I AM THANKFUL:
- For the wife who says it’s hotdogs tonight, because she is home with me, and not out with someone else.
- For the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me and not out at the bars.
- For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes because it means she is home, not on the streets.
- For the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.
- For the mess to clean up after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
- For the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
- For my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
- For the lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
- For all of the complaining I hear about the government because it means we have freedom of speech.
- For the parking spot that I find at the far ends of the parking lot because it means I’m capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.
- For the huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
- For the lady behind me at church who sings off key because it means I can hear.
- For the piles of laundry & ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.
- For weariness and aching at the end of the day because it means I have been capable of working hard.
- For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means I am alive.
- And finally, for too many e-mails because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.
Submitted by Sue Sawyers: Borrowed from the Willits Senior Center
Helping All of Our Customers Save at Mariposa
Most of you have probably already heard about our Mariposa Rewards Program, but do you know how much money you can save? For our families and younger folks this is a new benefit where you can accrue Mariposa Rewards on almost everything you buy. For our senior shoppers, some of whom who have been enjoying our Senior Discount for years, there are some new benefits with this program. With our Senior Discount our sale items were excluded, but with this new program our sale items are included in the Mariposa Rewards accrual, allowing you to save on almost everything you need. So, please remember to sign up for Mariposa Rewards before November 1st to keep enjoying the savings! After this date we will no longer be using our original Senior Discount. Happy Shopping!
Pumpkin Stuffed With Everything Good
Makes 2 very generous servings
1 pumpkin, about 3 pounds
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 pound stale bread, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/4 pound cheese, such as Gruyere, Emmenthal, cheddar, or a combination, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
2–4 garlic cloves (to taste), split, germ removed, and coarsely chopped
4 strips bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, and chopped
About 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives or sliced scallions
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
About 1/3 cup heavy cream
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment, or find a Dutch oven with a diameter that's just a tiny bit larger than your pumpkin. If you bake the pumpkin in a casserole, it will keep its shape, but it might stick to the casserole, so you'll have to serve it from the pot — which is an appealingly homey way to serve it. If you bake it on a baking sheet, you can present it freestanding, but maneuvering a heavy stuffed pumpkin with a softened shell isn't so easy. However, since I love the way the unencumbered pumpkin looks in the center of the table, I've always taken my chances with the baked-on-a-sheet method, and so far, I've been lucky.
Using a very sturdy knife — and caution — cut a cap out of the top of the pumpkin (think Halloween jack-o'-lantern). It's easiest to work your knife around the top of the pumpkin at a 45-degree angle. You want to cut off enough of the top to make it easy for you to work inside the pumpkin. Clear away the seeds and strings from the cap and from inside the pumpkin. Season the inside of the pumpkin generously with salt and pepper, and put it on the baking sheet or in the pot. Toss the bread, cheese, garlic, bacon, and herbs together in a bowl. Season with pepper — you probably have enough salt from the bacon and cheese, but taste to be sure — and pack the mix into the pumpkin. The pumpkin should be well filled — you might have a little too much filling, or you might need to add to it. Stir the cream with the nutmeg and some salt and pepper and pour it into the pumpkin. Again, you might have too much or too little — you don't want the ingredients to swim in cream, but you do want them nicely moistened. (But it's hard to go wrong here.)
Put the cap in place and bake the pumpkin for about 2 hours — check after 90 minutes — or until everything inside the pumpkin is bubbling and the flesh of the pumpkin is tender enough to be pierced easily with the tip of a knife. Because the pumpkin will have exuded liquid, I like to remove the cap during the last 20 minutes or so, so that the liquid can bake away and the top of the stuffing can brown a little.
When the pumpkin is ready, carefully, very carefully — it's heavy, hot, and wobbly — bring it to the table or transfer it to a platter that you'll bring to the table.
You have choices: you can cut wedges of the pumpkin and filling; you can spoon out portions of the filling, making sure to get a generous amount of pumpkin into the spoonful; or you can dig into the pumpkin with a big spoon, pull the pumpkin meat into the filling, and then mix everything up. I'm a fan of the pull-and-mix option. Served in hearty portions followed by a salad, the pumpkin is a perfect cold-weather main course; served in generous spoonfuls or wedges, it's just right alongside the Thanksgiving turkey.
