Light, cool, simple

June 28, 2012 in Recipes by Clint Smith

The prime imperatives behind this week’s dish: keep it light, keep it cool. And it doesn’t hurt to keep things simple while you’re at it. This recipe succeeds on all three levels.

The salmon should rest with the sweet-and-savory marinade long enough for the tender fish to absorb the Asian-inspired concoction. There’s a bit of spice here—what with the wasabi, crushed red pepper, and ginger—but it’s a nice counterbalance to the cool-crisp characteristics of the bok choy slaw. Like most vinegar-based slaws, you don’t want to make this too far ahead of time before actual service, as the weight and absorption of the dressing compromises the volume and texture of the vegetables. In other words: you can make your dressing in advance, but please wait until the last minute to execute this step.

As far as cooking procedure, I would suggest firing up the grill outside, but due to the Mohave Desert-like state of most of our arid lawns, it’d probably best to hang out within the ambient coolness of air conditioning. Best bet: a sturdy grill pan.

After assembling and serving this dish at the kitchen table, my wife, Jess, called this one of her favorites. Guess what I plan on cooking tonight?

Recipe:

Wasabi soy-glazed salmon with bok choy and pear slaw

Serves 2

[For salmon and marinade]
1 pound salmon fillet, skin and
pin-bones removed
1 ½ teaspoons ground wasabi
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch crushed red pepper
1 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar
1 fluid ounce lite soy sauce
3 fluid ounces vegetable oil
[For dressing and slaw]
½ fluid ounce sesame oil
1 ½ ounces olive oil
1 fluid ounce apple cider vinegar
Pinch kosher salt and cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Pinch crushed red pepper
¼ teaspoon sesame seeds
2 heads of bok choy, halved
and sliced very thin
½ of an Anjou pear, cut into small batons
2 radishes, cut into matchsticks

1. In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk all ingredients from wasabi through vegetable oil, and pour into a plastic, zip-tight freezer bag. Add salmon and marinate for at least four hours. Afterwards, place a grill pan to medium-high heat, and brush with vegetable oil or spray with cooking spray; preheat oven to 400° F. Remove salmon from marinade (but don’t throw away), and gently place on grill. Sear and create grillmarks before flipping to opposite side; place salmon on oven-safe dish and finish cooking until desired doneness is reached, intermittently brushing reserved marinade over salmon. Remove from oven and allow to rest.

2. In a separate bowl, thoroughly whisk oil along with following six ingredients (dressing can be made ahead of time). Toss bok choy, pear and radish in a bowl, and drizzle on dressing; gently toss to coat. Serve salmon on top of bok choy slaw.

Taking a gamble on sweet corn

June 28, 2012 in Outdoors by Carol Michel

When I was a kid, we always said “knee high by the Fourth of July” when we passed a cornfield in the summertime. As I recall, most of the time, the corn was actually closer to shoulder high by then and we would laugh at the idea of corn being that short on July Fourth. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been checking the sweet corn in my garden and reciting that bit of knowledge I learned years ago. I say it with a laugh, though, because this year, my sweet corn is actually going to be barely knee high by July Fourth.

I’ve never had such slow growing sweet corn. Yes, I planted it late, over the Memorial Day weekend, but it seems like it should still be much taller. In fact, if this corn doesn’t start growing faster, then this may be my last year to attempt to grow sweet corn in a small plot. It’s always been a bit of a gamble, anyway.

To be successful with sweet corn, you need a large enough stand of it to ensure good pollination of the ears as they develop. Corn pollen is spread by wind from the tassels to the emerging silks of the ears. You have to plant a lot of corn, not just one or two stalks or even a dozen stalks, to ensure good pollination. Without that pollination, the ears of corn will be half-formed, with a lot of gaps between the kernels. My sweet corn plot is about as small a plot as you would want to try, measuring about four feet by eight feet.

If you do get good pollination and fully filled out ears of corn, then there is nothing sweeter than sweet corn cooked within minutes of being harvested. There is no time for the sugar in the corn to turn to starch, which is what happens when sweet corn is stored for any length of time. I’m hopeful that if my corn is knee high by the Fourth of July, then I’ll eventually get a few ears of sweet corn to enjoy. If not, then there’s always the farmer’s market, where I’ll be looking for sweet corn picked the same day it is sold.

