August 27, 2011

RECORD-REVIEW, "Talk of the Town"


Thank goodness for the arts for bringing music, beauty and levity to our lives. This fall 2001, the Pound Ridge Theatre Company (PRTC) will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. Join the celebration and gala fundraiser on Thursday evening, September 22 at Ristorante Lucia, 454 Old Post Road in Bedford (telephone: 234-7600). There will be the thrill of a Murder Mystery, food/wine/beer/soft drinks, a small luxury silent auction, and a PRTC Giving Tree, to preserve great theater in our community. Seating is limited. Reserve early by buying tickets now at Hats off to local sponsors and their advertising support in programs—Albano Appliance & Service, BISTRO 22, Chubby’s Hardware, CPR Computer Problem Rescue, DiNardo’s Italian Restaurant, Gisela and Elizabeth O’Brien Photography, KP Designs, La Crémaillere Restaurant, Lionhart Gallery, Loren Maron, Marshall Oil, Pound Ridge Neighbors & Newcomers Club, North Star Restaurant, Pinocchio Pizza, Plum Plums, PR Volunteer Fire Department, PR Historical Society, Samuel Parker’s Landmark Deli, Sharon Gilchrest O’Neil, Ed.s., LMFT, Scotts Corner Market, The Gift Garage, Woodcraft & Graphics Unlimited … the list goes on and on. Keep posted for PRTC upcoming production of “Dial ‘M’ for Murder,” which will have its opening performance on Friday, November 4. More information on that to follow … in the meantime be sure to make your reservation for the upcoming September benefit.

A joint-partnership between the Pound Ridge Business Association and Pound Ridge Partnership once again brings good things to you. Three to six new bicycle racks will be installed on Westchester Avenue so that riders can safely and securely leave their bikes while they enjoy our beautiful Scotts Corners.

“What’s huge about it is that more and more cyclists and cycle clubs have discovered Pound Ridge,” said Rica Mendes, an avid cyclist who has participated in several century-rides (100-miles or 100 km), including the N.Y.C. Century Tour and the “LIVESTRONG Challenge” in Austin Texas. She is currently helping to organize “Rock the Ride and Run,” which takes place in April 2012 and will benefit LIVESTRONG. “One of the fantastic things about the new bike racks on Westchester Avenue is knowing that your bike won’t fall down and get chipped. Riders will get to sit down and rest, without worrying about their bikes. Hopefully, the bike racks will also encourage people to take their bikes out of the garage and take a spin to Scotts Corners. Bikes are a great way to get around.”

Peaches are sweet as sugar this time of year and the smell of peach kuchen in my mother’s kitchen is one of my fondest August memories. The cozy morning aroma of her baking before the heat of the day set in would waft up the winding staircase, gently blending a touch of cinnamon and peaches with the fragrance of flowers in full bloom. The following summer dessert is elegant, easy to make and simply delicious.

Herein, my mother’s special recipe for “Kogen Peach Kuchen”:

2 cups flower

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ salt

1 cup sugar

½ cup margarine

12 peach halves (blanched and peeled)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 egg yokes

1 cup sour cream

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar; cut margarine in until coarse. Pat mixture firmly on bottom and up sides of 8x9-inch square pan. Arrange peaches; sprinkle with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven and pour egg/sour cream mixture over top. Return to oven for 30 additional minutes.

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