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Chef Joey’s Stuffed Eggplant recipe + more … 🎶

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Text, pics and recipe by Chef Joey

Eggplant is the one vegetable that has the most nicotine in it!! and the matter that it tastes good – here’s a very simple recipe that’s healthy, nutritious and very quick to make.  

Take two eggplants cut them in half wash the skins scoop the middle out and place the shells to the side. 

Take a large skillet and add one large onion chopped very fine. Place in the pan with the center scraps from the eggplant, chopped, as well …


… – add to the pan, then take six cloves of garlic chopped fine and add it to your pan as well.

Add a little bit of sunflower oil and water so nothing burns.

Stir until everything is cooked – add some Italian seasonings, salt and pepper. Then add 1/2 a can of diced tomatoes to the mix.
Here is where the recipe can be modified – you can add ground beef or tofu if you choose and a tablespoon of ground Parmesan or Romano.



Stuff the eggplants – top with the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, place in a baking pan. Add 1/2 inch of water and bake 350 for 1 hour. Serve with a nice salad: arugula with a lemon dressing!

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Chef Joey is in 🇫🇷 … Covid-19, French edition … Stay healthy – try this recipe♥️

Text and pics by Chef Joey

Chef Joey’s mom lives outside Cannes

Bonjour … Just to keep you posted … What’s happening here in France: Everything is cancelled. The Cannes Film festival is the largest anual event in the world, and they can’t decide and are waiting. It’s in May, so they are optimistic. Meanwhile, the USA is closing things left and right -Massachusetts seems to have a 5 day delay on what’s happening here.

They started closing restaurants last week here in France. Nothing is open, except banks that are all automated. There have not been tellers for four or five years – just a receptionist to assist.

Joey is cooking, eating well and caring for family.

It is work from home everywhere else. Medical offices here have no magazines! There is special protocol. Markets – pharmacies and, being France (the French love their cigarettes) tobacco stores. But they all have gas,-station-like windows – gas stations have been automated here forever in France. But this is now creating a new niche: at the markets for Prepared Foods. Take out. This will be an interesting turn for France!

On a different scale, trash pickup here has been every day since I was a kid, and street sweeping happens every morning and has for about the last 30 years in most French cities.IMG_4548[2686]
Healthy greens keep your immune system strong!

By 7 am all services are done, including the emptying of many public trash receptacles throughout France, ensuring a clean beginning each and eveey. This is sanitary and eliminates an ugly urban landscape. This also happens in all major and minor cities in Italy!
The Italians have a week on us as far as Covid-19 goes: they sing from their balconies and respect the ban!



The French already have gated properties. Condo/apartment high rise living is the issue, but most buildings are older and windows are open. They are working on filtration for glass high rise, newer buildings with central air and heating. As a parent … it is extra scary – I have my daughter Gigi with me. And, hopefully, the virus does not mutate to hit ourfur babies!




Here is an easy, healthy recipe that lasts for days and is so good!! You can make it vegetarian by adding goat cheese. It comes out nice!

By using quinoa, you eliminate the gluten and add good grains to your diet as well. All quinoa has different sizes, so follow the directions on the box for cooking. One and 1/2 cups is all you need for this recipe for 4.

List of ingredients:

1 1/2 cups worth of raw quinoa, cooked and chilled

1/2 English cuke, peeled, seeded and cut into fine pieces

10 to 15 grape tomatoes cut into 4

2 scallions cut in half, then small pieces

Handful of flat parsley leaves chopped fine

Handful chopped mint, chopped fine

1 small can chic peas, drained

2 lemons juiced


4 tbsp olive oil or sunflower oil

Salt and pepperto mix.


Literally, add everything to a bowl and mix!

Serve with a parsley garnish – this dish will keep for up to a week!

We all miss Chef Joey, (right)! Richard and Gigi …

The cruel “Kitten Season”: feral, stray – thousands of kittens – suffer and die! SPAY/NEUTER CATS!


By Lindsay Pollard-Post

So many feral and stray kittens are born in spring! End the overpopulation – and suffering – spay or neuter your cat/s!

