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Memorial Day BBQ – BBQ Tri-tip on the Grill

 

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

With Memorial Day around the corner I wanted everyone to know about tri-tip, as promised in an early post.

Tri-tip is the best cut of meat to BBQ on the grill. It’s the most popular cut in the Central Coast of California and Central Valley regions of California to BBQ.

Tri-tip is a cut of meat from the bottom sirloin. It’s a small triangle muscle and there are only one per side of beef. Weight can be 1.5 lbs to 2.5 lbs each.

It’s best not to over season a tri-tip. Salt, pepper, garlic salt and granulated garlic is all you need to season this flavorful cut of meat. BBQ correctly, indirectly over medium heat, on the grill and the flavor is amazing. I prefer to BBQ as a roast (also known as a triangle roast), but you can also cut into one inch thick steaks and BBQ on the grill. Always allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving or serving.
 
 

 
 
Tri-tip roast (triangle roast) is a lean cut of meat and should not be overcooked. A tri-tip roast should be cooked to medium. A thermometer can be used to check for doneness. To some people this roast at medium may seem underdone. My advice would be to grill to medium, let rest and slice then grill slices to preferred doneness.

This cut of meat has become very popular for its full flavor, lower fat content, and comparatively lower cost. Some Costco’s and Sam Club’s around the country have started to carry it.

If you are unable to find it in any of your local stores ask a butcher for the cut. Make sure they are a member of the “North American Meat Processors Association” (NAMP).

Ask them for cut IMPS/NAMP 185C (with fat) or IMPS/NAMP 185D (without fat – This is the preferred cut).

All in all this is the best cut of meat for the grill. Find it, enjoy it and let me know what you thought.
 
 
 

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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

 

the fast diet cover
 
 
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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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
 
grown up grilled cheese

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 – National Fig Newton Day

 

Buy in bulk - .77 ea.

Buy in bulk – .77 ea.

Fig Newtons, a soft crumbly crust filled with a sweet fig paste. The texture different from any other cookie.

Fig rolls were first mass-produced in 1891 by a Philadelphia baker and fig-lover Charles Roser, who in 1892 patented a machine which inserted fig paste into a cake-like dough with a characteristic chewiness. Roser named his product “Newtons”, after the local town of Newton, Massachusetts.

The Fig Newton is a Nabisco trade-marked pastry filled with fig paste. Their unusual shape is a characteristic that has been adopted by many competitors, such as the generic fig bars sold by most supermarkets.”

Everyone knows homemade cookies are better than store bought, with one exception. The Fig Newton! It’s such a unique cookie in texture, flavor and shape and trying to copy it would be a mistake.

There are actually hundreds of different varieties of figs. They vary in color, shape and size. The most popular is the purple fig followed by the white fig. Fresh figs are in season from June to October. They can be found at many farmers markets and gourmet shops. The fresh figs are costly and hard to find, not all markets and shops carry them. Although figs that are dried; can be found in the grocery stores year round.

Figs are a delicate fruit. Once purchased, they should be rinsed under cold water and refrigerated. Fresh and ripened figs can be kept for two to three days before they start to bruise and spoil. If you purchased figs that are not quite ripe they can remain at room temperature until they mature. Each fig varies as to how long it takes to ripen. They should not be too firm to the touch and not too soft either when ripe.

Figs are very nutritious too. They are a fibrous fruit containing mostly insoluble fiber. This is actually good for the intestines to help the lower digestive tract do its job. Part of the fig fiber is also soluble and when this fiber interacts with the stomach’s digestive juices will slow down digestion of food and give you the feeling of being full longer.

These delicate blossoms are a good source of iron, vitamin B6, potassium and of course fiber. They are also known to regulate fat and cholesterol absorption while promoting a good balance of blood sugar.
 
 
 

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philosophy state of grace 3-piece luxury soap collection

 
Infused with the graceful scents, this state of grace soap trio was created for those who love lathering with bar soap–especially if it’s scented like a favorite fragrance. These glycerin-based bar soaps cleanse and condition skin, while aloe and chamomile extracts help calm and soothe. From philosophy.

