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Monday, February 25, 2013

Scranton playwright K.K. Gordon to have play performed in New York City

Scranton poet and playwright K.K. Gordon has had one of his plays selected to be performed in a competition at the American Globe Theatre in New York City. "Real Friends Help You Move" will be presented on Wednesday, April 24.

Read all the details here:

Northeast Pennsylvania Writers' Collective: K.K. Gordon's "Real Friends Help You Move" to be performed at the American Globe Theatre in New York

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Unauthentic Irish Stew

I made this the other day, and I liked it. My mom didn't like the rosemary, though. The rosemary is what makes it unauthentic; you can use parsley instead, or nothing at all.

I don't measure anything, so all measurements are rough guesses.

1 lb lamb tenderloins, cubed
1/4 cup of flour
2 tbs. olive oil
1 cup water (plus more water)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic salt
Onion salt
Rosemary
5-6 large potatoes
Carrots (equal in volume to potatoes)
Onion

1. Peel and dice the potatoes (or leave the skins on for extra fiber) and carrots.
2. Coarsely chop onion.
3. Cube lamb. I used tenderloins because that's what I pulled out of the back of the freezer.
4. Put flour in plastic bag. Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion salt, and rosemary.
5. Add cubed lamb and shake until thoroughly covered.
6. In large stew pot with heavy bottom, heat olive oil at medium-high heat.
7. Add half of onions and saute briefly.
8. Add cubed lamb. Saute several minutes until browned on all sides, stirring constantly.
9. After lamb has thoroughly browned and flour is beginning to stick to bottom of pot, slowly add water until all lamb is covered.
10. Add potatoes, carrots, and rest of onion.
11. Add more rosemary, and other spices as desired.
12. Add water to cover all vegetables.
13. Simmer at medium for at least one hour.
14. Refrigerate leftovers. Flavors will continue to combine in leftovers, and Rosemary may become more pronounced.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Updates and upcoming

1. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective will be holding its Poetry Night on Thursday, February 21 at The Vintage in Scranton, 326 Spruce Street, starting at 8:30 PM. Details can be found here.

2. The next NEPA BlogFest will be held Friday, April 19 at Rooney's in Pittston, starting at 6:00. Details can be found here.

3. Germany has a much higher rate of solar power production than the United States, and FOX News reveals the shocking reason why: Germany gets more sunlight than the U.S.! ...Wait, it doesn't? Well, FOX has never let facts get in the way before. See my post on NEPA Solar for more information.

I just wrote a long short story called "Canaan" for my writing group. I have the rest of the week to do rewrites before I present it. I'm very happy with it. It's pseudo-hard science fiction, so we'll see how it plays...

Meanwhile, I have some actual blog posts planned for here. With all the stuff I've been doing on various other blogs, I've been ignoring this one for too long. I'm hoping to end that soon.