Thursday, November 27, 2008
Today, I am taking time to pause and give thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed on me. I am fortunate to have friends to take me in this holiday and share with me their family meal, family who love me, health & wellness, and the ability to taste, smell, and see the food before me. While baking today, I gave thanks to a few of my angels, Grandma Ostrander, Aunt Julie, and Mammy for sharing with me their beautiful recipes and patience to teach me before they left Earth. I am taking time to remember the fallen soldiers who have died for the freedom of our great country, and to their widows, my friends, who continue to persevere and find strength in every day. It's a gorgeous, rainy day in Southern California and for that my garden and I are thankful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I hope this day finds you in peace, good health, and in strong spirit. Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!
Blessings, Wendy Jo
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
1. Choose white meat over dark and skip the crunchy skin
2. Serve fresh vegetables versus casseroles
3. Opt out of ice cream or choose a small dollop to enjoy with your favorite slice of heaven
4. Skip the seconds and head for the hills (meaning get outside and exercise a bit!)
Some numbers for you to think about
12-oz Regular beer 149 Calories
12-oz Light beer 110 Calories
12-oz Red Wine 240 Calories
12-oz White Wine 225 Calories
12-oz Margarita 510 Calories
Adding greens to your favorite brew will not make it 12 oz nutrition!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Mizuna has almost a citrus flavor; so, I generally roughly chop it and toss it with either lemon or lime juice (whatever I have handy), olive oil, French Feta (different from Greek) or Goat Cheese, and cracked pepper. My taste buds are already craving this!
Dandelion Greens is similar to spinach; thus, you can do a flash saute or add it to a soup or in place of spinach or tradition greens.
Broccoli Greens, yes, the entire plant is edible and delicious. Broccoli greens taste similar to cabbage. They make a great addition to a lasagna, spaghetti sauce, or braised in chicken broth.
Beets are also completely edible. To keep them fresh avoid cutting off the leaves. Beets are fabulous roasted or boiled and then tossed in a salad with fennel and fresh herbs for a fabulous salad. Beet greens are also similar to greens or spinach and pair well with a citrus sauce or orange segments, fresh garlic, and crumbled goat cheese. Try it~you may surprise yourself and your family!
Although the remaining vegetables are familiar I will share what I plan to create with them:
Zucchini Muffins with orange zest and cranberries
Grilled potatoes with lemon zest
Caprese salad (tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella)
Fall salad (apples, peppers, lettuce, orange segments, cheddar cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil)
Carrots are my dog's, Jake & Hilly, favorite treats; so, the bulk of those gorgeous carrots are for them. It's a great dose of fiber and carotenes for them, too!
Feel free to post me a comment or email me if you would enjoy a specific recipe for any of the above treats or if you need more inspiration in your kitchen. For more great ideas check out some of my favorite web-based recipe boxes:
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The smell of the jambalaya met me at the door when I walked into my house. I have to admit I was starved after an hour of Boot Camp. I hope you enjoy the simplicity of the meal, and feel as though you can make it, too! Weeknight Jambalaya is definitely pleasing to the stomach, eyes, nose, and extremely filling after a long day of work and play! Additional ideas would be to add shrimp the last 4 minutes of cooking...another idea to chew on! Enjoy!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So, why support local agriculture?
1. Puts money back into your local economy
2. Food travels less of a distance; thus, saves money (gas), fresher, and it's what is in season!
3. Variety is the spice of life, and the CSA boxes provide your palate a taste of something different
5. It's green, and that is in!
Bi-monthly I drive 1.5 miles to pick up my $25 CSA box at the drop site. Last night happened to be my night for my goodie box! Here is a little taste of what my box contained this week, and some edible preparations:
Green Beans, potatoes,
tomatoes, & baby lettuce greens: Tuna Nicoise Salad
Carrots: Sauteed with olive oil and fresh dill
Apples: Homemade applesauce-better than Motts!
Swiss Chard: Stir-fried with fresh chorizo
Oranges & Fennel: Tossed w/Red Onions & Champagne Vinaigrette
Cherry Tomatoes: Tossed with grapes, parsley, feta, & EVOO
Edible ideas to chew on...