Stacey Kennelly

Richmond’s Wrecking Belles roll out a new season

Richmond’s roller derby team, the Wrecking Belles, boasts the most wins the Bay Area Derby Girls league’s history. The women kicked off their season at the end of February. Richmond Confidential reporter Lexi Pandell and former Richmond Confidential reporters Stacey Kennelly and Byron Wilkes (now of North Gate Radio and CNS News, respectively) visited the derby girls’ headquarters and the Belles’ first game of the season to bring you this special report. Click around and enjoy!

Belles of the Bay (Listen)

North Gate Radio’s Stacey Kennelly takes you to the Richmond Wrecking Belle’s practice space and to their first game of the 2012 season. 20120306_derby_sk.mp3

Caltrans tweaks plans for 580 onramp closure

Plans have been in the works for several years for a construction project that would close an Interstate 580 onramp near the Point San Pablo Peninsula in Richmond. Caltrans originally planned to close the eastbound I-580 onramp for two years while it repaired three bridge decks that hang over Scofield Avenue, which drivers must take to get to the onramp.

Union files request with state over Kaiser staffing

November proved to be one of the most tumultuous months in the now year-and-a-half-long contract negotiations between Kaiser Permanente and its mental health clinicians. Mid-month, the National Union of Healthcare Workers released a 35-page report that made a number of bold claims against Kaiser, including a suggestion that Kaiser violates California laws that ensure mental-health patients are seen in a timely manner, and that Kaiser falsifies its records to avoid the backlash of violating those laws. By the end of…

Play stresses HIV awareness to teens

Ninth and 10th graders from Kennedy High School gathered in their gym Thursday to watch a performance about givin’ it up and hookin’ up—and the risks associated with those behaviors.

Debate stirs over two-year on-ramp closure

The California Department of Transportation is planning a project that would close an I-580 on-ramp near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge for at least two years, forcing residents to enter westbound and cross the bridge into Marin County.

Cranberry Almond Goat Cheese Log

Ingredients 11 ounces of goat cheese 1 tablespoon orange zest 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries 1 cup natural sliced almonds wax paper Process Pulse cheese in food processer until crumbled. Add orange zest and chopped dried cranberry. Pulse for 5 seconds (or until cheese mixture begins to form into ball. Remove cheese mixture from work bowl and separate into two balls. Form each ball into a log (approximately 2-by-4-inches each). Place half of the almonds onto a piece of wax…

Homemade Eggnog

Ingredients 6 eggs 1 quart milk 1/2 pint heavy cream 1/2 pint medium cream 1/2 pint brandy 1/2 pint rum 3/4 cup sugar Process Separate eggs. Beat the yolks. Add sugar slowly. Add the liquor. Add the milk. Add the medium cream. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff. Mix them into the top. Pour in the heavy cream. Top with a little nutmeg (optional). Source: Rachel Waldholz and family | All the Recipes Spanakopita Baklava Pumpkin Scones Southern…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped 2 sticks (1/2 lb) unsalted butter 1 1/2 c sugar 6 large eggs 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, with extra for dusting Process Put a rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 350 degress. Butter a 10-inch springform pan, line bottom with a round of parchment or wax paper, and butter paper. Melt chocolate with butter in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir…

Rich-Con Cooks!

You cooked for us, now we’ll cook for you! We debuted Richmond Cooks on this day last year, featuring several recipes from the kitchens of Richmond Confidential readers. This year, our staff has compiled some of our own favorite recipes. You’ll find a few “family recipes” from cultural backgrounds including Greek and Italian, as well as a few recipes that meet special dietary needs (think vegan and gluten-free!). And, of course, we’ve included some of our favorite all-American holiday eats….

Tofu Potato Salad

Ingredients 1 pound potatoes 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1/2 block firm tofu 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup Vegenaise (vegan mayo) 1 T yellow mustard 1 sprig of dill 1/2 red pepper, diced salt and pepper Process Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until tender (about 12 minutes). Drain and transfer to a large bowl….

Moroccan Couscous

Ingredients 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced 1 red, green, or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 zucchinis, halved lengthwise and cut into 3/4 inch pieces 1/2 cup golden raisins 1 teaspoon kosher salt grated zest of one orange 1 (14.5…

Apple Parsnip Soup

Ingredients The Soup 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup sliced garlic 1 yellow onion, sliced 1 shallot, sliced 1/4 bunch sage, tied with string Kosher salt to taste 2 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled and cut into large pieces 3 apples, peeled and quartered Vegetable stock to cover (roughly 2 quarts) 1/2 cup heavy cream The Sauteed Apples 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 crisp apple, peeled and cut into wedges Coarse salt 10 sage leaves 1/4 cup canola…