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"Dairy in the 'Berry"
in June

Sue Summer with judges
Sonny Ringer, Dr. John
Thompson and Beth Hipp at a
previous June Dairy Month
Ice Cream Churn-Off.


Second Friday
Book Club

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WKDK Road Trips

Coffee Hour Hostess Sue Summer
talks with a couple of residents
at Springfield Place.




WKDK's Coffee Hour
Weekday mornings 9:15-10:00 AM

Andy's Salad Nicoise

saladSalad Niçoise (pronounced nee-suahz) is essentially a French composed salad, much like our American Cobb salad, but with tuna, green beans, and potatoes, instead of chicken, bacon, and avocado.

Salad Niçoise hails from Nice, on the Mediterranean Sea, though like so many foods we enjoy here of French origin, has changed a bit to adapt to our tastes. According to the Wikipedia the Niçoise salads are always made with raw vegetables and served with anchovies.
Nicoise salads that are served in America are typically served on a bed of lettuce and include cooked green beans and potatoes. According to our Paris insider, the Niçoise salads there are all made with canned tuna.

Depending on the establishment here, I’ve had them either with canned or with freshly grilled tuna. Like its American Cobb salad cousin, the Salad Nicoise takes some time to prepare, given all of the ingredients. This is one dish where setting up your mise en place (all ingredients chopped and ready to go) will help the salad come together smoothly.
Nicoise Salad Recipe
Yield: Serves 6
1/3 cup lemon juice or red wine vinegar (can be mixed-I think lemon juice is the key and use the lemon rind also)
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp finely chopped shallot
1-2 cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 grilled or otherwise cooked tuna steaks* (8 oz each) or 2-3 cans of tuna
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered lengthwise
1 1/4 pounds small young red potatoes or fingerling potatoes. I used baking potatoes cut in thick rounds.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 medium heads Boston lettuce or butter lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
3 small ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into wedges
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/4 cup niçoise olives or other brined olives
2 Tbsp capers. Rinse if you prefer.
I used 2 cans of Italian tuna packed in olive oil. There really is a difference.
1. In a jar, place the oil, lemon juice or vinegar, shallots, herbs, and mustard. Cover with a lid and shake until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Place onion slices in a small bowl and sprinkle with 3 Tbsp of the vinaigrette. (The onions soaking in the vinaigrette will help take some of the bite out of them.)
3. I cut the baking potatoes that I had in ¼” rounds. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with 2 inches of water.  Add 1 Tbsp of salt. Heat on high to bring to a boil. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain. While the potatoes are still warm, place them in a bowl and dress them with about 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette.
4. I used small, fresh whole green beans with the stem end cut off and steamed them until tender but still firm to the bite. Do not over-cook. While still warm, pour a little of the dressing over the beans and let them soak it up.
5. Arrange bed of lettuce on a larger serving platter. Mound tuna in center of lettuce. Sprinkle the tomatoes and onions around the tuna. Arrange the potatoes and green beans in mounds at the edge of the lettuce.
6. Arrange hard boiled eggs, and olives in mounds on the lettuce bed. Drizzle everything with the remaining vinaigrette. Sprinkle with capers if using. Go online and get pictures to help with the arranging. There is no wrong way.
Serve immediately. Should be served slightly warm or at room temperature.

"Geneology Guys" Info:

After Sue Summer's interview on Thursday (07/21/16) with the "genealogy guys," some listeners may be interested in how to find the books or the free podcasts. Here's that info:

Aha! Seminars, Inc., is at http://ahaseminars.com 

The Genealogy Guys Podcast and the new one, Genealogy Connection, are at http://genealogyguuys.com

Most recent books are:
Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for All Researchers
 by Drew Smith
How to Do Everything: Genealogy
 (4th edition)
by George G. Morgan
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith

The books are all available at Amazon.com in softcover and in Kindle format.

Show Ideas? We want to hear them!

