Thanksgiving feast open to the community! Tues., Nov. 25

Join us for our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Feast, Tuesday (November 25) at 1 pm – at Every Day Miracles (recovery program center) on 25 Pleasant St.

This event is open to the general public, but please keep in mind that our recovery center does not allow children under the age of 18.

We hope that you can make it!

Please remember:

MOAR’s Holiday Forum  is on Tuesday, December 2 at Mechanic’s Hall

Our Sober Open Mic is Friday, December 12, at Everyday Miracles.

Wishing you health and  warmth!

Renee Christianne Henry

Everyday Miracles, Peer Recovery Community Center

25 Pleasant St., Worcester

From the Worcester Tree Initiative and REC

Adopt a Tree!

The City of Worcester wants to plant trees for you! They have the Private Property Tree Adoption Program which allows you to request that a tree be planted in your yard.

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The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation wants to plant trees in your yard for you! To be eligible you must live in the federally delineated ALB quarantine zone which includes all of Worcester, Boylston, West Boylston, Shrewsbury and parts of Holden and Auburn.

Not sure if you live in the quarantine zone?Call their office at (508) 852-8073 and they will check for you.

Their foresters will come to your house to give you an expert recommendation of what to plant based on what you want!

This is an incredible offer!

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Regional Environmental Council (REC)

Growing Community Since 1971

Be a Part of a Global Day of Giving and Support REC for #GivingTuesday!

Dear Members and Supporters of REC,

As we prepare to give thanks for all the good things in our lives and dive into the holiday season, please consider giving back this year with a gift to the REC for Giving Tuesday. We have one day each year set aside to give thanks, followed by two for getting deals. Let’s restore the balance with a day for generosity. Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together with a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Your support of REC this year is an investment in our community that promises record growth in 2015. This spring, your donation will help us:

Grow over 5,000 seedlings for community and school gardens across the city;

Provide affordable and accessible produce across the city through our Mobile and Main South Farmers Markets;

Train and employ 34 young leaders in our YouthGROW program;

And clean our streets through our Annual Earth Day Clean Ups!

But, perhaps more important, is your donation’s long term impact. Seedlings planted this spring will continue to bear fruit throughout next year. The nourishment local produce provides will help a child grow strong and healthy. A young person whose mind has been opened up to ideas of social and environmental justice will go on to become an advocate for change in the world. Residents bonded together over cleaning their shared street will work together to bring resources to their neighborhood.

Plant a seed of change and hope with a gift today and join us as we work to grow a better tomorrow!

Sincerely,

Steve Fischer

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Order your YouthGrow Thanksgiving pies!

These pies are beautiful, delicious and made with lots of food justice love!

Buy one for Thanksgiving dinner and one to enjoy later on … because they’re that yummy!

Get your Thanksgiving Pie from your favorite food justice organization! 

YOUTHGROW PIES are organic, local apple pies made from scratch!

Pick up or delivery of unbaked apple pies on Monday, November 24.

You bake it fresh for Thanksgiving morning!

All-butter crust or vegan on request for the low price of $20 per pie.

Email youthgrow@recworcester.org to place your order today!

Good for Charlie!!!

FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE:

Governor-elect Charlie Baker cautioned Beacon Hill leaders on Thursday against approving hefty pay raises for the state’s top elected officials, saying the Commonwealth faces a host of serious fiscal problems that need to be dealt with first.

“Given all the issues that are now before the Legislature and the governor, I think putting this off would be the right thing to do,’’ Baker said. …

To read entire story CLICK HERE
 

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InCity Yum Yums! Recipes to savor this holiday season! For under $5

CAM00454Chef Joey – self-taught and brilliant!!

By Chef Joey

Dare I say the weather is changing and looks like we are going colder, folks! But that can be a good thing.  With the colder weather the yearn for hearty food goes up and, believe it or not, you can cook up some delicious fare this holiday season for cheap!

