Consumer Vision Magazine December 2019
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1. HEALTH MATTERS: Healthy Seafood Choices / Two Ads for Food: One Shocking, One Appealing *** by Leonore Dvorkin
2. COMMENTARY AFTERMATH: A Major Takedown *** by James R. Campbell
3. A WORD ABOUT SPORTS: Guaranteed Money Makes Bad Players Wealthy; Yankees Cut Loose One of the Worst *** by Don Wardlow
4. WEATHER OR NOT: The Difficulties Inherent in Winter Storm Indexing *** by Steve Roberts
5. THE HANDLER’S CORNER: Living and Working with Guide Dogs *** by Ann Chiappetta, M.S.
6. RECIPE COLUMN *** by Karen Crowder
7. MARCY’S SCHMOOZE TINIH *** by Marcy J. Segelman
8. CONSUMER VISION TRIVIA CONTEST
1. HEALTH MATTERS: Healthy Seafood Choices / Two Ads for Food: One Shocking, One Appealing
by Leonore Dvorkin
Copyright 11/25/19 by Leonore H. Dvorkin / Denver, Colorado
Leonore welcomes comments on any of her articles.
1. Your Guide to Healthy Seafood Choices
Source: Consumer Reports On Health magazine, December 2019, pages 4-5.
Seafood is loaded with nutrients: protein, iodine, selenium, zinc, vitamins B12 and D, and omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the danger of blood clots and lower triglycerides. Omega-3 fatty acids also appear to help prevent problems that come with aging, such as muscle and bone loss and cognitive issues.
The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of non-fried fish per week. However, if you up your fish consumption, it can also mean increasing your intake of mercury. Pregnant women and young children should avoid this heavy metal, as it can damage developing brains. In adults, it can cause neurological problems and result in memory loss, weakness, numbness, and tremors.
Mercury is in oceans and rivers naturally, and it’s also due to pollution. It accumulates in the flesh of large, long-lived fish, such as swordfish, also the big-eye tuna often used in sushi. Fortunately, there are many fish that are low in mercury and high in omega-3s. Some of the healthiest types of fish are cheap, readily available, and don’t require cooking. Examples are anchovies, sardines, and canned salmon, which is all wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Also, light chunk canned tuna is both cheaper and healthier than albacore tuna, as the former is lower in mercury.
Here are the many types of fish listed in this article, ranked according to their safety.
Great choices (high in omega-3s and low in mercury): anchovies, Atlantic mackerel, herring, oysters, Pacific chub mackerel, sardines, shad, trout, and wild and Alaskan salmon (canned or fresh).
Good choices (lower in omega-3s, but still healthy): Atlantic croaker, canned light tuna, catfish, crab, flounder and sole (flatfish), haddock, lobster, mullet, pollock, shrimp (wild and most U.S. farmed), tilapia, scallops, and squid (wild).
Eat rarely, if ever:
Big-eye tuna, Gulf tilefish, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, and swordfish.
A personal note: My husband and I are relieved to see that all the types of fish that we eat with any regularity—canned tuna, salmon, oysters, and sardines, as well as squid in many of the Vietnamese dishes that we enjoy when eating out—are all good choices. I actually read many years ago about light tuna being healthier than albacore tuna, and I’ve never bought albacore tuna since.
2. Two Ads for Food: One Shocking, One Appealing—as seen in a Costco brochure for October 28-November 21, 2019.
Before I give you the details of these two ads, let me state that overall, my husband I love Costco, where we have done most of our shopping for food, other household items, and many other things, such as tires, TVs, and some clothing, for over 10 years. The prices are amazing, the quality is high, the selection is more than adequate, and their cash-back credit card is another substantial bonus. In addition, the company has a very good corporate reputation; it was actually named America’s best employer in 2017.
Thus I have to say that I was shocked when I opened the above-mentioned 18-page brochure, which was obviously aimed at those seeking food and gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and saw an ad that totally disgusted me. It was for a 12-pound, boneless, rib-eye Wagyu roast from Japan, shown on a two-page spread featuring various other luxury food items, such as Spanish ham, 10 pounds of king salmon filets, and Bulgarian caviar.
