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By Chef Joey

Well, Labor Day has come and gone. Worcester was kissed by a Tornado – and not the sports team! Now we have another “Whirlwind”:  Election Time!

Back in the day we got postcards and they always brought a smile to your face with quick quips about how the trip is going, or to remind us about an appointment. This time of year they are flying around like letters from Hogwart’s academy. They are all very impressive and full of information about the candidate’s hopes and dreams – let’s hope whoever wins is not a candiDONT! … They also invite us to political gatherings, which involve food – albeit an evening pasta party, afternoon cookout or a pot luck dinner.
Then, after all is said and done,  post election –  there is another party after the polls close, mainly snack food and appetizers.

Originating from the French word,  “Hors d’oeuvre,” literally means “After work.”  They are food,  usually served before the main course(s) of a meal, and typically smaller than main dishes, and often meant to be eaten by hand (with minimal use of silverware).

There is a plethora of things you can make! Recently, when I was cooking at my Shelter Island location, we were having a Labor Day Party and closing the restaurant for the season and, being a Thai restaurant, I wanted to make things seem more Asian and use up all the food items we had.

So I created “Asian Hummus-like dip.”  Made from fava beans, 5 spice powder garlic, Thai basil and Oil.

It was incredible and so easy! I’ll give you the break down to make it with a few other items that are quick simple and delicious! I fried Wonton wrappers for the “Scoop” (have to avoid the silverware!), but pita crisps or even fresh pita will work, too.

Other fast, tasty items are Bruschetta – traditionally diced tomato garlic basil with dressing on a toasted baguette slice – Cold Cuts gingerly arranged with small slices of the mini pumpernickel bread – Deviled Eggs (add Dijon mustard for a zing) – Smoked salmon, with a dollop of sour cream on a cracker garnish with a sprig of dill – Pigs in a blanket are a hit with kids, tiny cocktail hotdogs rolled with a strip of puff pastry (freezer section of your market) – and my favorite Spanakopita – Spinach triangles wrapped in filo (recipe to follow).

Pita bread’s origins, by the way, are Greek. Traditionally a soft, slightly leavened flat bread made from wheat flour and baked. It is used in many Mediterranean, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines and resembles other slightly leavened flatbreads such as Iranian nan-e barbari, South Asian flatbreads and Central Asian naan, and the ever popular pizza crust. Over the years the making of the filo dough make for a fancier presentation versus travelling food back in the day.
Now for the recipes: Joey’s Spanakopita

You’ll need:

1 large bag baby spinach, ¼ cup Feta cheese, 3 Eggs, 2 sticks Butter 2 tbsp Oil, olive is best and one package of fresh filo for best results. I’m not going to tell you where to buy it but there are 2 places on Pleasant St in Worcester that can accommodate – Just sayin’. So In a food processor add the baby spinach leaves, feta and the 3 eggs blend – I do this for the apps because it makes them smooth and easy to eat.

Melt one stick of butter and add the oil and stir – you will need a pastry brush to spread this on the filo. Open up the filo and cover with a clean cloth take one sheet out, place it horizontally and paint it with butter. Then cut it into 6 or 7 strips (3 if you want lunch size ones).

Take a teaspoon and place 1 teaspoon (or more if making bigger slices) approximately 1 inch from the bottom. Take one corner from the bottom left and fold a triangle to the right side. Then take the right side and fold it over – like folding a flag. Place on parchment paper because it keeps your cookie sheet clean …

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees F for about 10 to 15 minutes until golden and puffy and egg is cooked. It seems lengthy but it’s not and goes fast once you get the knack!
For the Lima bean Hummus spread – One large can of lima beans ¾ drained – 2 cloves garlic – 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder and 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing (no Kidding!) put everything except the dressing in the blender – as it is blending add the dressing and watch out for splashes – when the consistency gets smooth enough – you are done!

A pinch of salt may be needed, depending on the dressing you used. Have fun and REMEMBER TO VOTE in November!!!

From the NAACP

The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 was introduced to the Members of the U.S. Senate this past January in order to create a new formula for determining which states must obtain pre-approval before making any changes to their election laws.

This legislation in its current form sets the bar too high, includes too few jurisdictions and with the decreased pre-approval coverage, relies too much on costly litigation to enforce what we cannot sacrifice: unfettered participation in our democracy.

