Monday, April 2, 2018

Lemon Cookies

My daughter put this together and it is delicious. Just the right amount of lemony goodness!

Lauren's Lemon Cookies
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup of granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
juice of one lemon
2 cups of flour

Directions: In a mixing bowl, blend all ingredients, with the exception of the flour. Once creamy, add the flour one cup at a time. If the batter is too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. With an ice cream scoop, scoop out lemon batter and form into balls at least 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Cookbook Author Gina Meyers

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stop the Madness: Signatures Needed ASAP, Keep Columbus Day as Italian Heritage Day, not Indigenous People's Day

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, please sign the petition to amend City Council's secret vote to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.

Today C.I.A.O. – the Coalition of Italian American Organizations held a press conference in Washington Square announcing the referendum campaign to reverse the Board of Supervisors’ ordinance which replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.  C.I.A.O. Bay Area believes that one culture should not be chosen over another culture when there are ample days in a year to celebrate all cultures. 

We propose naming the second Monday in October Italian American Heritage Day which would restore the day commemorating the many contributions of the San Francisco Italian Community. 

The referendum campaign will seek nearly 20,000 signatures of San Francisco residents.  Deadline is March 9, 2018.

ASSISTANCE NEEDED:  Please help us gather signatures.  Pick up or request a signature packet from the SFIAC at415.781.0166 or 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Easy Chocolate Raspberry Mocha Cheesecake with Papagni Muscat & Papagni Alicante Bouschet

Easy Chocolate Raspberry Mocha Cheesecake

2 teaspoons of espresso powder
1 package of cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup of sugar
3 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 container of whipping cream
1 graham cracker pie or chocolate pie crust
1 pint of fresh raspberries, washed.

Directions: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, espresso powder, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract, mix until smooth. Fold in the whipping cream, mix well. Spoon mixture into prepared chocolate pie crust. Refrigerate for three hours. Dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar.

Pair your raspberry dessert with a 2011 Muscat from Papagni Vineyards. If you are in the mood for a red dessert wine, try Papagni 2003 Alicante Bouschet Dessert Wine.

"Our Muscat is pale straw in color with fresh floral aromas and just picked grapefruit. The palate is rounded, rich and sweet. The honey and apricot fruit flavors are balanced with a delicate acidity that keeps it fresh through to the lively finish. A lovely wine to pair with spicy Asian cuisine or serve after dinner with fresh fruit and angel food cake." ~ Demetrio Papagni 750 ML  ALC 12% BY VOL

Our 2003 Alicante Bouschet is a sumptuous dessert wine. Rich and flavorful with a nose dominated by sweet, toasty black fruits and white pepper that carry through to rich, mouth -filling flavors with soft tannins and a very silky finish. Aged for 9 years in our cellars, this Alicante Bouschet is ready to drink now. Only 95 cases of this exquisite wine were produced. 750 ML  ALC 18.5% BY VOL

Congratulation to Papagni Wines for winning gold and silver at The San Francisco Wine Chronicle Competition: Visit Papagni Winery Today!
2016 Muscat of Alexandria  Silver
2015 Nero d'Avola             Bronze
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon   Gold
2015 Alicante Bouschet     Silver
2015 Pinot Grigio             Silver

Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Cucumber Relish & Capers & Pairs well with Papagni Petite Syrah Wine

Demetrio Papagni, proprietor of Papagni Wines

Spice-Rubbed Salmon with Cucumber Relish & Capers

The bold spice rub works well with rich-flavored salmon and would also be tasty on pork. Serve with an angel hair pasta, mashed potatoes or even a spinach salad.

1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of paprika
½ teaspoon of salt, divided
¼ teaspoon of dried thyme
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned
Extra virgin olive oil or Olive Oil Cooking Spray
2 cups of chopped cucumber
½ cup of chopped red bell pepper
¼ cup of chopped onion (red preferred or white onion)
2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh mint
1 Tablespoon of capers
1 Tablespoon of cider vinegar.

Directions: Preheat the broiler. Combine first six ingredients, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and dried thyme; rub evenly over fish. Place fish on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Broil eight minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Combine ¼ teaspoon of salt, cucumber, and remaining ingredients; serve with fish. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fish fillet and about ½ cup of the cucumber relish)

Pairs well with Papagni Petite Syrah
This generously proportioned rich and jammy wine has an exotic bouquet of black cherries accented with tobacco, black pepper, cocoa and anise. A touch of smoky oak rounds out the long and lush palate. Not a wine for the faint of heart! Pair it with roasted and grilled meats of all kinds, as well as pastas with bold red sauces. 750 ML ALC 14.5% BY VOL

Make Kit is on a Mission, Mission Possible, Meat-Free Meals even Sir Paul McCartney is on a Meat Free Monday Campaign, For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lauren Meyers

Make Kit is Making a Difference
Young People on a Mission
A Mission for better health!

The power of young people on a mission, a food revolution really!


