Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Weird Stories

After her 11-year-old son was suspended for twice bringing a loaded handgun to school, Linnea C. Holdren, 43, said the matter was pretty much beyond her control. "I can't lock up his guns," she told police. "They belong to him, and he has a right to use them whenever he wants to use them." (The boy was expelled in January, and Holdren, who is a teacher at her son's Shickshinny, Pa., elementary school, has been charged with felony endangerment.) [San Jose Mercury News-AP, 12-18-05; WYOU-TV (Scranton), 1-18-06] (Lucy's note: Who in Heavens name would allow an 11 year old child to own his own hand guns? Is she crazy?)

Least Competent Criminals
Not Cut Out for a Life of Crime:
(1) Three men who police say stole a car in San Jose, Calif., in October and drove it to Chico, Calif., were arrested in Chico when police caught them trying to break into that same car because they had locked the keys inside (or thought they had, since Chico Officer Jose Lara said he found the keys in one of the men's pockets, after all).
(2) Adam Ruiz, 29, was arrested in Buffalo, N.Y., in January after he showed up at work as a trainee at the same Burger King he had allegedly robbed the week before (strengthening the conclusion that crime certainly does not pay if it pays less well than burger-flipping.) [Chico Enterprise-Record, 11-4-05] [The Buffalo News, 1-13-06]

Note from Lucy: Found this recipe for Instant Eggs Florentine in the Womens World magazine March 14th issue. Can't wait to try it.

Instant Eggs Florentine: Whip these up in minutes, freeze, then just pop in the microwave for 90 seconds when you're ready to eat!

10 oz. frozen, chopped spinach, thawed, drained
1 egg white + 4 eggs
Salt, pepper
1/2 cup reduced-fat cheese
2 slices cooked turkey bacon, crumbled

Mix spinach leaves with egg white, salt and pepper. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray; press spinach mixture up the sides of six cups. Combine remaining eggs, cheese and bacon; pour evenly over spinach. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Another recipe that sounds really good to me (I plan to try it tonight) is Roasted Tomatoes.
I got this recipe from the Parade magazine dated Feb. 26, 2006

Roasted Tomatoes:

(Fresh bread crumbs are a key in this dish.)
1 large slice peasant bread (3/4 inch thick), lightly toasted
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
4 TBL. chopped parsley
8 tomatoes, halved crosswise, seeded, pulp removed and reserved.
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 TBL. extra-virgin olive oil

Chop the bread, garlic, parsley and tomato pulp. Mix with thyme, salt, pepper and oil; spoon into tomato halves. Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Serves 8. Per serving: 110 calories, 10 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. protein, 7 g. fat, no cholesterol.

One more recipe from the same magazine:
Green Bean, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad

1 1/2 pounds tender green beans, stem ends snapped
1 TBL. Dijon-style mustard
2 TBL red-wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 TBL extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup walnut halves
8 ounces Danish blue or Roquefort cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
2 TBS chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1) Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain, run under cold water to refresh, then drain again. Pat dry with paper towels.
2) Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the vinaigrette: Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and continue whisking until slightly thickened.
3) Before serving, add the green beans and the walnuts; toss with the vinaigrette. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the blue cheese and parsley.

Serves 8. Per serving: 210 calories, 7 g carbohydrate, 8 g protein, 17 g fat, 20 mg cholesterol.


At 1:04 PM, Blogger Mountain Mama said...

The teacher who allows her 11 year old son to have guns is nuts!
It's horrifying to know this sort of person is teaching our children.

The recipes sound yummy, especially the green bean salad.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Sherpa said...

The salad looks awesome....

At 7:51 PM, Blogger angel, jr. said...

No child should have a gun.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish my family would eat more interesting food.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Meredith said...

Thanks for the freezer-friendly breakfast recipe! I have half a casserole of cooked chopped spinach in the refrigerator that's just looking for a second incarnation.

At 12:46 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

No one should have a gun.

That salad sounds delicous, i will give it a go :)

At 4:23 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

Interesting stories, I hope they lock the mother up with the kid, cause obviously she definitely is crazy!

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Jahn said...

Y'know.... up until 1968, it was quite common for kids to take guns to school. There were shooting clubs, kids were taught gun safety. Then, all of a sudden, Big Brother decided we're all morons who can't be trusted.

Never trust a government that doesn't trust you.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

mountain mama - I agree, no child should own a gun.

ruby g - the salad does look good. I'm going to try it soon.

angel jr. - I'll second that.

daybyday4-2day - Keep working on giving them good nutrious food.

meredith - a great way to recycle spinach.

michelle - kids and guns don't mix.

prag - I agree.

jahn - kids back then didn't shoot each other with the guns either.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Merle said...

Hi Lucy ~~ Thanks for your visit to Herons Nest and comment.
What a crazy mother ~ no child should have a gun and take it to school.
The recipes look good, and I love trying new ones. Thanks. Cheers.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I love your recipes.

Wish I had time to cook these days.

Definitely prefer those recipies to those strange stories.

If you were at my job, you would hear some doozies!

At 3:10 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

merle - Thanks for stopping by. I love trying new recipes too.

Barb - I'm glad I don't have your job. I think it would be too much for me. Pick out the easiest recipe and give it a try.

At 10:57 PM, Blogger Lavender Dawn said...

You gotta love the stupidity! I needed a laugh. That mom has some issues... discipline your child!

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Texas_Ivy10 said...

Story #1 is unbelievable!! That woman has no common sense!

The other 2 stories.... always funny to read about stupid criminals!

The receipes all sound yummy!

I hope you have a great weekend!


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