Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A special request & a recipe

Happy Tuesday! I have a new recipe for you today, but before I get to that, I've got something a little more serious to bring up...

The county I went to high school (and elementary and middle) in offers specialty programs at each school - almost like picking a major. You don't have to be in a program, you can just go to the school you're zoned to attend, but if you do want to be in a program, you prepare an application, a portfolio if need be, attend group interviews, and hopefully get to focus on your subject of choice throughout school. It's an amazing, incredible experience. There is an IB program, a nursing program, a foreign languages program... I don't even know all the choices anymore. The school I went to offered the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA), and my focus area was Creative Writing. The program was such an incredible resource for me in high school, and an amazing opportunity that helped me develop and refine my writing skills from an early age. I took specialized classes, worked with published authors, was published myself, and was exposed to writing at such a deeper level than I ever would have been otherwise. This program helped me find my voice as a writer, and truly shaped my education.

Here's the problem: the county plans to move the entire CFPA to a different school in 2016 (fine), and is doing away with the Creative Writing section (not fine!!). I am absolutely shocked and saddened by this - as are lots of other people I know, including students, teachers, and parents who have all been impacted by the CFPA in one way or another.

There is currently a petition being circulated that will be put in front of the PWCS school board in hopes of changing the plans to eliminate Creative Writing, and they are aspiring to get as many signatures as possible. If you have two seconds and care about arts in schools (especially writing!), please consider signing the petition. It's free and easy.

I don't normally do stuff like this on my blog, but this cause is especially near and dear to my heart. Please help us out!

For more information, please click here. Thank you!!


Moving on...

This recipe is a modification of another recipe I posted - White Bean Basil Hummus. I recently found an entire, almost-new container of hummus growing nasty pink mold in my fridge (what the heck) and so set out to make my own again. This version was so delicious!

Sun-dried Tomato White Bean Dip

  • 1 15 oz can of cannellini (white) beans
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 tsp basil / garlic seasoning mix (I use McCormick Perfect Pinch)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
I included basic measurements above, but I eyeballed everything: a few spoonfuls of garlic, a few shakes of the basil / garlic seasoning, a "1 - 2 - 3" count of olive oil... this is such an easy recipe!

Throw all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until the mixture is chunky and just starting to come together. Then, while food processor is running, drizzle in olive oil and let run until combined and it reaches the consistency you like. I left mine just a little chunky - you might like it completely smooth. I used about one tablespoon of oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes for the extra flavor, then drizzled in regular EVOO for the rest.

Serve with crackers (I love me some Triscuits) and cut up veggies. It's the perfect snack! (And no pink mold in sight.)

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Ashley Barnhill said...

YUMM! I love sun dried tomato stuff so I know this must be good! Thanks for linking up with us!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Yummmm!!! Looks delicious!

How horrible about them getting rid of programs! I hate it when schools basically say the arts don't matter. As a band kid, I can fully say that the arts not only shaped my high school experience, but also who I am today. It is really sad that they are even considering elimitating the program!!

Caitlin said...

That makes me so sad!!!! I signed the petition!

Kate @ Like American Honey said...

This hummus looks so tasty!! I will definitely have to try it out. It seems great for a tailgate!

Sharon Cooper said...

Get your CFPA pals together and present your concerns at the next school board meeting. I'm sure this is a budget driven change, like all of them!

Lindsay said...

Thanks, Caits! :)

Lindsay said...

Certainly budget-driven - but terrible, nonetheless. Can't see how they possibly justify it. I'm pretty sure there is already a group going to the school board, that's what the petition is for. Did you sign??

Chelsea said...

I love hummus! Especially when it's jazzed up like this! Thanks for linking up your Kitchenspiration with us!