Today and Every Day.
Cast Iron Cornbread
Tuesday November 30, 2010
The cast iron pan puts a thin, crunchy finish on a warm, soft, light, crumbly bread. 30 minutes start to finish. 10 minutes or less of actual preparation. Great bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Small butt. Big gut. Look out.
Monday November 29, 2010
Visceral fat. The fat that deposits itself between and around your abdominal organs. Not the shallow, pinchable "subcutaneous" fat below your skin. The Deep Dangerous Fat. This holiday season, let's make withdrawals, not deposits. More aerobic exercise time, less couch time.
Slower Sunday: Practice
November 28, 2010
My double-blooming irises actually had their second bloom this year, just in time for Thanksgiving. Spring blossoms in Fall. That got my attention. Hope it gets yours. Just for a minute. You know. Be here now. Right here. Right now. Nothing else. You and this iris. Good Slower practice on a Sunday.
Rich, easy and leftover
Saturday November 27, 2010
Cranberry Bean Soup with Smoky Cornbread Croutons. The ultimate leftover. Delicious like it should have been the main act, not the afterthought. And a perfect example of protein complementarity. Say what?
The Walk That Ate Thanksgiving Leftovers
Friday November 26, 2010
I'm thinking we both just ate our way through the holiday and it's time to Walk it off. Consider this Walk around Plymouth Rock as a timely example of a cool Walk you can take anywhere. History aside, Plymouth's a lovely small town. Here's a 2-hour, 4.5-mile, 500-calorie Walk.
Slower Holiday: A Turkey Out of Time
Thursday November 25, 2010
Back before cameras, making a picture of something - a turkey, for example - was slow going. If you wanted to show the detail of a feather, you had to draw every one of its hundreds of filaments. Tens of thousands of them for the whole bird. Press Play. Watch Slowly. Carefully. It'll only take a minute.
Wednesday November 24, 2010
Even if your turkey's tender, you may think it's tough to find the right thing to drink with it. The good news: some unusual and relatively inexpensive wines work really well. I'd go for something bright, fruity, spicy. Something to refresh. Something to add interest to the next mouthful.
Quick, raw and refreshing
Tuesday November 23, 2010
Two wonderful and interesting salads you can whip together in a few minutes. While everything else Thanksgiving is roasting, baking and bubbling along. Fennel-Celery Salad for my Short Ribs. Butternut Squash & Bosc Pear Ceviche for everything seasonal.
Roll Up Your Sleeve(s)
Monday November 22, 2010
Roll up one for a flu shot? Or roll 'em both up and get some exercise? Revving up your heart rate during aerobic exercise also revs up your immune response. So exercise is probably your best bet for reducing your sick time throughout the Fall-Winter cold season and the rest of the year.
Slower Sunday: Still life
November 21, 2010
Good day to slow down, veg out and contemplate fruit. Ya think? Press Play and take a minute if you don't have your own. Then take a walk and get some. I'm making an Apple-Pear Upside Down Cake with these.
Fall Fruit Upside Down Cake
Saturday November 20, 2010
Apples. Pears. Cranberries. They're everywhere. They're cheap. They're ripe and ready for Thanksgiving. Turn that pumpkin pie tradition upside down with a luscious Fall Fruit Upside Down Cake. Takes about 10 minutes and $4 to prepare. Makes 8 -12 happy people.
Flash-Roasted Prosciutto Chips
Friday November 19, 2010
If you like prosciutto, you'll love prosciutto chips. Like prosciutto turned up to eleven. A lot to the tasting experience, almost nothing to the preparation. Your friends and family will be amazed. They'll hover; the chips will go fast. If there are any left when your guests arrive.
Pilgrim Pop: Cranberry Ginger Ale
Thursday November 18, 2010
So what're you drinking for Thanksgiving? What're the kids going to drink? I'm working on it, mixing up food-friendly flavored sparkling waters. Refreshing, satisfying alternatives to wine and beer when you just don't feel like alcohol with your turkey or short ribs
Sweet Potatoes: Beans, No Marshmallows
Wednesday November 17, 2010
A hugely flavorful, protein-laced sweet potato dish. Trade in the empty-calorie refined sugar for essential amino acids. It's Thanksgiving, not Halloween. Don't embarrass your sweet potato with a marshmallow costume.
Thanksgiving Short Ribs
Tuesday November 16, 2010
These ribs are like turkey anti-matter. Melt in your mouth. Rich and juicy. Powerfully aromatic. You don't have to carve them.