I glanced at the pages, thinking, Okay, out of my price range and of no real interest to me anyway. Then I looked more closely at the price for that beef roast and could hardly believe my eyes. It was $999.99, thus a thousand dollars—and that was after a $280 discount. So the initial price of this rather fatty-looking hunk of beef was $1,279.99. Good grief! Who could or would pay so much for a piece of meat, and how could it possibly be so much better than regular beef that it would be worth anywhere near that much?
My next emotion was outrage. That is, if some rich family really could afford that much money for a few pounds of meat, then why wouldn’t they buy some other beef roast — something very good, certainly good enough to impress any of their well-heeled friends and family members— but much less costly? Then they could spread holiday happiness and much-needed relief by giving a few hundred dollars to a local food bank.
I have a student who volunteers at a local food bank with a very good reputation, the Jeffco Action Center. (Jeffco is short for Jefferson County.) They give away all kinds of things: food of many types (even fresh produce), clothing, school supplies, baby supplies, toys for kids, pet food, and much more. Almost all the workers there are volunteers. Kathy volunteers there most Thursdays; she says it’s hard but rewarding work. She said that some people who come in for food are actually homeless, living on the street or in their cars. I learned from her that 7-11 stores let them come in and microwave simple food items. I have given her multiple canned and boxed food items and some clothing to put on their shelves, and that felt really good. I can only imagine how good I would feel if I could afford to donate several hundred dollars at a time.
But back to the Costco brochure. On the back cover, there was another ad that presented quite a contrast to the one for beef. It was for “Thanksgiving in a Box,” with plenty of food for eight people, all pre-cooked and frozen, from the Schwan company. It included turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, Brussels sprouts, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, baguettes, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and ice cream. And the price for all this? A mere $89.99 delivered: much more reasonable in price, just about all that anyone could want, and far more morally palatable, at least to me.
About the Author
Leonore Dvorkin and her husband, the author David Dvorkin, have lived in Denver, Colorado since 1971. They have one son, Daniel, now 50, who is a biomedical researcher. Leonore is the author of four published books, and David has 29 books to his credit. They both write fiction and nonfiction.
Since 2009, they have been running DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services. The large majority of their more than 75 clients are blind or visually impaired, and they include several of the people who regularly write for this newsletter. David and Leonore offer excellent, comprehensive services at very reasonable prices. Details are on the DLD Books website, which is linked to below.
In addition to writing and editing, Leonore has taught exercise classes (mainly weight training) since 1976, and she’s tutored languages, four in all, since 1988. Working to keep up with health and nutrition news is one of her passions. She is grateful for the opportunity to share some of what she has learned via this newsletter, which she and her husband also edit.
Leonore and David invite you to visit any of their websites:
Leonore’s website: http://www.leonoredvorkin.com/
David’s website: http://www.dvorkin.com/
DLD Books Editing and Self-Publishing Services: http://www.dldbooks.com/
2. COMMENTARY AFTERMATH: A Major Takedown
by James R. Campbell
Since the war on terror began, there have been a number of successful takedowns of high-value targets. High-value targets are the most wanted terrorists or leaders of nations that support Islamic extremists who are bent on violence in the name of religion.
Among those listed as high value targets: Libyan President Qadafi, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden. All of these were captured or killed by the United States Special Forces. Their demise was the result of the tireless efforts of those who serve and vowed to pursue them to the final moments of their lives. The former dictator of Iraq was captured and hanged for his crimes. Others were killed by American operatives or their own people, as was the case with Qadafi.
