New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003
New Braunfels Utilities workers began putting up holiday lights Monday as the city gears up for the colorful Christmas season.
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The funniest thing in life is when I get to come to Lands Park arid play.”
— Austin Ford New Braunfels
Wurstfest Art Show
When: IO ani to 5 p.m. daily
through Nov. 16
When: New Braunfels Art Lea-
gue Gallery, 239W. San Antonio
JESSE LOTT RETROSPECTIVE
When: 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6pm. Sunday through Jan. 1,2004 When: New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music, 1259Gruene Road
Ticked: $3 adults, $2 seniors and students, flee for children under 12
Information: 625-5636, www.nbmuseum.org
I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE'
Auditions for musical When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 When: Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth Ave.
Precision dance, glamorous, costumes, holiday music and an appearance by Santa Claus When: 7:30 pm. Dec. 5-7 When:Brauntex Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio Street « Information:627-0806
MIAMI STRING QUARTET *
Sponsored by San Antonio Chamber Music Society When: 3:15 pm. Nov. 23 When: Temple Beth El, 409W. Ashby
Tickets $15 open seating avail-ableatthedoor Information: (210) 408-1558, orwwuiLsacms.org
44th annual massed choir When: 4 pm. Nov. 30 When: First Baptist Church,
733 Cross St
Tickets Free-will donations accepted
'WINDS OF CHANGE*
Texas Lutheran University Concert Band and Symphonic Winds perform .
When: 7:30 pm Friday When: TUTS Jackson Auditorium in Seguin
Tickets Free and open to public
For the love of
By Betty Taylor
Nancy Foster remembers when home economies classes were a big tpart of school.
T started taking home economics classes in seventh grade and continued them in high school/' she said.
Foster began cooking when she was about IO years old, partly out of necessity.
“My mother went back to work... and since I was the oldest, I started helping out with the cooking," she said. “My mother was a nurse, and many times, she would work the 3 to ll p.m. shift, so she wouldn’t be home for the dinner hour. ... She wasn’t the world’s best cook, so I think she was kind of glad to get out of it.’’
It did not take long for Foster to realize that, unlike her mother, she did have a love for cooking. She first began working with recipes from magazines and cookbooks before creating her own dishes.
Following the food chain
It wasn’t until she took a nutrition class at Texas State Uiiiversity - San Marcos that she realized she might be pursuing a career in food.
“I had been studying to become a social worker and discovered it just wasn’t for me,” she said. “But then I took a nutrition class and really enjoyed it.”
* After graduating with a degree in nutrition, she took a one-year internship with a Houston Veterans Administration hospital. She then returned to Texas State University -
•San Marcos to attend graduate -school, obtaining a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
She also taught nutrition classes at the school for a number of years, and did consulting and contract work for a number of hospitals and nursing homes.
During that time, she raised a family of four, feeding them on as little as $25 a week and making all of her meals from scratch. Even her biscuit and gravy mixes are made from scratch.
Although her children, ].D. and Abby, are now grown and attending college, Foster has not slowed down.
She does nutrition consulting work for Eden Home in New Braunfels, the River City Care Center in Son Antonio, john Paul II Nursing Home and Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kennedy and the Starlight Recovery Center in Centerport. She also teaches nutrition classes at San Antonio College.
* Appealing to different tastes
Foster said she has enjoyed the flexibility of her consulting schedule, but that one of the biggest challenges was planning a menu that appealed to a certain population or area of the state.
Foster said River City Care Center was a very small nursing home whose residents were mostly African American.
• “Much of what appeals to them is soul foods,” she said.
While helping his wife, Nancy, prepare a meal, James Foster gets a sample of what's for dinner.
MMUM TNI Tim CRUNCH
Helpful tips for getting the most out of your cooking time:
H Plan menus a wack at alima. ____________________
■ Grocery shop once (once a month or once a week) instead of making several trips to the store.
■ Make the freezer your friend (doubling and tripling recipes and freeze some dishes to serve later).
