New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Words of insight and a message to help brighten your Sunday mornings.
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"I am taking, with some other teachers, a group of 37 kids to New Zealand and Australia this year."
— Bart Cooper Canyon Lake
EDWARD REICHERT SOLO EXHIBITION
Selected as 2004 Artist of the Year by the New Braunfels Art League, Edward Reichert has spent almost 70years in the sn aly and practice of art and architecuire. His fxiint-ings include historical, western, figurative and animal subjects; landscapes and still life. A reception in his honor will be held from 5 to 8:30 p. rn. June 17 at the Art Gallery.
When: Warn. to 5pm. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. Sundays today through June 29. Where: New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio
ANNIE GET YOUR CUN’
Show runs Thursdays, Fridays and Samrtiays with Sunday matinees, (lost is $16 adults. $12 seniors, $8 12 and under.
When: June 9-26 Where: Brauntex Theater Information: Anne Hair at 606-3285
COMAL COUNTY MUSIC SHOW
Featured artists are Rhonda Unruh, Ron Knuth and Greg Trevino. Concessions available. Sponsored by the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Cost is $4 cover
When: 7:30 to IO p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. today Where: New Braunfels Civic Center
Information: (830) 629-4547
UVE MUSIC SUNDAY
Hosted by Al Barlow, featuring Hie music in an open mic format. Bring your instrument of choice and join in the fun. Free and open to the public.
When:3 pm. Sundays Where: New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music Information: 625-5636
AUSTIN OTY LIMITS: MAKING MUSIC, MAKING HISTORY
The first of a series showcasing the famed programs most popular archived f)er-formancesfor viewing. The museum is kicking off the event with Willie Nelson’s 1974 pilot performance. When: Through Aug. 7 Where: New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music Information: 625-5636
Pair creates Kitchen Koaches, releases cookbook
By Melissa Johnson
Like many large families, the Owens and McConnell households can have a hard time planning what to eat for dinner. But thanks to their own innovative meal planning solutions and crock pot recipe book, both are spending less time in the kitchen and are helping other families do the same.
The idea for Kitchen Koaches— the business started by Kaari Owens, mother of five, and Kim McConnell, mother of three — was born last summer when the two neighbors were taking their evening walk.
“We asked each other what are you doing for dinner?’” Owens said.
The women began discussing their meal planning menus, which they created to cover a week's worth of meals at a time, and crock pot recipes. With Owens’ busy schedule as a full-time
student at Southern Christian University and McConnell working as a student development counselor at San Antonio College, neither had much time to spend on cooking.
McConnell mentioned that women at her work had offered to pay for her preplanned menus and shopping lists. Owens and McConnell began thinking that making a crock pot cookbook out of their dinner strategies might be of interest to other moms.
"Despite women working outside of the home, 95 percent of meal time still rests on our shoulders,” McConnell said. “We thought if we could get our ideas out there we could make the lives of other women easier.”
The women began to organize their own recipes and those of friends and family. “Put A Lid On It! Recipes, Menus & Shopping Lists,” a 100-recipe cookbook housed in a profes
sionally bound, three-ring binder, soon followed. From “Tomato Basil Soup” to “SteakTeriyaki” to “Cherry Cobbler,” all recipes are designed to be cooked in a crock pot.
Most recipes cook for eight hours on low, which allows busy moms and dads to come home to a finished meal. The cooks noted that with crock pots no standing, stirring or watching is required and clean-up is minimal.
“With a crock pot, you start in the morning and you’re done,” Owens said. “Theres no cooking at the end of the night.”
“We tried to pick (recipes) that you could leave alone all day while you go to work,” McConnell said.
The book also includes 12 weeks of menus based on the recipes inside. Each week comes with its own shopping list, specifically detailing necessary ingredients as well as “Always on Hand” items, or AOHs that
cooks most likely have in the pantry.
The Kitchen Koaches described the method as “totally brainless.”
“This allows families to buy exactly what’s needed and use 20 items for a weeks worth of meals,” Owens said.
“Families can save money by not wasting food or impulse buying,” McConnell said, explaining that weekly grocery bills can be lowered from $200 to $125 with the system.
The cooks said the planning involved makes the meals healthier, too.
“It keeps families of our size from avoiding McDonald’s,” McConnell said. “You don’t have to worry about coming home and keeping the kids away from snacks before dinner. It’s much easier to keep the kids at bay for the IO minutes it takes to spoon the food on a plate than it is to keep them away for any hour while cooking.”
Retailing for $16.99, the book has sold more than 170 copies since it came off the press six weeks ago.
The Koaches plan to release four additional recipe packages this summer. Each three-hole punched packet, designed to be inserted into the original “Put AUd On It!” binder, will contain IOO more recipes. Titles include “Put A Pit On It,” “Put A Kid On It,” “Put AMit On It” and “Put A Ud On It Volume IL”
Owens and McConnell said they have received many catering inquiries, and in the future, this may be an area they expand to.
