SEARCH: Chorizo Tamale Pie

Chorizo Tamale Pie
by Brian and Patricia Dake

TAMALE2Fall 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.

FILLING

  • 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.
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SEARCH: El Sobrante

El Sobrante
By Emerian Rich

EL SOBRANTE_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.

SEARCH: The Power of Aroma

The Power of Aroma
by Murdo Morrison

MURDOI 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.

SEARCH: Abie Ekenezar, Actress

Abie Ekenezar, Actress
by Emerian Rich

abieActress 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.

SEARCH: Kenny Cowan, Artist

Kenny Cowan, Artist
by Emerian Rich

KennyCowanKenny 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.

Fall 2017, Editor Letter

fallcoverAlthough I love entertaining, I’m not the greatest cook. Not that I can’t cook. I just despise doing it. My family is not the easiest one to cook for either, since we all have different food allergies. For me, recipes need to be simple, quickly assembled, and easily substitutable. My favorite go-to meal when guests show up unexpectedly is chicken salad, which I’ve shared below.

Entertaining is more than just setting out some bags of chips and turning on the TV. It’s a way to show those you care about, how much you care by spending actual time with them. I know, a novel concept in this busy, text-driven world. Putting away the phones and spending time face-to-face is the best gift you can give to those you care about.

In this issue, we’ll be exploring cooking and entertaining in many different ways. For quick and easy entertaining ideas, check out the contributors suggestions throughout this issue. For you cooking pros, we have the Dake’s stunning Chorizo Tamale Pie. Whatever kind of party you’re panning, we’d like to hear your experiences. Read more about entertaining in our Fall 2017 Issue.

Emerian Rich
Editorial Director

Emerian’s Quick Chicken Salad
1 can white meat chicken, shredded
2 heaping tablespoons mayo
1 granny smith apple, diced
Pepper

*Mix chicken, mayo, and diced apples in a bowl.
*Sprinkle pepper over to taste.
*Spread on croissants, wrap in tortilla, or eat with crackers.
If serving in a buffet, you can have extra apple slices or chips to scoop and enjoy.

 

 

SEARCH: Nappy or Not Interview

Nappy or Not
by Emerian Rich

Full Name: Rhonda Glenn
Business Name: Nappy or Not
Business Type: Full Hair Care, Beauty, and Styling.

What makes your hair business different or more special than others? Nappy or Not encourages caring for your natural hair, and we discourage chemicals other than color treatments. Our salon is family orientated as well. We welcome everyone with open arms and encouraging hair care. If your hair isn’t becoming to you, then you should be coming to me.

Any favorite vacation spots in California? Napa Valley wine country, Pismo Beach dunes, San Francisco.

Where did you grow up? I consider myself a nomad because my family and I have lived all across the Gulf and West Coast, but I was born where most of my biological family live, in Houston, TX. However, I attended school in several different areas, causing me to have the ability to adapt very easily to different environments. I attended elementary, middle, and high school in Pomona, CA. I also attended school in Chino, Antelope Valley, Claremont, and graduated in Berkeley. Quite an adventure.

Were your parents supportive in your dreams? My entire family has always been supportive and have worked in the salon as some of my most helpful and dedicated workers… continue reading in Summer issue 2017.

SEARCH: BAY AREA, Maritime Museums

BAY AREA, Maritime Museums
By Sumiko Saulson

As a world-renowned seaport, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to several maritime museums. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is home to two maritime history museums: the J. Porter Shaw Library of Maritime History and the Maritime Museum across from Ghirardelli Square.

Aquatic Park Cove, is an encased area with swimming between Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park Pier. There are several historical vessels one can visit along Hyde Street Pier. The oldest, the 1886 squarerigger Balclutha, looks like a pirate ship Vallejo’s Mare Island Strait is home to a haunting series of partially deconstructed naval vessels called the Razorblade Fleet. The Mare Island Museum gives a glimpse into the island’s history with tours of maritime vessels and officer’s quarters. The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum showcases the city’s long history as a naval port. …continue reading in the Summer issue for 2017.

SEARCH: Your New Adventure

Your New Adventure
by Ashley Vrublevskiy

This is for all the parents just starting out in their journey through an autism or a similar diagnosis for their child. It’s what I wish I would have known before diving in head first into the journey of a lifetime. It’s scary and unknown. There’s no map, but I do know this. You can do it. So, here’s to your new adventure.

There are moments in your life that can immediately change who you are and who you will become. Mine came with that first person who said she was concerned that Zander had autism. Even though it was over four years ago, thinking back on it, I immediately begin to feel the sinking pit grow in my stomach and fill with anxiety. On that day, I honestly felt like I was unable to swallow, choking in a way on the words she spoke.

“Zander shows signs of autism, and I think we should get him evaluated.” My whole body felt instantly heavier as a thousand pounds of worry settled on my chest. I felt so many things in that moment: scared, angry, worried, sad, but oddly, and quite surprisingly to myself, I felt betrayed. I felt betrayed by all the mystical stories of motherhood and the “normal” I would have with my son. It felt like that beautiful dream had been snatched from my grasp by the word “autism” like a selfish thief of joy….continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Empowerment Plan

Empowerment Plan
by Michele Roger

The Empowerment Plan manufacturers
and distributes coats to
homeless communities around
the globe. Workers are also offered
free classes which help employees
like Tia (pictured above)
complete their GEDs.

“Capitalist Renewal” was the catch phrase for Detroit and it’s booming automotive business after World War II. Many farmers struggling in the south headed to Detroit in the early 1950’s due to its plentiful jobs and thriving economy. Soldiers returning from war also found jobs and $5,000 in grants to build a home in Detroit’s suburbs. The automotive industry was inclusive of all races and faiths. It was the shining example of the American Dream. Work hard and your job will provide you with high wages, security, and a good life, but something changed drastically from 1980 to 2007.

European markets began aggressively competing with the U.S. automakers. Shareholders in Detroit, accustomed to large profit sharing, made bad decisions. Wages for employees across the board became stagnate, and the hardest hit was the average line worker. Thousands of people lost their jobs and moved away. The tax base of Detroit became the very young or the elderly; neither of whom could support what was once a World Class city.

The Detroit City Council tried program after program to bring the city back. Mayors came and went, some with valiant effort but leaving never the less, defeated. By the middle of 2008, the State of Michigan had to take over. There seemed no solution to Detroit’s crippling decline, leaving many of its residents to deal with high crime and murder rates, abandoned homes turned into drug dens, gang violence, and homelessness. …continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.