Turkey-less holidays

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaDowning turkey sandwiches on a near-daily basis over the holidays may have some people reaching for any alternative. There are several healthy substitutes for those who suffer turkey overload, says a University of Georgia expert.Don’t be afraid of real turkey. It doesn’t have to be that dry, overcooked nightmare, says Connie Crawley, a UGA Cooperative Extension nutrition and health specialist.Most store-bought turkeys come injected with a salty, fatty basting solution and are pre-frozen, she said. But fresh turkey has a stronger poultry taste. “Real turkey really tastes good if it’s prepared correctly,” she said. “It really is different. It has a subtle, more flavorful turkey taste.”For those who want to stay away from turkey no matter what its precooked condition, Crawley recommends:• Fresh ham. It’s lower in sodium because it hasn’t been brined. It’s great marinated in wine, onions and garlic and then roasted in the oven.• Cornish hens. The tiny chickens are easier to roast than a whole turkey and are more attractive on individual plates. Glaze the bird with apple or orange juice and serve it on rice pilaf or stuffing. One hen feeds two people.• Quail. It has a more gamey poultry taste. Don’t overcook quail, or it will be tough. Sweet potato and polenta are great quail side dishes.• Trout. Grilled, broiled or filleted, it has a rich flavor that goes well with fall vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, greens and winter squash. Fish is a good option for those families that include both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Some vegetarians eat fish. It’s always best to check with the individual first to make sure.You can totally skip the traditional holiday table, she said, and eat something completely different.“I have had holidays where I have made Mexican food,” she said. “You don’t just have to eat turkey.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie and Treasurer Jeb Spaulding Announce “Green Valley” Funding Initiative

first_imgLt. Governor Brian Dubie and State Treasurer Jeb Spauldingjointly announced a plan to invest $48 million in state employeepension funds in Vermont’s “Green Valley” – an economic development sectorcomprised of businesses dealing in environmental technologies, goods andservices.”It’s all about jobs and economic growth for our state in a dynamic newdirection,” Dubie said, “and it’s about devoting Vermont’s youthful energyand some of our resources towards making Earth a cleaner and healthier placefor everyone.”Spaulding noted that as State Treasurer, he is the custodian of Vermontstate employees’ pension funds. “Ever since I was elected,” he said, “I havelooked for ‘triple bottom line’ investment opportunities for our funds: onesthat are good for people and society, good for our environment and produce agood return on investment. Our investment board has made clear its desire touse 2% of our funds this way. When Lt. Governor Dubie proposed investing inVermont’s Green Valley companies, I was immediately excited.”Dubie, Spaulding and Economic Development Commissioner Mike Quinn have beenworking on a mechanism to distribute the funds, such as Vermont’s EconomicDevelopment Authority (VEDA). The final structure of that mechanism has yetto be determined.Dubie and Spaulding made the announcement at a forum on renewable energysponsored by the Vermont Environmental Consortium and Norwich University.”We have innovative people and companies right in our state developing cleantechnologies with the potential to provide these pension funds withpositive, long-term returns, and that can create jobs and economic growth inVermont for years to come,” Dubie said.”Everywhere on earth, from Shanghai to Montreal,” he continued, “demographictrends, public awareness, environmental crises and increased regulation aredriving the growth in the clean technology industry. I commend Treasurer JebSpaulding and look forward to working with him to harness that growth energyfor Vermonters.”last_img read more

