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My Republica – Dashain Festival makes a grand comeback

Dashain Festival makes a grand comeback


September 23, 2017 10:12 AM
Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The Dashain Festival is back with more recreation. The five-day festival is underway at Exhibition Hall, Bhrikuitmandap, and will continue till Sunday. 

The event is being organized in association with Hamiknit, Paragon, CG Electronics, Synthesis Exhibition and Events and UTURN Events. About 155 stalls have been set up for visitors and customer to purchase goods at reasonable rates. The stalls are also offering discounts on various products, said administrator and one of the organizers of Dashain Festival, Shama Shah. 

From clothing, shoes and cosmetics to home and kitchen appliances have been put on display for sale at the festival. With Funday Events as one of the supporters of Dashain Festival, the fest’s charm has been doubled with shopping, entertainment and food festivals. 

“This is a collaborative approach of serving our annual visitors and shoppers. We also have game zone, face paint facilities, bingo and many other recreational activities for the customers,” said one of the spokesperson of Funday Events, Subham Agrawal.

The event serves as a meeting point for diverse sellers and buyers. MD Rubin Hussein, a sari shopkeeper from Bangladesh, said this was his seventh visit to the Dashain Festival. “We are offering five types of saris like Dhaka silk, Dhaka Jamdari and Dhaka Cotton, among others, at 20 percent discount,” added Hussein.

Moreover, Rajani Maharajan, who is selling her products at the fest for the second time, said mostly women customers visited her stall for cosmetics and accessories. “Except for cosmetics, I have also been selling kids’ toys, jackets as well as hand-made key rings and bags,” said Maharjan.
Attracting people of all ages, a huge idol of Goddess Durga and lingey ping (bamboo swing) are some of the highlights of the Festival. 


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My Republica – Dashain Festival makes a grand comeback

Dashain Festival makes a grand comeback


September 23, 2017 10:12 AM
Sonam Lama

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The Dashain Festival is back with more recreation. The five-day festival is underway at Exhibition Hall, Bhrikuitmandap, and will continue till Sunday. 

The event is being organized in association with Hamiknit, Paragon, CG Electronics, Synthesis Exhibition and Events and UTURN Events. About 155 stalls have been set up for visitors and customer to purchase goods at reasonable rates. The stalls are also offering discounts on various products, said administrator and one of the organizers of Dashain Festival, Shama Shah. 

From clothing, shoes and cosmetics to home and kitchen appliances have been put on display for sale at the festival. With Funday Events as one of the supporters of Dashain Festival, the fest’s charm has been doubled with shopping, entertainment and food festivals. 

“This is a collaborative approach of serving our annual visitors and shoppers. We also have game zone, face paint facilities, bingo and many other recreational activities for the customers,” said one of the spokesperson of Funday Events, Subham Agrawal.

The event serves as a meeting point for diverse sellers and buyers. MD Rubin Hussein, a sari shopkeeper from Bangladesh, said this was his seventh visit to the Dashain Festival. “We are offering five types of saris like Dhaka silk, Dhaka Jamdari and Dhaka Cotton, among others, at 20 percent discount,” added Hussein.

Moreover, Rajani Maharajan, who is selling her products at the fest for the second time, said mostly women customers visited her stall for cosmetics and accessories. “Except for cosmetics, I have also been selling kids’ toys, jackets as well as hand-made key rings and bags,” said Maharjan.
Attracting people of all ages, a huge idol of Goddess Durga and lingey ping (bamboo swing) are some of the highlights of the Festival. 


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FOOD: Cookbook offers new ideas for old-fashioned cast iron

If asked about my favorite cookware, I definitely would say “cast iron.” This is probably because it is the type my mother used when I was growing up in the South.

In addition to several sizes of iron skillets, Mother also had an old iron pot (about 2-quart size) that she used for cooking green beans and other vegetables.

Daddy also used this same iron pot for his special taffy. I was told that when, as a young man, he was working in the mines in Arkansas, he paid a German candy maker $5 for this taffy recipe. Might not sound like much money, but remember this was in the early 1900s.

