Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July! #GardenCuizine #IndependenceDay #July4th #4thofJuly #loveforall

Happy July 4th!

Harry got his work out this morning pushing Mom in her wheelchair to Moorestown NJ's Fourth of July Parade. She wore my wide brim blueberry festival garden hat, which worked well to keep the bright sun off her eyes.

The warm breeze felt good as we walked along the uneven brick walkway. We left the car parked on the outskirts of Main Street and walked past Trinity Episcopal Church to the parade route. We admired a few lovely gardens along the way on Main Street.

We didn't see anyone else in a wheelchair, but saw lots of baby strollers and wagons to pull small children. Many families dressed up in red, white and blue! The Muslims for Peace group got warm rounds of applause as they marched by holding a banner "love for all - hatred for none."
For those of you reading this who are worried about Mom, she is doing well since her surprising breast cancer diagnosis at age 86. She can walk without a wheelchair, but we would still be walking if we didn't use it today!

We had a good time. Hope you are enjoying your Independence Day too. Click here for a link to view more photos. Check back - I will be adding to the collection all week.

Happy July 4th!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

@sciencemarchPHL Philadelphia March for Science #marchforscience #sciencematters #ScienceMarch #noalternativefacts #factsmatter

Why March?
Philadelphia March for Science
Earth Day 2017

We woke up to a rainy, chilly morning. Attending the March for Science was a last minute decision for us. Social media played a part: it was encouraging to see the event supported by EatRightPro, Greenpeace, Harvard Public Health, Drexel, Rutgers and other respectable organizations

There were over 500 places to march; for us, Philadelphia was the closest. It was probably not the greatest idea to wait until the night before to log onto the website for information. The site was slow, but we were able to get the most important information: arrive at City Hall by 10:00 am. 

After breakfast, we took the Speedline (train) into town. I hadn't been to Philly for a while. Harry was there not too long ago.
Most of the people on the train were headed to the march. People sitting near us had homemade, creative signs. An older woman sitting opposite us was going with her children and grandchildren. Her sign read, "Without Science I Could Not Hear."

The Philadelphia March for Science began at City Hall promptly at 11:00 am, as planned. 
We slowly paraded down Market Street with a diverse group of people of all ages carrying signs that were interesting and informative to read. Some were serious, some were sassy, some were very creative; all had a personalized, Earth Day, scientific message to share. A few people wore lab coats. Pro-science fans lined the sides of the street displaying their signs too.

The rainy weather was not too bad until we made it to Penn's Landing; then it started to rain more steadily. The rain was tolerable and didn't deter the crowd, though. Thankfully, the March was peaceful, even when passing a lone individual proudly waving an extra large pro-Trump flag.

Why did we March for Science? 
We marched for us and for America's future. My entire family will depend on science to guide us in upcoming health decisions. We don't want to lose sight of the big picture either: our National Parks, our environment, our oceans and waters - Mother Earth; our hospitals, labs, science, research, food, health, nutrition, gardens and wildlife. Climate change is real.
Protecting what many people take for granted depends on strong US leadership and enforcement of protective healthcare and environmental policies and funding.  We Marched for Science to help send that message. 

We could not be silent. The March for Science continues for all. We are proud to have participated in chants of, "This is what Democracy Looks Like," which was heard across America.

Every Day is Earth Day!
Related Links
Signs from Other Cities 

Scientists take to streets to defend research

Blog post and photos Copyright(C)Wind. All rights reserved. Happy Anniversary Linda and Russell xo

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Seed starting for Summer harvest #GardenCuizine #NNM #NationalNutritionMonth #CSOWM

Veggie and Flower
Seed Starting 
for Summer Blooms 
and Harvest

National Nutrition Month, every March, is a great time to start growing veggies, herbs and flowers. Yesterday, we got some seeds started indoors, under grow lights, for our summer garden here in NJ USDA zone 7a. I'll post the germination time next to each plant as they germinate. It is not too late to start veggie, flower and herb seeds indoors for your garden too.

Typically I start seeds on St. Patty's Day, but this year I was side-tracked from the late season ice storm 'Stella' and studying for an exam to become a Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM). 

I am proud to be among the first healthcare professionals in the US to qualify to test for the new Academy of Nutrition interdisciplinary credential. I took the 3-hour exam Friday and won't know the results for 6 to 8 long weeks. 

In the meantime, I'm happy to fit in some gardening and much needed yard clean up. Last weekend, we hauled a lot of tree limbs to the curb. Harry had a chance to use a newly purchased chain saw. We still have a fallen pine to deal with. Planting seeds was good therapy in dealing with the sadness of so much storm damage.

