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March 24 – Homemade Banana Ice Cream

 

I was asked to re-post this by a family member. They love Banana Ice Cream and these are healthy and easy ways to make it. Adding walnuts and chocolate would be a great addition.


 

Not all of us have ice cream makers. However, you can make Banana Ice Cream at home without an ice cream maker. Follow the video below. We’ve tried it and it’s delicious.


 
 

For all you vegans out there I haven’t forgotten about you, this one is our favorite. Check out this video.


 

 
 
 
 
 

Photo property of Amazon.com


 
 
 

Deni 5540 Automatic Soft-Serve Ice-Cream Maker

by: Deni


 
 

Amazon Price: $50.97 (price subject to change)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
Legends and Myths of Ices & Ice Cream (www.whatscookingamerica.net)
 
 
 
 

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World Salt Awareness Week

 

This week is “World Salt Awareness Week”


 
World Salt Awareness Week“World Salt Awareness Week” is held from Monday March 11th to Sunday 17th March. This year’s theme is Less Salt Please, showing how you can reduce the salt in your diet without compromising taste and flavour. For more information visit World Action on Salt website.

When it comes to awareness about salt (sodium) consumption, most of us know that consuming too much salt can hurt our health. “Too much sodium raises blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” says CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden

But for many people, the awareness stops there; they don’t realize where most of the salt they take in is coming from. Is it the salt shaker on the table or by the stove? Is it the salt that naturally occurs in foods? These are indeed the source of some of the salt Americans consume, but the greatest amount—about 65 percent–comes from packaged foods and restaurant items.

According to the CDC, 10 types of foods are responsible for more than 40 percent of people’s sodium intake: luncheon meats such as deli ham or turkey; pizza; poultry; soups; cheeseburgers and other sandwiches; pasta dishes; meat dishes such as meat loaf; and snack foods such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn; and breads and rolls, which in themselves are not too high in sodium until you consider the amount that we typically eat of these products.[1]

You can lower your sodium intake by eating fresh, unprocessed foods, and reading product labels to select those lower in sodium. Talk to your healthcare provider about your sodium consumption. To learn more, visit cdc.gov/salt [2]
 
 
 
 
 
Source:

[1] March 11- 17 is World Salt Awareness Week 2013 rosecrest.org Copyright © IlluminAge AgeWise, 2013
[2] Salt Awareness Week 2013 heinzsight.com.au
 
 
 

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The FastDiet

 

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The “fast diet”, does it work? Is it possible to eat normally for five days a week then fast, not in the traditional sense, for two days and become slimmer and healthier as a result? Will this diet really reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer?
 
 
 
 
Well if you believe the studies than the simple answer is Yes. Just by limiting your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week, 500 calories for women and 600 for men, you’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with the FastDiet.
 
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Scientific trials of intermittent fasters have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off, but also reduce your risk of a range of diseases from diabetes to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. “The scientific evidence is strong that intermittent fasting can improve health,” says Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging, and Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University.

This book brings together the results of new, groundbreaking research to create a dietary program that can be incorporated into your busy daily life, featuring:

• Forty 500 and 600 calorie meals that are quick and easy to make

• 8 pages of photos that show you what a typical “fasting meal” looks like

• The cutting-edge science behind the program

• A calorie counter that makes dieting easy

• And much more.

Far from being just another fad, the FastDiet is a radical new way of thinking about food, a lifestyle choice that could transform your health. This is your indispensable guide to simple and effective weight loss, without fuss or the need to endlessly deprive yourself.


 
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The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting [Hardcover]

by: Michael Mosley (Author), Mimi Spencer (Author)

Amazon Price: $13.20
Kindle Edition: $10.99


 
 
 
 

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February 23 – National Banana Bread Day

 

Banana Bread Day, Sweet!!!


 
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Go bananas over this sweet, sweet bread because today is National Banana Bread Day! There’s no better way to celebrate “National Banana Bread Day” than by baking a quick loaf. Celebrate with others around the nation with this delicious baked good.

Banana bread is a sweet, cakelike bread which contains mashed bananas. Banana bread is a quick bread which typically uses baking soda as the leavening agent instead of yeast. Rather than dough, the bread is baked from a thick batter, which does not require kneading.

Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s (and appears in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook). The first banana bread recipe was thought to have been created by William Swanson. The home baking revival of the 1960s and the simplicity of its recipe led to an explosion in banana bread’s popularity. The cookbooks of the 1960s added to its popularity because they commonly listed multiple variations of bread that added fruits and nuts.