Overcoming adversity, instilling power

June 28, 2012 in Community by Kenny Norman

Pageants aren’t just for college students, single ladies or Indy 500 Princesses. Greenwood resident and first-time pageant contestant Carrie Owens wants to show she’s got what it takes to go from Mrs. Indiana to Mrs. United States.

“I represent a woman who can overcome adversity, take care of my family and inspire others along the way,” Owens said. “My crown and the events in my life do not define me, but they have shaped my character and instilled in me the power to be strong.”
Owens began her journey when her stepdaughter Gracelyn watched a pageant on TV seven months ago, and she said Owens ‘should be on TV too.’

Owens, a 2003 Greenwood Community High School and Ivy Tech graduate, found she was ineligible for ‘Miss USA’ and ‘Miss America’ because she was married. She then found mrs.unitedstates.com.


Right now, Owens has several sponsors helping her prepare for Mrs. United States, including local companies, such as JW Salon for hair & make-up, Cheeky Couture for Jewelry and Nikki Blaine Couture for pageant clothing. She has participated in events such as baseball games, throwing the first pitch at the Indianapolis Indians Game on June 12 and singing “take me out to the ball game” with her stepdaughter.

“My platform is raising awareness and hope for spinal cord injuries,” Owens said. “My husband Robert fell 34 feet while working at the IPL Power Plant three years ago this July. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him with partial permanent paralysis. He was thought to never walk again, and in three years has managed to work through rehabilitation and gain the use of most of his legs.”

Owens married Robert in July 2011. She and her husband speak with others about their journey and encourage them to stay committed to their vows and loyal to their relationships.

“My goal with representing Indiana and having the title Mrs. Indiana United States is to hopefully inspire others by sharing our story of rehabilitation, surgeries, and sacrifices and spread hope about spinal cord injuries,” Owens said.

Her mother, Suzan Purcell, said that she was surprised when Owens said she was going to enter the contest and when they chose her for Mrs. Indiana.

“It was quite a surprise, but it doesn’t shock me in the sense that they would have seen a great woman with a beautiful personality,” Purcell said. “I think her personality and her ability to get along with everyone are her biggest strengths… Carrie had some obstacles in her life, but it’s never stopped her from being the beautiful woman that she is and she continues to put others first and I just couldn’t be more proud to call her mine.”

If Owens does not win the title of Mrs. United States, she will still be Mrs. Indiana until next April.

“I always loved the idea of competing in pageants and getting the opportunity to speak about what you believe in and are passionate about, but I feel I didn’t have the confidence I do today as a married, successful career woman, stepmother and volunteer,” Owens said. “I’m so thankful for all these opportunities and greatly appreciate all the support I have been receiving.”

To make a donation or to become a sponsor, contact Carrie Owens at Mrsindianaus2012@yahoo.com or (317) 459-1403. For more information about the Mrs. United States Pageant, visit mrsunitedstates.com.

On Campus – June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012 in Education by Submission For The Southside Times

Area residents make Dean’s List • Bethany Irwin, a Communication major from Greenwood, and Adria Pryor, an Exercise Science major from Greenwood, were among more than 2,600 students from The University of Toledo who made the Spring 2012 Dean’s List for their academic accomplishments. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or above GPA for the semester. The University of Toledo is located in Toledo, Ohio.

Huntington University recognizes local Dean’s List recipients •
Huntington University has announced the students that were named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2011-12 school year. Nicholas Kight of Greenwood, Public Relations and Communication Studies major; Eric Shatto of Franklin was a freshman Economics. Finance and Accounting major; and Emily Smith of Franklin was a sophomore Biology major. Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana.

In Our Schools – June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012 in Education by Submission For The Southside Times

Summer Servings serves students free food • Lisa Timm and Jamie Brown, MSDPT Food Service staff members at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, serve breakfast and lunch for the summer meal program, Summer Servings. All children eat free. Call (317) 789-3700 for more information about the program, dates, times, menu and locations.

Southport High School students visit museum • English Learner students from Southport High School visited the Indiana Medical History Museum at the old Central State Hospital. Students toured the old Pathology Building, experiencing some strange sights and smells of the 1890’s-era facility.