Using beans as your protein source not only reduces the cost of your meal, it actually is healthier for you.  We so often look to short cuts, a quick “dollar” meal, frozen microwave meals, or all out dining.  Investing in a $15 crock pot makes cooking a breeze, so you come home to a prepared meal.  On the flip side, 45 minutes to an hour will also yield a delicious soup or stew made on your stove top.

You can make over 1 gallon of homemade tomato or cream of tomato soup for under $5.  It’s easy fast and delicious – all you need are onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, garlic, water and a soup base – I prefer “Knorr’s” or “Better than Bullion” veggie base for the flavor.  The wet bullion base will cost you upfront – but the yield is amazing.

So, Joey, how do I make that soup?

It’s easy! Get a big pot, slice up 2 large onions and add to the pot with 1 -2 inches of water and let those puppies heat up – the water softens the onions and does not allow them to burn.  N

Now peel and rough chop 4 carrots and 4 or 5 stalks of celery and 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, put them in a blender with a cup or 2 of water depending on the volume and blend until smooth.

Add this to your onion mix, then open a large 6 pound can of crushed tomatoes (called #10 cans your food club stores sell them for under 4$) and stir. It will be kind of thick, so add ½ can or less of water and stir well.

Bring it to a near boil and let it simmer a good 40 minutes.  Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of your bouillon at this point and taste for flavor – now would be the time you salt and pepper.

Add heavy cream for cream of tomato or enjoy it vegan fast and easy.  The carrots add a sweet tinge and give another veggie element to the soup!

Notice how I had you finely chop the onions and cook in water? You can add a little olive oil if you like too –  this helps act as a baby sitter so your onions don’t burn.

Blending celery and garlic is a great way to introduce it to your broth without having to cut it up small small.  This is the basis for just about everything. The carrots and celery need to be pureed for the tomato soup but cubed or chopped is fine for other soups. Garlic however I feel works best in this application.

To make lentil soup – start with your onions then pureed garlic when the onions are soft add about 2 quarts of water – 8 cups and one bag of lentils that have been rinsed off.

To this add 3 peeled (or unpeeled) potato finely diced and 4 peeled and diced carrots and 4 or 5 stalks of celery.  A tablespoon or 2 of cumin or turmeric, it does wonders for this soup

The lentils need a solid 45 minutes to cook.  At the end taste for flavor – if you feel the need for bouillon go ahead if not salt and pepper – you can add fresh lemon juice and a whole bunch of fresh chopped spinach too (blender trick works great).

Substitute the bag of lentils with barley for another great soup and instead of cumin – try turmeric, or curry powder!

1 cup barley goes a long way and it keeps growing-  so don’t use more than a cup per 2 quarts.

Ok – we get it! But I don’t like lentils!

Well, that’s great but I say try them as an adult. But you still don’t like them!!! Ok, then start your base of onions and this time triple your garlic (I LOVE bags of whole peeled garlic and NEVER use the chopped up stuff – you will ruin your recipe) – blend it together and add Cannelli beans or white navy beans juice and everything into your onion base.

Ideally, if you buy a bag of dried beans and soak overnight or quick boil prepare is the cheapest route – 1 pound bags range from 89 cents to $1.50 versus the same price, depending on the brand for cans.

Add your water and base at this point for this soup.  Add fresh washed and chopped escarole to this, and there you have it – Escarole and bean soup! Just add diced carrots and boom white bean soup, or get a package of grape tomatoes, rough blend in the blender with water – add to the beans and you have a variation.

Black bean soup is just as fun! A secret I taught myself when I didn’t have any cilantro is to add a jar of salsa to my black beans.

So basically start your base onions and garlic – then add 2 cans black beans 8 cups water let that heat up – throw in a bag of frozen corn and cup or 2 of diced carrots, a tablespoon of cumin – these old world spices really work – after about a half hour add the salsa – at least a cup stir until hot and there you have it.  All of these nutritious meals costs less than $5.

