Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Found Poetry

Since our LSPI (Local School Improvement Plan) is all about writing, I decided to be a bit rebellious and teach my students about a few different forms of creative writing. After all, it wasn't until I discovered the poetry of ee cummings that any kind of writing really connected to me. Breaking grammar and sentence structure rules was enticing enough, but using capitalization and punctuation at my whim was fascinating (thank you Mrs. Evans). 

In a workshop I was teaching at SCAD Atlanta on Altered Books I decided to invite in a guest writer to help us artists prompt our writing. She hadn't invented this technique of Erasures, but it was the first I'd heard of it. It was actually Tom Phillips (an English born artist n. 1937) who altered the book The Human Document into his own work of art The Humument



My finished example is at the top and I will upload student samples soon. They did quite well and appreciated being told that all of the rules do not always apply. Someone has to break the rules in this day and age of standardized testing as the be all end all mode of assessing student knowledge and potential.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pumpkin Tomato Soup & Avocado Grilled Cheese

Autumn = Soup & Sandwich Time
(Soup 102 calories per serving)
(Sandwich 500 calories per serving... 
could be less with alternate ingredients...
400 with no avocado
350 with no avocado and all fat-free cheese)
(you also only need half a sandwich...
so 250 with all the yummy goodness)

Comfort food at it's finest. As soon as the leaves begin to fall and the temperature dips below 60° (I grew up in Florida) I start craving soup. Then there's pumpkins everywhere and I can't stand it anymore. It's time for pumpkin tomato soup. I re-worked this soup this time around to be much lower calorie than years past, which is why I can afford such a decadent sandwich. I only ate half the sandwich thus making this a delicious and satisfying 350 calorie meal. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Tomato Soup
(makes 8 servings)

2 fresh medium tomatoes
1 medium yellow onion
1 small poblano pepper
1 tsp of salt
½ tsp of pepper
½ tsp of garlic powder
½ tsp of onion powder
½ tsp of chipotle powder
1 tbsp of olive oil
2¼ cups of canned fire roasted tomatoes (1½ cans)
3½ cups of pumpkin puree (2 cans)
¾ cups of fat free half & half
4-6 cups of water

Sauté the fresh tomatoes, onion and poblano pepper in the tablespoon of olive oil until all ingredients are soft. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder & chipotle powder should be added during the sauté process. In a blender combine (in two batches) the veggies and the remaining ingredients on the liquify setting. Return to soup bowl and add water until you have the desired consistency. Let simmer for 45 minutes to allow ingredients to marry (and finish cooking).

A bit of crumbled goat cheese on the top is a nice sour punch to the sweetish soup.

Grilled Cheese
(makes 1 serving)

2 slices of whole wheat bread
   (use a sandwich thin and cut 40 calories)
½ ounce of cheddar cheese (sliced)
1 ounce of chipotle gouda (sliced)
1 ounce of fat free mozzarella (shredded)
½ of a Haas avocado
1 tbsp of smart balance light
½ tsp of garlic paste

Smear the smart balance and garlic paste on the outside of the bread, stack up the cheese with the avocado slices in the middle. Griddle to perfection.

You could easily substitute all fat-free cheeses instead and cut the avocado to cut out about 150 calories.