Yesterday, it was announced and confirmed that the leader of the Islamic State was the latest to meet his fate. His name: Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi. The army of Islamic extremists he led bears responsibility for the most brutal crimes the world has borne witness to in recent years, including the murders of several Americans, including Kayla Mueller of Prescott, Arizona. Kayla risked and ultimately lost her life in service to the innocent victims of the fighting in Syria. Al-Baghdadi abused her on many occasions, all for his own pleasure. Ultimately, he had her killed when she refused to say that she had converted to radical Islam as a Jihadi bride. This senseless act gave President Trump ample cause to refer to al-Baghdadi as “a gutless animal.”
The announcement was one that Kayla’s parents had waited five years to hear. In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on October 30, Carl and Marcia Mueller described their daughter as a sensitive person who saw suffering and tried to heal it. During her captivity, she took up for the other girls who were held with her when they were raped and tortured by Islamic State barbarians. After each assault, Kayla would go to her bed, crawl under the covers, and cry. The letters the family received from her were touching.
The intelligence that led to our latest triumph came from several sources, including operatives in the inner circle and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. If nothing else, this is a testament to the loyalty of the Kurds, who now feel deserted in light of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region.
American Special Forces kept the Isis founder under surveillance for several weeks and finally traced him to the compound where the raid was conducted on October 26. A number of fighters were killed or captured. Al-Baghdadi ran into a dead-end tunnel and detonated a suicide vest, taking three of his children with him. Eleven other children were freed during the raid.
During an extended announcement on One America News mere hours after the raid, President Trump informed the nation of the successful operation. “This is the second success of its type in the last several weeks. First, we killed the son Of Osama bin Laden, who was a rising star in Al Qaeda. Last night, the leader of Isis received justice at the hands of American Special Forces at my approval. This marks another major defeat for the barbarians of Isis. But it isn’t over yet. We will continue to hunt down the remnants of his band of terrorists and capture or eliminate them.”
The radical Caliphate formed as the direct result of a vacuum that was created in Iraq when Barack Obama announced the timetable for the withdrawal of coalition forces in a bid to end the war that began on March 19, 2003. Once the troops left, Isis moved in, and the world was treated to their heinous atrocities. Under President Trump, the campaign that began in September 2014 accelerated, leading to the destruction of the Caliphate and the greater majority of its fighters, including a number of foreign fighters who signed up, often at odds with their own homelands.
I, for one, am glad to see this man taken out, although I would have preferred imprisonment. His downfall was long overdue, and I am certain that millions worldwide are not sorry that he’s gone for good. I believe that he met his calling at the point of detonation, and the fact that he took three of his children with him doesn’t speak well of him. President Trump said, “He died like a coward and a dog!” If the truth be told, he didn’t die a dog’s death. A dog is innocent of the gratuities that the man carried with him to the afterlife. And contrary to his belief, there are no virgins waiting for him, especially in light of the one he raped and mistreated before he had her killed.
As always, thanks for your time.
God bless the USA.
With loving kindness,
James R. campbell
3. A WORD ABOUT SPORTS: Guaranteed Money Makes Bad Players Wealthy; Yankees Cut Loose One of the Worst
by Don Wardlow
In the last century and a half, thieves were made into folk heroes — the James Brothers (Frank and Jesse), Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, to name just a few. Songs were written about all of the above. In our century, the most notorious thieves belong to baseball teams. Rather than stealing with guns, they sign contracts for guaranteed money, then play poorly (if these kings of entitlement bother to play at all) rather than earning their pay.
One of the most notorious of the new breed is Jacoby Ellsbury, who the Yankees have finally released. While I doubt they can manage it, they’re trying to recover some of the swag, in the neighborhood of $26 million, that his ill-advised contract says they owe him.
There’s an old saying: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Originally the saying began as an Italian proverb which found its way into English in 1786. I don’t claim to have infallible judgment, but since I have little or no money to handle foolishly, the mistakes I make don’t become worldwide knowledge. From the very beginning of baseball players getting guaranteed money, teams have been victimized by poor judgment. The Indians may have been the first, signing a now-forgotten pitcher named Wayne Garland to what was then serious money, only to have his career go up in smoke. The Mets can claim two of the worst modern robbers for their own: Bobby Bonilla, who will be getting paid for almost another two decades, and Yoenis Céspedes, who hasn’t played much during the Trump administration, unless you count playing golf.