You can add meat to the barley soup, if you have leftovers.  It is ideal chop it up into little cubes.  One half of a whole chicken breast goes a long way and can feed many.

Chicken pot pie is chicken stew without a crust.  This is easy! Once again the base of the onions – add garlic a little oil on this one, toss in 4 or 5 chopped celery stalks then add your diced chicken and sauté for a few minutes.

Add 2 cups carrots – 2 cups peas– 2 cups diced potatoes then cover with mixture just enough about an inch over the mixture.

When veggies are done, add some chicken base or veggie base – I am gluten free so I thicken with corn starch – 4 or 5 tablespoons mixed with COLD water (1/4 cup works fine) add to the broth and there you have it 20 minute chicken stew.

Pour it in a pan, make a quick crust (1 stick cold butter 2 cups flour – salt and a teaspoon of baking powder – throw it in your food processor – or if you don’t have one mix the dry together – soften the butter – both ways require a little bit of cold water until it becomes pastry like – roll it out on a floured surface – no roller…use a bottle or a can (clean it first) and bake until flakey and golden.

When you go shopping and you see carrots potatoes, turnips etc. on sale BUY THEM – they can last a while in dry storage.  A 10 pound bag of carrots will sell for $3.99 vs 1 pound for $1.99 – always shop for the lowest price per pound.

Notice how I had you finely chop the onions and cook in water? You can add a little olive oil if you like, too – this helps act as a baby sitter so your onions don’t burn.  Blending celery and garlic is a great way to introduce it to your broth without having to cut it up small small.  This is the basis for just about everything. The carrots and celery need to be pureed for the tomato soup but cubed or chopped is fine for other soups. Garlic. however, I feel works best in this application.

To make lentil soup start with your onions then pureed garlic when the onions are soft add about 2 quarts of water – 8 cups and one bag of lentils that have been rinsed off.  To this add 3 peeled (or unpeeled) potato finely diced and 4 peeled and diced carrots and 4 or 5 stalks of celery.  A tablespoon or 2 of cumin or turmeric, it does wonders for this soup The Lentils need a solid 45 minutes to cook.  At the end taste for flavor – if you feel the need for bouillon go ahead if not salt and pepper – you can add fresh lemon juice and a whole bunch of fresh chopped spinach too (blender trick works great).  Substitute the bag of lentils with barley for another great soup and instead of cumin – try turmeric, or curry powder!  1 cup barley goes a long way and it keeps growing so don’t use more than a cup per 2 quarts.

Ok we get it but I don’t like lentils – Well that’s great but I say try them as an adult..  But you still don’t like them ok then start your base of onions and this time triple your garlic (I LOVE bags of whole peeled garlic and NEVER use the chopped up stuff – you will ruin your recipe) – blend it together and add Cannelli beans or white navy beans juice and everything into your onion base.  Ideally if you buy a bag of dried beans and soak overnight or quick boil prepare is the cheapest route – 1 pound bags range from $.89 to $1.50 versus the same price depending on the brand for cans.  Add your water and base at this point for this soup.  Add fresh washed and chopped escarole to this and there you have it escarole and bean soup.  Just add diced carrots and boom white bean soup, or get a package of grape tomatoes, rough blend in the blender with water – add to the beans and you have a variation.

Black bean soup is just as fun, and a secret I taught myself when I didn’t have any cilantro is to add a jar of salsa to my black beans.

So basically start your base onions and garlic – then add 2 cans black beans 8 cups water let that heat up – throw in a bag of frozen corn and cup or 2 of diced carrots, a tablespoon of cumin – these old world spices really work – after about a half hour add the salsa – at least a cup stir until hot and there you have it.  All of these nutritious meals costs less than $5.

You can add meat to the barley soup if you have leftovers it is ideal chop it up into little cubes.  One half of a whole chicken breast goes a long way and can feed many.

Chicken pot pie is chicken stew without a crust.  This is easy is once again the base of the onions – add garlic a little oil on this one, toss in 4 or 5 chopped celery stalks then add your diced chicken and sauté for a few minutes.

