SEARCH: Sweet and Savory Holiday Sides

Sweet and Savory Holiday Sides by Brian and Patricia Dake.

It isn’t often we have the opportunity to feature our favorite side dishes. The recipes we share focus mainly on entrees, and for holiday dinners, the emphasis is often on turkey, ham, or roast beef.

For most people, Thanksgiving doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving without a turkey, but let’s be honest. A holiday feast is more than the meat. What makes those meals special is family, friends, and a variety of foods for everyone to enjoy. Today, we are going to share with you three of our family’s favorite holiday sides.

Garlic-Rosemary Mashed Parsnips

Consider a tasty alternative to the usual mashed potatoes. Parsnips are a member of the Apiaceae family, closely related to carrots and parsley, but unlike carrots or parsley, you can’t eat the greens. Parsnips, eaten solely as a cooked root vegetable, are often added to soups and stews for extra flavor. It’s how we first discovered them. Because we enjoy how much they enhance other dishes, we’ve created…

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SEARCH: Holiday Dessert, English Trifle

English Trifle by Emerian Rich.

We’ve traced our Rich family heritage all the way back to English royalty and beyond. The other side of the fam-ily got the castle, but we poor Americans have managed to keep the traditional family desert recipe going.

Supposedly handed down from those living at Warwick Castle—and cousins to King Richard the Lionhearted—this recipe has been passed through the early American days as Quakers, to the Colorado Rockies where my grandmother and grandfather finally settled, to our house in California. Although I am sure the recipe has changed over the years—each generation substituting what was easier or available—when we make this dish, we always feel closer to our roots.

If you read my article in the Fall 2020 issue about creating a “Dumb Supper” to honor your ancestors, you might be wondering what we serve to honor our ancestors. I’m happy to share the recipe…

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SEARCH: #HolidayFood Dutch Oven Citrus Chicken with Potatoes

Dutch Oven Citrus Chicken with Potatoes
by Brian and Patricia Dake.

We looked at Dutch ovens for years before we bought one. They’d been recommended highly by friends and family. With the prospect of learning a new cooking technique, we did our research and learned that Dutch ovens originated some three hundred years ago.

With the idea of making cookware more cost effective, and since cast iron cost less than brass, Abraham Darby planned to sell more cookware by making it from cast iron. In 1707, he obtained a pa-tent for the process of casting iron in sand, derived from the Dutch process of casting brass in sand. Thus, the name Dutch oven was given to the lidded cookware he produced. That name has stayed with the product.

The American Dutch oven changed over time to include a shallower pot, legs to hold the oven above the coals, and a lid flange to keep the coals on the lid.

The Dutch oven has further transformed into the modern ridge-less, leg-less enameled variety we find in modern kitchens…

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SEARCH: The Ultimate Holiday Playlist

The Ultimate Holiday Playlist by Michele Roger.

According to my chef daughter, Eliz-abeth, a playlist makes all the differ-ence as she motivates her kitchen to complete the day’s orders and rushes.

I’m just an average home cook, but music defi-nitely is a source of inspiration. When I’m not writ-ing, I’m a harpist.

From cookie platters to videos teaching me to braise to baking with my friends via Skype, the holi-days seem to have become “cooking season” for my family. After a summer of quarantine, I’ve learned that anything that can inspire a dance party in the kitch-en is worth nurturing. Here is my ultimate playlist.

“I am the Grinch” by Tyler, the Creator and Fletcher Jones.

Kicking off the list with lyrics about our favorite holiday character is a good place to start. No matter if you’re celebrating Christmas, Winter Solstice, or Hanukah, I guarantee “Twenty-five, twenty-five, twenty-five days” is your new earworm…to read more, click on the Winter Issue here.

SEARCH Winter 2020: #HolidayFood

In this issue:

  • DIY : Grab It Easier
  • Holiday Dessert: English Trifle
  • Humor: Holiday Discomfort Foods
  • Author Spotlight: Brian and Patricia Dake
  • Music: The Ultimate Holiday Playlist
  • City Spotlight: Toronto
  • #HolidayFood: Hangi
  • Food: Dutch Oven Citrus Chicken with Potatoes
  • Fitness: Nutrition and Fitness
  • Autism: Food for Thought
  • Gardening: Reflecting and Replanning
  • Tech/Biz: Big Appliances Fight for Your Counter Space
  • #HolidayFood: Cooking with Kids

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SEARCH: 2020 Winter Editor’s Letter

The SEARCH: Winter 2020 issue is coming soon!
Are you ready to cook for the holidays?

