Monthly Archive: September 2015

Sep 24

Bye-Bye, Yogi

I’ve never been a big fan of professional sports. In fact, I have significant contempt for many of those in the world of professional sports, especially (NFL & AFL) football and (NBA) basketball. Many of the players are nothing more than overgrown teenagers turned entertainment stars with extensive criminal records. See Arron Hernandez and Keith …

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Sep 20

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is another dish I like to prepare at the end of summer. It is a filling meal for vegetarians when accompanied by pasta. This dish takes a bit of preparation time, but when done properly, it is well worth the trouble. This year was the first in a long time for me to …

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Sep 20

Ratatouille

Ratatouille originally from the region of Provence, France. Southern France is known for warm climate suitable for growing eggplant (the key ingredient), zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, to make a ragout-like blended vegetable stew.   For the best flavor each of the veggies should be cooked separately then, combined and baked to finish. Herbs …

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Sep 17

China End of Summer

In a series of posts about my first visit to China, I shared information about culture, history and food in four cities. At the end of this summer, I had an opportunity to return to China. During this visit, I spent most of my time within Shandong province (read about it in this post), but …

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Sep 15

Qufu; birthplace of Confucius

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” Perhaps my favorite quote from Confucius.   In an earlier post, I stated incorrectly that Jinan was home of Confucius. Born 551 B.C., his birthplace, home and primary place of teaching was in Qufu. Jinan was, at the time, and remains so today, the …

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Sep 12

Return to Jinan

It was wonderful to receive such a heartwarming welcome from Team Q! You all are great! Your invitation to make Jinan my second home is touching and I thank all of you for your warm greeting. During this trip, I spent most of my time in Shandong Province. I visited the Shandong Provincial Museum and …

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