As surely as April showers bring May flowers, spring’s longer days bring kittens — lots and lots of them. Animal shelters from Massachusetts to California brace for what the sheltering community calls “kitten season.”

It’s the time of year, starting in early spring and extending through the fall, when litter after litter of homeless kittens and pregnant cats come pouring in, and shelters scramble to accommodate them all.

Kittens may be cute, but the consequences of their overpopulation are anything but. Many are born on the streets — behind dumpsters or in dirty alleys — while others get their ill-fated start in life in rural areas. Unless they are rescued, most of these kittens will suffer and die young after being hit by a car, getting attacked by predators or cruel people, succumbing to weather extremes, contracting deadly diseases or suffering some other cruel fate.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 75 percent of free-roaming kittens disappear or die before they are 6 months old. The 25 percent who manage to survive to this age will likely have litters of their own, creating even more kittens with nowhere to go.

Some lucky kittens end up in animal shelters, but often this means that older cats who have been there for a while must be euthanized in order to make room for the newcomers. Limited-admission shelters avoid this scenario only by turning animals away when they reach capacity, leaving it to open-admission shelters to accommodate the overwhelming influx.

Neonatal kittens who come in without mothers must be bottle-fed around the clock—a demanding task that most shelters can’t manage without help from volunteers. Some shelters hold training sessions for foster families who take kittens home and care for them until they can be adopted. Others even throw “kitten showers” to stock up on kitten milk replacer, cat litter and other necessities.

But the most important thing any of us can do to alleviate kitten season is to prevent more kittens from being born in the first place by making sure that our own cats — and the cats of our friends, family members and neighbors — are spayed or neutered.

Putting off spaying and neutering can result in “oops” litters: Kittens can become mothers themselves when they’re as young as 4 months of age. And even if they are kept indoors (as all cats should be, to protect them from the many dangers that lurk outside), their raging hormones can compel even the most docile among them to bolt through an unattended doorway in search of a mate.

One unspayed female cat and her offspring can lead to a staggering 370,000 kittens in just seven years. Guardians of male cats aren’t off the hook, either: Males can become fathers at just 5 months of age, and one male can impregnate countless females.

Many communities operate low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics that make it easy to do the right thing. Having cats “fixed” also has many health benefits: It eliminates females’ risk of uterine cancer and greatly reduces their risk of mammary cancer, and it prevents testicular cancer and reduces the risk of prostate cancer in males. Sterilized cats are also much less likely to roam, fight or spray.

So this spring, let’s make sure that every cat is spayed or neutered before those May flowers start blooming — and snip kitten season in the bud!



STOP the Iditarod! Save the huskies!!

The race began March 7 and goes on for weeks. SO brutal on the dogs who are owned by unscrupulous mushers! Many die, many suffer, pushed beyond their physical limits. – Rose T.


Here are eight reasons why the Iditarod is a deadly nightmare for dogs forced to race.

😢1. Dog deaths in the Iditarod are so routine that the official rules call some of them an “Unpreventable Hazard.”


The Iditarod has killed more than 150 dogs since it began in 1973. Five died in 2017 alone. In just the last five years, dogs competing in the event have died from myriad causes, including being hit by a car, being struck by a snowmobile, being buried in snow, heart attacks, excessive fluid in the lungs, and acute aspiration pneumonia — caused by inhaling vomit.

😢2. If the dogs don’t die on the trail, they’re still left permanently scarred.


The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported that more than 80 percent of the dogs who finish the Iditarod sustain persistent lung damage. A separate study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine showed that dogs forced to take part in endurance racing had a 61% higher rate of stomach erosions or ulcers.

😢3. There’s no retirement plan.


Breeders of dogs used in sledding have freely admitted that “surplus” dogs are killed. They may be killed if they aren’t fast or fit enough for competition or if they don’t meet certain aesthetic standards — for example, if they have white paw pads. Dogs who finish the race but are no longer useful to the industry may be shot, drowned, or abandoned to starve.


😢4. Dogs pull mushers’ sleds up to 100 miles a day.

