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Food

  1. Morning Elixer 
  2. Ethiopian Coffee from Cafe Vita
  3. Free Range Eggs from Wilcox Farms
  4. Organic Dino Kale
  5. Basmati Rice
  6. Northwest Honey from Anna’s Farm
  7. Organic CostaRican Vanilla Extract
  8. Organic Raw Sugar
  9. Whole Milk from Twin Brook Creamery
  10. Olive Oil + Red Wine Vinegar
  11. Sea Salt
  12. Tellicherry Fresh Ground Black Pepper from The Spice House

Prepare + imbibe Morning Elixer (minus tea+nuts).  Wash Basmati rice until the water runs clear.  Put 1 cup rice + 1&3/4 cups H2O in pan, bring to boil, then turn down heat to lowest setting once H2O is at level of rice.  Cover for 15 minutes then turn off heat and put a folded towel over the pan to dry out the rice as it finishes it’s steaming.  Meanwhile, wash a bundle of Dino Kale and then tear the stems from the leaves, chopping both separately.  Place stems in bottom of steamer with chopped leaves on top and steam for 7-10 minutes, no longer so they stay bright green.  Put kettle on and subsequently brew Ethiopian Coffee.  Meanwhile, place seasoned iron skillet on high heat until it is good and hot, then add butter and just before browning turn down heat to medium-low. Drop in a couple of eggs to fry, flipping them after a couple minutes, at which point heat can be killed.  Simultaneously, steam a cup of Milk. Once Kale is done, toss the leaves and stems together in olive oil, red wine vinegar, and fresh ground salt and pepper.  Once milk is steamed, pour into bowl over 1 tsp Honey, a few drops of Vanilla, a couple shakes of cinnamon and then add 1/2cup rice.  Serve Eggs and Kale on a plate, rice + milk in a bowl, and a big mug of black coffee.  YUM!

Music
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“After remaining unreleased for over a decade, the session that comprised Horace Parlan’s  Happy Frame of Mind record was issued as a Booker Ervin album entitled Back From the Gig.  Horace Parlan, however, was the leader for the session, and the album was originally scheduled to be released in the mid-’60s by Blue Note as Happy Frame of Mind. Back From the Gig finds Horace Parlan breaking away from the soul-inflected hard bop that had become his trademark, moving his music into more adventurous, post-bop territory. Aided by a first-rate quintet — trumpeter Johnny Coles, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin, guitarist Grant Green, bassist Butch Warren, drummer Billy Higgins — Parlan produces a provocative set that is grounded in soul and blues but stretches out into challenging improvisations. None of the musicians completely embrace the avant-garde, but there are shifting tonal textures and unpredictable turns in the solos which have been previously unheard in Parlan’s music. Perhaps that’s the reason the session sat unissued in Blue Note’s vaults until 1976, when it was released as part of a double-record Booker Ervin set, but the fact of the matter is, it’s one of Parlan’s most successful efforts, finding the perfect middle ground between accessible, entertaining jazz and more adventurous music.”  –Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com

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by Alexander

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