Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN reports here on hunger. His article starts with the horrifying Somalian famine, then moves onto hunger in America. He points out that many people in the U. S. do not earn enough from jobs to feed their family. He urges everyone to make better use of this nation's bountiful harvest and throw away less food. He also urges businesses to donate food and points to law that protects them from liability. I recently posted on my annual peach preserve canning process. All the peaches I bought---two half-bushel boxes---were seconds with cosmetic blemishes. They cost about half as much as the first-grade peaches that end up in the supermarket produce section. The preserves I made from them were delicious and healthy, not to mention considerably cheaper than manufactured preserves with much less flavor.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.