During the race, they’re expected to run approximately 1,000 miles in less than two weeks, and race rules mandate only 40 hours of rest over the entire span of the race. They’re prohibited from taking shelter during any part of the race, except for veterinary exams or treatment.


😢5. As many as half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish.

Injured, sick, and exhausted dogs are often “dropped” at checkpoints, but event rules require that only dogs who started the race be allowed to finish, meaning that the remaining animals must work under even more grueling circumstances, pulling even more weight.


😢6. No dog would choose to run in this arctic nightmare.

Orthopedic injuries are the number one reason that dogs are “dropped” from the Iditarod — which makes it clear that no dog, regardless of breed, is capable of handling the grueling race on ice, through wind, snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Even wearing booties, many incur bruised, cut, or swollen feet. They also suffer from bleeding stomach ulcers, pull or strain muscles, and sustain other injuries.

😢7. Thousands of dogs are bred each year for sled racing.

While only a few dozen dogs raised for the race will ultimately be deemed fit enough to compete, many more will be kept tethered and chained for most of their lives, some with nothing more than dilapidated plastic crates as their shelter.

😢8. Dogs at sled-dog breeding compounds have died of numerous ailments.


Some have frozen to death, while others have died of complications from eating rocks — presumably a result of the intense frustration of spending years on a chain.

Dogs Deserve Far Better Than a Lifetime of Isolation, Cruelty, Suffering, and Death on the Iditarod Trail!!!!

Ma’s day♥️🌷🌷♥️🌷

By Rosalie Tirella

Back to Elliott Smith tonight, after a day of working around the apartment and listening to Aimee Mann, Beatles, Fats Domino. All great artists but, I don’t know, at this point in my life, Smith’s melodies are the most beautiful and addictive to and for me. I love his lyrics, too! – so sweet and cutting. And true. Elliott puts it all out there in his songs. That is so hard to do! Strangers read/listen to your essays/songs! They learn your deepest pain – or joy!

Yesterday was the day my late mom, CECELIA, was born. Yesterday, was her birthday, and I worked to see her before me, in her prime, for me. Ma in her early 40s, a single working mom but with energy, hope, great love for her three girls – good girls who always make her proud. She is standing before me, a half hour before parent teacher night at Lamartine Street School, where she will learn how I am doing in sixth grade, Mr. Chickarian’s class. She is heading out the door – and looks so pretty! She us happy and excited because she knows I am an all A student – and she will hear nothing but accolades about her first born, me. Her favorite child. Her shining star – the girl who trims her 60 hour work week ar the dry cleaners with magic! Beautiful book reports that she has read and loved. English grammar work sheets that her Rosalie finishes in 10 minutes flat. So smart she gets extra work, special assignments for a special student … Tonight she cannot hear: HEY, MULE! HEY, F**K NUT! from the bedroom, my father closed off, mean and miserable. Daddy never goes to our parent teacher nights, but admits, grudgingly, that “the kid is smart.”

🌷Ma’s fine naturally black hair is in a soft curly perm, her Elizabeth Arden classic red lipstick on her pretty mouth with its perfect, white teeth, her thick eye brows black and exotic looking … her pretty figure looking a little matronly in her special Marcus dress (she is 42, after all) but still attractive. I love this dress! It is a nubby, short sleeved, cocoa-colored number that skims Ma’s pretty knees. It has white trim along the hem, around its round neckline and sleeves. A thin matching white belt tied around Ma’s waist makes her look like a model to me. Basic high heels – black – and a new pair of No Nonsense Panty Hose – nude – from White’s Five and Ten on Millbury Street, bought special for tonight, round out the outfit. Ma is also wearing her good jewelry: costume jewelry she’s had since her early working days – when she was a maid/housekeeper, along with her two older sisters, for the Bishop of Sprinfield. Single and free and young she loved to buy nice clothes and good costume jewelry at Springfield’s Steadglitz (I think) Department Store in downtown Springfield. Tonight she is wearing my fave fancy jewelry: big pink stones set in shiny silver-plated necklace. Matching earrings! Ma’s perfect white teeth sparkle against her Elizabeth Arden red lipstick, her Heaven Scent perfume (her fave) fills our Lafayette Street kitchen. We kids are clamoring about her – our beautiful mother-rock-star walking by our old gas stove, to make sure the gas knogs are all on off before walking out the door to make the short walks to my favorite school where my fall leaves drawing, along with my classmates’, adorns our big classroom windows – taped up by another grade 6 star student, Mary A.