Please e-mail us at contactus@wkdk.com for any Coffee Hour Show ideas that you may have!

Regular Programming Schedule:
1st Monday Newberry County Public Library
All other Mondays On the Move with Margaret 9:30 AM
1st Wednesday Newberry College
2nd Friday 2nd Friday Book Club
2nd Thursday Live from Springfield Place
3rd Wednesday Newberry County School District
Wednesday following 2nd Tuesday Mayor Ed Kyzer*
* (sometimes same day as School Board)
4th Thursday WKDK Road Trip


Coffee Hour Hostesses

Margaret Brackett


Margaret is hostess for "On the Move With Margaret" on the Monday morning "Coffee Hour" each week. Margaret is retired from 25 years of business administration and public relations. She's a graduate of Limestone College in Gaffney, and also attended Kings Business University in Charlotte, NC. Overall, she has about 15 years of broadcasting experience. Margaret's a parent with one daughter and two grandchildren, who live in Texas. She is the guardian caretaker of three canines and one feline companions, which make up a family in their Newberry home. Her favorite song is "To God Be the Glory," and The Lettermen are her favorite singing group. She's proud to say that the Bible is her favorite book, and her hobbies include mental and physical fitness.

Congratulations to Margaret...
Curtis Loftis, Director of State of SC Office on Aging, visited Newberry during Older Americans Month as guest for WKDK to kick off Older Americans Month for the month of May. He presented Margaret Brackett with a recogition certificate honoring her as Senior of the Day during the Senate and House of Representatives session. Lt. Governor Andre Bauer presented Mrs. Brackett to the legislators.

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Deborah Smith

Deborah is our Tuesday morning hostess for the "Coffee Hour," and she is the Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House. In fact, she began hosting the "Coffee Hour" about five years ago when "Mr. C interviewed me about the Opera House, and I never left!" Deborah has been to many places around the world, but she says that her "most memorable moment" was actually coming to Newberry. "Of all the places in the world that I have lived, I am proud and grateful to truly call Newberry home," she says. And we're all certainly glad she's here! Tune in to Deborah and the Tuesday morning "Coffee Hour" on WKDK!

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Sue Summer

Susan Davis Summer is Newberry born, Newberry bred--and when she dies, she'll be Newberry dead (ie, buried in Rosemont)! She attended Newberry County public schools (NHS, '70) and had the great, good fortune to be in English classes taught by Mrs. Marty Mathis and Mrs. Dot Epting. From them, she learned much about grammar and good humor, and from NHS band director, Miss Lorraine Paris, she learned much about diligence and the importance of being prompt.

Sue and her husband, Henry ("a lawyer/financial planner/and all-around nice guy!") have three "grown-up and wonderfully entertaining children": Walter Munson, Janie, and Buffy. She also is now a grandmother to Elle, who was born at 12:40 on December 6, 2010!

In addition to her success as a writer (selected by "The State" newspaper as one of its first community columnists and two-time winner of the SC Fiction Project), Sue has co-hosted the Thursday morning "Coffee Hour" on WKDK for several years. During June Dairy Month, Sue and Andy Hawkins pulled off the first-ever cheese carve-off of Newberry landmarks and "hysterical sites!" She once actually made an Easter basket "on-the-air" and on the 80th birthday of legendary fiddler, Pappy Sherrill, Sue helped host a birthday party for him at the station with "Aunt Polly's Cold Oven Pound Cake." Tune in to Sue Summer and the "Coffee Hour"--Thursdays on WKDK!

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Andy Hawkins

Andy is our Friday morning "Coffee Hour" hostess, and a monthly reporter of the Newberry County Memorial Hospital (NCMH) board meetings (incidentally, Andy is Public Relations Representative of NCMH). She and her husband, Mike, have two children--Heather and Quentin; and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, gardening, and traveling. In addition to her trip to Italy with her mother to visit her daughter, Heather, one of her most "memorable moments" has been the opportunity to interview Stella Stellini for WKDK.

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