Add 2 cups carrots – 2 cups peas – 2 cups diced potatoes then cover with mixture just enough about an inch over the mixture.

When veggies are done add some chicken base or veggie base – I am gluten free so I thicken with corn starch – 4 or 5 tablespoons mixed with COLD water (1/4 cup works fine) add to the broth and there you have it 20 minute chicken stew.

Pour it in a pan – make a quick crust (1 stick cold butter 2 cups flour – salt and a teaspoon of baking powder – throw it in your food processor – or if you don’t have one mix the dry together – soften the butter – both ways require a little bit of cold water until it becomes pastry like – roll it out on a floured surface – no roller…use a bottle or a can (clean it first) and bake until flakey and golden.

When you go shopping and you see carrots potatoes, turnips etc. on sale buy them – they can last a while in dry storage.  A 10 pound bag of carrots will sell for $3.99 vs 1 pound for $1.99 always shop for the lowest price per pound.

Speaking about carrots… peel 3 pounds of carrots, run them through the food processor or blender with water to purée them.(if you don’t have one use the side of your box grater – or dice very fine.  Start your soup with the onion base add garlic then add your carrots – cover with water add a tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger and let it cook for a good 30 minutes on medium –a tablespoon of curry powder will add another dimension.  Salt pepper and add base if needed..

You can find many different spices in the ethnic sections of your supermarket – fennel, curry, turmeric etc. are way cheaper in the Indian section versus the spice section of the market.  Look for the big Goya displays most yearly supplies are under $5.  Use chick peas with your onion and garlic blend add water when it boils add a cup of pasta!  Pasta Cici – and if you soak your own beans – you’re talking $3.00 soup for 10 or more – that’s $.30 cents a serving and no additives.

Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Remember the book stone soup?  I don’t like to admit it much either because it shows our age, but it is true – you can make soups and stews with anything – adding mashed potato will thicken the case nicely.  Save your leftover veggies no matter how small the portion and after a couple days well stored – “add them to the pot”!

If onions bother you, I feel bad – use leeks instead and make sure you wash them well as they can collect dirt between the layers – they enhance soup wonderfully.

Toss some cubed butternut squash in with your lentils or barley soups or even chicken stew at $.79 a pound it’s inexpensive and just one will add 3 or more servings!

Carrot soup …. Speaking of carrots… peel 3 pounds of carrots, run them through the food processor or blender with water to purée them. (if you don’t have one, use the side of your box grater – or dice very fine.)  Start your soup with the onion base, add garlic then add your carrots.

Cover with water, add a tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger and let it cook for a good 30 minutes on medium –a tablespoon of curry powder will add another dimension.

Salt pepper and add base, if needed.

You can find many different spices in the ethnic sections of your supermarket – fennel, curry, turmeric etc. are way cheaper in the Indian section versus the spice section of the market.

Look for the big Goya displays!  Most yearly supplies are under $5.  Use chick peas with your onion and garlic blend add water when it boils add a cup of pasta!  Pasta Cici! And if you soak your own beans – you’re talking $3 soup for 10 or more people – that’s 30 cents a serving – and no additives!

Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Remember the book stone soup?  I don’t like to admit it much either because it shows our age, but it is true – you can make soups and stews with anything – adding mashed potato will thicken the case nicely.  Save your leftover veggies, no matter how small the portion, and after a couple of days well stored – “add them to the pot”!

Enjoy the cooking! I would love to hear your new recipes! (editor’s note: email them to Chef Joey, c/o incitytimes@hotmail.com)

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Massachusetts is the birthplace of the iconic Thanksgiving tableau, the home to Norman Rockwell, whose 1943 painting “Freedom From Want” gives Americans its most enduring vision of the holiday table. It is also home to one of the largest Portuguese-American communities in the United States and the source of one of the nation’s most flavorful hyphenated cuisines. …

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