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Acorn Squash and Shallot Tarts — 9 Comments

  1. Thanks for linking to my post. I appreciate that. It’s certainly not an easy question to answer as the comments in the post reflect. Recipe looks yummy.

  2. Katie, is this the recipe you were looking for? I saw this one and thought it sounded delish. http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_wednesday_chef/2012/10/sam-sam-clarks-pumpkin-fatayer.html
    I got pretty leathery when I worked in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, where homeless people are common. Toward the end, I only gave money to buskers, to women with children, or to anyone with a dog, even though I know some of the dogs were rescued from the pound because the homeless people know they bring in donations. Now that I’m retired, I still see the occasional person – if they have a dog, I buy them a bag of dog food and drop it off. I do sometimes give money. I always think, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

  3. Living in NYC this is all too common a sight. I give what I can, when I can give it with no judgment or expectation attached.

  4. as a cook I often am allowed to take home leftovers as I drive home there is a spot where the homeless gather to ask for help and I will frequently give them the leftovers. I can’t afford to give them money but the food I can part with and at least that way they get to eat some pretty good food.

  5. Lovely recipe. Also very interesting about Andorra’s homeless policy. I look them in the eye and smile and give them a couple of bucks if I have it. If I don’t have any cash, I don’t make eye contact.

  6. I give small change to beggars for myself, not for them. Giving reminds me to be generous and to think about those less fortunate than I am. I live in Mexico and parents here often give money to their young children to give to beggars to teach them (the children) to be generous. So it doesn’t really matter if the person begging is deserving or not.
    When I’ve visited San Francisco my theory was tested. It seemed like I was being hounded all the time. So I put $1.50 in quarters in my pocket when I went out. Surprisingly (to me anyway), I never used all the money.

  7. Mouth watering tart and a difficult question. I don’t encounter many beggars but certainly donate all unwanted household goods and clothes to my thrift shop. I have a couple of favourite charities too and give to them – there are so many asking for money I just had to narrow the field. In Europe and Asia I have not given money to beggars as I am wary of scams, of being hounded and of my money being used for drugs and not a hot meal. But if someone here with a serious disability asked me for help I would certainly give it if I had cash with me.

  8. Mary Kay, thanks!
    You’re welcome, Lisa… I found it rather thought-provoking. No easy answers.
    Zoomie, no that wasn’t it – but thanks, looks good! Good idea with the dog food. We get shopping bags handed to us at the entrance of supermarkets this time of year – to fill them and give to the food banks.
    Margarita, I think that’s true of any major city… tough to see every day.
    Gayle, what a great idea! So much better than having it all thrown out!
    Scarlet, Andorra is a very small, independent country… and does things it’s own way, usually for good. No lawyers were allowed until recently….
    jubilada, great way to teach children… and good idea to carry change – in a pocket, not a purse, so it’s handy. I’ll remember that, too.
    manningroad, scams are common in the tourist areas. Usually, if one gives to the churches, they take it from there – and low overhead unlike some of the big charities in the US.