It's really best to eat this as soon as it's ready. However, if you've got leftovers, you can scoop them out of the pumpkin, mix them up, cover, and chill them; reheat them the next day.
Greenspan's Stuffing Ideas
There are many ways to vary this arts-and-crafts project. Instead of bread, I've filled the pumpkin with cooked rice — when it's baked, it's almost risotto-like. And, with either bread or rice, on different occasions I've added cooked spinach, kale, chard, or peas (the peas came straight from the freezer). I've made it without bacon, and I've also made and loved, loved, loved it with cooked sausage meat; cubes of ham are another good idea. Nuts are a great addition, as are chunks of apple or pear or pieces of chestnut.
Borrowed from NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130704456
CALIFORNIA LEADS NATION IN ORGANIC FARMING
BY MARY ANNE
California continues to lead the nation in certified organic farms, acres, and sales, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, accounting for 38% of the U.S. total. The state leads the nation in organic vegetable production at a value of $1.05 billion. It also grew the major part of the citrus crop, and was the leader in organic berries and other fruits. In apple production, California came in second behind Washington. But the state held first place for tree nuts, grapes, and field crop production. In the dairy business California has almost twice the amount of milk cows as the second place Wisconsin. The number of certified organic farms increased 11% in the U.S. in the past year. This is good news for the food industry which has responded to the wishes of the American people. A sure sign it is that change happens fastest when the wallet comes out.
Cannabis Craze: The Growing Demand
As the need for research on the medicinal benefits of cannabis continue to increase, it is important to have the ability to obtain current information. We’ve located an outlet full of resources through a nonprofit organization called Realm of Caring. Their main focus is on research, education and advocacy and their website offers tons of resources on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, including the scientific studies linked to their research. One of the most asked questions patients have is “how much should I take?” Realm of Caring will offer dosage guidelines and route of administration for people treating themselves with cannabis products, as well as advice for healthcare Practitioners to help better serve their patients.
The organization recognizes that the cannabis industry is largely unregulated, and have paired with a few companies that they feel have taken quality to the next level. Along with dosage guidelines they will also offer product recommendations and discounts. They have grants available to patients and families to help alleviate some financial strain for those who need to relocate to gain legal access to cannabinoid therapies. There is an abundance of information on their website, including trainings for anyone interested, as well as a phone number and email where they can be reached to best answer your questions.
Here at Mariposa Market, we sell many CBD products, including organic full spectrum products including a local tincture by CBD Mendo, and oil based tinctures & capsule by Charlotte’s Web, a reputable company out of Colorado. We also have CBD salves, honey sticks, and chocolate treats. And, don’t forget your ailing four legged friends; Realm of Caring has conducted studies on the benefits of cannabinoids and animals, and we offer an assortment of supplements that are safe and have specific dosage recommendations that go by weight for your beloved pets. Please ask our friendly Health and Beauty staff about the CBD products that we carry.
The Realm of Caring:
What Is a Grandmother
(Written by a 9 year old)
A grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own, so she likes other people’s little boys and girls. A grandfather is a man grandmother.
Grandmas don’t have to do anything except be there. They’re old, so they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is and have lots of dimes ready. Usually grandmas are fat, but not too fat to tie kid’s shoes. They wear glasses and they can take their teeth out and gums off! They don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like why dogs chase cats and how come God isn’t married? They don’t talk Baby Talk like visitors do because it’s hard to understand and when they read to us they don’t skip words or mind if it is the same story over and over again.
Everyone should try to have a Grandma especially if they don’t have a television, because grandmothers are the only grownups who really ever seem to have any time for children!
Submitted by Sue Sawyers, Borrowed from The Willits Senior Center
It’s Time to Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey
You will find the signup sheets on the long table in the Deli for the various types and sizes of Turkey, Petite Turkey, Turkey Breast, Cornish Game Hen, Whole Duck, Smoked Duck Breast, and Whole Geese.
We will have:
Mary’s Non GMO Whole Turkey for $3.59/LB
Mary’s Organic Whole Turkey for $4.89/LB
Mary’s Non GMO Turkey Breast for $5.99/LB
Diestel Non GMO Petite Whole Turkey for $4.39/LB
Diestel Organic Petite Whole Turkey for $5.29/LB