04 Oct 2016
in food, health, Salads, Side dishes
Tags: avoiding sugar, carrots, nutrition, tomatoes
Turn carrots into a delicious, make-ahead party salad.
Pot luck party time
“What are you bringing to the pot luck picnic tomorrow, Vinny?”
Vinny looked at his super slim and very athletic friend. “Think I’ll bring a crunchy curried cauliflower salad, Val. It’s easy. I took it to a party on the weekend and it was a hit. I just added curly lettuce leaves and my own cabbage slaw to Farm Boy’s offering and I was done.”
“Crunchy?” asked Val. “Does that mean uncooked?”
“Why, yes,” said Vinny.
“Guess I won’t be eating any, then.” Val smiled.
“Oops, I forgot! You can’t eat uncooked fiber! Sorry!” said Vinny.
“No problem,” said Val. “There will be plenty of other things there I can eat.”
But Vinny loves a challenge and began to think how he could turn his salad into something his friend Val could eat too. Easy, he thought. Cooked carrots. Just peel, slice, and add a dressing. More
18 May 2016
in food, health, Main dishes, recipes, Soups
Tags: beans, carrots, chick peas, chicken, lentils, Moroccan, oranges, pulses, soup, spices, stew, sweet potatoes
Vinny’s summer vacation
Summer is in the air and Vinny and I are heading for the great outdoors. That means you won’t likely be hearing from us here again till September rolls around.
We leave you with a one-pot dinner idea that you can make for a crowd over the summer. More
17 Mar 2015
in food, recipes, Salads
Tags: apples, carbohydrates, carrots, kohlrabi, mandolin slicer, nutrition, vinaigrette
Kohlrabi – Huh? My picky eater surprised me the other day. Will’s vegetarian school buddy had given him a taste of this odd veggie and it turned out to be a hit! I had to look it up. More
20 Jan 2015
in food, recipes, Salads, Side dishes
Tags: carrots, coconut, family, pineapples, presentation
Remembering Adela – the hostess with the mostest! 1963
Vinny’s Grandma Adela loved a dramatic presentation. She had inherited her own dad’s artistic temperament. Great granddad William Enge was a master woodworker, making violins as well as decorative furniture. He played the violin so beautifully, his music made a woman 20 years his junior fall in love with him.
Adela too had musical ability, singing in the choir at church, as well as for the Ottawa Opera Company. Like him, she had an eye for color and fashion, designing and sewing her own clothes and much of the clothing for her family. She also built or refinished many pieces of furniture for her home, following in her dad’s footsteps. Knitting, sewing, carpentry, painting—nothing was too difficult for her to try her hand at.
But Adela was at her best in the kitchen. She kept an extensive recipe collection. And, like an early Martha Stewart, Adela was known to set an elegant table. More
16 Sep 2014
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: carrots, eyes, fiber, fruit, grapes, Greek yogurt, heart, vegetables, vitamin K
A duck walked up to a lemonade stand. And he said to the man
running the stand… “Hey…. Got any grapes?”
The man said, “No, we just sell lemonade. It’s cold and it’s fresh and it’s all home made. Can I get you a glass?” The duck said, “I’ll pass.” (waddle waddle waddle)
I feel just like that persistent little duckie in Bryant Oden’s wickedly humorous song who wouldn’t give up until he found some grapes.
Unlike the duck, when I find grapes I know just what I’ll do with them. More
07 May 2013
in food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Soups
Tags: carrots, family, gourmet, liquor, Mothers Day, mushrooms, nutrition, presentation, sherry, shiitake, spinach, stock
Mom’s shitake mushroom and spinach soup
Boost your soup’s healing power, flavor, and presentation
Turn your Cinderella leftovers into a healing soup stock fit for a princess. Here are a few magical ways to take my basic recipe for garbage soup and boost the healing power of your bone broths.
05 Feb 2013
in food, health, Main dishes, recipes
Tags: antioxidants, balanced meals, carrots, chicken, family, oranges, protein
Take heart, boys and girls. The first meal in my 17-day-diet series is not a salad. Instead, it tells the tale of how the bland and boring Miss Chicken found her style.
We wanted her a little bolder. A little edgier. We also wanted her to have the power to keep you healthy. To do all that we partnered her with the color orange! More
11 Sep 2012
in food, health, recipes, science, Soups, stories
Tags: aging, antioxidants, carrots, color, fats, fruit, immunity, nutrition, nuts, seeds, squash, tomatoes, vegetables
A scoop o’ colorful puréed veggie soup helps the antioxidants go down.
Among scientists she goes by the name of antioxidant. But Vinny’s friends know her as Auntie Oxidant. By either name, she is a kid’s best friend. She is a powerful protector from degenerative disease. This fighter disarms invaders called free radicals, bent on destroying our cells. More
04 Apr 2012
in food, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: British, Brussels sprouts, bubble and squeak, cabbage, carbohydrates, carrots, children, left overs, nutrition, potatoes, rumbledethumps, traditions, vegetables
Rumbledethumps, without its coat of grated cheese (so you can properly see the filling).
British kids like Harry and Hermione find foods with the strangest names on their school menus. Which of these dishes isn’t like the others… Is it Bubble and Squeak? Rumbledethumps? Hash? Or Spotted Dick? Here’s a hint: Think potatoes. More