The Yankees, once the exemplar of how baseball should be run, managed to go wrong as far back as Eddie Whitson. After his World Series appearance with the 1984 Padres, the Yankees foolishly signed him to a five-year deal for what was then major money, over $4 million. Unlike the recently released Ellsbury, who took up time and space for six years, Whitson was sent back to San Diego during the 1986 season. During the current century, Carl Pavano, A.J. Burnett, and Sonny Gray have taken serious money and done poorly in the Bronx. Pavano was by far the worst example of what guaranteed money in the Bronx has wrought until Ellsbury put on his black mask and came to town to don the pinstripes.
The Yankees could have put their ears to the ground before offering Ellsbury enough money to fund a small town. Even the brilliant writer Jeff Kallman, whose opinion of Ellsbury is more charitable than mine, admits that baseball’s first son of the Navajo had lost his taste for the Red Sox tribe by the end of their 2013 World Series triumph. He was only once an All-Star, which makes his $153 million, seven-year Yankee contract ludicrous unless he performed like a magician. Far from doing that, he was well below average in the Bronx.
The Yanks should have considered themselves forewarned. This is a man who essentially took the 2010 season off after a collision with teammate Adrian Beltre. He suffered hairline fractures to four ribs. Not compound fractures, but hairline fractures, after which a football player would get taped up and play the next week. He lost half a season to a “subluxation,” which to you and me is a partial dislocation of the shoulder. A tougher man could have that popped back into place and be good to go in a few weeks.
Football doesn’t offer guaranteed money in the amounts baseball does, and by 2013 his mates had had all they wanted of his reluctance to get back into action. So it was off to the Bronx. With the savviest of owners, George Steinbrenner, dead, the nonentities in the front office who have led the Yankees nowhere paid Ellsbury entirely too much and got entirely too little in return. Once a 30-home-run hitter and playing in a park that seemed tailor-made to his lefthanded swing, he hit only 16 home runs in 2014. In 2015, he was so bad that someone named Chris Young started instead of him in the wild card game, the only postseason game that version of the Yankees played. Over the years since, he performed for the Yankees as poorly as David Ortiz performed in Minnesota. Thrown on the scrap heap by the Twins, somehow Ortiz became a new man with the Old Town Team. Ellsbury went in reverse, alienating Yankee fans who had seen better performances by him wearing the Red Sox colors.
It’s not even as though the Yankees’ outfield was crowded. Aaron Hicks had Tommy John surgery, so God only knows when or if he’ll be back. Giancarlo Stanton is hoping not to be the next Ellsbury, although his 2019 year, playing in some 18 games and claiming nebulous injuries (even in the ALCS) was an Ellsbury audition. Nobody knows if Clint Frazier is around, much less whether he can be a 2020 regular. So an Ellsbury with a pulse would have been kept around, especially considering how nobody would want the rest of his contract.
Now with his release, even the Yankees don’t want it. They’ve filed a grievance, though who they filed it with wasn’t known. They tried to reclaim money from Alex Rodriguez, who the fans have christened both A. Roid and A. Fraud. The Miami native held onto his ill-gotten gains, and in all likelihood, so will Ellsbury, the son of Madras, Oregon. After two years in Madras shorts instead of a baseball suit, Ellsbury has his nerve thinking any self-respecting team will give him enough money to buy an SUV.
Ellsbury's not a fit mentor for newcomers on a team such as the White Sox, where youth will be plentiful. His only sensible move would be to continue not playing, which he began in 2018. Just make it official. Yoenis Céspedes may want to do the same across town.
4. WEATHER OR NOT: The Difficulties Inherent in Winter Storm Indexing
by Steve Roberts
We index other storms. Why not winter storms?
We rate hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Tornadoes are rated on the Fujita Scale. There is a scale that rates snowstorms in the northeast United States called the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS). There is even a scale that is being proposed to rate the severity of atmospheric rivers. If we can index all of these storms, why can’t we index winter storms as well?
