“Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.” – Sara Coleridge –
Hello Readers and Fellow Authors: During the upcoming holidays, here’s something to ponder. Often in life, while pursuing our dreams, we face uncertain moments that bring ceaseless sufferings; people will try to convince us to quit. At times like these you can choose to be weak and fall, by listening to what they say to you, or you can choose to be strong and walk tall towards your dream by ignoring them. Remember, no one writes our destiny but us. Let people advise you but never let anyone decide for you. And above all things you may do, think or choose in life – always be wise, for in wisdom, morals and strength are found.
Upcoming “Flaherty’s Crossing” Book Signing Events: (Be sure to add these to your calendar!)
November 14th, 2010; 1 – 3pm Sunset Fred Meyers, 22075 NW Imbrie Drive, Hillsboro, OR November 18th, 2010; 1 – 3pm Providence Medical Center, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, Oregon November 20th, 2010; 1 – 3pm Gresham Fred Meyers, 2497 SE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR
Kaylin’s Recommended Reads for November:
Before You Know Kindness by Christopher Bohjalian – A timely and topical issue is raised when ardent animal rights activist Spencer McCullough is accidentally shot by his 12-year-old daughter, testing the values of all involved.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin – David, an American expatriate in Paris, attempts to repress his homosexuality by proposing to Hella Lincoln, but finds that he is unable to continue to live a lie when he meets Giovanni, an Italian bartender.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – After a nasty divorce, Gilbert, a journalist, spends a year traveling, rediscovering love (and food) in Rome, quieting her mind outside Mumbai, and mastering a balancing act of pleasure and grace in Bali.
“A tingling, misty marvel blew hither in the night and now the little peach-trees are clasped in frozen light. Upon the apple-branches an icy film is caught with trailing threads of gossamer in pearly patterns wrought. The autumn sun, in wonder, is gaily peering through this silver-tissued network across the frosty blue. The weather-vane is fire-tipped, the honeysuckle shows a dazzling icy splendor and crystal is the rose.”
– Evaleen Stein, November Morning
Kaylin’s Recipe of the Month: Sausage, Apple & Cranberry Stuffing
This Thanksgiving stuffing is fantastic! It is very flavorful and fresh-tasting. This recipe will stuff a 10-pound turkey (which serves six) plus extra. I replaced the usual pork sausage with much healthier turkey sausage. Other dried fruits may also be used in place of cranberries.
1 1/2 cups cubed whole wheat bread
3 3/4 cups cubed white bread
1 pound ground turkey sausage
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped celery
2 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1 cooked turkey liver, finely chopped
3/4 cup turkey stock
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degree F (175 degree C). Spread the white and whole wheat bread cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.
In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onions over medium heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes to blend flavors.
Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl. Mix in chopped apples, dried cranberries, parsley, and liver. Drizzle with turkey stock and melted butter, and mix lightly. Spoon into turkey to loosely fill.
So remember … Stay positive. Give happiness away and be sure to recommend Flaherty’s Crossing to everyone you know!