Daddy was known as the best taffy maker in our area, and the entire family always looked forward to “taffy time.” By the way, he really felt that the cast iron pot made a big difference in how this candy turned out, and I never saw him use any other type pot.

When I think of cooking in iron cookware, I think of old-fashioned, more simple foods, but Megan Keno, author of “Cast Iron Gourmet,” takes it to a new level with such delicious and elegant dishes such as Chorizo and Shrimp Paella. This makes the old iron skillet look fancy.

I was thrilled when I received a copy of this new cookbook. It is great, and I think you will like it, too. Some of the other gourmet favorites are Lemon and Herb Chicken with White Wine, Cowboy Butter Skillet-Grilled T-Bone Steak and Roasted Vegetable-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

Not long ago, I mentioned in one of my articles how tasty chocolate and orange are together. You can just imagine my delight when I found a recipe in this new cookbook for Chocolate-Orange Baked French Toast. I would certainly like to try that one soon – I can almost taste it.

CHORIZO AND SHRIMP PAELLA

1/2 lb. sliced chorizo sausage

1/4 cup olive oil

1 1/2 cups arborio rice

3 cloves garlic, minced

Pinch Cayenne pepper

1/2 cup white wine

1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken stock

1 can(15 oz.) diced tomatoes

1/2 lb. peeled and deveined medium shrimp

1 cup peas

1 tsp. chipotle paste, optional

Over medium high heat, add chorizo to iron skillet and cook until crispy and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Once the chorizo is cooked, put it aside on a plate. Add the olive oil to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium low. Sprinkle in the arborio rice and stir to toast the rice, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cayenne until just fragrant. The rice should look just slightly translucent and toasted golden brown.

Deglaze the pan by pouring the white wine into the pan and stirring the rice with the wine. Allow the wine to evaporate and then whisk in the chicken stock and tomatoes. Cover the pan and cook the rice for about 11 to 12 minutes, until rice is almost cooked through.

Stir in the shrimp, chorizo and peas, and continue to cook covered for another 6 minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through and the peas are tender. If you want a little extra kick, stir in the chipotle paste. Serve hot.

Prudence Hilburn has won more than 30 national cooking awards and written several cookbooks, including, “Simply Southern and More.” Write her at prudencehilburn@aol.com or visit www.prudencehilburn.com.

 

 

 

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Mountain Handmade Craft-Art Fair

Mountain Craft-n-Art Handmade Event is returning to the Community Center of Coarsegold for its 4th year! An indoor Fair Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00 am to 4 pm. Perfect timing to jump into fall activities and update your holiday Décor. Offerings include Woodcrafters, Handy Sewing for kitchen, bath and more, Accessories, Jewelers, Soaps, our Quilters and Crochet have created new designs for you and much more. Our fair gives handcrafted exhibitors an opportunity to introduce and sell their products.

Save the Date: September 23, 2017

Location: Community Center of Coarsegold

               35610 Highway 41

               Coarsegold, Ca

Hours: 10:00 am to 4 pm, indoor
Handcrafted only

Opportunity Drawing
Competition for best presentation of goods (space design)
Discount coupons for goods

EXHIBITORS: There may just be an opportunity for you in our fair.

Exhibit fees: $45.00 for 6 FT by 6 FT (incl table/2 chairs)

-$10.00 Discount Date July 23 (postmark)

Request info on possible outside 10 x 10 tents (limited)
for info Contact T Minter 559-692-2352

Free parking and Free admission

TRAVELING NORTH from Fresno on Route 41, Center is 1.9 miles from the only traffic signal in business Coarsegold. Pass Historic Village and several small businesses (on left). The Community Center is on the left side (Morava rd. is cross street). Make a left at Morava rd., turn right into parking lot. When going to Yosemite pass by Center.

