Today and Every Day.
The thought that counts
Saturday April 30, 2011
For a Better Slower Mother's Day. Economical, too. Cheaper just doesn't sound right. You have a week to get this together. Be thoughtful. Something to do? Something to eat? Something to use? Something to plant? Some thoughts.
The Walk That Ate Capri
Friday April 29, 2011
This is a very vertical island. One that separates the Walkers from the passengers. If you Walk, you'll burn way more calories than you consume. And this is Italy. There are a lot of great consumption opportunities.
Spring Green Pizza
Thursday April 28, 2011
Bright, sweet flavors from peas, young leeks and fresh asparagus. Maybe a few baby basil leaves and dill sprigs from the not-really-ready-yet herb garden. A perfect combination with a crisp pizza crust and gooey cheese.
Garden Watch: April 27, 2011
Wednesday April 27, 2011
Tomato and basil are out in the big pots. Corn and bean seeds are in the ground. Strawberry plants look like they're back for a fourth sweet season. Still time to get some seedlings at the Farmers Market for your season. In the yard or on a windowsill.
Better Cheaper Brunch
Tuesday April 26, 2011
Eggs-Not-Benedict. $2 per person for a satisfying, delightful and foolproof meal you can make for one or ten in 15 minutes. Bake, don't poach. Make aioli, not Hollandaise. And your own English muffins.
Balance: Mountain Climbing on the Board
Monday April 25, 2011
Press Play to see how you can use a Balance Board for an aerobic exercise that strengthens everything you have. Every muscle in your body. Like you're scrambling up a really steep slope, with your hands on the ground. And the ground's moving.
Slower Easter Sunday Parade
April 24, 2011
Your own parade. A walk in the park. Easter's so late this year the trees are already in blossom. Looks like the floral decoration for the world's biggest Easter bonnet. It's Sunday. Take a minute. Take a look. Just Press Play.
Bread & Breakfast: English Muffins
Saturday April 23, 2011
Fit for the Royal Wedding. If you're watching it on TV. Another Better Cheaper kitchen revelation. You can make them yourself. And you can make them Better than Thomas'. For a fraction of the store-bought cost.
Ramps taste like Spring
Thursday April 21, 2011
Maybe it's just the timing. Or maybe it's the actual flavor. After a long winter, they taste really fresh and bright. The way the first really great July tomatoes taste like summer. A month from now, they'll be gone. Try them now in this quinoa salad.
Wednesday April 20, 2011
Well this was another eye-opener for me. Homemade mayonnaise. Way Better and Cheaper than anything you can buy. Good enough to savor slowly as a dip for raw vegetables. Only five minutes to make a batch.
You're welcome for the sweet thank-you's
Tuesday April 19, 2011
Wow. Lots of mail yesterday and Sunday from subscribers who read or heard about "Is Sugar Toxic?" in the New York Times Magazine. If you missed the article, here's a link, a summary and a list of truly tasty ways to reduce your sugar consumption.
Balance: Push-ups on the Board
Monday April 18, 2011
Press Play to see how you can use a Balance Board to improve your upper body and core strength. It's like doing push-ups when the floor is rocking back and forth. Do a few. Then get up and use your board to improve your standing balance. One leg at a time. Just Press Play.
Slower Sunday: Spring Training
April 17, 2011
My Forsythia's in full bloom. You can use it for a little practice. Spring training. Slower training. C'mon, it's Sunday. It'll just take a minute. Press Play. Then you'll be ready to get out there, into the field. For the real thing.
Matzo. Flatbread. Passover optional.
Saturday April 16, 2011
Whether you're leaving Egypt in a big hurry or you just want to make a great flatbread in a few minutes. Delicious and easy because it's got olive oil in it. Infinitely better than those square things that come in a box. Good enough to serve without Passover.
Hiking Lucky on the Oregon Coast
Friday April 15, 2011
Easy to get lucky here. Seems like the entire coastline is preserved, maintained and public. And very, very beautiful. Two, three or four hours on the Cape Sebastian Trail. 1,200 - 1,800 calories. Four to seven miles, you decide where to turn around.