Around Town – June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012 in Community by Submission For The Southside Times

Garfield Park pool reopens June 27 • Indy Parks reopened Garfield Park Pool June 27. The pool has been closed since June 21, following an incident involving the release of gas into the pool area. The error occurred when an Indy Parks employee did not reopen a valve following a routine backwash of the pool. The closed valve triggered a chain of events that allowed sodium hypochlorite solution and hydrochloric acid, two common pool chemicals, to combine in a closed system and form a gas, which later was released into the pool. Upon review of both investigative reports, Indy Parks has corrected operational and mechanical system issues.

Thousands expected to attend celebration to honor heroes • Grace Assembly of God presents the annual “Honor Our Heroes” patriotic celebration on Sunday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m at 6822 N. US Highway 31, Whiteland. The free public event, inaugurated 10 years ago in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, is designed to thank and give back to veterans, active military, law enforcement and fire safety officials. The family festival will include carnival games, climbing walls and a complimentary food & hospitality area for active military. The one-hour ceremony to honor our heroes begins at 8:45 p.m. Featured guests for the ceremony include Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers and live music by Building 429. A 5000-balloon launch, pyrotechnics and one of the area’s largest fireworks displays will conclude the event at approximately 10 p.m.

The awesome, ancient avocado

June 28, 2012 in Living by Wendell Fowler

A burly and manly man whined that his wife had (gasp!) placed guacamole on his taco. “I won’t eat no #(%@ green food!” he complained. Well, get over it, tough guy.

The Aztecs used avocados as an aphrodisiac. In 19th-century sea-faring circles, avocados were known as “midshipman’s butter” because sailors spread them onto hardtack. Throughout time, the avocado, a gift of the Universe, has not only been valued as a food rich in vitamin D and potassium, but also for its medicinal and skin-soothing properties. Squishing mashed avocados into your hair might land you in the loony bin, but Prevention Magazine says this will add luster to your hair.

To a Hoosier vegaphobe, avocados, aka the alligator pear, are an acquired taste, or a communist plot. Its high mono-unsaturated oil content is woefully misunderstood. The sodium-free orbs contain no trans-fats and are low in saturated fat. Its oil is universally acknowledged as one of the healthiest of all food oils, with a high level of mono-unsaturated fat, the “good” kind that helps us to lower naughty cholesterol levels. Avoiding avocadoes is pure silliness considering they contain 25 nutrients, including vitamin C, folate, vitamin E, vitamin D, fiber and unsaturated fats. Avocados are outstanding sources of antioxidants, beta-sotosterol and glutathione. Beta-sotosterol interferes with cholesterol absorption. Glutathione can decrease risk of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

When selecting, pick one that gives slightly to the touch and store at room temperature. The avocado doesn’t begin to ripen until it is picked. Grocery stores’ versions are either rock-hard or squishy as a sneaker full of guacamole. Use them immediately, or place them inside a brown paper bag at room temperature for a few days until they respond to gentle pressure much like a peach. Ripe avocados can keep in the refrigerator for four to five days. Unripe avocados shouldn’t be chilled because they will never mature.

It takes a real person to overcome their silly fears of a little ole tree fruit.

Saving with online shopping

June 28, 2012 in Personal Finance by Amber Yowler

With the rise in gas prices and our time seeming to be limited, it is no surprise that numerous consumers are turning to online shopping. According to a Nielsen Global online survey, online shopping has seen an increase of 40% in the past two years. (marketingcharts.com)

I recently spoke to the owner and operator of Rather-Be-Shopping.com, Kyle James. The idea behind Rather-Be-Shopping.com is to help the consumer find and utilize many high value online coupon codes, hot deals and, of course, countless free shipping codes for some of their favorite retail stores.

James established rather-Be-Shopping.com approximately 10 years ago. This online coupon site has more than 800 online retail stores and more than 3,000 coupons to choose from.

The site is user-friendly and can make even the most inexperienced online shopper feel at ease. There are three ways to use online coupon codes. Rather-Be-Shopping.com has compiled all of them into their site and has simplified the use of these different online codes for the consumer.

Rather-Be-Shopping.com is a free site and the consumer may register to customize their coupon alerts to fit their needs. James said ‘the consumer should not pay to register for online coupon codes or pay for coupons.’ Rather-Be-Shopping.com never sells the consumer’s information and is never used for any other purposes.

