Today and Every Day.
Escarole: Grown to Grill
Tuesday July 31, 2012
A smoky, firm, crisp, bittersweet grilled salad to serve alongside or on top of a burger, steak, chicken or fish. Less than two minutes on a charcoal grill or in a smoking' hot cast iron pan. A day's worth of Vitamin A, a half-day of Vitamin C and a good dose of calcium and iron.
Living Room Olympics: Running. In place.
Monday July 30, 2012
Your place. In front of the TV. Watching the Olympians run around in ovals. A nice 30-minute jog in 3 square feet. Actual aerobic exercise. No track, no field, no treadmill. Step on it.
Slower Sunday. But Steady.
July 29, 2012
The Triathlon's a killer. You swim a mile. You run 6. Everything in moderation. Like that study, about how you live longer if you run regularly. And how the slower runners, the joggers, live even longer than the fast runners. Slow but steady. Press Play. See the Way.
Apricot-Sugar Plum Tart. The Easy Way.
Saturday July 28, 2012
Concentrated sweetness from very ripe, barely cooked fruit. Flaky, buttery luxury-in-your-mouth from your leftover homemade pie crust. Your home smells like a very good bakery. Your tart cost 75 cents.
The Walk That Ate The London Games
Friday July 27, 2012
It's always been a great walking city. For the next two weeks, it's a great running, jumping, swimming and swinging city. On August 5 and 12, women and men will run the 26.2-mile marathon here. In a little over 2 hours. If we start today, we'll beat them all. Let the Walking & Eating Begin!
Spicy & Minty Summer Squash Soup
Thursday July 26, 2012
The air is hot. I'm cool. Because I just had a bowl of this deeply flavorful and totally refreshing chilled soup. It's light, but it's substantial. It packs a little heat, but it's cooling. Make a big batch and be cool for days.
Summer Risotto. Luscious Corn & Tomatoes
Wednesday July 25, 2012
For a summer day that's warm, not hot. For your corn and tomatoes when they, and you, want a little more than olive oil, salt and butter. Here's the dish that tastes exactly like summer. And feels like luxury in your mouth.
Tuesday July 24, 2012
Big fresh flavor. Light and refreshing. Impressively beautiful. A very cool dish for a very hot day. No cooking. Five minutes of slicing and dicing. In advance. Then just chill.
Living Room Olympics: No-Bike Cycling
Monday July 23, 2012
The good news: you're too late to qualify for the team. So let's pedal - without a bike. Race without a road. But with a lot of the exercise benefits of the real deal.
Slower Sunday: An Olympic Moment
July 22, 2012
If you had to make the choice, would you root for Michael Phelps or the tortoise? Think about that. Slowly. This is your training program for Olympics viewing. Press Play for inspiration.
Ripe Now: Tomatoes & Corn
Saturday July 21, 2012
This looks, smells and tastes more like Summer than anything I can think of. For a few weeks, this is the world's best reason to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the garden. Or the Farmers Market.
The Marathon That Ate History
Friday July 20, 2012
Could be an all-day 20-mile hike. Could be a 2-mile spin around the Acropolis. Or a 6-mile stroll to the Aegean Sea. Great street food. Whichever way you turn in Athens, this is a delicious Way to see the sights while you burn way more calories than you consume.
Summer Salad Pizza
Thursday July 19, 2012
A big salad posing as a pizza. A huge mound of exceptionally fresh, colorful, flash-baked radicchio, leek, sweet pepper and cucumber on a hot, fresh pizza crust. Another example of pizza crust as the perfect platform for almost everything fresh and tasty. Dinner for two for $2.
Tomato-Watermelon Ceviche. Cool.
Wednesday July 18, 2012
Savory, sweet and spicy. Not your grandma's fruit salad. Extremely flavorful, satisfying and light. Less than 50 calories - pretty good for weather that discourages exercise. Prepare it in advance and refrigerate. Keep your cool at mealtime.
Tuesday July 17, 2012
Less than $2 for a very big and elegant vegetable serving that could be a complete, light summer meal. Or an impressive vegetable partner for a small portion of grilled fish or chicken. Light but completely satisfying and flavorful.
