I serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals for our village. We do not have a lot of action, by any means, but every once in a while, things get hopping. As we try to bring the village into the
We recently welcomed a fellow and his visionary aquaponic lettuce and fish farm business - he is transforming the 100 acres of decaying greenhouses that were left derelict, victims of cheap South American roses. He has big plans and some of those plans seem to be rewriting town regs to better fit his vision.
Last night we sat through a slipshod presentation requesting a special permit for a variance. This was for another business - also welcomed - that is already in the construction stage. I do believe the fellow thought he would sit down with us yokels without any preparation or supporting documents and steamroll the process.
Surprise! Our board consists of two retired teachers, a civil engineer, a retired publisher, a Ph.D. that works for a college, and a blogger (by gawd). We gave him a resounding thumbs down on his request. All while being terribly polite about it.
Hello. My name is Sweezie and I am addicted to Ersatz Spoonbread. It started innocently enough - I was searching for a non-sweet, GF, bread-like substitute to fill that hole left by the departure of gluten from my diet. Every replacement I came up with was dry and grainy, and very unsatisfying. Then I discovered this "spoon bread" recipe. I was born in the South and have spent some little time (off and on) there. I know my spoon bread. This ain't it. BUT... it not only is the most satisfying cornbread/spoonbread-ish thing I have ever eaten, it is also a wonderful vessel for my alarmingly large supply of frozen corn! I call it a vegetable side dish. I dare anyone to contradict me.
It has, what I call, the essentials of life - eggs, cheese, yogurt, fresh corn, and cheese. Did I mention cheese? It is very easy to whip up (I should know, as I've made it at least four times over the past two weeks) and has served me well as comfort food. I found the recipe in a cookbook I picked up at a flea market book sale - "Cooking Free". I am also in love with her apple spice cake. If you are interested, let me know and I will post the recipe.