Banana bread is very popular at bake sales and has become one of the most common items for sale for breakfast in cafés in Australia but the loaf is often less dense than in North America.
 
 
 

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February 9 – Pizza Pie Day

 

Today is Pizza Pie Day


 
Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza - Pepperoni PizzaIt’s Pizza Pie Day and the obvious way to celebrate would be to order a pizza or bake one of your favorites.

I had a taste of three different kinds homemade pizza on Super Bowl Sunday and they were all fabulous. So today I think everyone should celebrate by making their own pizza. It’s not hard just time consuming, but so worth it. You can get pizza dough at Trader Joe’s or try your regular grocery store.

I’ve found some recipes for you. From a Pepperoni Pizza to a Mu Shu Pork Pizza, click through to find a pizza that will tickle your taste buds.

Make it a family night! Have fun.
 
 
 

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January 22 – National Blonde Brownie Day

 

National Blonde Brownie Day


 
 
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If you’re looking for something to do today take a walk on the wild side and munch on some blonde brownies.
 
So since blonde brownies aren’t the “normal” brownie we all know and love, they get their own holiday and that’s today!
 
 
This light-colored treat was actually invented in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and there’s a reason why they’re so light. Normally cocoa is added to give a brownie it’s dark brown color and familiar taste, but there is no cocoa in blonde brownies. They contain a good amount of alternate sweetness instead, brown sugar! So these brownies should still satisfy your sweet tooth.
 
 

Blonde Brownie recipe

-Author Unknown

 
 
These brownies also contain baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, salt, butter, flour, eggs, vanilla and whatever else you’d like to add. Most people like to add white chocolate or chocolate chips to their blonde brownies as well as nuts, toffee and coconut. You can get really creative with these brownies.
 
 
 

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January 21 – New England Clam Chowder Day

 

New England Clam Chowder Day


 
new-england-clam-chowder-3-550Clam chowder is any of several chowders containing clams and broth. Along with the clams, diced potato is common, as are onions, which are occasionally sauteed in the drippings from salt pork or bacon. Celery is frequently used. Other vegetables are uncommon, but small carrot strips might occasionally be added, primarily for color. A garnish of parsley serves the same purpose. Bay leaves are also sometimes used as a garnish and flavoring. It is believed that clams were added to chowder because of their relative ease to collect.

Clam chowder is often served in restaurants on Fridays in order to provide a seafood option for those who abstain from meat every Friday, which used to be a requirement for Catholics before liturgical changes in Vatican II. Though the period of strict abstinence from meat on Fridays was reduced to Lent, the year-round tradition of serving clam chowder on Fridays remains.
 
 
New England clam chowder

Traditional New England clam chowder is thickened with oyster crackers, instead of flour.

New England clam chowder is a milk or cream-based chowder, commonly made with potatoes, onion, and clams. Including tomatoes is shunned; a 1939 bill making tomatoes in clam chowder illegal was introduced in the Maine legislature. It is occasionally referred to as Boston Clam Chowder in the Midwest.

New England clam chowder is usually accompanied with oyster crackers. Crown Pilot Crackers were a popular brand of cracker to accompany chowder, until the product was discontinued in 2008. Crackers may be crushed and mixed into the soup for thickener, or used as a garnish.

Chowders originated in fishing villages on the coast of France in the 16th century. Back then any kind of fish chowder was considered a poor man’s dish. Most recipes called for salt pork and biscuits, which were both part of a standard sailor’s ration. Today, we’ve substituted the biscuits (also known as hardtack) for salty crackers!

There are many different varieties of clam chowder including New England, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Down East, and Outer Banks. New England clam chowder is made with milk or cream, and the use of tomatoes is frowned upon. In fact, in 1939 the state of Maine made it illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder!

Celebrate this great culinary tradition and enjoy a bowl of delicious chowder in honor of New England Clam Chowder Day!
 
 
 
 

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January 20 – National Cheese Lover’s Day

 

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!


 
Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! How will you pay homage to the fromage?

Think of all the things you like to do with cheese: Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese. Cheesy potatoes. Cheesecake. With over 900 varieties and seemingly endless possibilities, there’s no wonder it rates its own special day.

A day of celebration for those who “Hanker fer a Hunk o’ Cheese. This brought back memories so I just had to post it.