Lost & Found in the 21st century
Monday November 15, 2010
This is a digital wild goose chase, not a Thanksgiving recipe. Not an exercise. Just a wild story. Seems unbelievable, so you're excused if you don't believe it. But it's totally true.
Slower Sunday: I knew it'd come to this
November 14, 2010
Clear blue sky where all the leaves were. Just last week, if you wanted color, you looked up. Today, look down. But there is a cool thing you can do with them when it comes down it. You probably haven't done this for a while. Just Press Play for the video refresher course.
Bread & Breakfast: Better French Toast
Saturday November 13, 2010
This started as an experiment. It turned out so well that I didn't even put maple syrup on it. Or butter. Honest. The idea was to make something like a really good breakfast pastry - but without highly refined flour and sugar. Ten minutes and a dollar later, four great slices.
Bali high in the dark: Mt. Batur
Friday November 12, 2010
It's pretty strange hiking to the top of a volcano in the dark and waiting for sunrise - so you can see where you are and where you came from. Six miles up and down at an average incline of twenty degrees. Not bad at the bottom; wicked steep at the top. The sunrise was spectacular.
The Crouton Upgrade
Thursday November 11, 2010
They're somewhere in the Top 10 reasons to make bread, more bread than you think you're going to eat. These fresh, crunchy, flavorful croutons are a quick, cheap upgrade for every salad and soup.
Hard, dry and fresh: Heirloom Beans
Wednesday November 10, 2010
For dinner. During the winter, when the ground freezes and our CSA farm share goes dormant. These "new" beans are delicious. Some are meaty, some are kind of creamy. Some are dense, some are quite light. They all have a lot of flavor.
Are Italian Fries better than French?
Tuesday November 09, 2010
Decide for yourself. They're quick and easy to make. No special equipment needed. Totally irresistible. Way Better and Cheaper than McDonald's. Marco Canora's Tuscan fries are crazy delicious.
Vitamin D: Solar-Powered You
Monday November 08, 2010
What a deal. Sunlight's free and you don't even have to strap a solar panel to your back to use it. Just take off your shirt. Or your pants. Because your skin synthesizes Vitamin D when it's exposed to sunlight and - get this - you're probably Vitamin D-deficient.
Slower Sunday: Sun's up
November 07, 2010
Hey - did you see the sun rise? No? OK, here's a second chance. Just Press Play. C'mon. You just got a whole extra hour. Take three minutes to settle into slow motion. A little practice now so you can do it all day long.
Bread & Breakfast: The Pudding Proof
Saturday November 06, 2010
This tastes and smells so good I wanted to be it. Or be with it. Even in the 350 F oven. It's really easy to make - 10 minutes of preparation. The hard part is waiting for it to bake while its aroma takes over your home. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool before you slice it.
The Walk That Ate Time: Pompeii
Friday November 05, 2010
Let's party like it was A.D. 79. August 24, 79. Via dell'Abbondanza was jammed with people buying their fruits and vegetables and olive oil and wine and ... you know how that story ended. Today, Pompeii has to be the most beautifully fascinating walk on the planet. Eat your way through the ruins and burn more calories than you consume.
Ripe Now: Winter Lasagna Squash
Thursday November 04, 2010
Not spaghetti squash. Lasagna squash. Winter squash is everywhere. Totally ripe, totally fresh. Really cheap. Lasagna Squash is quick and easy to make - a meal in a single pan. Aromatic and delicious. Fresh vegetables and cheese. Five dollars. Serves two or three.
Give us our daily bread. In 5 minutes.
Wednesday November 03, 2010
It doesn't take a miracle to pop a just-baked loaf of bread out of your oven and onto your table every day. Just takes some patience. Five minutes of preparation plus 30 waiting for it to bake. And cool down before you slice this great looking, great smelling, great tasting bread.
Ripe and Right Now: Sweet Potatoes
Tuesday November 02, 2010
They're digging them at farms everywhere and selling them - cheap - at markets everywhere. You don't want to eat them raw, but they have such great flavor - and so much of it - you really don't have to do much to get delicious, nutritious results. Save money. Save a life.
Balance: Knee Lifts on the Board
Monday November 01, 2010
You could slip, trip or otherwise sprain an ankle or end up on your butt later today. And off both feet for six to eight weeks. So take a minute to consider three minutes a day of Balance Training. One leg at a time. Just Press Play.