RIP RBG, “Brooklyn Lost a Native Daughter”

Image source: Voices of Labor on Etsy

The New York Times’ Metro reporter, John Leland wrote about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ties to her hometown in:

The Nation Lost a Titan. Brooklyn Lost a Native Daughter.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg — “Kiki” to her Brooklyn family — was a product of the borough’s public schools and synagogues. She is revered on her home ground.

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a child of Brooklyn long before she was Notorious — daughter of Jewish immigrants, graduate of P.S. 238 and James Madison High School (class of 1950), cheerleader known as Kiki Bader, member of the East Midwood Jewish Center.

She lived on the first floor of a two-story house on East Ninth Street in the multiethnic Midwood neighborhood and fed her mind at the local public library branch, upstairs from a Chinese restaurant and a beauty parlor.

“She’s part of the folklore of the community,” said Joseph Dorinson, who lives in the neighborhood and has taught at James Madison. “My neighbor’s brother dated her.”

Howard Teich, founding chairman of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative, said Justice Ginsburg resonated so profoundly with Brooklynites — the elders who followed her judicial career and the young people who loved the pop icon — because she represented the values of her block.

“It’s a place that lends itself to the values of modesty and people living with each other, and that has lasted her through her lifetime,” he said. As an emblem of pride, he added, “She’s singular in terms of who she was.”

Over the weekend, as news spread of Justice Ginsburg’s death on Friday, makeshift memorials of candles, signs, flowers and even an R.B.G. action figure went up outside James Madison High School and her childhood home. Hundreds gathered Saturday night outside the courthouse in Foley Square in Manhattan, holding candles and singing the civil rights anthem “Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Stayed on Freedom,” and a vigil was also held outside Kings County Supreme Court. Handwritten signs in different parts of Brooklyn urged neighbors to honor her legacy by voting.

“They’ve been coming and going all weekend to pay their respects,” said Diana Brenneisen, who has lived in the justice’s old house since 1969. “They’re outside now.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state would erect a statue in her honor in Brooklyn. It will be only the fifth statue Mr. Cuomo’s administration has created since he took office in 2011.

“NY’s heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Mr. Cuomo said on Twitter.

Over the weekend, state monuments were bathed in blue light, her favorite color.

Enterprising New Yorkers altered a subway mosaic at 50th Street to read “RUth St.” and added her initials to a street sign commemorating the rapper Notorious B.I.G.

At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the display board posted her encouragement: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

As national politicians spent the weekend debating whether to fill her seat on the Supreme Court before Election Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio honored her as a native daughter, saying, “I’m crushed that we lost an incomparable icon. A daughter of Brooklyn. A tenacious spirit who moved this country forward in fairness, equality and morality. She was Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She never backed down from a fight. Tonight her hometown and world mourn.” Flags around the city flew at half-staff.

 

 

 

Amazing Marathon! New York City Marathon Video, Redux, too.

NYC Marathon course, bib, .and mile marker bracelet
NYC Marathon course, bib, and mile marker bracelet.
Hubby and Teen Daughter.
Hubby at Mile 22 and Teen Daughter.

Happy New York Marathon Day!

I’m re-posting this video from last year in honor of the big event today, the New York Marathon. This year, Hubby is running in the Philadelphia Marathon. I bet the enthusiasm will be the same. I know I made it, but I just love this video. The excitement is palpable and contagious!  Hon, thanks for watching.

November 2, 2014, I got high.

Not from drugs, drinks or too much sugar, but from witnessing Hubby and 49,599 other marathoners reach their goal–running the New York Marathon. Thanks to one of my college girfriends, (shout out to Kim) Hubby and I arranged meeting points along the route. It was her hubby’s third marathon (shout out to Oliver–Woohoo!) At our first meeting spot in Brooklyn,Teen Daughter and I were joined by Pratt Daughter and her roommate. Then Teen Daughter and I rode the rails all over the city. Seeing Hubby during the Marathon was unbelievable. So much training, discipline and hard work.  In other words, AMAZING!