Ma has another dress just like this one, the same style – but in a bright yellow, with black trim and belt. She wears this dress to our school plays and musicals. Same hair do and shoes. New panty hose and different Springfield jewelry. Always the same because we are poor – but always beautiful because she is Ma♥️.


Delivering new issue of CECELIA … This Season of ♥️: Show cats and dogs some ♥️ – get them “fixed”! + more🌷

If you love animals, here’s what you should do this February♥️

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Rose’s Cece is “fixed,” as well as Jett and Lilac. pics: Rose T.

If you love animals, here’s what you should do this February♥️: Make a date with your veterinarian. No, not for dinner and a movie – a date to have your pets “snipped.”

February may be associated with romance, thanks to Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and if you have an animal friend who still hasn’t been “fixed,” there’s no better time to do it. Many veterinarians, spay/neuter clinics and animal shelters offer special deals on spaying and neutering in February, helping you save a little cash. But more importantly, having your animals fixed can save countless lives.

In many parts of the country, February is the last chance to “beat the heat” and get cats spayed before longer daylight hours shift their breeding cycles into overdrive. “Kitten season” begins in early spring and, for many shelters, brings a big influx of felines and a mad scramble to accommodate them all.

As cute as kittens may be …

A few years back: kitten Cece♥️

… the consequences of their overpopulation are anything but. Many shelters have no choice but to make room by euthanizing older cats who’ve been there a while and are less likely to be adopted. Other facilities turn away newcomers — leaving them in the hands of people who can’t or won’t take care of them. Many end up on the street, forced to fend for themselves.

Sterilizing cats before kitten season strikes can prevent a catastrophe. And that goes for dogs, too. An “oops” litter of puppies can happen just as quickly as unplanned kittens can. And unless those pups are fixed, they can soon go on to have litters of their own, further worsening the problem.

Spaying and neutering aren’t just vital to ending animal overpopulation and homelessness, though—they’re also one of the best decisions you can make to protect your animal companions’ health.

Spaying spares female animals the stress and discomfort of heat periods, greatly reduces their risk of mammary cancer and eliminates their risk of diseases of the ovaries and uterus—including cancer. Early “fixing” is a good thing: Females who are spayed before their first heat cycle not only avoid pregnancy but also have one-seventh the risk of developing mammary cancer.

Giving males the “snip” cuts their risk of prostate cancer and eliminates any chance of testicular cancer. It also helps keep the boys out of trouble: Neutered males have less of an urge to roam or fight. And altered animals are less likely to contract deadly, contagious diseases, such as feline AIDS and feline leukemia, which are spread through bodily fluids.

If your animal companions are already fixed, give yourself a pat on the back—and then get to work finding another animal who needs to be “snipped.” Chances are, each of us knows someone—perhaps a family member, neighbor or colleague—who just hasn’t gotten around to making that appointment yet or who can’t afford it.

We can make a world of difference by encouraging those people to have their animals sterilized, offering to drive their animals to and from their appointments or even paying for the surgery ourselves. It’s money well spent: Spaying one female dog can prevent the births of 67,000 puppies over the course of six years, and fixing one female cat can prevent 370,000 kittens from being born in seven years.

A trip to the vet to have a cat or dog “snipped” may not be the most romantic thing you can do this month, but it’s one of the best ways to show animals that you love them.♥️♥️♥️♥️





Yesterday, delivering new CECELIA … Presidents Day, winter vacation/schools out, a quiet Kelley Square/Green Island. A few pics by Rose:








Wish I had seen Marc Bolan:

New political column from Steve 🇺🇸 + more 🐈🎶

FILE - In this April 13, 1934 file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiles as he speaks to a Congressional welcoming committee which met him at Union Station on his return to Washington. (AP Photo)
FILE – In this April 13, 1934 file photo, President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiles as he speaks to a Congressional welcoming committee which met him at Union Station on his return to Washington. (AP Photo)



By Steven R. Maher

During the past few days the conservative Drudge Report has been reporting that Michael Bloomberg is ready to pick Hillary Clinton as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

Now as someone who has donated money to, and voted for, Hillary Clinton, I say Hillary’s time has come and gone. It would be a mistake for Hillary, her family and the country for Hillary to get into this presidential race now.