Farm Life Ecology: A Field & Table Intensive at Green Mountain College

first_imgOn a mid-summer day, the sun rises pretty early over Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm. That’s good – because there’s a lot of work to be done. During GMC’s summer Farm Life Ecology Intensive May 18-August 14, students plow the fields, milk the cows, and plant the crops while taking classes and conducting research on topics like organic agriculture and farm systems.The 13 week-long, 12 credit summer intensive program allows students to manage all elements of the farm’s operation while learning first-hand about sustainable agriculture. Four subject areas comprise the program’s academic core including organic crop and animal management; management of farm systems; development of agricultural technologies with a focus on human and animal power; and the social and cultural importance of regional foods.Students will live in tents on the farm and prepare communal dinners made from produce they grow and harvest. In fact, the goal during the program is to eat only food that is grown or raised on the farm: no processing, no packaging – just fresh produce, eggs, honey, milk and meat.”The experience helps students understand how consumption is tied to production, allowing them to explore issues about energy, agriculture and sustainability,” said Cerridwen Farm Manager Dr. Kenneth Mulder, an experienced organic farmer who also holds a Ph.D. in ecological economics.In their course work, students investigate the theory and practice of traditional means of food preparation. Activities like bread baking, cheese making and canning and preserving food are explored from historical and cultural perspectives. Each week a different student team researches and prepares the communal meals.Students are expected to spend 1-2 hours per week developing a farm research project focused on the efficiency of human and animal powered technologies at Cerridwen Farm (GMC’s resident team of oxen, Lou and Bill, perform plowing and haying). They also devote seven hours per week to keep records on planting, germination, yield and management for a subset of the farm’s crops. And a farmer’s work is never done — students are expected to pitch in about 15 hours per week on farm chores.”The production of food is the most fundamental way in which we relate to the environment,” said Mulder. “While it may be hard to imagine surviving without ipods, cars, and air conditioning, it’s been done before. But we must produce food, and the ways in which we produce food can either exacerbate problems such as global warming and energy shortages or it can become part of the solution. Cerridwen Farm is a place where students can take an active role in the current food revolution that is transforming farming and how we view food.”More information on the intensive can be found at http://www.greenmtn.edu/farm_intensive.aspx(link is external)POULTNEY, Vt., March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –SOURCE Green Mountain College Students at Green Mountain College’s summer farm intensive learn to use draft animals in plowing and haying operations. The College is trying to determine if a family farm can operate profitably without use of fossil fuels. (PRNewsFoto/Green Mountain College)last_img read more

Paddles with Purpose

first_imgJoe Mornini Helps Wounded Veterans Learn to KayakSix years ago, D.C.-area paddler Joe Mornini wanted to help wounded veterans coming home from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan rehabilitate their bodies and minds. In his free time, he started hosting kayaking clinics in pools at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Now Mornini’s nonprofit Team River Runner (teamriverrunner.org) has expanded across the country and includes taking disabled vets on paddling trips across North America. With minimal staff and a day job as a teacher, Mornini has focused on sustainable growth—letting vets in the program become instructors. Here are Mornini’s thoughts on the growth and inspiration of Team River Runner.My CauseThe main purpose is still to take wounded warriors out kayaking, but we’ve become more expansive. We have 25 chapters across the country. Now veterans who have gone through the program are taking leadership roles, becoming instructors, and starting their own chapters. One of our main missions is to get the veterans to own the programs themselves. We decided it was the best way for them to continue paddling when they leave Walter Reed. When they become leaders, this organization can grow on its own, and paddling remains part of their lifestyle.Paddling ProgressWe’ve learned so much about the therapeutic potential of kayaking over the past six years. Paddling is a state-of-the-art therapy for veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. There’s also now a huge amount of work being done to create adaptive boats and equipment, so more disabled veterans can get into kayaking. The Veterans Administration has now added kayaking to its summer sports clinic. We’ve also recently added a program that takes blind veterans whitewater kayaking.A Leveling ExperienceSpending time on the water offers a chance to break a negative cycle, especially for people having problems re-entering the world after multiple deployments. Paddling works because it is a leveling experience. The other day I was on the Potomac River with four disabled veterans. One was injured by an explosive device, another was blind, another was missing a leg, and the last one had to have her boat carried to the put-in because she walks with arm braces. We ran into another boater on the water, and when I told him he was just passed by four people in my program, he didn’t believe me. That speaks volumes to the power of paddling. These veterans are not as disabled as they were before they got in boats. They’re able to reconnect physically, socially, and emotionally.Man On The MoveAfter I finish teaching each day, I’m either on the water with the vets or somewhere giving a presentation on the program. This summer, I took 10 disabled vets down the Grand Canyon. While I was gone, the program was run by a vet from Walter Reed. That’s what it’s all about.last_img read more

Riverside Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were struck—one fatally—by a vehicle while crossing a road in Riverside over the weekend.Southampton Town Police said the two pedestrians were walking across Flanders Road just north of Vail Avenue when they were both hit by a southbound vehicle shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Their identities were not immediately released.Detectives found no apparent criminality on behalf of the driver, who was not injured.The road was closed for about three hours while investigators were on the scene.Southampton detectives ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-702-2230. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

