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Minkin's Music: Marti Jones is rock r...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/05/2011 - 01:25 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay MinkinWhen discussing rock ‘n roll bloodlines, Northeast Ohio can claim its own version of the Royal Family. Marti Jones is a singer and painter originally from Uniontown, Ohio.She initially was part of the Akron band Color Me Gone, which was signed by A&M Records and released one EP in 1983 before dissolving.  Jones’ career path and personal life changed when A&M arranged for Don Dixon to produce her first solo outing, “Unsophisticated Time,” in 1985. Dixon, originally from South Carolina, was fresh off co-producing R.E.M.’s landmark debut, “Murmur,” and brilliant follow- up, “Reckoning.” Jones and Dixon subsequently ...

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Minkin's Music: The Mike Farris Exper...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/05/2011 - 01:32 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay MinkinAre you ready for an “experience” at Cain Park on Saturday, July 30? That’s when Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Revue, from Nashville, will be bringing their Americana traditional gospel, soul, and blues sound to the fine folks of Cleveland.You may never have heard of this former leader of the Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies, who scored a Top 10 hit with “Shakin’ The Blues” in 1994. To tell you the truth, neither did I until one night when I was at 3rd & Lindsley, in Nashville, for a showcase that featured Peter Bradley Adams and local favorites The Coal Men.In between the two acts I came to see, the place became packed to the rafter ...

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Greens and Things

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/29/2011 - 12:27 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
7/29/11
This week I had some successes and some failures.  So I can start off on a positive note, I’ll tell you about my applesauce first.
I have long had a vendetta against store-bought applesauce.  I know, this is a weird thing to be angry about.  My frustration started when I made the healthy decision to buy “no sugar added” applesauce.  Yuck!  It tasted awful.  How can something as delicious as an apple get turned into something that tastes like cardboard if you don’t add a bunch of extra sugar?  When I saw the bright green apples in my Fresh Fork bag I decided to try to top the applesauce companies.  I pee ...

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Asking for More

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/29/2011 - 08:04 am
Categories: Community, Food, Health & Beauty

“We get what we ask for in life, and most of us ask for too little.”by Mitch AllenSince my brother’s death last year, plus the long, cold Northeast Ohio winter and my own bout with a lingering flu this spring, I have fundamentally changed how I approach the world. If I wake up in the morning, I find myself feeling grateful. If I wake up in the morning and I feel good, I’m downright giddy.In the poem “Joy” by George Bilgere, he describes getting over the flu this way:
The baker has come back to his storeand everything smells like warm baguettes.The children are playing in the schoolyard,the piano bars along the riverhave thrown open their doors.As a result ...

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How I Got My Groove Back

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/22/2011 - 05:14 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
7/22/11
This week I lost my cooking mojo.  Last weekend was great, my husband and I went out to dinner on Friday, grilled steaks on Saturday and had a feast with friends on Sunday.  When Monday rolled around I was in no mood to cook.  We had leftovers for dinner.  Tuesday, I begged to eat out.  Wednesday, I told Nick to “just fix something please.”  Finally, on Thursday I decided something must change and I searched for a recipe that would be easy and rewarding to get myself back in the kitchen.  I found it in a simple but delicious appetizer of slow roasted tomatoes. 
I cut my tomatoes in half, drizzled them with balsamic ...

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Taking it Easy

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/17/2011 - 04:59 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
7/15/11
This week I only wanted to cook “easy” dishes.  “Easy” can mean different things to different cooks, but to me it usually means it is fast, has few steps, or few ingredients.  Recently, I have also included “meals that everyone can eat” into my definition of “easy.”  With Nick’s diet and a 15 month old son, I often find myself making multiple dishes to satisfy everyone.  Although for the most part that didn’t change this week, I did use the green beans I got from Fresh Fork to make a delicious Chicken Coconut Curry that was definitely a crowd pleaser in my house.
I love this recipe becau ...

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Gains, Losses and Settling In

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/14/2011 - 01:16 pm
Categories: Community, Health & Beauty

By Donna Feorene
7/13/11
When I started with Overload, Jeff advised that it would take 2-4 weeks to train my body to work efficiently with the machines and really see progress. Well, it has definitely started!! The workouts are actually getting shorter, but MUCH more challenging. However, I can still go straight to work or wherever right after without even a shower. I have discovered I can do almost anything for just 20-25 minutes, although Dave makes me question that sometimes!  It is grueling while there but worthwhile.  My family and close friends are beginning to notice change, and I have lost about 2% of my body fat in just one month and gained 4.5 lbs of muscle. My clothes ...

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Carrots and Cabbage and Beets! Oh My!

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/08/2011 - 04:23 pm
Category: Food

by Nikki Greco
7/8/11
For someone who is a self professed veggie-lover and who claims to cook and eat a lot of vegetables, I was rather ashamed of myself when I got my Fresh Fork bag last week and realized how seldom I use cabbage, beets, and carrots.  I don’t really like cabbage, so that makes sense, but I do like beets and carrots and besides using carrots in soups and veggie trays I don’t often prepare either of those veggies for myself.
In addition to cabbage, beets, and carrots my Fresh Fork bag contained 1lb grass-fed beef, 2 lbs sweet black cherries, a pint of black raspberries, 1 ½ lbs tomatoes, 1 head bibb lettuce, 1 quart of yogurt, some zucchini and summ ...

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Cooking for a Caveman

by mimivanderhaven.com on 07/01/2011 - 01:26 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
7/1/11
No, I’m not throwing brontosaurus steaks on the fire and serving them to Fred Flintstone, but I have been cooking for a caveman this week.  My husband, Nick, is trying out the “Paleo Diet” also known as the “Caveman Diet.”  Not being a nutritionist, I won’t get into it too much, but basically it is a diet that focuses on the food humans ate during their hunter-gatherer days.  Nick is eating lots of meat and veggies and can also have fruit and nuts in moderation.  He is not eating grains, dairy, beans, or sugar (or sweetener) and any sort of processed foods are frowned upon.  I have to admit, when he told me ...

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