The answer in short is this: Winter storms are too varied and complex to be put on an index that could easily be communicated to the people in society. What’s worse, a blizzard or an ice storm? Heavy, wet snow or a powder blizzard? How does a storm’s timing affect its impact on society? Let’s address all these questions one at a time.
What’s worse, a blizzard that dumps 3’ of snow or an ice storm that put down 1” of ice? In a blizzard, you cannot move; in an ice storm, an object in motion cannot stop. Both storms will knock out power to millions of people. To those who drive, the ice storm may be given the nod, as no car is good on ice.
What’s worse, a storm that dumps 12-20” of heavy, wet snow or a powder blizzard that deposits 20-30” of snow? In absolute terms, the powder blizzard is worse, but things are by no means that simple. The snows from the powder blizzard may blow back onto highways, driveways, and sidewalks, necessitating repeated snow removal efforts. The heavy, wet snow may only have to be removed one time, but may be harder to remove due to its great weight. The removal of heavy, wet snow can send lots of people to the emergency room, as people throw out their backs, have heart attacks, and injure their hands clearing snow from the chutes of snow blowers and snow throwers.
There are circumstantial factors to take into consideration. For example, a storm that puts down a foot of snow that changes to rain may be worse than if that storm were all snow and deposited 20” of the white stuff. Paradoxically speaking, more winter precipitation would make the latter a less impactful winter storm.
A snow and ice storm is truly awful because you have the daunting task of removing snow that is covered with a crust of ice. There is no easy means of snow removal. Using a snow shovel is difficult, while the use of a snow blower may be impossible.
Back-to-back snowstorms can present challenges of their own. If you get a foot of snow one night and a foot of snow the next, the removal of snow from the second storm may be harder to do because of figuring out where to put all that snow.
Timing is everything in a winter storm’s impact. If a snowstorm starts at noon on Friday, then the rush hour will be a mess! If that storm had held off for just 12 hours, its impact would be lessened, even if it were a bigger snowstorm. Let’s look at the timing of a winter storm from the calendar’s perspective. A snowstorm that deposits 10-15” of snow on the 20th of October will cause all manner of havoc because the leaves are still on the trees. The leaves catch the snow like a baseball mitt, weighing the tree limbs down. Now tree limbs snap, taking power lines down with them. The result is widespread power failures that bring misery to hundreds of thousands of people.
A storm that dumps 20-30” of snow on the 20th of January would be far less impactful, simply due to the fact that there are no leaves on the trees. This storm may be twice as big yet half as impactful, simply because of the time of year in which it took place.
About the Author
Steven P. Roberts is the author of The Whys and Whats of Weather (2014). To see details of this book and of his subsequent novel, The Great Winter Hurricane, please visit his website:
https://www.dldbooks.com/stevenproberts/ Both books are for sale in e-book and print from Amazon, Snashwords, and multiple other online sellers.
5. THE HANDLER’S CORNER: Living and Working with Guide Dogs
by Ann Chiappetta, M.S.
Hello, readers. I bring autumnal greetings from New York’s lower Hudson Valley, where the fall foliage is stunning and there are acorns aplenty. I’ve heard that a windfall of acorns means a cold and long winter. The dogs don’t mind it except for the chemicals on paws, which burn. Paw wax and booties in the worst circumstances keep paws soft and safe.
Since I don’t have grandchildren, our dogs are our children with four feet. We smile when people seem shocked at our three dogs, cat, and guinea pigs. I like to say that an animal that chooses us as its family is one lucky animal. If we had a house and a larger yard, we would have still more dogs and maybe another cat.
Our newest dog is a rescue by the name of May. She is certainly a challenge, quick, smart, and adorable, with pointed ears and a friendly personality. Bailey took to her right off, and she respected Verona’s senior status with a canine courtesy beyond her 10 months. The cat is still learning how to cope, as May likes to chase him when he teases her too much.