“According to the Drudge Report, presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is considering Hilary Clinton as a vice presidential running mate after positive internal polling about the potential pairing,” MSNBC’s website reported Sunday. “According to Drudge, in such a partnership Bloomberg would change his official residence from New York to Colorado or Florida. The constitution suggests there may be limitations in both members of a presidential ballot residing in the same state.”

“Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016, losing to Donald Trump in an election that served him 304 electoral votes and Clinton 227. Helping Trump’s victory were his wins in key industrial and Rust Belt states — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Those states are likely to be key in the 2020 election as well,” said the MSNBC report.

“Clinton was asked earlier this year by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres if she would consider running as vice president in the 2020 presidential election.”

“Well, that’s not going to happen,” Clinton said at the time. “But no, probably no.”

“Bloomberg, a late contender in the presidential race, has been pouring money into ads and online memes to support his run,” continued the MSNBC report. Those efforts appear to have born[e] fruit, with him rising in the polls.”

If Hillary were to get into this, it would bring back all the Clinton scandals, the 33,000 missing emails, etc. We should expect Hillary to be impeached if the Republicans recapture the House. Does anyone want to relive the last four years with the Republicans doing all the things to Hillary the Democrats did to Trump?

There are more important issues facing the American people – global warming, budget deficits, the conflicts in the Middle East, etc. The Republicans would seize with delight on bringing back Hillary’s 33,000 emails and Bill Clinton’s indiscretions.

Hillary would have been a great President. But her time has come and gone.

There would be too many scandals that would be revisited on the American people if Bloomberg does. Given the demographics of today’s Democratic Party, Bloomberg would be better off picking Kamala Harris. She dropped out of the race a few months ago, but connected with voters, especially young people.🇺🇸🇺🇸




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Politics Friday: Steve and Jim … + more🎶


By Steven R. Maher

Donald, we are all exasperated!!

One of the heart-warming aspects of the Democratic primaries now under way is what the defeated candidates are saying. No one’s talking about bolting the party in the event their candidate doesn’t get the nomination. Everyone is clear about the need to get behind the nominee, whomever he or she is, and defeat Donald Trump.

The 2018 results showed that the Democrats, running on a pro-peace platform, and progressive policies like health care, can defeat Trump and his minions. But this will require all Democrats to pull together with the same spirit that animated their 2018 retaking of the house. Some moderate Democrats were surprised at the way many Sanders supporters didn’t come out to support in 2016 the party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“My No. 1 goal is to win,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told The Associated Press in an article published online January 2, 2020. “The only way this is possible is if we’re united around our eventual nominee, and I have no doubt that every candidate in this race will do that, no matter who she or he is. The stakes get higher on an almost daily basis making it all the more imperative we come together.”

2016 nominee Hillary Clinton recently traded barbs with Sanders, according to the AP. “Democratic officials fear that such divisions could ultimately make it harder to beat Trump, pointing to lingering bad blood between Clinton and Sanders four years ago that may have helped him eke out a victory,” reported the AP.

“[T]he number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee,” said Clinton

“At the end of the day, no one wants history to repeat itself,” one Democratic strategist quoted by the AP said.




Congressman Jim McGovern Highlights House Passage of Conservation Bill Protecting 1.3 Million Acres of New Wilderness

Legislation is Latest Democratic Measure to Prevent Climate Change

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Go, Jim!

WASHINGTON — U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) Chairman of the House Rules Committee, hailed tonight’s House passage of the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act (H.R. 2546), which combines six previously separate bills that together recognize more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness across the West and protect more than 1,000 river miles under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The package, which passed by a 231-183 vote, will help prevent climate change by improving land management and by limiting resource extraction on especially sensitive public lands.