Hon, I hope my 3 minute 53 second video gives you a taste of the day.

Click here to watch:  New York Marathon Video

Delicious Fish Dish (and Tartar Sauce)

Baked Cod with Steamed Green Beans.
Baked Cod with Steamed Green Beans.

We recently had dinner at Chez Oskar in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I ordered fluke baked with rice and veggies in parchment paper. The dish was so delicious, I tried to replicate it at home. Hon, this is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants recipe, which means there aren’t exact measurements. The good news:  you don’t need exact quantities to make this healthy Delicious Fish Dish.

Happy cooking!

Step 1.  Wash fish and pat dry.
1. Wash fish and pat dry.
2.  Gather ingredients:  rice, sauteed veggies, spices, parchment paper.
2. Gather ingredients: rice, sauteed veggies, spices, parchment paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Line glass baking dish with large pieced of parchment paper. Spread rice and veggies on top.
3. Line glass baking dish with large piece of parchment paper. Spread rice and veggies on top.
4. Lay fish on top of rice and veggies.
4. Lay fish on top of rice and veggies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Add a bit of butter, a few capfuls of lemon juice, maybe some white wine and parsley.
5. Add a bit of butter, a few capfuls of lemon juice, maybe some white wine and parsley.
6. Wrap fish in parchment paper.  Bake
6. Wrap fish in parchment paper. Bake.
7. Carefully open parchment, allowing steam to escape.
7. Carefully open parchment paper, allowing steam to escape.
Serve fish directly from parchment paper.
8. Serve fish directly from parchment paper.

Delicious Fish Dish

Ingredients:

Fish Fillet–I used a little under 2 pounds of cod in the dish above.  I might try this with tilapia and sea bass, but I’m not sure about flounder or sole which are much thinner.

Rice and Veggies–Cooked rice and steamed or sauteed vegetables. (any rice and whatever veggies you think will go with the fish)

Spices–salt, pepper, ground Sage, Herbs de Provence, parsley or spices you like.

Lemon Juice, Butter and White Wine–I didn’t use white wine in the dish above, but next time I will.

Parchment Paper–enough to wrap fish in

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.  (Start at 400 degrees if fish is thick, like cod, tilapia or sea bass, lowering to 350 after about 15 minutes. If fish is thin, bake at 350 degrees F the whole time.)

1.  Pre-cook rice, and steam or saute vegetables.

2.  Wash fish fillet and pat dry.

3.  Line a glass baking pan with parchment paper, making sure the piece you use is big enough to fold over the fish.

4.  Spread rice and veggies on top of parchment paper, sprinkling with desired spices.

5.  Lay fish over rice and veggies.  Sprinkle remaining spices, small scoops of butter (about 1-2 teaspoons a scoop), a few capfuls of lemon juice, and white wine (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup) on top of fish.

6.  Fold parchment paper up and over fish lengthwise, then fold ends.

7.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Lower oven to 350 degrees F and bake for about another 20 to 25 minutes.  Check fish for done-ness and bake longer if necessary.

8.  When done baking, open parchment paper carefully to let steam escape.  Fish will be very hot. Serve directly from parchment paper.

Note:  I started cod at 400 degrees because it’s thick. If you use a thinner fish, then I recommend baking it at 350 degrees F the whole time.)

Tartar Sauce

Here’s how I make quick and easy Tartar Sauce:

Combine approximately 4 Tablespoons of mayonnaise with  2-3 Tablespoons relish, Sprinkle paprika.  Mix and serve.  (Yield–about 2)

 

 

 

Chunky Knit Scarves, Cowl Within a Cowl

Bon Voyage!
Bon Voyage!
Interlocking Infinity Scarf.  Stay warm in Florence.
Cowl Within a Cowl, Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern. Stay warm in Florence!
Another way to wear this scarf.
Another way to wear this scarf.  

Sample + Sale = Inspiration!

My knitting store displayed a Cowl Within a Cowl and I was itching to knit something with the rich garnet and grey yarn I’d found marked down. I thought my college-aged daughters would love these interlocking infinity scarves.

Above, “Liquid Copper” (aka Baby A of the triplets) and, below, “Curly Girl” (aka Baby C) model their scarves, knit with the same yarn but made up of different stitches. There’s nothing like a deadline to complete a project.  I finished Curly Girl’s scarf right before the new semester at Pratt Institute started. Liquid Copper is in Florence for this semester (lucky girl!). I finished her scarf a couple of days before she left.  Whew!

Happy knitting, hon!

Interlocking Infinity Scarf.  Stay warm in Brooklyn.
Cowl Within a Cowl, Seed Stitch Pattern.  Stay warm in Brooklyn!

Cowl Within a Cowl, Honeycomb Pattern (as worn by Liquid Copper)

Finished Measurements

22 inches in length by 12 inches wide

Yarn

2 skeins of 100% Superwash Merino wool, approximately 200 yards each

Needles

1 US size 8 (5 mm) 26″ circular needle

Gauge

5 sts = 1 inch (10 cm) in honeycomb pattern

Notions

–stitch markers to mark beginning of round (I used stitch markers to keep track of overall sts)

–1 yarn needle for weaving in ends

Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern:

Note:  When working rounds 2 and 4, slip as if to purl and keep yarn in front.

Round 1:  Knit.

Round 2:  *Purl 1, Slip 1 wyif” repeat across round.

Round 3:  Knit.

Round 4:  *Slip 1 wyif, Purl 1* repeat across round.

Directions:

Cast on 110 stitches.  Being careful not to twist, place marker and join for working in the round.  Knit 4 rounds.

Repeat the 4 rounds of Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern until work measures approximately 11,” making sure you have enough yarn for the following:  Knit 3 rounds and bind off loosely.

Second Cowl:

Cast on 110 stitches as for first cowl, looping needle through first cowl.  Join, being careful not to twist stitches. Follow pattern for first cowl.

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Cowl Within a Cowl, Seed Stitch Pattern (as worn by Curly Girl)

Same yarn, needle and notions as above.

Finished Measurements

24 inches in length by 8 1/2 inches wide, gauge is not important

First Cowl Directions

Cast on 101 stitches and join, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Row 1:  *K 1, P1* Repeat from * — * to end of round.

Row 2:  *P1, K1*, Repeat from * — * to end of round.

These 2 rows form the pattern.  Continue until desired length.  Bind off loosely in patterm.

Second Cowl:

Cast on 101 stitches as for first cowl, looping needle through first cowl.  Join, being careful not to twist the stitches.  Follow pattern for first cowl.

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Sources:

Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern on Ravelry by Antonia Shankland

Yarn Shop–The Stitching Bee–Shout out to the yarn shop in Chatham, New Jersey 

Lucy
Curly Girl and Lucy.
lucy
Hmm, maybe Lucy needs a scarf, too?  She looks good in red!

Amazing Marathon! New York City Marathon Video

NYC Marathon course, bib, .and mile marker bracelet
NYC Marathon course, bib, and mile marker bracelet.
Hubby and Teen Daughter.
Hubby at Mile 22 and Teen Daughter.

November 2, 2014, I got high.

Not from drugs, drinks or too much sugar, but from witnessing Hubby and 49,599 other marathoners reach their goal–running the New York Marathon. Thanks to one of my college girfriends, (shout out to Kim) Hubby and I arranged meeting points along the route. It was her hubby’s third marathon (shout out to Oliver–Woohoo!) At our first meeting spot in Brooklyn,Teen Daughter and I were joined by Pratt Daughter and her roommate. Then Teen Daughter and I rode the rails all over the city. Seeing Hubby during the Marathon was unbelievable. So much training, discipline and hard work.  In other words, AMAZING!

Hon, I hope my 3 minute 53 second video gives you a taste of the day.

Click here to watch:  New York Marathon Video