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TRAVELING SOUTH from Oakhurst Take Route 41 approximately 7 miles. You will pass a closed restaurant (Broken Bit) on right and the Center is just around a second blind curve on the Right. Take a right turn (Morava Rd) then turn right into the parking 

Traveling from East Bay take  99 to 145 then 41 north towards Yosemite

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Gourmets And Good Eaters: Mom’s Iron Skillet Still A Standby For Many Uses

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Vintage McCoy treasures – The Herald

If you have any old pottery, at least one piece is sure to be made by McCoy. McCoy is the most widely known name in collectible pottery, because of its wide availability, its ready identifiability, its general popularity and the fact that it continued to be produced as late as 1990. The McCoy Pottery Company made and distributed household ceramics far longer (and probably more widely) than any other 20th-century American pottery company. Based in Zanesville, Ohio, and shifting from its utilitarian origins into decorated wares about 1910, for most of 80 years McCoy generated huge numbers of planters, bowls, serving dishes, wall pockets, cookie jars and dozens of other items that were shipped around the country.

By the early 1930s, one of its kilns was producing 5,000 pieces of ceramic in 24 hours, a staggering number for that time period. McCoy dinnerware and supplementary pieces were sold at modest cost in chain department stores and chain groceries. Its wares were generally high quality for the price and came in an imaginative range of styles, sizes and finishes.

One key to McCoy’s success was that the company’s designers specialized in pottery that was cheerful and upbeat in style, crucial elements in appeal during the Depression and just after the Second World War. And McCoy continually came out with new designs. Gently humorous touches plus warm pastels and primary colors, smooth finishes and “happy” styles predominated, and many items targeted children, making McCoy pottery easily recognizable and generally well liked. The company was immensely successful until the market was finally swamped by inexpensive Chinese imports and the rise of mass-market plastic wares.

Collectors today sometimes specialize in one product line of McCoy such as cookie jars, animal planters or a particular pattern or color in dinnerware. Or collectors might focus on one period, such as the early Brush-McCoy of the 1910s before the two companies separated, or prewar McCoy from the period between 1933 and 1942. Another specialty consists of wartime items made between 1940 and 1944, always marked USA for patriotism. Or one might collect only cream pitchers, only banks, only dog dishes or only animal miniatures. The company was so prolific that huge personal collections just within one of these and other categories are possible, even today.

Perhaps the first thing to know is that two different companies used the McCoy name, and one had multiple incarnations. The Brush-McCoy Pottery Company was an early maker of utilitarian stoneware from the mid-19th century that lasted into the 1920s. While stoneware items are generally utilitarian and often made for outside use, and the earliest are not glazed or decorated, after the turn of the century, Brush made art pottery. Its handsome art nouveau, art deco and arts-and-crafts vases are superb collectibles today. Pottery from this company is identified as Brush, usually marked on the bottom, and appeals to collectors of 19th century and very early 20th pottery.

Operating in parallel for a couple of decades, the other McCoy company is generally called Nelson McCoy, and it shifted away from sanitary stoneware pottery about 1929 and began making its own household wares in 1933. While the founding Nelson died shortly after reforming the company, his sons and others continued with the family name for almost 60 years, lasting decades after most other Midwestern pottery companies had shut down. After starting with outdoor flowerpots, Nelson McCoy Pottery shifted rapidly to colorful and cheerfully decorated items for inside use. Today, in antique stores, one finds innumerable serving pieces, bulb bowls, planters and vases in many sizes, wall pockets, ashtrays, cookie jars and holiday and children’s items produced by Nelson McCoy.

Although some variants appeared, especially in the final decade or so, most vintage Nelson McCoy has one of three distinctive marks on the bottom: An overlapping N on M (for the original owner’s names) or the stylized McCoy name in a particular script inside a circle sometimes, plus USA if produced just before, during or just after WWII. The bulk of McCoy output occurred in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Like other major pottery makers, McCoy collectors hold annual meetings, publish a quarterly journal and maintain a website. Antique malls offer at least some Brush and McCoy items, and eBay does a steady online business in the wares. Unlike other brands of American pottery, at least 21 different published books about the hundreds and hundreds of Brush and Nelson McCoy designs are available. Getting McCoy pottery origins and dates all straight can be a bit overwhelming.

Susan Eastman was rather surprised to see that several of her wall pockets and miniature vases were McCoys. You might have more McCoy than you think, too. Look in the H-T Online for more pictures of vintage McCoy treasures.

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