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Monday, September 05, 2011

Can't think of any other fruit or veggie that starts with E except maybe English Peas. What the heck is endive? A leafy green I guess! This is a very educational task I've set out for myself. Just wish you were reading! On Sparks 30 days to more fruits and veggies, they say to buy unripe as well as ripe produce. A suggestion is to buy green bananas and ripe ones too. We always buy green bananas as by the time they are ripe, they are gone. Otherwise, I'm putting them into a cake like I did last night! Cake you say? ON a diet you say? I made a raw apple cake because the bag of apples my hubby bought needed to be cooked! I prefer to buy one or 2 apples, knowing it will take me a while to eat them. He buys a whole bag.

Yesterday I sent him to the grocery store to buy a chuck or arm roast so I could cook pot roast with potatoes and carrots! He comes home with a bottom round roast that is like prime rib and roasts for a very short time. When I served it, he says, where are the carrots and potatoes! To him roast was roast. The meat was delicious I must say. I went online to look for how to cook a bottom round roast. And it was fab!

2 to 3 pound bottom round roast
Let sit at room temp for an hour. Rub salt and pepper on it. I used Emeril's Bayou Seasoning.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put roast in oven and cook for 1 hour.
Shut oven off and do NOT open the door. I had also cooked baked potatoes and they were ready too. Recipe says to let the roast sit in the oven and turn it back on and roast it again, 30 min prior to eating. Since we were ready to eat, I took it out and let it sit on the counter for5 or ten min. When I sliced into it, it was perfectlly med rare! Just like we like it! And more for tonight!

I must go and try to clean off a spot in my sewing room! It is a mess! Later and enjoy your E's.

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ANDI571 9/5/2011 4:46PM

    Mmmm. I love roast. It sounds so good. I will be right over. Is there any left? emoticon

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MROSE61 9/5/2011 4:10PM

    Don't forget edamame and elephant garlic and English cucumber! Elderberries make good wine and they can be made into jam or pies!

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KASEYCOFF 9/5/2011 10:32AM

    Take excess apples and throw 'em in a crockpot. If the apples are really dry, add a touch of water (I use apple juice myself, but water will work). Cook 'em as long as you like. When cool, you can bag the applesauce in one-cup (or whatever is convenient) portions and freeze 'em.

When you're ready to eat it, you can thaw it in the microwave or - if you're better at planning ahead than I am - let the frozen applesauce thaw overnight in the fridge. It has nothing in it but apple! If they're kind of sour you can always add a bit of sugar, brown sugar, or even something like honey or maple syrup to sweeten them up a bit. I sometimes add just a little ginger syrup, and of course you can always throw in some cinnamon or apple pie spice or cloves (depending on your favorite).

I couldn't get applesauce here so I started doing that to keep it on hand. Now, even if I could buy Mott's or Musselman's or whatever, I wouldn't: this is so easy and cheap, and sugar / additive free, that I always make my own.

I AM the Apple Queen, lol!

On a different note:


And there's 'escarole,' tho that's kind of cheating, as it's a variety of endive (which is indeed, as you say, a leafy green). There's worse cheating (lol) if you start listing things like Elberta peaches or emperor grapes.
p.s. I LOVE roast beef, but only when it's definitely on the rare side. I'll be over for supper, LOL!

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Durian- The King of fruits

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I asked my husband if he could think of any fruit or veggie that started with a D. He instantly said, durian, which is a fruit from southeast ASia and is very stinky. It smells like stinky socks! You can look it up on the internet junechua.suite101.com/durian--the-ki
and it does indeed say it smalls real bad! But supposedly tastes real good!
I could only think of one D veggie and that was dandelion greens, if you could call them veggies. Never tasted dandelion greens but they were certainly abundant when I was growing up in rural Maryland! That is todays fruit and veggie lesson.

On another note, it is raining cats and dogs here due to tropical storm Lee! The term raining cats and dogs comes from medieval England when people had thatch roofs and the cats and dogs would live up in the rafters. When it rained, they would fall down, thus raining cats and dogs. Another old Engllish term comes from the sweetening day in May. Every May the whole family would get a bath starting with the master and then going down through the family using the same water. The baby was always last, thus the term, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Kaseycoff can correct me on this if I'm a bit wrong but it is amazing how these terms have lasted so many years! Can you imagine how dirty that bath water was, especially after no one having a bath all year!