For those of you who prefer to shop at the actual retail store, Rather-Be-Shopping.com has printable coupons available as well.
There are coupons in just about every category imaginable, including electronics, pet supplies, toys, clothes, shoes, office supplies, jewelry, crafts and even wine. With retailers such as Eddie Bauer, Best Buy, Office Depot, Ann Taylor and Kohl’s to name a few, the online shopper could certainly benefit from the many coupon codes available with the click of the mouse.

Business Briefs – June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012 in Business Announcements by Submission For The Southside Times

Cardinal Insurance Services Inc. earns Senior Partner and new Inner Circle designation

Cardinal Insurance Services Inc. of Indianapolis has earned both Senior Partner and Inner Circle status from Grange Insurance, the company’s highest designations. These honors recognize the best independent agencies that sell Grange products based on their experience, professionalism and superior performance. Located at 6825 Madison Avenue Suite A, the Cardinal Insurance Services Inc serves customers throughout the state. For more information, call (317) 786-9236.

Verizon and Comcast join forces throughout the state

Verizon Wireless and Comcast announced they will offer each other’s services in Indiana and deliver a variety of offers and incentives for new and existing customers, based on the package chosen. In addition to Indiana, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are expanding the offer to several cities across nine other states. For customers who wish to sign up in person, these packages are available at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Greenwood, located at 1244 U.S. 31 North. Consumers have the flexibility to order these services in person at select Verizon Wireless Communications stores or by calling 1-855-704-7400. For more information, visit verizonwireless.com/xfinity or comcast.com/wireless.

Freddy Fever coming to Indiana Members Credit Union

Through a continued partnership with the Indiana Fever, Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) will host a special appearance by Freddy Fever for the public on Saturday, July 7, 2012from 11 a.m. – noon at their Stop 11 Branch, located at 5940 E. Stop 11 Rd. There will be autographs, prizes and the opportunity to meet Freddy Fever. During the event, IMCU will have product offerings and staff available to answer questions. For more information, call Darlene Hayden at (317) 887-0686.

Handi-Capable Hands adds life skills to program

As part of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grant awarded to Handi-Capable Hands, located at 3215 E. Thompson Rd., a new series of Life Skills Classes has begun. Charley Cripe, owner of Basic Training in downtown Indianapolis, is working weekly with the individuals served by Handi-Capable Hands on the importance of exercise, physical fitness and general well being. Jan Worman, a wellness coach and educator, is providing weekly nutrition information. A wellness coach since August 2004, Jan has raised awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle/healthy eating and its relationship to the immune system and disease. For more information on Handi-Capable Hands and the services it provides, call (317) 396-2699.

When foreclosure makes sense

June 28, 2012 in Personal Finance by Submission For The Southside Times

By Paula Hundley

When I was growing up, we moved frequently. At the age of 20, I calculated I had averaged a move every two years of my life. I think because of our frequent moves and my father’s frequent job changes, we were renters until I was a freshman in high school. I’m sure my parents were also concerned about trying to sell a house if they had to move away, and that’s what happened when I was a senior in high school. The idea of letting a house go back to the bank if they eventually couldn’t sell it had never crossed their minds.

Foreclosure often strikes fear, and it’s a word that many folks try very hard to avoid. Even when they’re shown the long-term benefit of giving up a house, they still continue to cling to the idea of home ownership (realtors and mortgage brokers may want to stop reading at this point). But before you jump on the “avoid foreclosure at all costs” bandwagon, you should take a few minutes to crunch some numbers. How much is the mortgage payment relative to the rent for an apartment or house that’s big enough for your family?

Unless the mortgage is far lower than the rent, it’s costing you far more to claim ownership than to be a renter. Plus don’t forget that owning a home is also filled with hidden costs.

Homeowners who are desperate to stay put will often counter with arguments tied to the tax deductibility of mortgage interest as well as the building of equity over time. The first argument doesn’t hold water; in order to deduct the interest expense, you’ve still got to spend the money. And as to the building of equity, you only need to check on the current value of your house compared to five years ago for proof that real estate values don’t always rise. If your mortgage and ownership costs exceed the costs of a rental, consider what you’re giving up when you spend that extra money each month.

Of course, if you proceed with a foreclosure, the hit on your credit rating is not to be minimized. But if you weigh the reduction in your credit score against the loss of financial security in your later years, then it’s a safe bet that the score loses every time.

Do the math. Unless the house is really a winner on a month-to-month basis, hand the keys back to the bank and be done with it. Your future self will eventually thank you.