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Shakedown Grilled Veggie Burritos and Mexicali Blues Guacamole Dip

syp_apron Memorial Day is right around the corner and we thought we’d share two of our favorite recipes from Dead Tour.  The perfect excuse to break out your New Grateful Dead Steal Your Plate Apron and fire up the grill. The first recipe can be prepared and refrigerated up to a day in advance and benefits from a little marinating time so here we go–>>

Mexicali Blues Guacamole Dip

Chile Paste Ingredients:
1/2 whole finely chopped white onion
2 firmly packed tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
4 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño, or more if you
1 teaspoon salt, or as needed
Remaining Ingredients:
6 medium ripe but firm Hass avocados
3 whole ripe tomato – diced
4 firmly packed tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 whole finely chopped white onion
2 Limes – halved
Salt to taste.
Tortilla chips and/or fresh corn tortillas

Make the chile paste:
Finely dice the onion, cilantro, jalapeño.

Grind the onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and salt together in a mortar & pestle until all the ingredients are ground into a fine paste. Spend some time on this step – you really want to incorporate all those flavors into a concentrated paste. If you don’t have access to a mortar & pestle, use a fork to mash all the ingredients to a paste in a wide hardwood bowl.

Cut each avocado in half, working the knife blade around the pit. Twist the halves to separate them and flick out the pit with the tip of the knife. Fold a kitchen towel in quarters and hold it in the palm of your “non-knife” hand. Rest an avocado half cut side up in your palm and make 3 or 4 evenly spaced lengthwise cuts through the avocado flesh down to the skin, without cutting through it. Make 4 crosswise cuts in the same way. Scoop the diced avocado flesh into a mixing bowl. Repeat with the remaining avocado halves.  Combine the remaining ingredients with the chili paste and the juice from the two limes and you should end up with the freshest guacamole you’ve ever eaten Enjoy.


Shakedown Grilled Veggie Burritos

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 cups Long Grain Rice
4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
2 whole Limes, Juiced And Zested
1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
2 whole Zucchini, Cut Into Slices Lengthwise
1 whole Yellow Squash, Cut Into Slices Lengthwise
1 whole Potabello Mushroom, Cut Into Slices Lengthwise
2 ears Corn shucked
Salt to taste
1 can Black Beans
6 whole Burrito-sized Wheat Tortillas
1 Small Onion, Finely Chopped
2 Roma Tomatoes, Diced
1 cup Grated Colby Jack Cheese
Toppings:  Mexicali Blues Guacamole Dip, Hot Sauce

Combine chicken broth, rice, olive oil and the juice and zest of 1 lime. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20-25 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the juice and zest from the remaining lime, then stir in the cilantro. Set aside.

Brush zucchini and squash slices, along with the ears of corn, with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Grill them on a grill pan, a charcoal grill, or saute them in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, turning them halfway through. Remove when the veggies have great color on the outside.

Set aside to cool, then dice them.

Heat the beans in a small saucepan until hot.
Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds.

To assemble the burritos, lay out each tortilla on your work surface. Spoon on rice, then beans, then sprinkle on plenty of grilled veggies. Top with chopped onion, tomato, cheese, and any other toppings you’d like. Spoon salsa all across the top. Tuck in the sides, then roll the burrito up as tightly as you can.

Cut in half and put on some cool tunes and enjoy!


Nepal Earthquake Aid 2015

As many of you are aware, on Saturday April 25, 2015 a devastating earthquake hit Nepal greatly affecting their largest city & capital, Kathmandu.  Nepal & Kathmandu especially are near & dear to Gypsy Rose’s heart for many reasons.  We have established lasting relationships with some wonderful people there & we consider them part of the Gypsy Rose Family. For over 20 years we have worked as a team to create and maintain jobs for both Nepalese and Americans.


Our thoughts & prayers are with the many people affected by this horrible event in Nepal, India, Tibet and other locations.  Gypsy Rose’s owner was actually in Kathmandu, Nepal when this event occurred.  He is ok & we are so thankful.  He is extending his stay in Kathmandu to offer his assistance to the people.


In these first few days we are only partially aware of the dire circumstances facing the citizens of Kathmandu.  Many people are displaced & living in makeshift tent cities.  The actual government has only been able to set up a few official shelters.  And many others are simply outside in unseasonably cold and wet conditions.   They only have limited medical attention available to assist the injured.  Not to mention those who may still be trapped in the rubble.  Water, food and electricity are scarce.  The lack of these necessities is leading to a breaking point.  They need aid right now to prevent further devastation as supplies run out.


Nepal’s government does not alone have the infrastructure & resources to sufficiently provide the aid & care that is needed for such a catastrophic event.  The Nepalese people do not have the insurance & access to credit & financial assistance that first world nations have.  That is why outside international aid is so gravely important.


Gypsy Rose is asking you to help.  We are collecting money to send directly to Nepal which will go 100% to the people.  Since our owner is physically at the site, this helps us to assess what gaps are not being covered by the big emergency organizations.  This first hand knowledge then allows him to purchase directly whatever will help the most.  We have followed this pattern before in our past efforts in providing aid & these methods have proven successful.  We will be posting updates on money raised & the different projects funded as the days unfold.  Today is still day one as we move into a time of recovery.


