Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, February 11, 2017 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“Brady Takes The Fifth!” Los Angeles Times Sports 
Section 2/6/17

Yep, that’s pretty much what happened in last Sunday’s 
Super Bowl. After slogging through the first three quarters 
of the game with the Falcons ahead by a mile, the Patriots 
seemed to get their second wind, third wind, wake-up 
moment, whatever, and won in overtime. First Super Bowl 
overtime ever, too. My football aficionado and favorite 
walking buddy, John, and I enjoyed the Super Bowl party 
at daughter, Patti’s, and son-in-law, Dave’s house. They 
invested in a new enormous flat screen TV for the event 
and, let me tell you, it was like being at the game!

 “There were a lot of plays that coach talks about, you 
never know which one is going to be the Super Bowl 
winner,” said Tom Brady as he admired his fifth Super 
Bowl ring. It was a pretty good game, too. Lady Gaga 
wasn’t bad either and all the women in the room – 7 of 
us all together – wished we had her legs. I know, our legs 
could look that good if we actually worked out once in a 

 But the Super Bowl isn’t really about the game, it’s 
about the food! And what food we had! I made Mexican 
Lasagna, Cheese Toasties and a Whole Orange Cake; 
which was a good thing as one of the Biola University 
students, friends of grandson, Blake, who was there was 
celebrating a birthday. We are all good cooks in our family 
and potluck with us is an adventure. Daughter, Leah, 
had made vegan twice-stuffed russet potatoes and sweet 
potatoes with an avocado sauce which were amazing. 
Huntington Beach daughter-in-law, Michon, brought 
heart shaped sugar cookies she and her little guys, almost 
two year old Brady and three year old Caleb, had made 
and frosted. But I won’t make you wait any’s 
the recipe for Mexican Lasagna. This meets all the criteria 
for a good recipe: Easy, doesn’t take too long to make, not 
hideously expensive and, yes, kids will eat it! 

2 lbs. ground beef 

1 1-oz. package taco seasoning mix

15-oz can diced tomatoes (with jalapenos or whatever you 
like in ‘em)

2 8-oz cans tomato sauce

1 4-oz can diced green chiles

1 15-oz can whole kernel corn

1 16-oz container ricotta cheese

2 eggs, beaten

12 corn tortillas

2-1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese or more if you 
really like cheese.

. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
. Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat 
until browned and cooked through. Drain off fat. Add 
taco seasoning, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chiles, corn and 
some salt. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and 
simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
. Combine ricotta cheese and eggs in a small bowl.
. Spread 1/3 the meat mixture in a greased 13 x 9 baking 
dish. Place six tortillas (overlapping them) over meat 
mixture, spread 1/3 the ricotta cheese mixture over the 
tortillas and sprinkle cheese over the ricotta mixture. 
Repeat layers.
. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until cheese is melted 
and lightly browned, about 30 minutes or so.
. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares for 
serving. You know, just like lasagna!

 Be modest when all the ooohhhhs and aaaahhhhs 
start coming your way. This takes less than an hour to 
put together and served with a green salad is a delightful 
dinner. There were two small pieces of this left after the 
game and questions were asked about if there was more. 

 Rain again this morning, much to our joy and delight! 
I put rose food on three of our remaining roses yesterday 
morning (picture is of astonishing roses we cut last week) 
and if you’re dying to know how beneficial rain is as 
opposed to watering with tap water, ya gotta read Joshua 
Siskin’s Gardening column in the Star News. This one was 
in last Saturday’s paper in the Home & Garden section and 
I’m pretty sure you can get it online. The Mexican Lasagna 
and Cheese Toasties recipes are both in my book shown 
below. Have a great week and fertilize your roses.

My book page: Deanne Davis


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Sierra Madre, CA – January 30, 2017 - The City of 
Sierra Madre Community Services Department 
and the Senior Community Commission are 
seeking your collaboration The honor is a long-
standing tradition in Sierra Madre and bestowed 
upon exceptional individuals, age 60 or older, who 
have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to 
community service. The individual selected by you 
or any organization must live in Sierra Madre. 

 All submissions are due prior to, or no later than 
Thursday, March 23, 2017. Recommendations 
are now being accepted for this recognition and 
will only be eligible for new candidates who have 
not been honored in prior years. Forms may be 
picked up and returned to the Hart Park House 
Senior Center located at 222 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., or please mail and/or walk in to Sierra 
Madre City Hall, c/o Older American Nomination, 
Community Services Department, 232 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. 

 The Commission will review nomination forms 
and select an honoree at their regularly scheduled 
meeting open to the public in the City Hall Council 
Chambers on Thursday, April 6th at 3:00 p.m. 

 The honoree will also be recognized at a city 
reception held in their honor on Friday, May 12th, 
2017. Further details will follow. 

 Previous Honorees: Dick Johnson, Joan Crow, 
Jerry & Nan Carlton, Pat Alcorn, Fran Garbaccio, 
Ken Anhalt, Eph Konigsberg, Russ Anderson, 
George Throop, Loyal Camacho, John Grijalva, 
Joylouise Harte-Smith, James Heasley, Midge 
Morash, James Tyler, Isabella Paegal, Bonnie 
Garner, Rose Fafach, Ed Wellman, Celeste 
McCleary, Dorothy Tillquist, Doris Webster, Elsie 
Dammeyer, George Mauer, Karl Teigler, Laurie 
Cooper, Lucille Flanders & Ann Tyler. For more 
information, please contact the Hart Park House 
Senior Center (626) 355-7394; or the Community 
Services Department at (626) 355-5278. www.


Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are pleased to 
announce the 47th Annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting 
Benefit. The event will be held on Friday evening, 
February 17, 2017, from 7:00-9:30 pm at Alverno’s historic 
Villa del Sol d’Oro, located at 200 N. Michillinda Avenue, 
Sierra Madre, and will be an elegant affair featuring more 
than two dozen vintners providing magnificent wines 
along with local restaurants offering imaginative and 
delicious foods and desserts. Musicians and magicians 
will serve as entertainment. The featured art this year is 
an original block print by Sierra Madre Artist, Melanie 

 Tickets to the premier event are $80 and allow 
admission at 6:00 pm. Those at the premier event will enjoy 
a variety of wines from Thornton Wines, a California 
winery, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres from local Sierra 
Madre restaurant Sierra Fusion. In addition to this lovely 
wine-cuisine pairing, there will be a gift basket drawing 
and entry into the main event. Tickets to the main event 
are $60 and provide admission at 7:00 pm. Both are on 
sale now at the Sierra Madre Public Library, The Bottle 
Shop, Savor the Flavor, Arnold’s Frontier Hardware & 
Gifts, and can be purchased on-line at

 The Benefit is sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra 
Madre Library, an all-volunteer organization dedicated 
to supporting our community Library. All funds received 
from this event support the Sierra Madre Library. 
For more information about the event or Friends of 
the Sierra Madre Library visit our website at www. 

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