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Recipes for Life: A wonderful time in Louisville
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Cork Screw Pasta and Vidalia Onion Salad

1 pound cooked pasta (you do not have to use cork screw)
1 large sweet Vidalia peel and chopped
2 organic carrots washed and diced
2 Fuji  apples cored and diced
1 cup raisins
1 / 2 cup toasted nuts (Almonds)

1 / 4 cup vinegar
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 large orange the juice

In large salad bowl add all the salad ingredients mix well.
To the mixing bowl add dressing ingredients.
Whisk very well.
Pour over pasta, toss, taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
Serve and enjoy.

I was recently in Louisville, Ky., home of the Kentucky Derby as well as hometown to long time Novato resident and fellow Indian Valley Golf Club members Lynn and Billy McCarter. No, I was not there doing background checks on the McCarters for some tell-all book. Nor was I there to kick off celebrations for the Kentucky Derby.

The President of Commission On Adult Base Education Bob Weng sat next to me in Little Rock, Ark., at the Pro-literacy conference. After my talk, he invited me to speak at his National Conference and to put on a cooking demonstration. The conference was held at the Galt House Hotel, in downtown Louisville on the banks on the Ohio River. What a view, what a hotel. The renovations are complete and that Grand Hotel is back. My talk, titled "The Other Side of the Story," was hosted by Renee Harrison, vice president of COABE, at the Galt house.

When speaking to groups such as this, I try very hard to thank the volunteers that help adults learn, to encourage those underpaid and over worked staff members to keep on keeping on, and to plead with the benefactors to continue and, if possible, to give more to the cause of adult education. I try hard to answer every question put to me openly and honestly. Some people find it difficult to believe that a person such as myself can graduate from high school, go on the college and run a profitable business without being able to read. I say to them, "WAKE UP!" There are millions of children today coming out of our school who cannot read.

I wish you could have been there. Later that night I performed my cooking demonstration at the Muhammad Ali Center. Wow, what place. My assistant was Mary Ludwig, a wonderful woman. I will tell you about her and her husband Charles in another column. No matter what your feelings are about the champ, Muhammad Ali, if you are in Louisville, please visit the center. That all I am going to say about that. I met so many outstanding people there; one was Sarah Risch, manager of the visitor services - ask for her if you go and tell her you are a friend of mine. Sarah introduced me to Anthony Henderson, quite a man. He asked if I would be interested in doing a summer program at the Ali Center. I am thinking about it. When you get there, you may see my photo. It was taken for the wall of respect and I was so honored to be asked.

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