We rescued May from the Humane Society and she was spayed by a local veterinarian, who botched the surgery and left sutures that did not dissolve. Now she has to have a second procedure to remove them and make sure there isn’t a secondary infection. Our rescue dog’s adoption fee was $250, including the spay, and now there’s an additional $1,000 to repair it. Adopting a dog can be just as expensive as purchasing a pure breed.
This is what I meant by our dogs being treated like our children. We wouldn’t have it any other way, though, and if you met May, you would be won over by her beautiful coat and color, personality, sweet nature, and love of playing fetch.
I hope you and your loved ones have a blessed and safe holiday season and new year.
6. RECIPE COLUMN
by Karen Crowder
Early December 2019 promises to be cold and snowy across New England, the Mid Atlantic, and parts of the West and Midwest. December 21 is the shortest day of the year. In December, families often escape the cold, traveling to Florida or to Disney World in California.
There are two exciting December holidays. Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 22 and ends on Monday, December 30. Christmas is Wednesday, December 25. In many Christian churches, in 2019 the season of Advent begins on December 1 and ends on December 22.
I present Consumer Vision readers with three delicious recipes.
A. Noodle Kugel
B. Crabmeat Mushroom-Cheese Omelet
C. Delectable Chocolate Brownies
A. Noodle Kugel
The recipe for noodle kugel is from the out-of-print book Grandmom Grode’s Gourmet Goodies. It was brailled in 2006 by the National Braille Press. Noodle kugel is a delicious side dish often served during Hanukkah. However, it is also served throughout the year.
This dish was served by friends and family at the surprise housewarming party for my late husband Marshall and me. We enjoyed this delicious dish in September 1990.
Eight ounces fine noodles
One-fourth pound butter (one stick)
One and one-fourth cups sugar
One teaspoon vanilla
One teaspoon cinnamon
Eight ounces cream cheese
One 16-ounce carton cottage cheese
Two cups milk
One teaspoon cinnamon
1. Boil noodles and drain well.
2. Cream butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cottage cheese, and cream cheese together. Mix at medium speed for five minutes.
3. Mix in cinnamon and add milk.
4. Fold in noodles and put mixture in large casserole dish.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
6. Remove casserole dish from oven and sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs. Return to oven for one hour. Note: I would use two whole honey graham crackers. This recipe does not refer to using a casserole dish. I always bake tuna casseroles or macaroni and cheese in a large casserole dish.
Noodle kugel goes well with a tuna casserole and fruit.
B. Crabmeat Mushroom-Cheese Omelet
My friend Jenny celebrates the holidays with me. It is our Christmas morning tradition to prepare this breakfast.
Six large eggs
One-half cup milk
One-fourth stick butter
One can crabmeat, drained
Six large mushrooms
Four slices American cheese, cut into small pieces
Dashes of garlic powder, curry powder, and chives.
1. In a large 12-inch cast iron or stainless steel skillet, melt butter on low heat. After five minutes, add broken-up mushrooms and sauté them for 15-20 minutes on low to medium heat. Add drained crabmeat and sauté it for 5-7 minutes.
2. Beat eggs with wire or silicone whisk for one minute. Add milk and spices, beating for one minute. Add cheese and beat for 60 seconds.
3. Add egg-cheese mixture to the skillet. Quickly stir mixture and let it cook on low to medium heat for 20-25 minutes. When the top of the omelet feels almost dry, it is done.
4. With a metal or silicone spatula, lift the omelet from the skillet onto a large dinner plate. Divide it in half, serving it on large plates.
This omelet goes well with fruit, coffee, and English muffins, toast, or coffee cake on Christmas morning.
C. Delectable Chocolate Brownies
The original name for this recipe is Double Chocolate Brownies. It is from the braille copy of Brownie Delight book. The book is available in braille or electronic format from the Blind Mice Mega Mall.
Note: I used less sugar and added one and one-half ounces Ghirardelli 72 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate and two tablespoons Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa.