“Today, House Democrats took strong action to preserve and protect the pristine and beautiful ecosystems that our country has to offer,” said Congressman McGovern. “While the President and his allies do everything in their power to undermine our environmental protections as a favor to big oil lobbyists and corporate polluters, we are prioritizing conserving and protecting our delicate ecosystems like never before. I proudly voted yes on this important bill to protect our wilderness – and our planet – for generations to come.”

In addition to climate change prevention measures, the bill includes important climate mitigation efforts like those in the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, originally introduced by Rep. Huffman, which increases wildfire resiliency in Northwest California through the restoration of degraded and climate-impacted forest ecosystems. Among other steps, it requires federal land management agencies to work with local residents and develop a new coordinated fire management plan that prioritizes reducing fuel near existing roads, infrastructure, and other developed areas.

The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act is the biggest public lands conservation measure to receive a House vote since the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act became law in March 2019, shortly after Democrats took the House majority in the 2018 election. That law permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund; recognizes wilderness areas, protects public lands and rivers around the country from degradation, and enhances their climate resiliency; protects climate-sensitive fish habitats in the Pacific Northwest; and protects other fish, wildlife and bird habitats nationwide.

This bill enjoys broad support from environmental groups and stakeholders:

“Colorado Mountain Club is pleased to see the passage of the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act which protects a variety of landscapes in Colorado, from west-slope deserts to San Juan peaks, for natural resources and primitive recreation. The bill codifies some long-standing Wilderness Study areas in remote Northwest Colorado, as well as iconic mountain vistas in the Southwest part of the state.” – Julie Mach, Conservation Director, Colorado Mountain Club

“Wild Connections board and members are thrilled to see the House pass the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act – which protects more than 600,000 acres of wilderness throughout Colorado. These are primarily rugged and scenic lower-to-mid-elevation areas and ecosystems that are currently underrepresented in Colorado’s wildernesses. All of the areas in the bill are most deserving of wilderness designation. We are especially pleased that it would offer protection to the remarkable wild values found in six of the bill’s proposed wildernesses in central Colorado–Beaver Creek, Grape Creek, McIntyre Hills, Table Mountain, Badger Creek, and the Browns Canyon National Monument. With ever increasing development pressure on Colorado’s wild lands, the protections afforded by the CWA become more valuable.” – John Sztukowski, Conservation Director, Wild Connections

“This legislation is a monumental move to protect our environment and fight the climate crisis. Preserving our public lands and waters– keeping fossil fuels in the ground and permanently protecting these places– will help halt and reverse climate pollution. The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act represents real action. These protections will provide immeasurable benefits to our communities, climate stability and for generations to come.” – Athan Manuel, Director of Land Policy, Sierra Club

An Ongoing Campaign for Climate Action

The wilderness bill is the latest in a string of climate-friendly packages advanced by the House from the Natural Resources Committee.

The House in December approved the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729), a package of 10 bipartisan coastal resilience bills that aid coastal ecosystems and economies, improve ocean monitoring and research, and offer coastal managers tools to protect coastal communities most vulnerable to climate impacts.

In October 2019, the House passed Rep. Joe Neguse’s (D-Colo.) Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, which designates wilderness areas, recreation management areas and conservation areas in Colorado; and Chair Grijalva’s Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which protects more than 1 million acres of public lands north and south of the Grand Canyon from new extraction activities.

In September 2019, House Democrats passed a collection of bills to protect our nation’s coastal waters from destructive offshore drilling. That package included Rep. Joe Cunningham’s (D-S.C.) Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which prohibits oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic or in the Straits of Florida; Rep. Huffman’s Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which protects the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling; and Rep. Francis Rooney’s (R-Fla.) Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, which blocks offshore leasing in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

In April 2019, the House passed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act (H.R. 2030), which implements a water-sharing agreement known as the Drought Contingency Plan between Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, California, New Mexico and Nevada that accounts for ongoing water shortages and regional climate change throughout the Southwest. The bill, authored by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), became law and received unanimous praise from Colorado River basin states, tribes and other stakeholders.



Chef Joey 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 Recipes!