Here’s an Action Alert from the Washington Bureau of the NAACP.  This Action Alert includes: a summary of THE ISSUETHE ACTION WE NEED YOU TO TAKE, talking points, a sample letter for your representative, and a section by section description of the Voting Rights Amendments Act of 2014 H.R.3899 / S.1945.

Please take the time to review the following attachment:
Stay informed, alert and ready to take action at a moments notice.  Discrimination in our democratic process is all too real. We have fought hard and long, sacrificed, suffered and too often died fighting for equal access and justice.  Let’s not give anything back through apathy and silence.
Your voice is your power – use it!

I just voted!

See my little “I Voted” sticker on my coat? You can get one, too! Just do the American thing today! VOTE!
We ask you to vote for the following political candidates.  – Rosalie Tirella
Mayor:

Konstantina Lukes
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At Large City Councilors:

Konstantina Lukes
Michael Germain
Morris “Moe” Bergman
Michael Gaffney
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District 2 City Councilor:

Phil Palmieri
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District 4 City Councilor
Sarai Rivera
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WORCESTER SCHOOL COMMITTEE:
Hilda Ramirez
Please … VOTE TODAY!!!!
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P.S. And because we take our readers’ comments seriously: Yes, Helen Wright, I dyed my hair brown! You may have been on to something when you intimated that I looked “fast” sporting bleach-blond locks!

Worcester NAACP voter registration drive – door-to-door canvassing‏

The Worcester NAACP is in the Vernon Hill area going door to door registering and reminding people to vote in the upcoming municipal elections.

Many people only vote in the national elections and are not aware that voting in local elections is a way to advocate for a better life you community.

Voting is not about politicians, but a way to improve schools, make housing affordable, provide access to better health care, create quality jobs and provide equal rights for all!

We need your help! Chuck Jackson our Political Action Chair is coordinating volunteers. Please contact him if you have any questions @ (508) 450-5654.  We’ve included our canvassing schedule below – hope to see you soon!

Thank You and Let’s Get Out The Vote!

Thursday – October 10th
4:30pm – Meeting @ Oak Hill parking lot (74 Providence St., Worcester)
Canvassing Vernon Hill Area 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Friday – October 11th
4:30pm – Meeting @ Oak Hill parking lot (74 Providence St., Worcester)
Canvassing Vernon Hill Area 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Saturday – October 12th
10:00 am – Meeting @ Oak Hill parking lot (74 Providence St., Worc.)
Canvassing Vernon Hill area 10:00am – 12:30pm

Sunday – October 13th
12:00pm – Meeting @ Oak Hill parking lot (74 Providence St)
Canvassing Greendale area 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Monday October 14th
4:30pm – Meeting @ Oak Hill parking lot (74 Providence St., Worcester)
Canvassing Vernon Hill Area 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday October 15th
4:30pm – Meeting @ Oak Hill parking lot (74 Providence St., Worcester)
Canvassing Vernon Hill Area 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday October 16th
4:30pm – Meeting @ Oak Hill parking lot (74 Providence St., Worcester)
Canvassing Vernon Hill Area 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Morning in America

Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama

By Michael Moore, filmmaker

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Congratulations everyone!!

This country has truly changed, and I believe there will be no going back. Hate lost yesterday. That is amazing in and of itself. And all the women who were elected last night! A total rebuke of Neanderthal attitudes.

Now the real work begins. Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do. Mr. President, do not listen to the pundits who today call for you to “compromise.” No. You already tried that. It didn’t work. You can compromise later if you need to, but please, no more beginning by compromising. And if the Republican House doesn’t want to play ball, do a massive end run around them with one executive order after another – just like they have done and will do if given the chance again.

We have to have Obama’s back. As he is blocked and attacked by the Right, we need to be there with him. We are the majority. Let’s act like it.

And please Mr. President, make the banks and Wall Street pay. You’re the boss, not them. Lead the fight to get money out of politics – the spending on this election is shameful and dangerous. Don’t wait til 2014 to bring the troops home – bring ‘em home now. Stop the drone strikes on civilians. End the senseless war on drugs. Act like a pit bull when it comes to climate change – ignore the nuts, and fix this now. Take the profit motive out of things that any civilized country would say, “this is for the common good.” Make higher education affordable for everyone and don’t send 22-year-olds out into the world already in massive debt. Order a moratorium on home foreclosures and evictions. Enact economic policy that will create good-paying jobs and spend the money that’s needed to do that. Make your second term one for the history books.

