Makes: 4 to 6 servings

2 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, or 1 (28-ounce) can

4 tablespoons oil (I now use sunflower)

4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

½-1 cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 medium onion, or several scallions

1 small green pepper, cored and seeded

Salt and pepper, to taste

Place tomatoes with juice, plus oil and vinegar, in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop tomatoes. Turn into a bowl or storage container.

Chop cucumber, onion or scallions, and green pepper fairly small to get several pieces in each spoonful. Stir into the tomato mixture. I don’t season further, but you may want to. Chill.


Serves: 4 to 5 as Sloppy Joes, or over rice or noodles

This was originally made with hamburger, but I prefer turkey. Tastes great.

1 tablespoon oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

1 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ tablespoon mustard

Brown the ground turkey and chopped vegetables in oil spread in a large, heavy skillet. Stir in sauce ingredients and simmer, covered, at least an hour on low heat, to blend the flavors.


This is a low-calorie approach to a tasty meal for two.

1 Cornish game hen, a little over a pound

Sprig of fresh rosemary, optional

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon rice or wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch of ground ginger

Cut the hen in half; place on a baking pan, skin side up. Tuck a piece of rosemary underneath each half for a lovely aroma while cooking. Roast 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

Combine glaze ingredients well. Brush all over the hen and roast another 10 minutes or so, to brown skin and cook through.


Serves: 4 to 6

1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes

1 (3 ounce) box strawberry gelatin

1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice

¼ cup water

Place all in a saucepan and heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Turn into a small mold or individual molds. Chill until set.


Welch’s came up with this idea for nonalcoholic drinkers and children. I prefer having cold ingredients and skipping the ice.

White grape juice

Ginger ale

Fill a glass with ice; pour in 2/3 grape juice and 1/3 ginger ale. Stir.

For a bigger batch, blend a bottle of grape juice with ginger ale to taste.

June 17th, 2016

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(L to R) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Express Kitchens' CEO Max Kothari and friend Kurt Harrison.

(L to R) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Express Kitchens’ CEO Max Kothari and friend Kurt Harrison.


Voices of Women of Color honor Hartford business owner
At its fourth annual Trailblazers Awards, the Voices of Women of Color honored Express Kitchens owner Max Kothari with its Small Business Leader award. 
The ceremony, which was held at the American Legion McKinney-King Post No. Local 142, Inc. at 2121 Main Street in Hartford, recognized leaders in a host of fields, including education, social justice and politics. Proceeds from the event were donated to breast cancer survivor Marisellie Serrano, and special recognition was given to Butch Lewis, a longtime community activist who died last year.
“This is a celebration of our neighborhoods, a recognition of our ongoing struggles, and a reinforcement of our commitment to community empowerment,” said Janice Flemming, Founder of the Voices of Women of Color, a grassroots community group.  “Max was unanimously selected by the Voices because of his dedication to underserved Hartford residents, either through his philanthropy or his willingness to provide opportunities to returning citizens.”
In addition to Kothari, awards were presented to April Charisse Knight (Community Service), John Motley (Education), Rep. Matt Ritter (Public Health) and Petrel Maylor (Community Service). 
Based in Hartford, the Voices of Women of Color LLC (VOWOC) teaches, empowers and encourages women of color by providing them with leadership skills that lead to gainful employment opportunities and civil activism in the public and private sectors. By bringing women of color together in safe spaces, the Voices seeks to effectively break down the barriers that keep women feeling isolated, disengaged and powerless. 
For more information on the Voices of Women of Color and the Trailblazers Award, please call 860-597-8881 or visit


June 8th, 2016

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