5 C’s every leader needs

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There is a big difference between leaders who are truly great and those who skate by or overly rely on their titles. Leaders who are great are easy to identify – they leave a lasting mark on their organizations and the people who work for them.“[O]rganizations with the highest-quality leaders are 13 times more likely to outperform the competition in a variety of key metrics, including customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and overall financial performance,” writes Leadership guru Peter Economy.He says these high-quality leaders all share these five C’s of leadership:1. Charismatic. Really great leaders are outgoing and enthusiastic – naturally drawing people to them. It is clear that these kinds of leaders truly enjoy their jobs.2. Convincing. Great leaders are persuasive and can get others onboard with their views. continue reading »last_img read more

Is the Gun Lobby’s Power Overstated?

first_imgThis story was co-published with The New York Times’ Room for Debate. Read the full discussion here.No sooner had the toll from the latest mass shooting been tallied than came the world-weary predictions that the carnage would have zero political effect. “Why the Gun Debate Won’t Change After the Oregon Shooting,” read the headline at The Fix, The Washington Post’s political blog.Without doubt, the gun rights lobby is a formidable force. It is backed by a truly grass-roots network of committed and well-organized supporters who are willing to make calls to legislators and turn out in even low-turnout elections to back pro-gun candidates. This “intensity gap” bedevils gun-control groups, which, however well some of their proposals poll, have trouble getting voters to agitate and to prioritize the gun issue the way that gun-rights defenders do.But the invincibility of the gun lobby is being overstated. For one thing, gun ownership is becoming more concentrated in a smaller share of the population, one that is increasingly clustered in certain regions, thus limiting the lobby’s political reach.For another thing, the big recent defeat for the gun-control movement, the 2013 failure to pass universal background checks for gun purchases, was a close call. Six senators with A-ratings from the NRA voted for the bill; it fell just five short of the filibuster-proof 60. Had it passed the Senate, there would have been great pressure from the Sandy Hook families to bring it up for a vote in the House, and it would have needed only about 20 Republicans to pass.No, the odds of the bill being revived anytime soon are not good, with the Senate now in Republican control. But things are shifting beneath the surface. The two Democrats who voted against the bill and were up for re-election last year both lost, after getting zero backing from the NRA in exchange for their vote; this will make centrist Democrats less likely to vote with the NRA in the future. Meanwhile, two Democratic governors who signed tough gun laws, in Colorado and Connecticut, both won re-election in an otherwise brutal year for their party. A year earlier, Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia, the NRA’s home state, while running on an outspokenly anti-NRA platform.As more elected officials take on the NRA and live to tell the tale, the calculus for even self-interested politicians will evolve, especially if gun control supporters start to really challenge those who vote against them. There are three “no” votes on background checks with tough re-election races in swing states next year: Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, Ron Johnson in Wisconsin and Rob Portman in Ohio. Simply deciding that the gun control issue is a political loser is self-fulfilling, just the sort of fatalism that the NRA counts on to preserve the status quo.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Liverpool retail Retail revolution

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Classic features delight in Woolloongabba home

first_img27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.“There was also an ugly cooker in the wall of the kitchen and when we pulled it out we found the chimney for the kitchen side of the double-sided fireplace.”Set on a 708sq m block, the home has a big front veranda and a spacious back deck. The traditional floorplan includes a lounge room, separate dining room and kitchen with sitting area. 27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.“It has leadlight windows, 14ft ceilings and, being a quintessential Queenslander, big verandas, north-facing (orientation) and lots of good breezes.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“When we moved in there were some really bad carpets, which we pulled up and there were magnificent timber floors underneath. 27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.The kitchen has french doors opening to the deck, white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and the original brick fireplace, while on the opposite side of the wall there is an ornate fireplace in the dining room. The home at 27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.A century-old Queenslander with beautiful character features, including fireplaces and timber floors, is going under the hammer in Woolloongabba. Owners Bruce and Anne Redman have called the classic beauty at 27 Lockhart St home for 23 years. “We liked that it was original when we got it and we tried to maintain that,” Mr Redman said. “The original features are what make it. It’s been there for over 100 years and it was made to last. 27 Lockhart St, Woolloongabba.The master bedroom has built-in robes and an ensuite, and there are three more bedroom plus a study, family bathroom and laundry. Mr Redman said the home was in the established neighbourhood of Gabba Hill. “It’s a very friendly little area. Everyone managed to keep it a good little secret for a long time,” he said.last_img read more