Finally, thanks must be given to the Occupy movement who, a year ago, set the tone of this election year by getting everyone to talk about the 1% vs. 99%. It inspired Obama and his campaign to realize that there was a huge popular sentiment against what the wealthy have done to the country and there was something wrong if just 400 rich guys owned more than 160 million Americans combined (all those moochers and bums). This led to Romney’s “47%” remarks and THAT was the beginning of the end of his campaign. Thank you Mother Jones forreleasing that secret tape, and thank you to the minimum wage worker who placed a camera on the serving buffet next to the candle. This morning’s headline in the Washington Post says it all: “At Romney headquarters, the defeat of the 1 percent.” Thank you Sandra Fluke for enduring the insults hurled at you and then becoming an important grassroots leader against the war on women. Thank you Todd Akin for…well, for just being you. Thank you CEOs of Chrysler and GM for coming out forcefully against the Republican(!) candidate, saying he lived in “some parallel universe” when he lied about Jeep. Thank you Governor Christie for your new bromance with Obama. You know, you really didn’t have to!

And you, Mother Nature, with all your horrific damage, death and destruction you caused last week, you became, ironically, the undoing of a Party that didn’t believe in you or your climate changing powers.

Perhaps they’ll believe now.

Once again, thanks to all of you who brought a nonvoter to the polls. In a last minute effort to get Obama an extra million votes he wasn’t counting on, I enjoyed talking and texting with your loved ones and friends yesterday who weren’t going to vote – but then changed their minds after a little nudge and some TLC (“Damn! Michael Moore? I’m getting in to car right now to go vote.”).

To my fellow Americans, I think you’ll agree: it was nice to wake up this morning in the United States of America.

 

Vote Today!

Remember what Woody Guthrie sang: “This land is your land/This land is my land!”

Exercise your franchise! We ask you to vote today for:

Barack Obama ….. President of the United States

Elizabeth Warren …. US Senator, Massachusetts

James McGovern …. US Congressman, Mass.

Mary Keefe …. State Representative, District 15

John Fresolo …. State Representative, District 16

– R.T.

Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights: your voting rights are protected

Print out and take this Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6. … THIS IS THE LAW. (We have made bold some sentences.) – R. Tirella

Massachusetts Voters’ Bill of Rights

Your voting rights are protected. These rights are guaranteed to qualified registered voters.

You have the right to vote if you are a qualified registered voter.

You have the right to cast your ballot in a manner that ensures privacy. You have the right to vote without any person trying to influence your vote and to vote in a booth that prevents others from watching you mark your ballot.

You have the right to remain in the voting booth for five (5) minutes if there are other voters waiting and for ten (10) minutes if there are no other voters waiting.

You have the right to receive up to two (2) replacement ballots if you make a mistake and spoil your ballot.

You have the right to request assistance when voting from anyone of your choice. If you do not bring someone with you, you have the right to have two (2) poll workers assist you.

You have the right to vote if you are disabled. The polling place must be accessible, and there must be an accessible voting booth.

You have the right to vote if you cannot read or write or cannot read or write English.

You have the right to vote but must show identification if: you are a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail and did not submit identification with the voter registration form; or your name is on the inactive voter list; or your vote is being challenged; or if requested by a poll worker. Acceptable forms of identification are: Massachusetts driver’s license, other printed documentation containing your name and address such as a recent utility bill, rent receipt on landlord’s letterhead, lease, or a copy of a voter registration acknowledgment or receipt.

You have the right to vote by absentee ballot if: you will be absent from your city or town on Election Day; or if you have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place; or if you cannot vote at the polls due to religious belief.

You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if you believe you are a qualified registered voter but a poll worker tells you that you are ineligible to vote. You have the right to follow up any challenge to your right to vote through the complaint process.

You have the right to vote if you are not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction and have registered as a voter after your release.

You have the right to take this Voters’ Bill of Rights or any other papers, including a sample ballot, voter guide or campaign material into the voting booth with you. Please remember to remove all papers when you leave the booth.

You have the right to vote at your polling place any time between 7am and 8pm for state and federal elections – hours may vary for local elections. If you are in line at your polling place when the polls close at 8 pm, you have the right to vote.

You have the right to bring your children into the voting booth with you.

If you feel that your right to vote has been violated in any way, call the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections Division at 1-800-462-VOTE (8683). This call is free within Massachusetts.