We thank you for taking the time to read this and for your support,

Gypsy Rose

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Remembering Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Gypsy Rose would like to honor the life of one of the world’s most remarkable figures, the late Nelson Mandela, the President of the Republic of South Africa from 1994-1999.  Among his many accomplishments & hardships Mandela will no doubt be most remembered for his quest to bring unity to his homeland and abroad.  Mandela faced great odds in his fight against human rights abuses.  The young Rolihlahla Mandela lived in a different South Africa than the one we know today.   Segregation had existed before in South Africa while it was a colony of Great Britain & Holland.  The government institution of apartheid in the mid 1900s furthered this segregation.  Apartheid drew deep divisions between the races which greatly affected the black majority along socio-economic lines while the ruling white minority enjoyed prosperity.  Through his opposition to these human rights inequalities, Mandela faced trials and ultimately a conviction of conspiracy which led to his infamous 27 years behind bars.  After years of international and internal pressure, South Africa abolished apartheid and allowed multiracial elections after his release in 1990.  And in 1994 Nelson Mandela became president, the first black citizen to do so.  He did not begin his term with bitter, vindictive retribution but rather he worked with his fellow white citizens to try to improve relations in South Africa.  Unity, not division, led the way.  It was not an easy time for him or South Africa but the nation made great steps as the century came to a close.  Nelson Mandela and South Africa, like many people and nations throughout history, are not without their critics.  But from their struggles and successes we can all learn and hopefully improve our world

Gypsy Rose strives to continue to spread the word of peace & unity.  You’ve seen the words and the slogans throughout our catalog & website pages: COEXIST, PEACE, ONE PEOPLE ONE WORLD ONE LOVE, HARMONY, RESPECT, COMPASSION, LIVE YOUR DREAMS, WE MUST BE THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.  But they are not just mere words and slogans.  They represent powerful lessons, teachings & beliefs which apply to all people and all nations throughout history.  From a man who rose from the strife of early 1900s South Africa to your own story in your own town, these words echo Gypsy Rose’s message of love, peace and unity.  Long live the memory of the great Nelson Mandela.

Peace, Gypsy Rose

Pete Seeger Remembered

Gypsy Rose was sad to hear of the passing of the great folk singer & protest icon Pete Seeger at the end of 2013.  Pete was born into a musical family in the early 1900s and that exposure no doubt influenced his path in life.  His father Charles Seeger spoke out against World War I causing him to give up an important teaching position shortly before Pete was born.  So you can see that pacifism was present in Pete’s early life in addition to the wonders of music.   Pete’s parents, aunts & uncles were a diverse group of educated & culturally aware individuals.  It’s no wonder that Pete & his half brothers & half sisters ALL became folk singers!   They KNEW that music was such a powerful tool to get their message into the minds of the people.  The folk tradition involves sharing & passing the stories down from generation to generation.   From town to city.  From farm to factory.  From living room to concert hall.  This is FOLK MUSIC!  We’re not talking polite applause and then enforced silence with hands folded while the performer just sings to you.  Pete vigorously encouraged his audiences to SING ALONG with him!  He demanded it!  Pete also published a world famous banjo instruction book (How to Play the Five-String Banjo) that brought the basics of the instrument to the beginner in a style that only he could teach.  He was not some “big star in a glass house.”  He believed that the song was everyone’s to share.  He was most definitely one of the people.  And he not only spoke the language of the people, he SANG the language of ALL people.

At times, Pete’s actions threatened the success of his own career as a musician.  But he stood by his beliefs.  The MESSAGE was more important than success or fear of upsetting the status quo.  Pete kept some beliefs throughout his life.  But Pete was strongly opposed to biographers, interviewers and fellow musicians portraying him to be a “saint”.  He knew that he himself, like all humans, had made mistakes.  Later in life, he expressed regret for his earlier views on communism in Stalinist Russia.  He was not afraid to apologize & this is something from which we can all learn.

Pete sang alongside the other folk greats including Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly in support of labor & civil rights, pacifism & racial equality.  Pete paraphrased his friend Woody’s strong message that appeared on his guitar (“This machine kills fascists”) by putting the words “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender” atop the head of his banjo.  That instantly recognizable banjo traveled the world & helped Pete spread the word to millions for decades & decades.  Woody & Leadbelly’s generation moved on to the generation of Bob Dylan and the “Folk Revival” of the 1960s.  At Pete’s 90th birthday bash held at Madison Square Garden in 2009 he found himself surrounded by the likes of Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen , Warren Haynes and dozens of other performers of varying ages & styles.

Pete made his home in the lovely Hudson Valley of New York for many years.  He helped to form the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in the mid 1960s.  This fine organization helps to clean up the Hudson River & surrounding areas by educating the public & raising awareness to the environmental concerns that affect this beautiful part of the U.S.  They sailed their namesake vessel (the sloop Clearwater) up and down the mighty Hudson to bring their message directly to the people.  Even politicians that may have differed in their views from Pete (such as former NY Governor George Pataki) expressed their support & approval of Clearwater’s endeavors.  Each year the Clearwater Festival (or Great Hudson River Revival) still raises funds for the organization with a HUGE all-star 2 day musical event.  Pete may not be performing on the festival’s stage anymore in the physical sense, but “Clearwater” audiences will no doubt feel his presence for years to come.

Pete Seeger & Gypsy Rose share many core values & beliefs:
The importance of raising awareness of human rights & equality.
Teaching respect for the environment.
And of course…. The POWER of the time honored tradition of song!

In the spirit of Pete and the “folk process” we’d like to share the message & pass it on by inviting you to visit these fine websites:

Written by Gypsy Roses’ Brian Duckett