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A Tribute to My Brother, Dr. Philip Hanapole

It has been a year and 3 months since my brother retired.  Some of you may know that though his retirement was forthcoming, it came on a little faster than anticipated.  His wife Hanna had some health challenges and he decided to stop traveling from Florida a couple of months sooner than originally planned.  The good news is that she came through that challenge with flying colors and is doing so well she is able to travel again.  They are visiting this week and the staff just got together to take them to lunch, something we had planned to do for over a year.

When the reality of his retirement became apparent, his team started to think of what we could do for him that would acknowledge the milestone and that he would enjoy.  If you know him well, you know that as quick as he is to gift others for every/all celebrations, he wants little for himself.  Every suggestion we made was rejected.  He wanted no hoopla, no gifts, no schmaltz!  He insisted that the years of amazing relationships with our patients was more than enough for him.  He felt that he was walking away having received far more than he had given.  Many of us would beg to differ!

When the town of Belmar created the “Buy a Bench” program that was a gift to us all.  To raise money to replace all the boardwalk benches that were wiped out by Superstorm Sandy, Belmar “sold” benches to those who wanted to help support the cause.  Buying a bench meant that you were able to have 2 lines of 30 characters engraved along the  back.  We no longer needed to stress over what to do for him, this was the perfect solution.  Through the years my brothers’ idea of a perfect lunch was to grab a salad or sandwich and take it down to the beach and enjoy the peace that comes from just gazing at the ocean.  A bench, inscribed just for him, right on 7th Avenue in the town he had lovingly practiced in for more than 40 years, what could be a better tribute!

So finally, more than a year after the above mentioned bench was placed on the boardwalk we gathered to surprise him.  Fittingly one of our long time patients had just finished her run as we all approached and was able to take some snapshots to remember the occasion.  It was apparent when he saw the inscription he was truly moved.  So were we. 

I think you all know how proud of my brother I am.  A finer man doesn’t exist!  Every day, for over 40 years, he walked into his practice excited to care for each and every patient.  While doing the finest dentistry possible he managed to build a team and create an environment that was warm, friendly and fun.  As a young man he positioned himself to be the kinder, gentler and more patient care giver, changing the way many felt about their dental visits.  Besides being an incredible dentist he has been a friend, inspiration, mentor, teacher, counselor, cheer leader, matchmaker, coach and confidant to so many.  This is a legacy for which he should be very proud!

Though we all miss him terribly, we are thrilled that after having such a successful career he is now enjoying an equally satisfying and much deserved retirement.  He and Hanna have created a beautiful life in Florida and I don’t know 2 people who deserve it more.

I'm getting a little better ..….    It’s only been 4 months since the last post.

Last time I wrote I talked about making treats for my coworkers and the tradition lives on.  I wanted to share what I made a few weeks ago.

Sometimes when I don’t know what I want to make I get inspiration by polling the team to see if anyone has any cravings.  This particular day everyone seemed to be feeling a Mexican vibe so I thought breakfast burritos would fit the bill.  I often troll the internet to see what kind of recipes are out there and pull what I think would be the best from each.  I found a recipe where you made a filling for the burrito, rolled that into a tortilla, laid them out in a casserole dish and then poured a raw egg mixture over them and finished them in the oven.  I was concerned that the eggs wouldn’t integrate with the other ingredients but magically they did.  I created my own filling using typical Mexican ingredients and the dish was fantastic.  It was a perfect combination - simple, delicious and satisfying.  I always gather a selection of accompaniments to go with my dishes which definately adds to the enjoyment. 

Here is the recipe.

Easy Overnight Breakfast Enchiladas      Serves: 8-10

·      Olive oil
·      2 small potatoes diced  
·      1 red bell pepper, diced
·      4 green onions, diced
·      1 clove garlic, minced
·      ½ pound ham, cut thick and diced
·      1 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
·      1 C shredded jack cheese
·      10 (8 inch) flour tortillas
·      10 eggs
·      1 C milk or ½ & ½
·      ½ tsp. salt and Pepper to taste

1.  Lightly spray a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2.  In a large skillet heat olive oil and saute potatoes until they begin to soften.  Add peppers and cook until almost tender, and then add green onions and garlic. When all is almost cooked through, add ham cubes and saute until ham has just a little color.  Remove mixture from heat.
3.  Lay a tortilla flat on a cutting board. Mix the cheeses together, divide and set ½ of the cheese mix aside.  Mix the other ½ with the ham mixture.  Place about ⅓ cup of the ham-cheese-veg mixture close to the edge of the tortilla.  Roll up tightly and place the enchilada seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas until the enchiladas are all snug in the dish.
4.  In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the tortillas. Cover the dish with foil and chill overnight.
5.  In the morning, preheat your oven to 350*F.
6.  Remove the foil from the dish and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese over the tops of the enchiladas. Cover the dish with foil again.
7.   Bake, covered, for 35 minutes. Uncover, and bake for 10-15 minutes more, until the cheese is melted, the eggs are set, and the enchiladas just begin to toast up a little bit on top.
8.   Add your favorite South of the Border garnishes and ENJOY!

I had sour cream, salsa, avocado, pickled jalapenos and extra cheese to top ours.

I'll be back soon with another recipe but in the meantime stay warm and we look forward to seeing you soon!



Sept 10

September 11, 2015 | Posted Beverly | Be the first one to comment.

September 10, 2015

Does everyone know that every Friday I make a snack (read breakfast/lunch) for our team?  A few years ago when we decided to change our Friday hours to our current early start of 7am, my brother thought it would be nice if we had a snack and quickly volunteered me for the job.  We work until 2pm and don’t take a lunch hour so having a delicious and healthy treat is just what the dentist ordered....  Dr. Sniscak was our Associate at the time and now that he owns the practice has been just as supportive.  It's really fun for me to share new flavors, ingredients and combinations with my coworkers.  In the winter baked oatmeal or a crock-pot of soup usually does the trick but in the warmer weather a salad and fresh fruit is often on the menu.  I get great satisfaction preparing for this group as they are super appreciative.  Given my culinary background and interest in good food, I really like to focus on the bounties of each season.  This summer I’ve used tomatoes and corn in as many dishes as possible and boy has that been great.  I think the favorite was the corn, tomato and black bean salad I made a couple of weeks ago.  Given that the whole team asked me for the recipe, I thought you all might enjoy it as well. 

Sharing a recipe at the holidays has become a tradition of this practice and I think I will start doing it a few more times during the year.  Check back from time to time, I'll be sharing the tales of the team and a perhaps a recipe or two.
Here's the recipe for the corn and black bean salad I mentioned above.  If you want to make it, do it soon, while there are still fantastic tomatoes and corn at the farmers market.  
Black Bean and Corn Salad

1 can black beans, rinsed
7 ears fresh corn, cooked and removed from cobb
3 avocados, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
6 green onions, thinly sliced

        ¼ C fresh lime juice
        ¼ C rice wine vinegar
        ¾ C olive oil
        ½ C chopped cilantro
        1 tsp. sugar
        Salt and pepper to taste

Place all dressing ingredients in a jar and shake.  Taste and correct seasoning.

Assemble salad and toss with a small amount of dressing just to flavor.  Do not overdress.  Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to combine.  Before serving add additional dressing to moisten and flavor. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did.  We look forward to seeing you soon!