Today I am shopping for healthy food and looking for recipes to cook! Later.

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KASEYCOFF 9/4/2011 12:27PM

    DATES! One of my all-time faves. A couple years ago we had 'dragon fruit' - it also has another name (which I forget). It looks exotic, but I thought it was a bit bland, kind of a non-event. DILL pickles, lol...

I never heard of 'sweetening day,' and I didn't know that about 'raining cats and dogs.' See, you learn something new every day - thanx, hon!

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FRUITS AND VEGGIES 103, Citrus rules!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

C is for canned fruits and veggies, citrus, carrots, cauliflower and canteloupe! The Spark calendar talks about eating canned fruits and veggies. I was raised on canned peas and asparagus served cold. I ate them and enjoyed them but when I married, they didn't go well with a husband whose mother was a famous cook! Nary a canned veggie since, in 37 years! I do prefer fresh everything! Unless it is 3 bean salad.

Anyway, today's fruit and veggie lesson, ala Sonoma Diet is the letter C. Citrus fruits are one of the top 12 power foods according to Sonoma! Everyone knows citrus fruits are loaded with Vitamin C. But they also have plenty of potassium to help regulate blood pressue and boost heart health! They also have plenty of folate which helps against depression, heart disease and some cancers! And also birth defects!

Here is a healthy tip, grapefruit can help people who struggle with a health peril associated with extra pounds around the waist -- insulin resistance! Fibers in the white fuzzy parts of the grapefruit help curb hunger and keep blood sugar levels stable! Back in late 60's there was a diet craze called the grapefruit diet! You were supposed to eat grapefruit before every meal. With grapefruit being available almost year round, why don't I do that? I love grapefruit but for some reason there is a bad rap associated with it if you take blood pressure meds. Anyone who can tell me why this is, jump on in with an explanation!

I certainly could use more citrus in my diet! Living in Florida you would think it would be readily available, which it is, but I hate it when I buy fruit at the grocery and it is dry and tasteless! How do you determine if it is good or not? When I was in college in Virginia, we lived in an old dorm that was previously an army barracks form WW II. They had lift up windows where I stored oranges in the winter time! Boy, where they yummy, so cold and juicy!

A goal for this winter would be to eat more citrus fruits! I can do that! I have a lot of goals to set right now.
1. Eat better and lose weight.
2. Get organized (this is hopeless)
3. Get more business! I'm not ready to retire yet and with a son without full time work, I need the money to help out!
4. Organize my sewing room and do more quilting!
5. Did I mention get organized?

Organization for me is a lifelong stuggle and I have yet to conquer it! I am overwhelmed at the moment but Tuesday, I have a friend coming who does this for a living and I am trading decorating services with her. Hope it helps! Until tomorrow when D is the fruit or veggie of the day1

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4DOGNIGHT 9/3/2011 10:18AM

    I checkout the Dr. Gourmet site, very informative! And the blood pressure med I am on is listed as interacting with grapefruit. Sigh. Guess I will ask my doc if I can have it or not.

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ELLIE381 9/3/2011 9:50AM

    Great goal. I have heard a lot as well as been told by Drs. about the grapefruit and drugs don't mix.

It will be very helpful to have a friend who can help with your clutter. My clutter tends to be mostly papers but I sure have plenty of it. Good luck.

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KASEYCOFF 9/3/2011 9:17AM

    While I know the internet is notorious for mis-information, right away I found these two sources:


More than 50 prescription drugs are affected by grapefruit juice. Grapefruit juice inhibits an enzyme in the intestine that normally breaks down certain drugs and hence allows more of a medication to enter the blood stream.


The interaction between grapefruit and some medications is not an urban myth. It is a fact.

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I take BP medication and I did once have an 'overdose' that left me dizzy and almost fainting. I'd eaten a red grapefruit that morning, together with my BP Rx. The GP said not to do that, so I don't, lol... These articles point out, tho, that not all BP drugs will have that interaction and that not all people will be subject to problems, so...

In a few words - that's why!

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Friday, September 02, 2011

B is for bananas and blueberries, bell peppers and button mushrooms, blackberries, broccoli and beans, etc. Anyone can add another fruit or veggie that starts with B. The Sonoma Diet includes blueberries, bell peppers and broccoli, and beans as some of its 12 power foods. Blueberries have antioxidants and if you eat blueberries, you can slow down memory decline! Whoo Hoo, need that. Broccoli is loaded with vitamin C and calcium and has less calories than an equal serving of milk or an orange. And beans, there are so many varieties. Beans are long lasting and help with digestion and bell peppers are loaded with nutrients.

