Chorizo Tamale Pie
by Brian and Patricia Dake
Fall is a delightful time for entertaining. As sultry summer days give way to blustery afternoons and cooler evenings, we find ourselves heading indoors for cozy gatherings and comfort foods. This month’s recipe features an entree ideal for dressing up in autumn colors and for autumn holidays.
- Cut ends from onion and cut onion in half. Set aside 1/2. Peel off outside layers of dried onion skin and dice.
- Cut the top 1/4 inch off the pepper removing the stem. Cut peppers in half length-wise.
- Set aside 1/2 of each pepper for another use. Cut pepper halves again length-wise, cut out stems and remove the white ribs, membrane and all seeds.
- Dice peppers.
- Spray fry pan with cooking spray. …continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
By Emerian Rich
Rancho El Sobrante used to be the home of the Huichin, an Ohlone Tribe. Spanish missionaries took over the land around 1795, and after Mexico independence from Spain, it was deeded to Juan Jose and Victor Castro. El Sobrante is Spanish for “remaining land” and it’s fitting, given the three odd -shaped pieces of land it covers in-between Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo.
El Sobrante used to have the reputation of being wild but in recent years has become a more family oriented with many parks in the area. Kennedy Grove, for example, is a great place to have picnics or toss around a football. They also have hiking trails and excellent bird-watching opportunities. For water sports, San Pablo Reservoir offers fishing, boat rentals, kayaking, and canoeing. Water birds abound at the reservoir including white pelicans, geese, ducks, and shorebirds. Along the trails, you can see wild turkey, quail, and dove, as well as predators such as eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. You might even spy a deer or a bobcat.
The annual El Sobrante Stroll is an event…continue reading in the Fall issue for 2017.
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Entertain With Style
by Heather Roulo
Some casual gatherings don’t require more than paper plates and an invitation to grab a drink from the cooler. Other times, it’s an excuse to get out the fine china and dress the table to impress.
Jeanine Beckley, a house manager and professional caterer with thirty years of experience and a strong sense of humor reminds us, if you love it, use it—just remember you’ll still have to wash it all at the end.
Incorporate the style of your house into your entertaining. After all, some people prefer elegance. Your party should fit you. Jeanine knows a professional interior designer who always goes modern. “She’s not a little bit country, and she’s not rock and roll,” Jeanine recounts with a laugh. Her table reflects this with white-on-white flowers and candles.
Consider your event. Picnics bring to mind checkered tablecloths and simplicity. A barbeque might be similar, but with more napkins for saucy fingers. Dining al fresco is generally more casual, but be sure to….continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Working from Home
by AR Neal
When I tell people I work from home, I typically get a look of envy accompanied by, “I wish I could work from home.” or a look that suggests I’m some sort of deviant.
Depending on the audience, I respond with an explanation of the circumstances that led to my decision to give up the long commute, business casual attire, and board meetings.
Until the summer of 2013, I had a brick and mortar job. When the contract ended, I stayed home to give emotional support for the first time to my son, who has special needs. He was 18. The realization that I had been away from him for his entire life was sobering. Around the same time, my late husband’s health deteriorated further, and I became his caregiver. I started teaching online part-time. After my son moved out and my husband died, I realized I had no desire to go back to traffic jams and tight schedules.
I share this history for those who envy my situation as well as those who think… continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Don’t Kick the Cook
by Tim Reynolds
I have been eating for over half a century now and have spent a great deal of time in kitchens, professionally, practically, and even romantically.
If you can’t nuzzle while stirring pasta, what’s the point of cooking Italian? Although my skills have serious limits, I have discovered Three Basic Rules of food prep that I now pass on to you.
One: Salt to taste.
Two: Singed eyebrows grow back.
Three: Preheat the oven.