Even Sir Paul McCartney is on board: Paul McCartney Releases
New Short Film for 'Meat Free Monday' Campaign, Featuring Unreleased Song:
Listen here:Paul McCartney Meat Free Mondays Campaign

Make Kit grew off the back of NHS research that identified recipe kits as a solution to overcoming the barriers to a healthy diet; the perceived high cost of healthy food, lack of time to cook from scratch and lack of knowledge of healthy dishes. Our recipes are designed to overcome these barriers with:
  • 100% good-for-you ingredients (at least 2 of your 5 a day, low in salt, sugar and saturated fats, and no additives or artificial ingredients).
  • New, inspiring & delicious recipes you can easily create (or recreate) yourself by following a simple step-by-step recipe that helps build new skills in the kitchen.
  • Our kits start at £4.20 per portion, that's everything you need to make a healthy, home-cooked meal in around 30 minutes without the planning, shopping or prep! Yes, please! 
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day

You may have heard the news. Two weeks ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. There was virtually NO public notice or opportunity for public discussion prior to the vote.

In my opinion, this is an attack on the Italian American Community. Everyone knows that Columbus Day is a day of Cultural Heritage and Celebration. Besides being 1/2 Italian, I am also 1/4 Sicilian and also 5% Sioux Indian. To rename a cultural holiday is ridiculous! I'm not going to argue about Columbus and how good or bad a person he was, History books are for that, but two wrongs don't make one right, I remember learning this from my parents. I'm 100% American and we may not be able to change the current wave of "righting wrongs", but we can stand up to discrimination!

What's next? Renaming St. Patrick's Day? Outlawing Saint Valentine's Day? Americans have the right to celebrate their heritage and everyone in their right mind knows that Columbus Day isn't about Columbus per se, it's about Heritage, celebrating for a day that "everybody can be Italian".

A couple of years ago, a private company renamed a National Landmark, the famous Awahnee Hotel. They changed it to:  The Great Majestic Hotel. There is nothing great about renaming landmarks or Federal Holidays in my book. Especially when it is done behind closed doors and without public acknowledgement.

If you are Italian or not, you should be upset over this. Politicians deciding without public input what to do. Turning an Italian Holiday into an American Indian Holiday without so much as a peep. What can we do to make a change for the better.
#1 Everyone should stand up to discrimination in whatever form it takes and call it what it is.

I would suggest calling your local representatives and telling them that you don't appreciate them making decisions about National/Federal Holidays behind closed doors.

The SF Italian Athletic Club is doing an excellent job of leading the charge in the efforts of the SF Italian American Community to make sure our local traditions and history are preserved.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

The new year is upon us, yet once again. Those dreaded New Years Resolutions
are  rearing their ugly heads. Can’t we just put those  medusa infused
worms on the back burner for awhile? As a writer, I often contemplate or some say analyze things.
I am a woman after all, so I often contemplate many things. For instance,
I can’t just go to the store and buy Comet.
In my mind, I make it a little moniker song, comet, cupid, donder, and blitzen.
Then I end up buying AJAX and giggling to myself
how it says, “scratch resistant”. Really?
An abrasive material is scratch resistant.
When I adopted my cat from the S.P.C.A. did she come with directions that said,
“has a microchip and now is scratch resistant?” Ok, I may be way off of a point here,
but I had you guessing for awhile didn’t I?

The new year is always an exciting time.
It’s a time to create new memories and hope for better days.
It’s a time to think about how things have been and how you want things to be.
I’ve never been one for those new years resolutions, cause there is no way
I could keep any of them. Not a single one. I would be toast by the 15th of the month.
Notice how I distance myself from even the word new years resolutions type of person,
it’s like I have one of those really long sticks that they used to allow at the circus to keep
the dreaded new year's resolutions at a distance.

Enough said, you get the picture. I’m reasonably happy with my appearance and my weight.
I sometimes vow to do things slightly differently. Like in the new year,
I vow to only drink really superb espresso (like Nespresso and Illy)
and only to drink the best wine and ONLY the best Prosecco or Champagne
(unless it is a mimosa made with the cheap stuff, that still works!)
I hope to meditate daily and take a fifteen minute walk each day and to write in my journal/diary.

A new year to me is like the scent of a brand new baby after his/her first bath.
The previous year, depending upon its kindness to me is either a really old, cheap pair of
stinky socks or a delightful cacophony of memories and pleasantries that have
nothing to do with stinky socks. Did you notice the oxymoronic way I worded that sentence?

I appreciate the 76 strangers (I don’t have that many relatives and they already have
copies of my cookbooks) who felt that my books/cookbooks would brighten their holidays.
I am appreciative of what God has given me, a humble spirit, a kind soul,
an enthusiasm for life, a Jacques Cousteau adventurous  persona, etc. Author Gina Meyers

For me, I would like to make 2018 be about inspiring.
Inspiring myself to be the best Gina bobinna banana fanna fo fina I can bea!
Once you inspire yourself, you can inspire others to “just do it”, as the Nike ads say.
And remember, if you’re not happy there is always Paris, Plastic Surgery, and Sees Candies.

And on another high note, my suggestion is to have an attitude of gratitude.
I am grateful for the health of myself and my family and friends, especially my children!
I am grateful that I have fun and exciting people in my life that want to share their
passions and vocations with me. I am grateful I have enough money to pursue
my dreams which mostly involve traveling--and to help my children to have enough
so they can enjoy their lives instead of worrying about money.

On another octave, be a teacher, not a preacher. Remember Tammy Faye Baker and Jim Baker?
They seemed like they had it all, and what they didn’t have was GOD or a SPIRIT of GODLINESS.

Accept yourself. Yes, I make my bed daily and I always leave spoons on the counter,
even though I have a spoon rest. Don’t ask me why, it baffles even me.  Be well my friends.

Shine in 2018! Purchase Manifesting Magnificence: A Personal Growth Workbook today!