The Disappearing Sign

Image result for disappearing sign cartoon imageA few days ago, someone almost got into an accident. They couldn’t see around the sign that reminds residents of upcoming activities. You won’t be seeing that sign again. But don’t worry. There are many ways to find out about upcoming activities.

Check this blog for monthly calendars. Glance at the bulletin board outside the clubhouse. Sign up for email reminders. This can be done by emailing wmvvsac@gmail.com and asking to be added to the list. Anyone who shares their email can rest assured that it won’t be used for anything but reminding you of upcoming events.

Enjoy all the activities that have been planned for the summer!

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2017 Annual Meeting Notice

Image result for annual meeting imagesPursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the Bylaws of White Mountain Vacation Village Recreational Subdivision Association, the Annual Meeting of the Members will be held as follows:

 DATE:            Friday, June 23, 2017

CHECK-IN:   1:00 p.m.                              

MEETING:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Hampton Inn & Suites

                       1501 E Woolford Rd,  

                        Show Low, AZ 85901

PURPOSE:  Informational

If you would like to submit a question, please download the form here. http://wmvv.org/2017%20Annual%20Question%20Form.pdf

Book Club 2017

Image result for book club images freeI would be able to lead a book club if people are interested. There might be emergencies when I have to go back to Tucson. I have developed a list of books and dates. In order to do this, I would like a commitment for at least three people per session.  Please email me with your confirmation and choice of venue.  Thanks.  Susan Jenkin 520-744-2080   ridkin88@msn.com

An option for meetings:

Fri at 11:00 in the clubhouse

Fri at 11:00 at Black Bull

Fri at 4:00 with cheese and wine

Please indicate if you are committed to any of these books and choice of venue

June 9th     Ripper by Isabel Allende – This is the only mystery she has written.  Isabel is an acclaimed writer.

July 7th         The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout – This author wrote Olive   Kitteridge.

July 28th      The Disappeared by Kim Echlin – A New York Times Editors Choice

August 11th   The Long Way Home by Louise Penny – Another mystery.  You will love her characters.

August 25th    The Lowland  by Jhumpa Lahiri – Winner of a Pulitzer Prize

You can go on line to find out more about these books.  I have tried to choose a variety.  I think all of these books are well written with literary depth.

Hope you can make it!

Riopelle Stew

jerry-and-naomi-riopelleFall might have been in the air last week, but the air is now full of winter. A light dusting of snow fell Saturday evening in the Village and you can bet everyone is dreaming about warmer meals.

I like to warm up with a nice beef stew but some of my friends steer clear of meat these days. Jerry Riopelle and his wife, Naomi, gave up eating red meat a few years ago. Naomi tells me it was for environmental reasons more than anything. They still like it, they just don’t eat it. When the Riopelle’s come for dinner, I cook chicken or fish. Last winter I created a chicken stew and named it after them. I want to share the recipe with Village residents and tell you about one of the ingredients.

Amy Valdés Schwemm is the owner of a company called Mano y Matate. I met her when I took her class on Mexican mole sauces at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix a few years ago. Making mole is an all-day process, two if you count gathering all the ingredients before you start. I learned that day in class that I could buy mole powder made by Amy and enjoy the delicious flavors anytime with no effort on my part. The problem for me is that Mano y Matate is in Tucson and the only way I can get it is to order it online. However, once a year Amy comes to the Chiles & Chocolate Festival at Desert Botanical Garden. This year the festival is November 11 -13. I plan to attend and stock up on Amy’s mole powder.

Riopelle Stew

Serves 6

1 pound onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

1 pound assorted wild mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 pounds whole boneless chicken breasts cut into bit sized pieces

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

8 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 tin Mole Dulce (from Mano y Matate)

8 cups chicken broth

4 plum tomatoes, chopped

2 cups fresh corn kernels including the pulp scraped from the cobs of about 3 ears of corn

2 tablespoons Vermouth

½ cup half and half

¾ cup thinly sliced scallions

In large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions with salt and pepper and cook until soft and caramelized. Remove to bowl and melt remaining butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil in same pan. Add mushrooms with salt and pepper and cook until soft and brown. Remove to bowl with onions and heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in same pan. Add chicken pieces seasoned with salt and pepper and brown. This can be made one day ahead to this point. Everything can be refrigerated together in a covered container.

In large Dutch oven, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add Mole Dulce and sauté for 2 minutes. Add plum tomatoes, chicken broth, chicken, vegetables and corn. Simmer gently for 45 minutes. Add Vermouth, half and half and green onions and heat through. Serve in large bowls with rosemary focaccia.