Two sticks butter or margarine
One ounce Ghirardelli 72 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate
Four ounces unsweetened chocolate
Four large eggs
One and three-fourths cup sugar
One teaspoon vanilla
One cup flour
One 12-ounce package Nestlé’s semisweet chocolate chips
One cup chopped pecans, optional
Two tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, optional.
1. In a double boiler or three-quart saucepan, melt butter or margarine, bittersweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate. While ingredients are melting on low heat, bring eggs to room temperature and sift flour into a small mixing bowl. Cool chocolate mixture.
2. In a mixer bowl, beat eggs on low-medium speed for three to five minutes. Add sugar slowly, beating mixture for three to five minutes. Add vanilla and beat on low speed for one minute.
4. Put the package of chocolate chips into the flour and stir.
6. Before adding the egg-vanilla-sugar mixture to the chocolate mixture, whisk chocolate mixture for a minute. Add the egg-vanilla-sugar mixture to the cooled chocolate-butter mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon for two minutes.
7. Add the chocolate-flour mixture and stir for two minutes. When the brownie batter becomes harder to stir, it is ready.
8. Put parchment paper into a 7”x11” Pyrex pan. Grease the parchment paper with butter and dust it with flour. With a one-cup measure, measure half the brownie batter into the pan.
9. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. After measuring half the brownie batter into pan, break up one-half ounce of bittersweet chocolate. Add half to the batter. Measure the rest of the brownie batter into the pan. Before putting it in the oven, add additional bittersweet chocolate to the brownies. With a sandwich spreader or rubber spatula, smooth brownie batter evenly over the pan.
10. Bake brownies for 40 minutes.
Cool brownies on counter. Invert on a paper-lined dinner plate. Top with foil and plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Turn over brownie and cut into four squares and then into smaller squares with a sandwich spreader. Put brownies into an air-tight container lined with parchment paper, especially if you are taking them to festivities. Leave some at home to share with friends and family.
I made these brownies for a Thanksgiving gathering on November 23. Everyone loved the fudgy, deep chocolate flavor.
I wish all Consumer Vision readers a blessed and happy holiday season. Let us hope and pray for a happier and peaceful America.
7. MARCY’S SCHMOOZE TINIH
by Marcy J. Segelman
Here it is. Another year has flown by. I hope that we all enjoyed Thanksgiving. Here is the start of our festive, wonderful, and magical holiday season. I will not list all the different holidays because it would take too long.
Before I start my journey with all of you, I want to take this time to say I am thankful for the past year of support and kind wishes for me and my family. It meant a lot, and it helped.
You have heard me talk over the years of the holiday Hanukkah. This is a very joyous and meaningful holiday. It lasts for eight nights. I would say that in most Jewish homes, if it was feasible, the children would get a gift a night. I did when I was small. They were not very big gifts until the very last night. Also, you would get things that were meaningful and useful.
My mother would have the family over and we would have a Hanukkah party. There would be latkes, blintzes, other foods, and games. It was a family time. For me, it’s not commercialized. When the holiday arrives, we set things up in the Temple, and members of the community have a wonderful time with one another and have lots of fun.
There is a game we play with a dreidel, a four-sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side. You spin the top, and which letter lands up determines how much you win or lose. The letter nun means nothing. The letter gimel means everything. The letter hei means half. The letter shin means put in. Any number of people can play. The stakes are very small. Each player begins the game with an equal number of game pieces, such as pennies, nuts, raisins, etc. If you find that you have no game pieces left, you are either out or may ask a fellow player for a loan. When one person has won everything, that round of the game is over.
8. CONSUMER VISION TRIVIA CONTEST
Here is the answer to the trivia question submitted in the November Consumer Vision. Secret Agent Ninety-Nine’s name on Get Smart was Susan. Congratulations to the following winner:
Trish Hubschman of Selden, New York
And now, here is your question for the December Consumer Vision. What is a male turkey called? If you know the answer, please email email@example.com or call 508-994-4972.