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Emma Palova, born in Czech Republic, is an author, a writer, a screenwriter, a journalist, a photographer, a designer and the founder of Emma Blogs, LLC, based in Lowell, Michigan. Currently, she is working on her memoir "Greenwich Meridian" which she intends to turn into a screenplay. Palova started her blog EW Emma's Writings at http://emmaplova.com in support of the publication of her memoir in January, 2013. The blog has grown into a passion and a company that designs blogs for other people under the umbrella of Emma Blogs. Palova is a prolific online publisher open to new ideas and to new horizons. A natural innovator, Palova loves to create progressive brands into the future. Check out her inspirational post "Desert epiphany" and the authors page on About_me and on Facebook. I am looking forward to seeing you around the greater Grand Rapids area and on my blog. I am seeking an agent or a publisher for the memoir that I intend to publish for my mom Ella's 80 birthday on Aug. 23. I celebrated my fourth anniversary on the WordPress publishing platform on Jan. 15th, 2017 with more than 1,000 followers and 500 plus posts. Love always, Emma

Eating Czech

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A true Czech fare of breaded chicken, pork or veal for Sunday dinner with potato salad.

Make it beaded fish for Christmas Eve. Watch for a recipe for the potato salad on http:// emmapalova.com and on http:// etravelandfood.wordpress.com

True Czech fare. True Czech fare.

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Healthy Corner

Cook up a storm with fall produce and zucchini

By Betty Dickinson

Columnist Betty Dickinson of Ionia
Columnist Betty Dickinson of Ionia

Betty Dickinson is a long-time columnist for the Ionia Sentinel-Standard. Dickinson published a book “Creating a Healthy Corner” in 2008.

She is an avid lover of life. Please welcome her to the EW Emma’s Writings team on http://emmapalova.com

 

Here’s some recipes to use some of the fall garden produce.

This is a nutritious dip that might appeal to the party or family get-to-gather.

This makes an ideal snack, or even a meal, as it’s packed with protein,

calcium, vitamins and minerals. The beet is more for color than flavor, so

don’t expect a strong beet favor. Good with carrots and other vegetables

or chips. The dip can be refrigerated for one week.

Pink Bean Dip

1.Combine 15 ounces cooked or drained canned white

beans, 1 or more cloves chopped garlic, 1/3 cup olive

oil, one tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more, and a small

roasted or stemmed beet in food processor; purée until

smooth and no bits of beet remain.

 

  1. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

 

  1. Taste and add more lemon juice as needed.

 

4 Transfer to an airtight container; refrigerate until

ready to serve.

 

 

Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

These can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated. Remove

them from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before baking.

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise

1 pound spicy Italian bulk sausage (or your choice of sausage)

1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

3 or more cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup course fresh breadcrumbs

2 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice

About 3/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus shavings for the garnish

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1 large egg, lightly beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle a large baking dish with oil.

Scrape seeds and soft flesh from inside zucchini and reserve ½ cup.

Place zucchini, cut sides up, in baking dish.

 

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add sausage and onion.

Cook, breaking up sausage, until sausage is brown and onion is softened,

about 5 minutes. Add garlic and reserved zucchini; cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Divide

mixture among zucchini. Bake until filling is firm and each zucchini is

 

tender and wrinkled around edges, 35 to 40 minutes. Garnish with

Parmesan shavings.

 

Hint:

Here is a nutty way to take off extra pounds. Studies show adding nuts to your diet won’t make you gain weight, and may even lose some pounds. Experts think that’s because of the unsaturated fats in nuts like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and pine nuts. These trigger your body to make appetite-blocking hormones, which tell your brain you’re full. So enjoy a handful of nuts about 20 minutes before a meal, and it can cut your appetite!

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Cook up a storm with fall bounty

By Betty Dickinson

Columnist Betty Dickinson Columnist Betty Dickinson

Here’s some recipes to use some of the fall garden produce.

This is a nutritious dip that might appeal to the party or family get-to-gather.

This makes an ideal snack, or even a meal, as it’s packed with protein,

calcium, vitamins and minerals. The beet is more for color than flavor, so

don’t expect a strong beet favor. Good with carrots and other vegetables

or chips. The dip can be refrigerated for one week.

