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Beautiful bike day

Bicycles to coffee in the Distillery District, today.

 We discovered that the artists’ studio building goes up 4 floors. Main floor studios seem a bit more open to retail traffic. The upper levels are working studios and there’s plenty of art to see along the hallways.

Max MacDonald at GAS

I saw Max MacDonald’s first one-man show at Gerrard Art Space back in 2012, at the original location, a couple of blocks west of the present address.

Saturday, October 7, you are invited to the opening reception (3-6 p.m.) for his third GAS one-man show. 1475 Gerrard St. E.

IN THE PAINT will be up until October 22nd. Wednesdays to Sunday, 2 – 7 p.m.

Suttle Turkey Chili

Your Royko Recipe for October, 2017

Suttle Turkey Chili
Even dedicated carnivores will have trouble believing that this chili contains no beef. Makes 10 1/2 cups.

This recipe comes from Ann Suttle in Florence, Alabama. Cooking Light, Nov./Dec. 1993, Page 123.

1 tbl. vegetable oil
2 lb. Freshly ground raw turkey
1 1/2 cup chopped onions
1 clove minced garlic
2 1/2 cup water
2 tbl. chili powder
1 tbl. dried parsley
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. mustard powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 19-oz. can red kidney beans
1 4-oz. can chopped canned green chiles
1 bay leaf

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion and garlic, and cook until turkey is browned (about 9 minutes), stirring to crumble. Drain and wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel.
Return mixture to pan. Add water and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Uncover and simmer for 1 more hour, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf.


Danica and I were first introduced to Min-Jeong Koh while she was still a student in high school, so we have watched her career develop from the beginning. She was a star student of our friend Jolanta Hickey and it was a pleasure to see Min’s tribute to her mentor:

“One of my most steadfast mentors, Jolanta Hickey, was my high school music teacher, and if it weren’t for her unwavering support and dedication, I would not be where I am today. When I tell this story to people, it is often assumed that her and I developed this bond because of my musical inclinations, but that’s not the case: I was less than an ideal student. I was a difficult teenager! The impact that a teacher can have on a student lasts past the classroom and even moulds the type of person one grows into. I am so thankful to have met her.”

The full story of Min’s latest undertaking is here.

More zoo day

90 seconds of iPad video.

Zoo space seems much too small for the occupants. It must be a very monotonous existence.

Here’s Danica’s capture of a zebra taking a dirt bath.

I’d like it if the zoo could close and become a wildlife preserve for local species, like our Leslie Spit … but open every day. No snack shacks. No carnival rides.