Today and Every Day.
Apple-a-Day: Apple-Cheddar Pizza Pie
Thursday September 30, 2010
I got a huge bag of apples in my CSA farm share this week, so I'm making an Apple-Cheddar Pizza. Apples are everywhere now - at the seasonal peak flavors and seasonal low prices. Hit the Farmers Market, get some apples and try this for brunch. Or breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner.
The Island of Potato
Wednesday September 29, 2010
It's the ultimate Better Cheaper Slower food. Two really Cheap ingredients: flour and potato. Better than any pasta or potato dish I've ever had. When you make it yourself, when you really get it right, you'll be so amazed by every bite you'll eat very Slowly.
Ripe and tasty: squash in soffrito
Tuesday September 28, 2010
Squash is everywhere and really cheap right now. Acorn squash, butternut squash, Hubbards, pumpkins. All very cool looking. Especially the Delicata, and it's easy to peel. Even easier to cook if you made a batch of soffrito.
Better Cheaper Stronger: Chest Press
Monday September 27, 2010
We've worked on your biceps with the Curl; your triceps with the overhead extension. Now let's look at your chest. Here's a standing Chest Press for you. No bench, no barbell. Just a resistance tube or a couple of small hand weights. I can tell you feel stronger just thinking about it.
Slower Sunday: Naturalize
September 26, 2010
I love my tulips and daffodils. And I'm always relieved and delighted when the first crocuses and grape hyacinths pop up, sometimes in the snow. But the irises, they're really fascinating. So many little details in each flower. I can just sit and stare. So press Play and stare for a minute. It's Sunday. Make believe.
Saturday September 25, 2010
If you have space, make time. To buy and plant some bulbs during the next few weeks. It's now ... or a year from now. Tulips, irises, lilies, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses. All those things that just pop up right on time every year to let you know the natural world still works.
The Walk That Ate New York, Part 1
Friday September 24, 2010
Here's a great all-morning walk that burned more calories than I ate before, during and after it. I'll bet there's a version of this near you. Eat locally, walk locally. In this case, 600 calories in, 1,500 calories gone in 4 hours and 8 miles.
Apple-A-Day: Maple Syrup & Bacon
Thursday September 23, 2010
I don't know about you, but I'm eating a lot of great apples these days. Usually I just pick one up and take a bite. But sometimes I want it to be more like a meal, a real dish. Yesterday, a maple syrup-baked apple with bacon did the trick. Great for breakfast, brunch or lunch.
Flash Roasted Kale Chips
Wednesday September 22, 2010
So quick and easy there's no recipe. So tasty they're addictive. So cheap you can afford to eat them until you just can't eat any more. Near zero calories. They look really cool: dark green with ruffled golden brown edges. They're what kale always wanted to be.
Soffrito makes it better
Tuesday September 21, 2010
You can learn to do this at any age, whether or not you have an Italian grandmother. Make a week's worth of this stuff and eat better for a week. Then do it again next week.
BetterCheaperStronger: Triceps Extension
Monday September 20, 2010
We've worked on your biceps with the Curl; now we'll balance that by strengthening your triceps muscle, the flip side of your biceps. You use your biceps to pull (picking up a bag) - and your triceps to push (putting something on a high shelf).
Slower Sunday: Summertime Blues
September 19, 2010
Ain’t no cure for this. The last Sunday of summer, the last blueberries. I just took off the bird nets and picked every last berry. Look at ‘em. Just for a minute. They’re beautiful. Press Play.
Apple-a-Day: Candy Apple Soda Pop
Saturday September 18, 2010
Back in the BCS Soda Lab again. Trying out the Fall flavors this time. Still looking for that magic flavor combination that will convert each and every cola addict of every age to a healthy soda pop drinker. So I baked an apple.
Hiking the Potato State:
Friday September 17, 2010
I've had potatoes on my mind since I used the season's first fresh ones for that killer potato salad. Which recalled a killer hike in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, a 10-mile roundtrip trail that goes up 2,000 feet and burns about 2,000 calories. About 15 big potatoes.
Apple-a-Day: Stuff with cheddar. Bake.
Thursday September 16, 2010
I’m baking a cheddar-stuffed apple. Like me, you probably think of baked apples as sweet things, maybe with cream poured all over it. But try this for lunch or brunch or breakfast some day. Spread it on a slice of whole wheat toast. Yum.