The Origin of Cheese

Cheese is believed to be one of the oldest processed foods. There is evidence that it has been around nearly as long as humans have been domesticating milk-producing animals like cows and goats. Some of the earliest records of cheese originated with the Sumerians, who recorded cheese making and consuming around the time they invented written language, around 3,500 B.C. The secret is to separate the protein called casein from the milk, transform it into the solid form called curd, and separate it from the liquids, called whey. In fact, Little Miss Muffet’s favorite dish is a basic form of cottage cheese that still has some whey in it.

The Romans believed that cheese making could also be an art form and experimented with the process by adding herbs, spices and vegetable extracts. Later on, monasteries took on most of the cheese-making duties and many of today’s popular cheeses were developed by monks. The cheese-making process migrated to the United States, where the first recorded dedicated cheese making factory was opened in the mid-19th century.

Since we can’t have the day off, we’ll have to find other means to celebrate.

A small handful of suggestions…
 
Baked Fontina
 
A beer and gruyere skillet fondue

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Italian Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, rind removed and 1-inch-diced
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 crusty French baguette
 
 
 
 
Directions

Preheat the broiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.

Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast-iron pan. Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown.

Serve the baked Fontina family-style-right out of the oven in the cast-iron pan with crusty chunks of bread for everyone to dip.

 
Healthy Grilled Cheese
 
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Ingredients
 
2 pieces of a hearty whole wheat bread
1/2 small avocado, sliced
7 small peppadews (tomatos can be substituted)
3 tbsp of crumbled goat cheese
2 to 3 oz. of low sodium oven roasted turkey breast (thinly sliced)
Cooking oil spray
 
 

Directions
 
Sprinkle half the goat cheese onto each slice of bread.

On one piece of bread pack on your avocado and on the other put the turkey. You’ll want to press the avocado and turkey into the goat cheese so it sticks together.

You don’t put the pieces of bread together! Instead you spray your skillet with some cooking oil and turn the heat up to medium high.

After it’s heated, put both halves into the pan and rub them around in the cooking spray so it coats the bread evenly.

After about 3 minutes the bread should look toasty and golden. At this point you’ll want to take the halves off the stove and break apart the peppadews and lay them on top of the avocado. If you’ve never had a peppadew, you’re in for a treat.

Now you’ll have all your ingredients on the bread, pick up the side with the turkey and turn over on the avocado/peppadew side. The turkey will stick to the goat cheese so it won’t fall off!
 
 
And last but not least, have some friends over to celebrate “National Cheese Lovers Day”
 
a wine chocolate and cheese party

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January 16 – International Hot & Spicy Food Day

 
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Could you use a little more spice in their life? Well today is “International Hot & Spicy Food Day”. Eating spicy food actually has excellent health benefits.

Celebrate “International Hot and Spicy Food Day” by adding a few peppers and hot sauce to your food.
Use the Chile Pepper Cheat sheet to make sure you can handle the heat in any recipe.
 
 
 
 
CHILE PEPPER CHEAT SHEET

Chili pepper
Pick Your Pepper
 
 
 
 
The Scoville scale measures a chile’s heat. We’ve rated the perfect peppers from mild poblanos to hot habaneros.

Check out these Hot & Spicy recipes
 
 
 
 

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January 12 – National Glazed Donut Day

 

Today is National Glazed Donut Day!


 
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While no one really knows when donuts were invented or who invented them. Doughnuts were originally made as a long twist of dough, not in the ring form that is most common these days. It was also common in England for donuts to be made in a ball shape and injected with Jam after they were cooked, this is still very common in England. The ring donut common to America just seemed to appear, but an American, Hansen Gregory, claimed to have invented it in 1847 when he was traveling on a steam boat. He was not satisfied with the texture of the center of the donut so he pressed a hole in the center with the ship’s pepper box.

• Doughnut vs. Donut? There has been much debate among experts as to whether “doughnut” or “donut” is the proper spelling. “Doughnut” is actually proper, but “donut” is acceptable. If you look in older dictionaries, you’ll only find “doughnut.” However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary now lists “donut” as a variant of “doughnut.” Either way you spell it, they’re still delicious!

• The first Friday in June is designated as National Doughnut Day.

• In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.

• Per capita, Canada has more donut shops than any other country.

• Adolph Levitt invented the first donut machine in 1920.

• The US donut industry is worth 3.6 billion dollars.

 
 
 
 

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