 11:15 am 1 comment

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