Filling their plates: Occupied public officers are excellent cooks, much too | Lifestyles

Georgann Dolfay

In this age of females in professions, it’s challenging to picture girls who are functioning in the public eye and are normally chaotic, but however have time to prepare dinner. But a few female general public officers say cooking is a person of their passions. New Castle College Board president […]

In this age of females in professions, it’s challenging to picture girls who are functioning in the public eye and are normally chaotic, but however have time to prepare dinner.

But a few female general public officers say cooking is a person of their passions.

New Castle College Board president Stacey Fleo, who also holds a entire-time task in the healthcare profession, mentioned one particular working day not too long ago in a mobile phone interview that she experienced a ham loaf in the oven. She was planning to take some more than to the residence of school superintendent Debbie DeBlasio. Fleo’s son and DeBlasio’s daughter are before long to be wed, so the two future moms-in-law are a lot more than just college associates.

Fleo went on to say that DeBlasio never ever had ham loaf before and was tentative about seeking it, so she was anxious to see how she appreciated it.

Fleo stated she got her ham loaf recipe from her buddy, Sue Kimmel of Neshannock Township.

She said she buys her ham loaf meat combination from Gilliland’s Market in New Wilmington, and it is a blend of ground ham, pork and veal. (If you never like veal, you can make your have mix utilizing only ham and pork ground jointly.)

In talking to DeBlasio about school matters a several times afterwards in a telephone conversation, I paused to inquire her how she liked Fleo’s ham loaf. She stated she had imagined ingesting anything like paté, and she was amazed.

“It was mouth watering,” she said. “Stacey manufactured me comprehend I preferred anything I imagined I would by no means take in. There was sweetness, it was salty and just the correct texture.”

She mentioned her family liked it, too. Fleo claimed she designed cottage potatoes to go with it.

DeBlasio, of Lebanese descent, is applied to various types of cooking and enjoys center-Jap food from her heritage. She professes to be a excellent cook dinner as well. Whilst I have never ever tried out her cooking or Fleo’s, I can consider that these gals, who are perfectionists in their function, also would be in their kitchens.

A different public formal who, irrespective of a active timetable as a county commissioner and a grandmother, and who has her thumb in quite a few things, is Loretta Spielvogel, who also has her possess component-time catering business enterprise.

I have tasted her cooking before, at distinct community gatherings. Being a meatball connoisseur, I would give her two thumbs up for her Italian meatballs and spaghetti sauce.

At a recent public county commissioners meeting — and I’m not guaranteed how the subject matter arrived up — Spielvogel and Commissioner Morgan Boyd ended up chatting back and forth whilst waiting for business to commence, and he described how a great deal he enjoys stuffed pepper soup. She presented to give him the recipe for it. I asked her to share it for this foods column, as nicely, and she obliged.

So all 3 of these women have shared their culinary abilities with a several of their preferred recipes. None of them are difficult, and are very good and healthful meals to test.


(Stacey Fleo)

1 1/2 to 2 kilos ham loaf combination

1 1/2 cups comfortable breadcrumbs

1/3 cup finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped eco-friendly pepper

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup vinegar

dash of floor cloves

Blend all of the substances besides for the brown sugar, vinegar and cloves. Spoon mixture into 9×5-inch loaf pan.

Blend brown sugar with vinegar and cloves and pour more than combine. Bake, uncovered, at 350 levels for 1 1/2 hrs.


(Stacey Fleo)

1 bag frozen hash brown potatoes

1 8-ounce container of bitter cream

1 adhere butter

1 can cream of hen soup

1 8-ounce bundle shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup crushed potato chips

Thaw potatoes and mix with soup, sour product and cheddar cheese. 

Soften butter and pour 50 % of it in the combination. Place in baking dish and pour the relaxation of the butter on top rated.

Sprinkle with potato chips. Bake uncovered at 350 levels for just one hour.


(Debbie DeBlasio)

1 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained

1/4 cup refreshing lemon juice

1/4 cup oil

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup tahini 

1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons chopped contemporary mint or parsley for garnish

Place all substances other than mint or parsley in a blender or food processor and puree.

Chicken AND RICE

6 parts hen breast

3 quarts h2o

1/2 cup pine nuts (pignoli)

1 3/4 adhere butter

2 1/4 cups rice

Salt, pepper (cumin if preferred)

Cook dinner hen breast in pan of water, skimming off foam as it cooks. When hen is tender, remove from broth, and bone and shred hen. Set apart. You ought to have about 6 or 6 1/2 cups of broth remaining.

Brown pine nuts in butter. Clean rice and include to boiling broth. Include pine nuts, salt and pepper (and cumin) and chicken. Cook together right up until completed, about 20 minutes. Broth must be absorbed into rice.


(Debbie Deblasio)

1 cup lentils

1 cup rice

1 onion

6 tablespoons oil

6 1/2 cups h2o

Sauté onion in oil (enable onion brown a tiny). In another pan, boil lentils in 6 1/2 cups water, then insert onions and oil soon after about 10 minutes. Increase rice and salt to taste. Permit prepare dinner collectively for about 20 minutes or right until tender. When serving, best with laban (Lebanese yogurt) or serve basic with green onion.



8 cups milk

1/2 cup yogurt

Put a pair of tablespoons of the milk in a smaller container and stir in the basic yogurt to make it additional liquid.

Provide relaxation of milk to a boil. Position aside right until lukewarm stir in yogurt, but do not stir as well considerably.

Include pot with lid. Wrap with a wool address and location in heat location for 6 hours, being careful not to go the pot for the duration of this time.

Amazing in fridge for at least 3 several hours.


(Loretta Spielvogel)

In a massive soup pot, brown 2 to 3 lbs . of floor beef (in a tiny oil). Drain excess oil and body fat.


1 cup diced onion

3 cups diced peppers

1 28-ounce can tomato sauce

1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 massive can (23 ounces) tomato soup, plus just one can of h2o

Period to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Simmer for one hour. Incorporate two cups cooked rice.

(If freezing, do not increase rice right up until ready to provide.)

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