Exotic Eyeful: The Spring Orchid Shows
Thursday April 14, 2011
This is worth a trip. This is a trip. Flowers so strange and beautiful it's hard to imagine they occur in nature. On this planet. This seems to be orchid season; the shows are everywhere. Find one near you. Find an hour to stare at flowers that will leave you speechless.
Rainy day omelet: Vitamin D, sun & food
Wednesday April 13, 2011
This isn't really about the eggs or the salmon. It's about their Vitamin D. One of the few things you can't get enough of from a healthy diet. But it's something your skin synthesizes when it's exposed to sunlight. Ten minutes a day during Spring and Summer may do the trick for the whole year.
Happy Home Farming Day
Tuesday April 12, 2011
Good timing. Because you have to get started during the next couple of weeks if you want to eat like a home farmer in a couple of months. The ripest, freshest, tastiest and sweetest. A totally hands-on experience: appreciate something very simple and unimaginably complicated.
Living Room Aerobics: Deck Dips
Monday April 11, 2011
Great for your triceps, shoulder and core muscles. In between your five-minute stretches of walking or running in place on your step deck. A simple, cheap and tiny object that lets you exercise aerobically in a few square feet. C'mon, sweat a little.
Slower Sunday: Still
April 10, 2011
Yosemite is one of those time-stood-still places. Like nothing much has changed since the glacier came and went. The national parks are the ticket. To time travel. This is not the modern world. Take a great walk close to home. Think about taking an awesome walk sometime soon.
Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding
Saturday April 09, 2011
Takes about 10 minutes of preparation. Takes another twenty minutes before your home begins to smell like chocolate bread pudding. Which I now believe is the way every home wants to smell. Making this is easy. Waiting for it to bake is tough.
Half Dome. Earth's coolest looking rock.
Friday April 08, 2011
Want to burn through 6,000 calories in a day? This is the day hike for you. Hike 16 miles, up 4,000 feet and back down? Still the hike for you. And if, after you hike the first 7.5 miles, you want to pull yourself up 900 feet of cables - this is your mountain.
Peanut Butter & Grape Bread
Thursday April 07, 2011
Not a joke. This is profoundly great bread. Without kneading dough. Really. No kneading. Just 30 seconds of stirring. Because sometimes you just feel like eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. When you're out hiking. Melts in your mouth, not your backpack.
Fresh Favas. Complete Protein Taco.
Wednesday April 06, 2011
Must be Spring. Fresh fava beans at the Farmers Market. They're bright green, they're tender, they're slightly sweet. And preparing them is really Slow. But I think it's worth it. At least once or twice a year. Great for Complete Protein Tacos.
Any-Temperature Farro Salad
Tuesday April 05, 2011
OK, here it is. A perfect way to get one of those perfectly healthy meals into your diet. A high-protein whole grain with lightly cooked vegetables. Make it in 15 minutes. Light, bright, satisfying meal with a big range of fresh flavors. Five dollars for two, plus leftovers.
Living Room Aerobics: Walking Push Ups
Monday April 04, 2011
Great for all your upper body and core muscles. In between your five-minute stretches of walking or running in place on your step deck. A simple, cheap and tiny object that lets you exercise aerobically in a few square feet. C'mon, sweat a little.
Written in stone
April 03, 2011
You have to admire the patience. This is real Slow writing. No shortcuts with this technology. You probably won't find any petroglyphs today. But you might find some time. To make something out of. Doesn't really matter if nobody else knows what it means. Might just mean a nice day.
Olive Oil-Lemon Cake
Saturday April 02, 2011
Hard to say if this is better for breakfast or for dessert. Depends if you want ice cream with it. Either way, it's a light, moist and refreshing cake. Very intense lemon flavor makes it vibrant. Olive oil keeps it moist and light. Ten minutes to prepare.
Breakthrough: Total Body Workout
Friday April 01, 2011
Burn calories before you eat 'em. Really. Sounds too good to be true? Well, just Press Play to watch this revolutionary Total Body Exercise.
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