Includes 3-oz amazing grace soap, 3-oz pure grace soap, and 3-oz baby grace soap

Amazing Grace Soap Set
Made in USA
 
 
 
 

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BACK IN STOCK FOR 1 MORE DAY – On the Hunt Cont. – 11 Inch USB-Powered Bladeless Cooling Fan

 

Back by popular demand for 1 more day. Ends Dec. 1 at 11:59 or until sold out.

11″ USB-Powered Bladeless Cooling Fan
No Blades, No Problem! It’s Magic!

11 inch bladeless fan on desk - Tanga
 
11 Inch USB-Powered Bladeless Cooling Fan
No Blades, No Problem! It’s Magic!

Original price: $49.99
Sale Price: $19.99


 
 
 
 
 

  • Color: White
  • Portable electric table desk fan
  • USB Powered (37 inch USB Cable Included)
  • Can be easily placed onto desk or office table
  • Safe: Without blades exposed no possibility to hurt people and pets by blade cutting
  • Smooth air: The bladeless fan uses an airfoil-shaped ramp to amplify the airflow to create a cool blast of smooth air without the unpleasant buffeting caused by spinning blades
  • Easy to clean: Simple bladeless design, very easy to clean
  • Energy-saving: consumes half the energy of a conventional fan
  • Dimensions: 6.8 × 5.1 × 10.7 inches
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October 29 – National Oatmeal Day

 

It’s National Oatmeal Day!

I don’t remember eating a lot of oatmeal as a kid. I don’t even eat a lot of oatmeal now. I know it’s healthy and I should. It’s filling and low in calories and makes the perfect breakfast or snack food, it’s also delicious baked in cookies.

The mascot for the Quaker Oats Company is The Quaker Man. He is the oldest advertising mascot in America. He was registered as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877. The character purposely embodies the values of the Quaker faith—honesty, integrity, and purity. Enjoy National Oatmeal Day and celebrate its history and tastiness!
 
 
 
 
 

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October 10 – National Stop Bullying Day

 

Today is National Stop Bullying Day.

October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. I found some resources to share with you and your children. Start talking to your children early about bullying.

When we think of bullying we typically think of children being bullied at school, but a friend reminded me you can also be bullied at work or because someone doesn’t agree with your life style or the color of your skin. The resources below I’m sure can be used in any situation. This has to stop!!

There are many forms of bullying these days.

They can range from:

– Verbal (name calling and teasing)
– Social (spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships)
– Physical (hitting, punching, shoving)
– Cyberbullying (Using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others)

There are early signs of bullying to look out for that can begin at a very early age. Start talking to your kids early about bullying.

Warning Signs of Bullying

Here are just a few warning signs of bullying.

– Changes in eating habits
– Trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams
– Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends
– Frequent headaches, stomachaches or feeling sick.
– Unexplained injuries
– Often feels like they’re not good enough
– Suddenly has fewer friends
– Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home

There are many helpful resources, but I believe the two below would be more beneficial then any of the others I came across.

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
stopbullying.gov

Facebook – National Bullying Prevention Month – Bullying is everyone’s issue, and when we’re united, the cause is strong. What will you do to help?

Twitter – Unite for National Bullying Prevention Month – How will you help?

We can’t forget to get the teacher’s involved, children spend the majority of their day in class rooms. The Department of Education and its Safe and Supportive Technical Assistance Center, created a free, state-of-the-art training for classroom teachers on bullying. The two-part training aims to help teachers know the best practices to stop bullying on the spot and how to stop it before it starts. The training toolkit consists of PowerPoints, trainer guides, handouts, and feedback forms that school districts, schools, and teachers can use free of charge. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers gave feedback on the modules and made suggestions on what teachers would find most useful.

Please feel free to comment with any other resources.
 
 
 
 

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