I eat lots of bell peppers and always have them around. And I really like all sorts of beans. Actually, I like all of those foods so why not eat more of them.

Sonoma Blueberry Compote

1 1/2 c blueberries, frozen or fresh
1/2 c water
2 1/2 T agave syrup
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tsps water

Combine blueberries, 1/2 c water, agave syrup, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmer. Cook 5 min or until the water takes on a rich purple color and the blueberries are warmed through. Stir in lemon jice
2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 2 tsp water. Stir into the blueberries. Bring to a low simmer; cook for 2 min. If it is to thin, add a little more cornstarch mixed with water.

Use as jam or as a sauce over whole wheat pancakes. Yields 2 cups, 8 servings, 1/4 cup each. 45 calories per serving, 12 g carb, 1 g fiber, 20 mg sodium

The other night, I watched Julie and Juila on TV. I had seen it before but wanted to watch it again. It was about Julie Howell who wrote a blog and cooked all the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook in one year. She got a book and movie deal out of it. I could do that. I can write well and I could vow to cook something out of the Sonoma Cookbook everyday! I could do that. Yes, I could. Will start next week as the weekend is already pretty busy. And I have to set up that blog! Later!

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KAYE454 9/2/2011 10:24PM

  Thanks for all the great information

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ILLINITEACHER52 9/2/2011 8:19PM

  I put blueberries on my almond meal pudding several times per week. (I'm not sure I'm the poster child for a wonderful memory though).

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KASEYCOFF 9/2/2011 4:50PM

    I think you should write your quilting book--!

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

A is for Apple and thank you Johnny Appleseed! This morning I was reading an AAA article about apples which brought fond apple memories back to me. I remember losing a tooth when I bit into an apple at age 5 or so. I loved apples when I was growing up, especially winesaps and romes. I never see a winesap anymore, what happened to them? My mother-in-law is a pie baker and boy can she make a flaky crust! My mother was a good cook and she devised a recipe for apple crumb pie using only a bottom crust and baking with a sugar, flour and butter topping. When I was first married, I told my husband I was going to bake him an apple pie. When I served him my mother's version, he said, "That's not an apple pie!" He always had one with the top crust that had been slathered in butter to make it flaky! I never cooked another pie after his parents moved near us. My mom-in-law was the baker but I could beat her on a cake any day in the week with my secret recipe!

I enjoy eating apples but only when I select them myself. My husband thinks that buying a bag of whatevers is the best way to go. They usually don't get eaten because I like to pick! I like red delicious and a few years back, discovered Gala and Braeburn! My first Gala was a beautiful orangey color and so delicious. Don't you just hate biting into an apple that is soft and tasteless? We have a bag of hubby's apples right now and I am going to turn them into an apple tart or something like that. I'm eating in moderation and can have a small slice of that if I want it.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I saw Spark's calendar for the month was 30 days to more fruit and veggies. I'm going to devote each day to learning more about fruits and veggies and trying new dishes and varieties! Today's hint was to dip into hummus, salsa, or guacamole to improve your veggie total. We have a fabulous mexican restaurant here where they make fresh guacamole right in front of your eyes. Yummy!

So I am going to steal a bit from AND1571 who is currently going through the alphabet with motivational words. I'm going to use the alphabet this month for fruits and veggies. And A is definitely for apple! What other fruits and veggies can you come up with that start with A. Avocado, yes. Johnny Appleseed, legend has it, was an eccentric figure that wore ragged clothes and a pot on his head. In the early 1800's he began wandering the frontier planting apple seeds to insure pioneers had apples. He ultimately planted over 1000 acres of apples in Penn, Ohio and Indiana! Thank you Johnny! An apple a day keeps the doctor away! And a good way to clean teeth too!

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ANDI571 9/3/2011 11:21AM

    Hopefully your blogs will get me to eat more fruits and vegetables. I am lacking big time in that area.

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KASEYCOFF 9/1/2011 12:14PM

    Asparagus - I don't care for it, but there's an 'A' for you. Apricot (which always makes me think of The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz and his '...what puts the A in Ape-ricot?'). Over here, they call eggplants 'aubergines.' Oh, and artichoke! There's another...

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