Living Room Olympics: Gymnastic Balance
Monday July 16, 2012
The good news: you're too late to qualify for the team. The bad news: you could slip, trip or otherwise sprain an ankle or end up on your butt later today. So take a minute to consider three minutes a day of Balance Training. One leg at a time.
Slower Sunday: Beauty Treatment
July 15, 2012
For your eyes only. Not the lids. Not the lashes or the brows. Or the little wrinkles in the corners. Just your eyes. The windows to your soul. If they're really windows, they work both ways. So let this in. It must be good for your soul. It's beautiful.
Bastille Day Breakfast: French Toast
Saturday July 14, 2012
What's more French than French toast? This light, bright zero-sugar-but-nice-and-sweet strawberry-rhubarb glaze and puree is fantastic with the luxurious souffle-like toast. Less than a buck for a great little breakfast.
The Marathon That Ate Montreal
Friday July 13, 2012
Could be an all-day 26-mile walk. Or half that. Could be a 10,000-meter (6-mile) spin around Mont Royal. Whichever way you turn, this is a delicious way to see the sights while you burn way more calories than you consume.
Bok Choy. Roasted and vividly dressed.
Thursday July 12, 2012
Less than 50 cents for a big serving of a deeply and brightly flavored vegetable course that'll stand up to anything from the barbecue. Delivers more than a day's worth of vitamins A, C and K with less than 100 calories and a near-zero Glycemic Load.
The Rainbow Chard Blues. Again.
Wednesday July 11, 2012
We get beautiful rainbow chard in our CSA farm share. A lot of it. Bright green leaves. Stems that are bright red, yellow, orange and magenta. But Kathy sings the blues. This year, soffrito made the chard taste good even to a chard-resister.
Grilled Cheese & Salad Sandwich
Tuesday July 10, 2012
Less than $2 for a meal-in-a-sandwich. Deeply rich, slightly salty aged cheese. Zippy bright lemon. Slightly bitter and crunchy arugula. All pressed between rich, buttery toast. Walk it off in an hour. With a great taste in your mouth.
Living Room Olympics: No-Contact Boxing
Monday July 09, 2012
The good news: you're too late to qualify for the team. So let's box - without gloves. Without a ring. No opponent. But with a lot of the exercise benefits of the real deal.
Slower Sunday: Feeding and Breeding
July 08, 2012
It's not about the birds and the bees - it's about the bees and the flowers. This is a quiz. Press Play. What are you thinking about?
Pink Soda: A No-Alcohol Rose Substitute
Saturday July 07, 2012
What to drink with a summer dinner when you don't want alcohol. No red, pink or white wine. No beer. Just something cold and refreshing with a lot of good, interesting flavor. Something you sip slowly. A great pairing with fish or shellfish. Or veal or chicken. Even hot dogs. Cheers!
Showering in the Grand Canyon
Friday July 06, 2012
If you know it only from photos, you think of a vast panorama. One huge canyon a mile deep, eight miles wide and much, much longer. But when you hike down in, you discover hundreds of subcanyons. Each with its own attractions. Like a 150'-high shower.
Lettuce Sandwich. Size matters.
Thursday July 05, 2012
You barely notice a leaf or two stuck between tomato and bacon. But pile the lettuce high, dress it up right and you've got a big, fat lettuce sandwich that's light, refreshing, crunchy and luscious.
American Pie: The 4th of July Pizza
Wednesday July 04, 2012
Unfurl the red, white and blue. Toss your dough high. Pick you berries fresh. What's more American than pizza? You can start with burgers and dogs, but finish with this sweet, creamy fruit and cheese course on a very thin pizza crust.
Andrakla. You know, purslane.
Tuesday July 03, 2012
A crisp, crunchy, creamy, intensely-flavorful salad that's satisfying, refreshing, very low in calories and, more important, near-zero in Glycemic Load. Walk it off in 30 minutes.
Living Room Olympics: No-Weight Lifting
Monday July 02, 2012
The good news: you're too late to qualify for the team. The avoidable bad news: just sitting on the couch and watching. Don't Just Sit There. Move yours while you watch theirs. Here's a Way.
Slower Sunday: Virtual Aromatherapy
July 01, 2012
I wish you were here for the real thing, but this might be the next best thing. A little stimulus for your eyes to remind your brain and your nose. Press Play. Inhale.
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