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Slower Sunday: Soulful
October 30, 2011
You look into its eyes. Bright eyes. It's not alive. But it's not really what you'd call dead. Today's the day to carve your pumpkin. Very carefully. Press Play. Watch.
Pumpkin Chips. Trick or treat?
Saturday October 29, 2011
Definitely a treat. Light, crisp, delicious. Salty or sweet. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on them and they taste like pumpkin pie. The trick: make them with butternut squash. Works better than pumpkin.
The Walk That Ate the Pumpkin Capital
Friday October 28, 2011
You can walk through the town of Half Moon Bay, wander in pumpkin patches and stroll along a big stretch of beach. All in a two-hour walk. Or you can do the four-hour version, burn 1,200 calories and enter the pumpkin pie-eating contest.
Got pumpkin? Add soffrito.
Thursday October 27, 2011
50 cents per serving for a deeply flavorful, sweet and savory dish. Totally satisfying. Your daily Vitamin A requirement and a lot of Vitamin C for 30 calories. Serve it with polenta or farro and make a meal out of it.
Pumpkin Rescue: Roasted and Dressed
Wednesday October 26, 2011
Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Cranberries and Quinoa. Waste not, want not. Use all of that pumpkin. Two big servings for $4. Mustard-lemon dressing adds brightness and spice to the mellow sweet pumpkin.
Pepperoni Pumpkin Pie
Tuesday October 25, 2011
Sweet pumpkin with spicy sausage. A little bit of Romesco sauce for a huge range of deep flavors spreading across your tongue and making the pumpkin and pepperoni seem like old friends. Great on top of bubbling mozzarella. A great $2 pizza.
Naked Exercise #5: Crunches. Modified.
Monday October 24, 2011
Stripped down. No equipment. No exercise balls, no balance boards, no weights. Not just Better and Cheaper. Better and Free. Strengthen your abdominal muscles. Your lower back. Press Play.
Slower Sunday: 20 flights
October 23, 2011
This is my favorite stairway. If more stairways looked more like this, I'll bet a lot more of us would take the stairs. Take a minute. Take a look. Press Play.
Apple and Cheddar. Squared.
Saturday October 22, 2011
This time of year, it's hard to beat a sweet, crisp apple and a hunk of cheddar. Well, this Apple Cheddar Gratin beats it. If that sounds like something you shouldn't try to do at home by yourself, the sound's deceiving. Click. Tasting is believing.
The Walk That Ate The World
Friday October 21, 2011
Around the world in 80 blocks. 5.6 miles. Walk briskly between stops and burn 600 calories. While you sample great eats from dozens of countries and cultures. All in a half-day's Walk in Manhattan.
Quicker Cheaper Chicken Upgrade
Thursday October 20, 2011
Put a little garlic aioli into a chicken breast and, suddenly, the kind of dry white meat is juicy and intensely flavorful. Aromatic. Takes just two minutes and five cents worth of my 5-minute mayo.
Wednesday October 19, 2011
My candidate for best Fall vegetable dish. You'll love this even if you're not wild about cauliflower. Less than $2 for four servings of an unusually delicious dish that you'll make a hundred times if it you make it once.
Way Beyond Ketchup
Tuesday October 18, 2011
This homemade ketchup is so much Better than ketchup it's hard to think of it as ketchup. A hamburger couldn't imagine this in its wildest dreams. 18 cents for a tablespoon of revelation.
Naked Exercise #4: Push Up
Monday October 17, 2011
Stripped down. No equipment. No exercise balls, no balance boards, no weights. Not just Better and Cheaper. Better and Free. Strengthen your arms, shoulders, hands and wrists. Press Play.
Slower Sunday: Where in the world
October 16, 2011
Take a minute. To see what's around the bend. C'mon, it's Sunday. It's a minute. Just Press Play. Really nice way to start the day. Maybe you'll take a walk, too. One with a beautiful ending.
Apple-Spice Bread Pudding
Saturday October 15, 2011
Delicious. Luxurious. A party in your mouth. The perfect breakfast for a Slower Saturday or Sunday. Smells as great as it tastes. Turns you whole home into an aromatherapy clinic while it's in the oven. $2.75. Serves 8 - 12.
One Day. Three Summits. Peak Colors.
Friday October 14, 2011
From the Crawford Notch trailhead to the peaks of Mount Pierce, Mount Jackson and Mount Webster. And this week the Fall foliage is at its peak up there. Get going.
Red Alert: Beet Farrotto
Thursday October 13, 2011
A light, bright, satisfying meal with deep, intense flavor. Four dollars for two of you, plus leftovers. Tastes like Autumn. Earthy, sweet beets. Nutty farro, the high-protein ancient grain. Don't wait for the leaves to turn. Get your color now.
A tangle of collards
Wednesday October 12, 2011
If you've been avoiding this dark, leafy green, here's a flavorful, fragrant, easy 10-minute vegetable course with huge amounts of Vitamins A, C and K. And a very small amount of calories.
Naked Exercise #3: Hamstrung
Monday October 10, 2011
Stripped down. No equipment. No exercise balls, no balance boards, no weights. Not just Better and Cheaper. Better and Free. Strengthen your hamstrings, abs and back. Press Play.
Slower Sunday: in a vineyard
October 09, 2011
It's pretty great to find a walk where you're surrounded by these grape vines. Take a minute. Press Play. You'll see.
Stone Fruit Pizza Pie
Saturday October 08, 2011
Sounds like the ultimate solution for the age-old problem of the stoned munchies. But, really, I was just thinking about what to do with the season's last batch of peaches, plums and nectarines. This made a perfect brunch.
Lizard Head Trail to Blackface Mountain
Friday October 07, 2011
Sounds like one tough Wild West kind of adventure. But when you hit the trail, you're thinking, hey, this might be the best smelling hike in America. Wildflowers under the aspens and between the spicy spruces and minty firs. Whole new fragrance blends every ten steps.
A Week's Worth of Romesco
Thursday October 06, 2011
$2 for a batch of sauce that makes a week's worth of savory dishes, well, a lot more savory. 16 cents per tablespoon. That's enough to elevate a sandwich to greatness. Make the whole batch in less than 15 minutes.
Fall Fruit Ceviche. Tuna optional.
Wednesday October 05, 2011
Less than $1 per huge serving of the Fall harvest quickly transformed to a sweet and spicy salad. An intensely flavorful Way to lighten up a rich meal. Or to build a light, refreshing one.
The best sandwich of the month
Tuesday October 04, 2011
A spinach-feta omelet on challah toast dressed with romesco sauce is completely delicious. A meal-in-a-sandwich for ten minutes in the kitchen and less than two dollars.
Naked Exercise #2: Flying
Monday October 03, 2011
Stripped down. No equipment. No exercise balls, no balance boards, no weights. Not just Better and Cheaper. Better and Free. Look like Superman. Without the cape. Strengthen your lower back. Press Play.
Slower Sunday: A billion possibilities
October 02, 2011
The shimmer of light reflecting off water at a million different angles. Water splashing against rocks at a million different angles. All those different notes. All those different sparkles. I'm such a sucker for waterfalls.
Any time. Any day. Stuffed French Toast.
Saturday October 01, 2011
Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner. This is totally delicious. $1.50 for one. And one's a complete meal. The toast is soft and fluffy. The cheese is rich and slightly salty. The pears are caramelized and sweet. Try to eat Slowly.
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