Pink Bean Dip

1.Combine 15 ounces cooked or drained canned white

beans, 1 or more cloves chopped garlic, 1/3 cup olive

oil, one tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more, and a small

roasted or stemmed beet in food processor; puree until

smooth and no bits of beet remain.

  1. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

  1. Taste and add more lemon juice as needed.

4…

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Final goodbye to Czech Republic

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Dad heads home to bid farewell to family

United Airlines flight 974 with my dad Vaclav Konecny on board just landed in Geneva four and a half hours late due to maintenance on one of the Pratt & Whitney motors.

Homebound Homebound

My dad is 80 and he flew home to Czech Republic to say final goodbye to the family. Dad has only one living sibling left, aunt Marta.

He is the founder of our immigration saga that started with the Soviet invasion in 1968. And it continues to evolve to this day with third generation.

That is basically what my memoir Greenwich Meridian is about.

Venice, Florida Dad in Venice, Florida

To be continued

Note: This is my 150th post on EW Emma’s Writings on WordPress. The 15th new follower of EW will get a $25 gift certificate to Steak & Shake.

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Traveling single

Traveling single, a rewarding experience

By Tamela Spicer

EW writer

I stood in the middle of the train station, overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds assaulting my senses. Checking my itinerary again I searched for platform number two. My carry on rolled along next to me as I circled the main floor one more time.

“Let me guess, American,” the young man said in clear English.

“Is it that obvious?” I asked.

Traveling in Germany
Traveling in Germany

Maybe it was the hint of panic showing on my face that gave away my inability to understand all the signs written in German. Or perhaps it was my aimless wondering that made it obvious I had no idea where I was going. Whatever it was, I was grateful for the young man who helped me find my way as I transferred trains in Munich.

Traveling alone can be intimidating, particularly for a woman going abroad. Yet it can also be a very rewarding experience. I’ve ventured to Europe and Israel on my own and actually found that traveling

Sacher torte
Sacher torte

alone can be more interesting if you’re smart about the experience. Here are my top five tips to help you make the most of your single traveling experience.

Research and planning can make any trip more enjoyable and affordable, particularly when traveling alone abroad. Researching potential destinations online can be daunting. There’s just too much information and not all of it is worthwhile. Checking out a few reviews on sites like Yahoo Travel (www.travel.yahoo.com) can provide good tips, but check the dates to make sure the information is current. Websites like Foder’s Travel (www.foders.com) and Top Ten Things (www.toptenthingstodoin.com) offer travel tips on cities all over the world. A little research also helps you be safe. I did check the U.S. Department of State website (www.travel.state.gov) before I headed off to Israel by myself and I planned accordingly, keeping north of Tel Aviv until I had the safety of a tour group. My research usually includes a look at a few maps, some basic reading on the best way to get around a city and some reviews of the top tourists spots. Knowing these basics can ease the transition into a new culture and minimize wasted time and money.

Don’t underestimate the challenges of culture shock, particularly if you’re not competent in the local language. The inability to understand local signs, television or radio creates a sense of isolation which can lead to loneliness. It’s important to find ways to feel connected. Structured tours led in English can provide opportunities to socialize when traveling alone. When I was in Salzburg I did an introductory tour of the city and met two fabulous women from Louisiana. We ended up spending most of the day together and topped it off with dinner at the castle. Another way to minimize culture shock is to bring along your favorite music, a movie or audiobook. These not only help pass time when traveling between cities, but they also allow you to hear your native language which minimizes the sense of isolation and loneliness.

Don’t allow the tours to take over, leave room for spontaneity. While I’ve appreciated some English-speaking tours when traveling abroad, my favorite experiences usually came from just being a visitor and not a tourist. As a visitor you want to speak to local people and experience the culture. Don’t spend all of your time with fellow tourists. I was visiting the city of Akko in northern Israel and stopped to ask directions of a local and ended up with my own private tour of the city for the afternoon. I also try to visit a Rotary club when I travel. Rotary International is a service club with a presence in over 200 countries around the world. As a Rotarian I’m welcome as a guest at any Rotary meeting around the world and it’s a great way to meet local people and get a sense of the community.