Salt to taste: My buddy Craig and were up at his family cottage for a weekend of fishing, rum, and cribbage. Since the fish weren’t biting that day, we went to our back-up plan, a simple, manly goulash that two twenty-something former Boy Scouts considered to be Cordon Bleu gourmet dining. Meat, veggies, more meat…perfect. When it came time to add a touch of seasoning, Craig tapped a pinch of salt straight from the shaker into the pot. Unfortunately, the shaker lid wasn’t screwed on quite as tight as it needed it to be and a half-full shaker’s worth of salt slid straight into the goulash… continue reading in Fall 2017 issue.
The Power of Aroma
by Murdo Morrison
I spent my childhood years during the 1950s in working class neighborhoods in Glasgow, Scotland. In those days any money went to necessities, and special items were things you saved up for.
Luxury items were often out of reach, with much of it yet to be invented. Not only was there less variety, but much of the produce was seasonal. We waited expectantly for the fresh strawberries and rich tarts the baker created. Fresh peaches, one shilling each at the time, were only an occasional treat.
The heightened senses of childhood made for a richer experience. It was a time when many items were served from barrels or bins. Potatoes were scooped onto a heavy scale, cheese was cut from the round. A simple shopping trip would be marked by the distinct aromas of the various stores where the air was filled with a heady mix of Provolone, Salami, spices, and other exotic aromas that, at the time, I was unable to identify. The strongest notes in the ‘perfumed symphony’ were played by the freshly roasted coffee beans. In our world, coffee, when we drank it at all, came from small tins of Nescafé in the form of a powder we mixed with hot water from the kettle. Perhaps it was then the idea… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Abie Ekenezar, Actress
by Emerian Rich
Actress and writer Abie Ekenezar grew up in Clapham, England. She knew she wanted to be an actress in secondary school and although she was nervous in her first play, the acting bug caught her and has not let go.
As a child, she was inspired by William Shakespeare, Tim Curry, David Tennant, Angela Bassett, and Halle Berry. She’s appeared in recent TV Series such as Grimm, Z. Nation, The Librarians, and Twin Peaks.
SEARCH had the pleasure of chatting with her about acting, writing, and what keeps her going.
What is the first creative thing you remember writing?
My poems. I thought I was an actual badass poet.
What books did you enjoy as a child?
RA Salvatore, Drizzt series, Goosebumps, Fear Street from RL Stine and Harlequin, yes I read Harlequin growing up!
What television series were your favorites?
Voltron, ThunderCats, and Are You Afraid of the Dark… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
by Elliot Thorpe
“I sang some songs, acted here and there, but no way would I call myself exceptional. I just hope I did my best for my audiences.” ~ Dean Martin.
A somewhat self-depreciating comment from the late, great Dean Martin on his own career. This laidback approach to his work belied a committed and professional entertainer, even though his formative years (born Dino Paul Crocetti on 7 June 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio) showed a general disenchantment for any form of authority. He could only speak Italian for the first five years of life and remarked as an adult that his English wasn’t “all that good either”.
A welterweight boxer, a speakeasy croupier, a steelmill worker, and blackjack dealer aren’t exactly the most auspicious starts. Not until his late twenties did he secure a job as a bar-room crooner. This brought him into the same circles as a young mime act, Jerry Lewis. Lewis’ manager suggested to Dean’s that the two acts become one. They debuted as ‘Martin & Lewis’ on stage in Atlantic City in 1946. After ten years, a stack of films, and countless stage and television appearances… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Kenny Cowan, Artist
by Emerian Rich
Kenny Cowan is a Bay Area artist who’s lived in San Francisco for the past twenty-four years. He has been featured in many Bay Area gallery shows and is donating sales of his SF AIDS Memorial Grove prints to the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.
The painting featured above is called Land’s End, inspired by a picture taken by his friend Nina Bell. “I seem to constantly ask if I can use a photograph that one of my friends have taken,” Kenny says. “My painting, Golden Gate Bridge, was inspired from a photograph taken by my friend Andrew Smith.”
Although Kenny paints Bay Area Landscapes now, that’s not how he started. Kenny grew up in the small township of Dadeville in Southwest Missouri, population 249. “I had what I consider a wonderful childhood. Can’t say I was ever without anything I needed. I’m from a large family with lots of love.”
The person who most inspired him to create as a child was his art teacher…continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.