Text and pics by Chef Joey

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Chef Joey on vaca in🇫🇷 – coming home soon!

As I mentioned before we are headed back to simple, nutritious meals that bring us back to the sustainable market, do not cost a fortune, are delicious and filling.

We had the opportunity to visit an old Italian friend named Gilda. Gilda Is 89, lives by herself and says, “I spend all my money on good food, it makes me happy, it keeps me busy and healthy.” She also drinks a glass of wine every day, she insists that’s the digestion helper.

Gilda, left, and Joey’s mom

So we get to her house and low an behold there is a feast for us to indulge in. I had taken her to the open market the other day in Vigntimiglia Italy to shop for fresh produce, mainly artichokes, amongst other fresh items.

So she pulls out the first tray – she had cleaned out the artichokes, sliced the heart into thin slices, which she floured, egg washed and breaded, fried them quickly in sunflower oil and served with a sprinkle of salt.

Artichoke chips basically – these artichokes cost .20 cents each and each one made 10 slices, more than enough.

Next course was the bomb, and my next recipe is something you can make on the fly: GNOCCHI!


These beauties are mashed potato, flour, salt for a vegan option. Add an egg for a less flour option than normal.

You need:

2 pounds of potato peeled, boiled and mashed (add a couple cloves of garlic for extra flavor)

You mix the cooled mashed potatoes with ½ pound of flour (about 2 cups) 1 teaspoon of salt. If vegan, you need to add ¼ cup flour additional, traditional add an egg and mix well.

Roll out into tubes, on a floured surface until about ½ inch wide – …

You can get fancy and make fork marks on them like the edge of a pie crust …

But who cares?! They taste the same! Cut them into ½-inch-wide pieces, and add them to a pot of BOILING water.

Cook about 5 to 8 minutes, until they float to the top. This is done – be careful don’t overcook for risk of mush.

Drain and top with your favorite sauce:


I sautéed 3 cloves diced garlic and a handful of chopped parsley until translucent. I added a large can of crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper and cooked it for about 20 mins – a light marinara.

You can use diced tomatoes and a pinch of basil helps, too. A jar of pesto goes well with this simple dish and cost – yeah less than $5 for up to 8 people – go with it.
So enjoy, my friends, and remember to eat well! Mangia Bene!



Lemon tree outside Joey’s mom’s house

February is Crèpe Month in France and that being said: “It’s not just for dessert!”

You can melt cheese on them, add ham and fold it and make it your lunch or dinner. Try smoked salmon, or keep it simple with sprinkles sugar, or jam, fresh clotted cream, cream cheese and jelly – the list goes on.

I made one plain with sugar and the other with jelly and another with Crème Frâiche – A French secret ingredient. It’s like sour cream without the sour!

Here is the basic recipe for a batch of these delicious wonders!

2 cups flour

3 eggs

just over 1 cup of milk (about 17 ½ oz)

1 pinch of salt 4 tsp sugar

½ tsp vanilla

2 tbsp melted butter

a shot of dark rum for dessert

Mix the flour, sugar and salt, add the eggs, and pour in the milk little by little and mix well to avoid lumps (I pre mix the eggs in a bowl and add them in).

Add the melted butter last (then rum if you want).

Heat a non-stick pan with a little melted butter spread with a paper towel and wipe lean – add a ½ ladle of the batter to the top of one side and twirl your pan as fast as you can to distribute it everywhere – you want these crèpes to be thin!

Once the sides start curling, pick it up (about a minute) with your fingers and flip it – it won’t be that hot, or use a spatula.

Cook the other side and put on a plate – continue this until all the batter is gone.

You can try flipping it if you have a proper crèpe pan – I use my fingers! … You are done, add your topping or eat them plain!



🇫🇷Quick! Escarole and beans soup🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷


😊Escarole and beans go together like no one’s business, and it’s a great soup. And it’s vegan!
😊You need 4 veggie bouillon cubes , 2 onions chopped small, 2 cloves garlic chopped small, 1 head of escarole washed well (very important – there can be dirt around the base) and chopped small, and 2 large cans of cannelli beans.
😊And a couple tablespoons of oil – that you put in the bottom of a large pot. … Sautée the onions and garlic until soft – add 2 liters of water (1/2 gallon) and bring to a soft boil.
😊Add the escarole and cook 30 mins slightly covered. Add the beans’ juice and all.
Salt and pepper to taste.
You can add chopped carrots, too.♥️
This soup will cost you around $5 and feeds eight.