■ Make extra portions of parts of meals to use in other dishes later (i.e. spaghetti sauce, browned meat, taco filling); saving in leftover plastic containers and freezing_________
H Make use of kitchen helpers such as food processors, crock pots or pressure cookers.
H Make use of pressure cookers and crackpots because they free up time, or using the microwave to hurry up baked potatoes and other dishes.
Clockwise from bottom. D.J., Nancy, James and Abigail Foster enjoy a made-from-scratch meal.
H Make the most of family and favorite recipes by keeping a notebook of the most-used recipes handy.
And when planning a menu in the Hill country, Foster learned a valuable lesson in the not-so-subtle differences in fish entrees.
“I tried blackened redfish, but that did not go over so well," she said. “In the Hill Country, everyone wants to eat fried fish.
“I think a big part of what I do is learning what kinds of food people want to eat in certain regions. And if you are sick in the hospital, you are probably not interested in trying out
some new Chinese food. You are interested in familiar, comfortable food. So I learn what is good for people in that area of the state while also trying to keep it nutritious.”
As a working mother, Foster got plenty of practice feeding her family of four in her own region of New Braunfels. She said making everything from scratch could be time consuming, but the biggest benefit
See MOD BATING Page 5BThere’s nothing funky about music, dance at Wurstfest
Wurstfest has always been one of my favorite festivals and this year is no difference. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but I still feel you get a lot of bang for your buck. The food is always excellent, especially the fried pickles and the sausage on a stick. The beer is plentiful and cold and the music is always top-notch.
As a music fan, I enjoy watching the traditional German bands. Their costumes are authentic, they play lots of unique instruments, and the music is catchy and fun. Each year I make a point to check out the Sauerkrauts and the Jimmy Shirr Orchestra, two of my favorites. I also try to catch a new band that I may have overlooked in the past.
While the litt’l Fishermen are by
no means a new band, this year was
my first time to see them perform. I
loved their song selection, which ef-
fectively combined old favorites with new ones. Every song featured a packed dance floor, so they were obviously giving the fans what they wanted.
I sadly missed the chicken dance, since I made it back to the Sauerkrauts tent just as it was ending. It’s the one time of the year where it’s OK to act like an idiot and no one cares. They're doing the chicken dance, too!
The festival started in 1961 and has grown in size and quality every year. It has survived just about every adversity Mother Nature could throw at it and came through like a true champ. Now that this year’s festival is over, I’m already marking my calendar for next year. Anyone want to buy some unused beer tickets?
Yes, he once dated Sandra Bullock and was in the bands Ugly Ameri
cans and the Scabs, but so what? That's all in the past. He’s gone solo now and his music is fresh and exciting.
I’m talking about Bob Schneider and he’s playing Gruene Hall Friday night. He’s on tour supporting his latest CD, “I’ve Seen the End of the World and it Looks Like This,” and is making his now annual stop at the famous dance hall. Reckless Kelly follows Bob with their high energy show on Saturday night.
Though it’s still a bit early, some folks are already making plans for New Year’s Eve.
Saengerhalle has booked Cross Canadian Ragweed for its year-end party while Gruene Hall has The Derailers and Robert Earl Keen to close out the year.
The Rolling Stones recently thrilled their fans, but angered some dis
tributors, with the announcement that their upcoming DVD box set would be sold only in Best Buy stores. Best Buy, which operates nearly 700 stores in the U.S. and Canada, won’t say how much it paid for the exclusive selling rights.
Three big music chains in Canada announced they were pulling some of the band's merchandise off store shelves to protest the Best Buy deal. “I feel bad for the stores that aren’t going to have the product, but they have lots of other products, to be honest, and music videos don’t sell anything like movie DVDs,” explained Mick Jagger in an attempt to answer the protests.
He went on to say that they had the fans in mind when the decision was made. The Best Buy partnership will allow them to sell the DVD set for about $30 instead of $60.
It should be in stores this week.
Dale Martin writes about music. He can be reached at [email protected]