Food is necessary for life. Eating well is a way to care for ourselves and others. Sure, we can slap together enough calo-ries to get us through the day, but isn’t it better to savor a well-constructed meal? Whether a late-night snack while standing over the sink or a multi-course meal, our foods tell something about our lives. Like most pleasures in life, it should be mod-erate, varied, and shared.

In this month’s issue, we take a deeper look into food be-cause eating involves more than flavor. There’s nothing quite like a beautiful cake or simple fried egg to make you feel like a success. Beyond our amazing recipes, we want you to feel at home in the kitchen. An organized and accessible kitchen re-moves frustration. Sometimes frustration is worth it, though. Children are eager learners. Teaching them can be slow and messy but is ultimately rewarding. How wonderful to help someone become more independent. From home-grown gar-dens to appliances to help you cook, there are many ways to celebrate the human conditions of hunger and satiety. Food is intention turned into reality.

Letter from the Editor,
Heather Roulo
Editorial Director

SEARCH: Introducing the Blast from the Past Issue

IMG-3933A Special Letter from the Owner:

I started SEARCH Magazine with the idea to connect the San Francisco bay area. The magazine focused on cities in California. However, over the last five years the magazine’s scope has grown to include an international set of writers covering cities from all over the world. I take joy in celebrating over twenty issues, and more than 220 articles. This Blast from the Past issue is our first retrospective, offering a glimpse of articles on diverse topics like travel, fashion, recipes, DIY, and more. I’m proud of our talented writers.

As the magazine continues to evolve, one thing will never change. SEARCH Magazine will still be about connection. Even through our most difficult times, we’ve seen people rise to help each other. The world can be a difficult place, but if we stand by our core values of caring for one another then we will come out on the other side.

In celebration of all that has come before, and all the potential of the future, please enjoy this issue,

Jeannie Normandeau Owner/Editor

SEARCH: Space and Kids

Space and Kids
by Kay Tracy

Many children are fascinated by space science. This can be a bit intimidating for parents but fear not. There are many resources available to you at little or no cost to help you participate with your children in their quest for knowledge!

If you are in the USA, then NASA has resources you can download and access at no cost to you.

If you want to get the latest news on Mars and other planetary missions, then the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena is an excellent site to check out. JPL has a history of sending a disc or data device with the names of people who submit them, for different planetary missions. I have at times included these printable certificates with birthday cards for friends and family. With everything from paper models you can download and build, to online and downloadable space and flight simulators, their education site is top notch!

Rocketry gets made easy with a plastic soda bottle and some paper and PVC!

Continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Women and the Future of Space

Women and the Future of Space
by Camellia Rains

RainsPhotoI wanted to write a piece that was important to me and decided to write about the future of space; specifically, the future of women in space and science.

You may have heard of the acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics.) These types of curriculums are getting a lot of attention now and are being directed toward young women to encourage them to choose careers in the sciences. Everywhere you look there is talk about our future in space, the moon, Mars, and beyond. We are in another space race, and those who will get us there will be our youth.

I had the pleasure of attending two STEM/ STEAM events recently that are encouraging our young women to pursue careers in fields that have been typically dominated by men … continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.

SEARCH: Reaching For The Stars

Reaching For The Stars
by Lillian Csernica  

59480290_1266744913482742_2669551250839699456_nPeople with autistic spectrum disorder sometimes develop a strong interest in a specific subject. That interest can progress to what some might call an obsession. 

While neurotypical children may grow out of a particular “hobby” and move on to more age-appropriate subjects, ASD children often find what they like and stick with it. In the educational field, the term “preferred interests” describes the activities or areas of study that interest ASD people the most, distinguishing the interest from being a fixation or an instance of perseveration.

In January 2017, Kristin Patten Koenig and Lauren Hough Williams published Characterization and Utilization of Preferred Interests: A Survey of Adults on the Autism Spectrum. The study explains why these “preferred interests” are not drawbacks but vital elements… Continue reading in the Fall 2019 issue.