Worcester Needs a New PIP … FYI + more! 🧣🇺🇸❄️🍲

Worcester Need a New PIP!

text+pics by Rosalie Tirella

I pulled together a few of my fave, almost new, winter scarves yesterday to give to the kids under the Green Street Bridge. Saw a girl at the edge of the light at the end of the tunnel: she was wearing a dark, light-weight fall jacket, visibly COLD. Her nose and chin tucked down into her jacket collar … And there she sat, pale, thin … as if patiently waiting for spring. Warm temps.


THEN IT OCCURRED TO ME: These kids need SO MUCH MORE THAN WARM OUTERWEAR!! All these people that I see all over our city – high, homeless, freezing, suffering – really suffering! – would gat a respite from their pain, even REAL HELP, IF THE PIP SHELTER WAS STILL OPEN in Main South.

The PIP was a wet shelter that used to SHELTER for the night, CARE FOR, MEDICALLY TREAT, COUNSEL, FEED and LOVE♥️ the addicted: to alcohol – or opioids of any kind.

Former District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller of Castle Street – calling herself “the only legitimate person” in the PIP ‘hood – was the main force that shut the shelter down. Barb and her ally, the long-gone Billy Breault.

I was OK with the closure because it seemed things could get a tad out of hand there sometimes, and Barb and city officials PROMISED us all that the people would still be cared for – AND HOUSED. HOUSING FIRST! was their slogan. The new model.

But that hasn’t happened.

Now, instead of the great PIP staff – ♥️Executive Director Buddy Brusseau (who was in recovery himself and called PIP guests his “brothers and sisters” and gave hugs to all♥️ ), Health Director Dr. Garcia (wonderful♥️), the excellent cooks, the excellent social workers – caring for the people, people like the girl under the Green Street Bridge WE HAVE NOTHING.


We need a new PIP.




Yesterday …

The other side of Kelley Sq

… more construction mayhem in the Canal District. Weird – the only truly gentrified neighborhood in Worcester – is my old neighborhood – Green Island Kelley Sq!! We regular peeps/businesses had weak advocates: Green Island CDC, run by Billy Breault’s neice, had financial disaster after disaster and was disbanded by former CM Mike O’Brien who really weakened the neighborhood CDCs – bees in his dictatorial bonnet. The Green Island Residents Group, led by Lorraine Laurie, was just a happy pappy rubber stamp for Allen Fletcher or whatever else the city power brokers wanted. Esp at the end. The Green Island CDC was supposed to be absorbed into the Oak Hill CDC, headed by Mullen Sawyer. He did very little by us regular folks – and like Lorraine played paddy cake with the money guys thinking they would have his back. They didn’t. No more Oak Hill CDC. Bye bye, Mullen! Bye bye any REAL NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCACY GROUP.
Just in time for the WooSox. How convenient.

– text+pics by Rose T.






Go, Mike;


Quick! A Chef Joey Recipe…from …🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

Chef Joey🇫🇷🇺🇸🇫🇷. file pic: Rose T.

😊Escarole and beans go together like no one’s business, and it’s a great soup. And it’s vegan!

😊You need 4 veggie bouillon cubes , 2 onions chopped small, 2 cloves garlic chopped small, 1 head of escarole washed well (very important – there can be dirt around the base) and chopped small, and 2 large cans of cannelli beans.

😊And a couple tablespoons of oil – that you put in the bottom of a large pot. … Sautée the onions and garlic until soft – add 2 liters of water (1/2 gallon) and bring to a soft boil.
😊Add the escarole and cook 30 mins slightly covered. Add the beans’ juice and all.
Salt and pepper to taste.

You can add chopped carrots, too.♥️
This soup will cost you around $5 and feeds eight.
🎶🎶🎶🎶so beautiful: