Stand By Me


On tap today a little musical interlude for your Sunday morning or afternoon.

I love the following video. First I like the song. Second I love this take-a-trip-round-the-world version of it. And third I love what the Foundation does.

First the video:




The creators of the video, Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places such as New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted into their own style. Then the versions were edited and mixed into the pastiche final version you saw above.

This video was only the beginning. From there it grew and grew.

Today Playing for Change is a multimedia music project. It seeks to bring together musicians from around the world.

Playing For Change has also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation which builds music schools for children around the world. 

The Stand by Me video has had over 30 million hits on YouTube, one of the all time biggest YouTube hits.

The Foundation has created 3 schools and 7 music programs in such countries as South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, and Rawanda.

Source for above information came from Wikipedia.

You can get more information at at Wikipedia, or at the Playing For Change Foundation website.

If you are so inclined you may also purchase any of the music PFC has recorded for your Zune, iTunes or Amazon MP3 player. If so inclined just click the following link: Playing For Change.

Featured Recipe    Sautéed Spinach and Shitakes

Yesterday was National Spinach Festival Day. So in honor of spinach I fixed up a simple spinach side dish that would be great with any meal.

I like spinach and I love shitake mushrooms. Shitakes have a nice full rich almost meaty flavor to them. Both spinach and shitakes have great nutritional value. If you want to know the specifics click the following links:  spinach nutrition;  shitake nutrition.

Shitakes can be expensive. So for a side dish it can be expensive. But you could substitute any mushroom for the shitakes. I think Bella mushrooms would be absolutely wonderful!

This is a Martha Stewart recipe from Everyday Magazine.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 ounces shitake mushrooms

10 ounces spinach

1-2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

 Here is what you do:

Wash the spinach and let drain in a colander.

With a brush and a damp paper towel clean the mushrooms. Then cut off the stems. [I discovered it is easier to cut them off at the base than it is to twist them off as I have done for years.]

Slice the mushrooms.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat in the largest skillet you have.

Add the mushrooms and season with some salt and pepper.

Cook stirring occasionally until browned, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.

Add the other tablespoon of olive oil to the same skillet.

Add as much spinach as will fit. Season with some salt and pepper.

Toss the spinach adding more to the skillet as room becomes available. Spinach cooks down very quickly.

Cook until spinach is tender, about 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat. If there is a lot of liquid in the skillet drain it.  Then add 1 or 2 teaspoons of the white wine vinegar and gently mix in.

Place the spinach on a serving plate and top with the mushrooms.

This side dish goes well with any and all meals.

Bon Appetit!!!


2 tablespoons olive oil                       $0.70

8 ounces shitake mushrooms             $3.99 

10 ounces spinach                             $1.99

1-2 teaspoons white wine vinegar      $0.14

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $6.82

Cost per person = $1.70

Quote of the Day

On the subject of spinach: divide into little piles. Rearrange again into new piles. After five of six maneuvers, sit back and say you are full.

Delia Ephron, ‘How To Eat Like A Child’

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