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September 2015 Web Final

September 2015

The Albemarle Tradewinds

The Albemarle Tradewinds merges your business into printed and social media. A retired educator and veteran, Cooke has become an advocate for renewed patriotism, and a critic of poverty in our region. “If many politicians have become more the problem than the solution,” states Cooke, “then good people are encouraged to speak-up, step-up, and fix the mess.” Does Anyone Aspire To A Living Wage, by C.L. Cooke The table below shows us that the minimum wage as currently set requires one to seek public assistance or a second job in order to meet their basic needs. In short, one adult earns about $4,000 per year less than the local cost-of-living in Pasquotank County, NC. In conclusion, the living wage for a single adult would not require or qualify one for public assistance. The impact on cost to the employer which is usually passed on to the consumer is an exercise in graduate level economics and finance. But let’s find out what the people think about how to raise folks out of poverty, or is it just an exercise of futility. Please complete the choices below and follow the directions to have your choice counted. __Government regulations drive costs too high for the poor person to escape poverty. __Government assistance is designed to keep people dependent. __A true free market economy is best to provide a chance to live above poverty. __I live better with government assistance than working for minimum wage. Remember, voters can change the workings of government, but do we know what can change the desire of a person to succeed. Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 20 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

Panzanella – Summer On A Plate By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com Panzanella is a classic Tuscan bread salad celebrating the last vegetables of your garden’s bounty. No doubt invented out of necessity, panzanella was created by frugal Italian cooks as a way to utilize stale bread and beautiful summer vegetables. Basically a “poor man’s dish,” panzanella comes from humble origins, belonging to farming traditions when farmers would simply take stale bread and tomatoes with them to the fields for breakfast. With the addition of vividly colored, bright vegetables, it’s the quintessential summer salad with a rustic, light, and fresh flavor. Panzanella Salad For the croutons: 1 loaf day-old rustic, hearty bread, torn into 1-inch cubes 2 TB extra virgin olive oil 2 TB unsalted butter, melted freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste Heat oven to 300°. Place a baking sheet in the oven with two tablespoons butter on it and let the butter melt as the oven heats. Remove pan from the oven, add the olive oil, then quickly toss the bread crumbs in the pan to coat with the oil and butter. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper. Bake until croutons are light brown and crunchy, about 25 minutes. While the croutons are baking, make the vinaigrette and prep the vegetables. For more recipes and tours through Rosie’s Garden, visit me at KitchensAreMonkeyBusiness.com. For the vinaigrette: 1 garlic clove, minced 1 shallot, minced 1 TB lemon juice 2 TB red wine vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/3 cup extra virgin fruity olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste. Combine first 5 ingredients, then gradually whisk in the olive oil to form an emulsion. Season to taste. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 200 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? For the salad: 3 large ripe tomatoes, cut into ½ inch cubes, preferably those vibrantly-hued heirloom tomatoes (You want a mix of color.) 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced 2 bell peppers, cut into ½-inch cubes I always use a combination of colors - green, yellow, orange, and red peppers. I like the pretty. 1 medium red onion, chopped 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn Combine salad ingredients and croutons. Pour vinaigrette over top and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and epper. Let mixture sit at least 30 minutes. This is where the magic happens. The longer it sits, the juicier it gets and the bread is able to absorb the tomato juices and all those seductive flavors. Serve at room temperature. The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds September 2015 21