Do something special to pamper yourself. It’s important to indulge in some simple pleasures when traveling alone. Eat that special meal that you would never order at home, order breakfast in bed, or relax with a glass of wine in a bubble bath. One of my favorite moments in Salzburg was treating myself to the famous Sacher torte at the Sacher Hotel. It was worth every calorie that I tried to walk off with the miles of sightseeing.

Be careful of the assumptions you make when traveling. Often Americans assume that everyone speaks English and will accommodate us when we travel. While it is true that many people around the world speak English, most people appreciate it if you attempt to communicate in the native language, even if it’s only to say please and thank you. And don’t make assumptions about driving if you’re intending to rent a car. I was grateful that I had taken time to look up some road signs so that when I drove in Germany I understood how to drive on the autobahn. The blue signs with the split road show that the speed limit is lifted for that stretch of road, although it is recommended that you stay under 130 kilometres per hour (81 mph).

Don’t let the lack of a travel partner keep you from exploring the world! With a little common sense and light packing – that’s the bonus tip #6 – you can venture out on your own safely and affordably.

For more stories go to: http://emmapalova.com

Copyright (c)2014 story and photos by Tamela Spicer

Fall wedding travel

Go near or far for your perfect wedding

By EMMA PALOVA

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI-There is no such thing as a bad location for a wedding. I’ve been to weddings as far as France and in former Czechoslovakia, which was my own, and as close as to Alto and Hastings in Michigan.

And I will be going to a true pioneer international wedding at the Saint Patrick’s Church in Parnell and later to a nearby reception at the Wabasis Lake Lodge north east of Grattan.

We’ve considered Black Star Winery in Suttons Bay in Leelanau Peninsula or Stafford’s Perry Hotel in Petoskey.

Wabasis Lake Lodge
Wabasis Lake Lodge

Sometimes the travel for that many people becomes too complex. We even thought of getting a bus. But, our international family is already flying in from France and from Czech Republic.

I can’t imagine burdening them with more travel after crossing the big pond.

Although I can see my daughter Emma Chavent loving an extra side trip to Marocco. She is almost like Marco Polo. And my parents Ella and Vaclav Konecny would love to go to Israel.

Main Street Inn, Lowell
Main Street Inn, Lowell

And then more logistics kicks in such as, where will all these people sleep? And who will feed them? We all live out in the country, and there are not too many hotels around.

The first that comes to my mind is the Main Street Inn in Lowell and the Candlestone Inn in Belding.

Also you to have to stagger the fly in, otherwise we would be like taxi drivers racing between the Gerald Ford International Airport and Lowell.

Rule number one: They can’t all come on one plane even if it’s an airbus.

Rule number two: No stowaways.

Rule number three: No agendas like trying to squeeze in on top of the wedding Uncle Vas’ birthday or an anniversary.

Rule number four: The less luggage the better, but don’t forget your shoes and underwear.

We have yet to solve the storage and closet problems as well as lodging.

Food was easier to resolve for a welcome party for approximately 20.

We wanted something typically American like a huge ham with beans, but decided for a caterer instead.

Timing is everything. Don’t come one year before the actual wedding or stay and wait for younger sibling, who is still in kindergarten, to get married.

I have yet to come across more wedding travel tips as we approach the wedding day on October 25.

 

Stay tuned on http://emmapalova.com and other sites including https://etravelandfood.wordpress.com and http://ehealthandbeauty.wordpress.com

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Wine Country Michigan 2014

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Great harvest season 2014

Morning dew on grapes. Morning dew on grapes.

From Paw Paw to Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission and in between, Michigan boasts quality wines both whites and reds.

Many years ago, winemakers realized the land and the climate resembled some of the finest wine regions in France and Germany.

They built wineries along the lakeshore and opened their doors. Come and explore with me.

One of my favorite ones is  Fenn Valley award-winning winery in southern Michigan. The winemaker is Doug Welsch and the winery has been family owned since 1973.

The winemaker’s choice is red Meritage and white Riesling. The atmosphere is friendly and easy-going.

There are many events throughout the year at the winery such as educational tours about winemaking and a 5k trail run.

The winery is open year round for tasting from 11a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fenn Valley is…

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