Ripe Now: Potatoes. Potatoes? Ripe? Yup.
Wednesday September 15, 2010
Until I had my first truly farm-fresh, just-dug potatoes last fall, I didn't realize how flavorful and creamy a potato could be. I mean straight. No cream, no milk, no butter, no mayonnaise. Just the potato. Until I made my own potato salad with them, I never had the perfect potato salad. This is it.
A Fig Pizza Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Tuesday September 14, 2010
A beautiful, aromatic and wildly yummy pizza inspired by a gift of homemade fig jam. A deliriously delicious brunch for two - for less than two dollars. I'd eat this for breakfast, lunch or dessert any day.
Better Cheaper Stronger: Biceps Curl
Monday September 13, 2010
Our Upper Body Strength Training program begins with this exercise because it's familiar and easy. Full disclosure: Better Cheaper Stronger means you get stronger. Not like Arnold. Just stronger than you are now. So that you can do a lot of things more easily and comfortably.
Slower Sunday: When the fog lifts
September 12, 2010
The coast of Maine looks like this. Sun's up, but not clearly. A slow, careful walk on the rocks while the fog burns off. The last day of vacation. Every minute counts. Take a break. Press Play for a really short vacation.
A good egg
Saturday September 11, 2010
Better Cheaper: pay a little more per egg, eliminate the hospitalization costs. Here's a great dish I made with remarkably flavorful organic spinach from my CSA farm share and beautiful eggs from the Farmers Market.
Take the stairs. And calcium.
Friday September 10, 2010
You have to see and climb Dorr Mountain's East Face Trail to believe it. Thousands of stairs carved into the mountain's solid granite. Straight staircases. Switchback staircases. Spiral staircases. Steep ones. Build strong bones.
Grate Stuff: Chicken Salad & Squash Slaw
Thursday September 09, 2010
My grater's a great thing - not just for cheese anymore. Here's a $5, 15-minute dinner for two that's beautiful, fresh, deeply flavorful and satisfying. That's 15 minutes to prepare it. You eat it very slowly. With deep appreciation.
Ripe Now: Carrots and Plums
Wednesday September 08, 2010
Yesterday's CSA Farm Share included the first carrots of the season. Not to mention apples, pears and plums. So it must be time to make tsimmes, a root vegetable and fruit stew that's a traditional dish during the Jewish New Year.
Chicken – don't be one, roast one
Tuesday September 07, 2010
This is a recipe for great garlic & herb-roasted chicken and vegetables. It’s also the story of how I got over sticking my fingers inside a raw chicken and discovered I could cook stuff I never thought I could. If I can do this ...
Stretch of the Week: Your Upper Back
Monday September 06, 2010
Up on your feet. Today, we'll try to relax, stretch and strengthen your neck, shoulders and mid- and upper back. To make them feel and function better - and to keep them from creating pressure on your lower back. Press Play and watch me. Then it's your turn.
Slower Sunday: In The Tank
September 05, 2010
Take a break. One minute to look at something weird and beautiful. Just press Play. I wish I could be like these guys for a little while. I just saw them at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They're downstairs, in the coolest aquarium you've ever seen.
Just Say Yes
Saturday September 04, 2010
If you drink moderately, you'll live longer and have lower risk of cardiovascular disease than people who don't drink at all. Really? Here's my summary of a just-released 20-year study. And my thought for Labor Day: get together with some friends and have a little something to drink.
High above the vineyards
Friday September 03, 2010
Proof positive you can find a great walk or hike pretty much anywhere. You may know Napa, California, USA as a place to eat and drink - or drink and eat - but you probably don't know Skyline Wilderness Park is just a few miles from the center of town.
Grate Tomatoes Three Ways
Thursday September 02, 2010
Use a grater to make this fresh tomato sauce that's perfect for ripe and beyond-ripe late summer tomatoes. No peeling, chopping, or slicing. My friend, Colleen, learned this in a cooking class in Morocco. I'm really sorry I missed it, but I'm grateful to her for telling me how to make this 15-minute, 1 grater, 1 pan sauce.
Grilled Sweet & Spicy Pepper Salad
Wednesday September 01, 2010
Peppers everywhere. Every color, size and shape. Good supply, low prices. If you're firing up the grill this weekend, here's a light and really flavorful salad that goes with just about everything.