His love is so immense…….

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Highlights



The images on this mural vary from a black and white house on the upper left-hand corner, a young girl dancing, a young boy holding a basketball, a basketball team in the upper-center, a lady giving a valuable object to a child, on the upper-right corner is a woman that represents a Western/Caribbean/African cultured dance with musical instruments in her hands, on the lower-right hand corner is a young girl smiling, and butterflies are spread out within the mural.  This mural has black and white colors but also integrates many different colorful palettes.  The mural coordinates with the the mission of the Neighborhood House because it displays the unity within the culture that immigrant families can be part of.

The mural affects the Neighborhood House because it is a symbol of community, activities,  communication, equality, joy, and diversity.  Art plays a major role in the development of a town or a city because it is a form of connection, significance, and purpose.  It also gives a sense of security and a way to relate, recognize, and identify with the social environment.

(Interviews with two staff members)

Jennifer Huber stated: The mural is a positive representation of cultures throughout many years and the diversity that is present throughout the house.  And being a part of this in Morristown allows me to help a lot of people and to assist the needs of the community.

Lashone Murphy stated: The mural was dedicated to the house in 2008 and the provider of the mural was the Arts Council Organization in Morristown.  A committee also gathered together to discuss what they wanted the mural to look like.  This house is a great support system and gives kids the opportunity to express themselves.  I enjoy helping the people that attend the house because it is rewarding to have a chance to give back to the community.  Especially since the programs offered helps children, teens, and adults.ImageImage

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Highlights



An interview about a family recipe with a Hispanic-American

ImageCountry of origin:  Puerto Rico

Family Recipe:  Escabeche

Escabeche is a typical Mediterranean cuisine which refers to a dish of either poached or fried fish (escabeche of chickenrabbit or pork is common in Spainmarinated in an acidic mixture before serving, and to the marinade itself.

Source of definition:  Wikipedia

Interviewer: Myself

Interviewee:  Grandmother

Me:      When did you learn to cook this dish?

Grandmother:  I learned to cook it at 18 years old.

Me:      Where did you learn to cook the dish?

Grandmother:  San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.

Me:      What year did you learn it?

Grandmother:  1976

Me:      How did you learn and from who?

Grandmother:  It was self taught and when I was younger my older sisters would cook it as a meal.

Me:  What was the result of the dish the first time you attempted to make it?

Grandmother:  It came out good my first time because I figured out how to make it from the memories as a child.

Me:  What are people’s reactions regarding the taste of the dish?

Grandmother:  When I cook it, everyone enjoys the flavor.

Me:      Is it a popular dish?

Grandmother:  It is more popular during Christmas.

Me:      What is it usually eaten with?

Grandmother:  Usually during Christmas, it is eaten with pastels, pernil, and arroz con gandules.

Me:      Where can the escabeche be bought or made?

Grandmother:  It can be bought at a quiosco-(Street vendor) which is sold in a cup with a spoon for a reasonable price and is also available in restaurants and can be  homemade.

Me:      Is it normally eaten hot or cold?

Grandmother:  It can be eaten both ways, depends on the preference of the person.

Grandmother’s Escabeche Recipe


Prep time:  30 min

Cook time:  1 hr 15 min

Gizzards take longest to cook:  1 hour

Cooking method:  On the stove



  • Gizzards
  • Green bananas
  • Adobo
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • White onion
  • Seasoning


  • Cook the gizzard first and let it cook until it becomes tender.
  • Once the gizzards are almost done cooking, cook the green bananas
  • Peel, cut, and boil the green bananas in salt
  • Drain half of the hot water from the green bananas
  • Use the other half of water and put all of the ingredients together in a bowl
  • Once everything is in the same bowl, stir, and a type of gravy forms
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Highlights


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My favorite recipe and song

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Highlights


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Salsa Experience

My personal salsa experience is that it is recently new to me.  I am and was never much of a salsa type of person.  I am willing to try different types of salsa and experience the varieties of tastes that there are.  But, I guess that I never really liked it because of the spicy taste that it does have.  Even if it is not that spicy, it just does not go well with me.  I am not used to eating anything spicy at all and I try to stay away from it because of personal reasons.  So far, I would have to say that Mango Salsa is my favorite thus far.

My name is Ivelisse and my background is Puertorican and Ecuadorian.  But, I was raised more on the Puertorican side.  I am very into healthy eating and living and I just absolutely love it.  Academically, I always do my best and look upon my future as a Registered Dietician.  I am a musician and I am totally in love with music.  My main instrument is the drum-set but I also play a little bit of the guitar and piano.  One of my favorite things is roller coasters.  I can go on these everyday and all day long.  Especially, if it’s for the ride El Torro.  I also love to make people laugh at any chance in the day that I am able to.

What is Bruce Lee’s favorite drink?


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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Highlights