The Music

    This week's music is based on a "Joni and Friends" playlist I did for myself to explore not only the complete ouevre of Joni Mitchell but also to celebrate some of the great cover versions of one of our most gifted songwriters. I have updated it in order to get some more up tempo music for the first half of the program, as Joni's work can be slow and dark. But that doesn't mean that it isn't great to listen to as well.
    I have featured both classic and less known pieces from Joni's work. Similarly some covers are well known and others are more unusual. It was a lot of fun to spend some time revisiting Joni, and the various people interpreting Joni's world. Her music really is complex and the words are nothing less than brilliant. Her music progressed and changed so much over time, from the beginnings in the 1960s to her last recordings earlier this century.
    One of the songs featured is Carey. A friend of mine has a great site that explores songs that were more popular in Vancouver than in the rest of North America. Here is the blog he wrote about Joni and Carey
    BELOW is the player for the on demand version

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      • This Flight TonightWoodstockRaised on RobberyBoth Sides NowGood FriendsFree Man In ParisChelsea MorningCareyBig Yellow TaxiYou Turn Me On I'm a RadioHelp MeCome in from the ColdCold Blue Steel and Sweet FireThe Circle GameEdith & the Kingpin'A Case of YouCoyoteAmeliaJericho (Live)You And I River (Acoustic)Court and Spark (Live)BlueOne Week Last SummerBe CoolA Case Of YouBoth Sides NowBlue Fires

      • Nazareth
        Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
        The Sheepdogs
        Carly Rae Jepsen
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Counting Crows
        Joni Mitchell
        Wynonna
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Nikki Yanofsky
        George Michael
        Prince
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        The Weather Station
        Tracey Thorn
        Norah Jones
        Cat Power
        Joni Mitchell
        Sophie Milman
        k.d. lang
        Joni Mitchell
        case/lang/veirs

      • Anthology
        So Far
        Covered in Gold: 5.0, Side B
        Curiosity - EP
        Dog Eat Dog
        Court And Spark
        Clouds
        Blue
        Hard Candy
        For the Roses
        New Day Dawning
        Night Ride Home
        For the Roses
        Nikki (Extended Version)
        Natasha Anastasi
        A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
        Hejira
        Hejira
        The Studio Albums (1968-1979)
        Mojo: You Turn Me On... I'm A Radio
        Tinsel and Lights (Deluxe Edition)
        Joni 75: A Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration (Live)
        Jukebox (Deluxe Edition)
        Shine
        Her Very Best… So Far
        Hymns Of The 49th Parallel
        Both Sides Now
        Mojo: You Turn Me On... I'm A Radio

      • Title

      • This Flight TonightWoodstockRaised on RobberyBoth Sides NowGood FriendsFree Man In ParisChelsea MorningCareyBig Yellow TaxiYou Turn Me On I'm a RadioHelp MeCome in from the ColdCold Blue Steel and Sweet FireThe Circle GameEdith & the Kingpin'A Case of YouCoyoteAmeliaJericho (Live)You And I River (Acoustic)Court and Spark (Live)BlueOne Week Last SummerBe CoolA Case Of YouBoth Sides NowBlue Fires

      • Artist

      • Nazareth
        Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
        The Sheepdogs
        Carly Rae Jepsen
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Counting Crows
        Joni Mitchell
        Wynonna
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Nikki Yanofsky
        George Michael
        Prince
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        Joni Mitchell
        The Weather Station
        Tracey Thorn
        Norah Jones
        Cat Power
        Joni Mitchell
        Sophie Milman
        k.d. lang
        Joni Mitchell
        case/lang/veirs

      • Album

      • Anthology
        So Far
        Covered in Gold: 5.0, Side B
        Curiosity - EP
        Dog Eat Dog
        Court And Spark
        Clouds
        Blue
        Hard Candy
        For the Roses
        New Day Dawning
        Night Ride Home
        For the Roses
        Nikki (Extended Version)
        Natasha Anastasi
        A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
        Hejira
        Hejira
        The Studio Albums (1968-1979)
        Mojo: You Turn Me On... I'm A Radio
        Tinsel and Lights (Deluxe Edition)
        Joni 75: A Joni Mitchell Birthday Celebration (Live)
        Jukebox (Deluxe Edition)
        Shine
        Her Very Best… So Far
        Hymns Of The 49th Parallel
        Both Sides Now
        Mojo: You Turn Me On... I'm A Radio

    The Recipe: 

    Mediterranean Lamb Shank Stew

    I am always looking for recipe ideas for cooking lamb shanks which are one of our favorites. In this rendition I add fennel and lemon to give it a Mediterranean feel. Slow cooking turns it into a great stew. Pour the gravy over boiled new potatoes. I usually serve with grilled asparagus or peppers 

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    The Ingredients

      2 medium eggplants
      1 onion and 1 shallot
      couple stalks of celery
      1 or 2 garlic cloves
      2 leeks
      3 carrots
      3 Hakurei turnips (Duck Creek Farm)
      1 cup of white wine
      2 cups of beef or lamb stock (homemade preferable)
      1 lemon
      Fresh Herbs - thyme, marjoram and green onions - and dried marjoram
      1 can of cannellini beans
      Olive oil

    The Instructions

    • Step 1 - Chop the vegetables

        Roughly chop onions, fennel, celery, garlic and shallot
        Cut leeks, turnips and carrots into rounds
    • Step 2 - Fry the main ingredients

        Season shanks and brown quickly on high heat in olive oil (Dutch Oven)
        Remove shanks 
        Lower to medium heat and add all the vegetables at once
        Add dried marjoram, seasoning salt, and grate one lemon to the veggies as they soften
        Pour in 2 plus cups lamb or beef stock, 1 cup white wine, juice one lemon
        Add lamb to back to pot, top with fresh thyme, marjoram, green onions
    • Step 3 - Bake in Oven

        Put Dutch oven into a 325 degree oven and cook for 2 to 3 hours; turn up if necessary to get the liquid to reduce some
        When almost done mash firmly - between 1/2 and a full can - of beans in olive oil
        Add quarter cup tom sauce , mix well, and simmer for awhile
        To thicken, 2 tsp tom paste and 2 tbsp cream (any kind)