In the meantime, the cooking duo just wants to help other households have smoother mealtimes.
“Our goal is to bring pleasure back into dinnertime and get families around the table,” Owens said.
To learn more about Kitchen Koaches, visit www.kitchenkoaches.com.
Kaari Owens, left, and Kimberly McConnell, co-Kitchen Koaches, with their series of cookbooks, "Put a Lid on It," specializing in crock pot recipes.
TOMATO BASIL SOUP
Source: “Put a Lid on Itr 2 (29 oz.) cans peeled 3 cups chicken broth
whole tomatoes, 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
drained and liquid 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
reserved 1 (5-oz.) can evaporated
2 1/2 Tbsp, packed dark milk
brown sugar 1/4 cup fresh basil
1 medium onion, finely leaves, shredded
chopped 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups tomato liquid 1/4 tsp pepper from canned tomatoes
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange tomatoes on foil in single layer, sprinkle with brown sugar and top with onion. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tomatoes look dry and light brown. Let tomatoes cool slightly and then finely chop. Place tomato mixture, 3 cups reserved liquid from tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato paste and allspice in slow cooker. Mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Add evaporated milk, basil, salt and pepper. Continue cooking on high 30 minutes or until hot. Recommended sides: fresh bread and salad.
Source: “Put a Lid on ttf“
2 (21-oz.) cans cherry 1/4 cup butter, softened
pie filling 1/2 cup pecans,
1 pkg. yellow cake mix, chopped dry
Pour pie filling into slow cooker and spread evenly. In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix with butter until it is crumbly, sprinkle over pie filling. Top mixture with chopped pecans. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Serve warm. Recommended sides: Ice cream
Source: “Put a Lid on ltl“
2 1/2 lbs. boneless 2Tbsp. oil
chuck steak 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tsp. ground ginger 1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp, sugar
Cut steak info slices and place in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Recommended sides, rice and fresh vegetables.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8. 2005
Mike McClure Band to perform Saturday at Saengerhalle
Every time George Strait releases a new single to radio, it sets another record in music history.
No one has had more No. I hit singles than Strait. Not Sinatra, not Elvis, not Garth Brooks or even the mighty Beatles. Strait’s previous album, “50 Number Ones,” has sold 23 million copies since its release in October, lliat 2 CD set included one new / track, “I Hate Everything,” which instantly went to No. I on the charts, making the album title incorrect before it was released.
HLs new album, “Somewhere Down in Texas,” was scheduled for release later this fall, but was pushed up to June 28 after the success of the new single, “You’ll Be There,” which is at No. 5 this week on the Billboard country singles chart. In addition to the hit single, the new CD will include a duet with Lee Ann Womack on
"Good News, Bad News.” His summer tour with Dierks Bentley is over but rumors abound of another tour to start back up this fall.■ ■■
Gruene Hall has been a super busy place lately. In addition to hosting the Americana Music lam last month, there’s a long list of CD release parties and live CD recordings on the books for the next few months.
It only stands to reason that bands want to record live albums at the historic venue, since Jerry JeffWalker, Chris Wall, Charlie Robison, IWO Tons of Steel, Jack Ingram, Seth James and Pat Green have all chosen to capture live shows there. One quick peek at the Gruene Hall Web site and you see two major bands planning to record their live shows this summer.
The first is the Ok! 97’s with recording plans set for June 17 and 18. Bob
by Bare Jr. will open both shows. Two Tons of Steel has scheduled June 21, 22 and 28, to record their live CD and DVD. It coincides with ten years of TWo Ton Iliesdays at Gruene Hall. Austin musician Brian Keane has a CD release party planned for Saturday June 11 followed by songbird Susan Gibson’s CD release on tap for July 30.■ ■■
Speaking of live albums, I highly recommend picking up a copy of the new live CD by Kevin Deal. Simply titled Raw Deal: live, it was recorded back in July of2004 at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton. It’s a fantastic collection of songs spanning Deal ’s entire career and all four of his previous albums.
There’s rowdy tunes like “Cracked Up,” there’s truck driver tunes, “Diesel," and there’s flat out rockers,
like their version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Mississippi Kid.” He added two new studio tracks, “Hard Times” and “I ve Got to Believe,” to round out the 16 track collection. It’s easily one of the best live albums I’ve heard this year and certainly makes me want to catch his show this Friday, when he opens for Houston M archman at Gruene Hall.■ ■■
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget about the Mike McClure Band over at Saengerhalle on Sat urday night. From his days as the leader of the Great Divide to his classic solo albums, McClure is one of the most talented musicians in Texas. Not only does he own one of the best voices in the music business, he’s also one incredible songwriter. Mark those calendars now so you don’t miss this show.DALE MARTIN
Dale Martin writes about music. He can be reached at [email protected]