Around Mother's Day, after danger of frost, we will plant seedlings that were started inside, outside. Some of our seedlings will be added to our veggie garden; some will go in flower beds, some will be traded with garden friends and some will go into pots on our porch. Here is what we have started indoors under grow lights:
  1. Black Krim heirloom tomatoes - germinated ?
  2. Goldberg's heirloom tomatoes - germinated 4/3
  3. large yellow heirloom tomatoes (not sure of ID) - germinated 4/3
  4. Leslie's French Petit Moineau heirloom tomatoes - germinated 4/3
  5. Zebra heirloom tomatoes - germinated 4/2
  6. large red cherry - germinated 4/2
  7. Pomodoro San Marzano (seeds from Italy) - germinated 4/2
  8. Chianti Rose heirloom tomatoes- germinated 4/4
  9. Chocolate Cherry heirloom tomatoes (love these!) - ? plant again
  10. large red heirloom tomatoes (not sure of ID) - germinated 4/3
  11. Jamaican Hot Chocolate peppers
  12. Chiltepin peppers (they are super HOT, 100,000 Scoville, pea-shaped) 
  13. Coronado hyssop (love the smell; hummingbird favorite!) - germinated 4/4
  14. Salvia viridis 'Marble Arch Rose' - germinated 4/1
  15. 'Fragrant Cloud' Nicotiana
  16.  Hollyhock single pink
  17. Cardinal flower vine - germinated 4/7
  18. Capers (another try from seeds from a special visit to Cape Cod in 2013)
  19. Salvia fariosasa 'blue salvia'
  20. 'Lady in Red' salvia (must have for hummers!)- poor germination, try again!
  21. Coral Nymph salvia - germinated 4/1
  22. large white salvia
  23. Nepeta tall pink (seeds from a Dave's Garden swap in 2010)
  24. Amsterdam Seasoning Celery
  25. Italian basil - poor germination 4/6
  26. Black poppy 2012 - germinated 4/2
Seeds started indoors 4/1/17
  1.  Korean Hyssop - germinated 4/14
  2. Mina Lobata Spanish Flag - germinated 4/18
Seeds started indoors 4/9/17 
  1. Chocolate Cherry heirloom - germinated ?
 More started indoors 4/14/17
  1. Leslie's French Currant Tomatoes Petit Moineau- germinated 4/20
  2. Lavendar Breadseed Poppies
  3. Purple Majesty Millet
  4. Mexican Sunflower - germinated 4/19
... replanted 4/16
  1. Lady in Red - germinated 4/20
Seeds direct sown in veggie garden 4/9/17
  1. Arugula! Rucola seeds from Italy 
Happy Gardening! Stop back for updates!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

#NationalNutritionMonth St. Patty's Cooking Class @InspiraHN enjoyed GREEN foods! #NNM #SaladinaJar

National Nutrition Month®
Cooking Class
Thanks to all who attended Inspira Health Network's National Nutrition Month® Cooking Class in Vineland, New Jersey today. The class focused on vegetarian green foods. 

It warmed my heart to chat with a woman who remembers my health food store and restaurant that was my pride and joy for over a decade! I really enjoy meeting people who remember The Garden - Garden of Eden.
Inspira's cooking class featured GREEN foods in celebration of National Nutrition Month® and St. Patrick's Day. Our menu included a Shamrock Salad featuring blanched asparagus, snap peas, snow peas, shelled edamame, chopped celery, fresh arugula and baby spinach. The Shamrock Salad Dressing was a blend of: garlic, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice and whole seed mustard.
Participants learned about nutrition and healthy cooking methods, such as blanching and steaming. Each person made their own Salad-in-a-Jar and tasted a variety of nutritious, green foods that included: steamed whole edamame pods with a green dressing made from avocado, spinach, olive oil, Greek yogurt, garlic, onion powder, lemon juice and salt and pepper. 

Diana Alvarado, RDN, CDE demonstrated how-to-make a green Salad-in-a-Jar. The technique is to start with the dressing on the bottom so the greens at the top remain fresh and crisp.

The dietitian also showed the class how to prepare healthy Shamrock Shakes using coconut milk, avocado, spinach, vanilla extract, fresh mint leaves, banana and ice.

It was interesting to learn more about Mason Jars and the history that began in Vineland NJ thanks to John Landis Mason in 1858!

Special thanks to Inspira dietetic interns who helped us present this NNM cooking class.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
Happy National Nutrition Month!
Related Links
Well Preserved Birth of the Mason Jar
John Landis Mason
Who Made that Mason Jar NY Times 

Blog post and photos Copyright (C)Wind. All rights reserved. National Nutrition Month® is a federally registered service mark of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.Used on GardenCuizine with permission.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today in Our Garden #winterstormStella damaging ice #frozencherryblossoms #GardenCuizine @BurlcoTimes

Today in Our Garden
Ice Storm Stella
I'd much rather be enjoying the Philadelphia Flower Show right now instead of watching ice topple branches from our pines and shrubs. We prepared for winter storm Stella, a predicted mid-Atlantic nor'easter, but instead of getting 8 to 12-inches of snow, we got much worse - damaging ice. 
Stella's ice has coated everything. Cherry blossoms and pussy willow blooms are completely encapsulated in ice. 
We even had the local Fire Department stop by earlier to remove huge, fallen white pine branches that had landed onto the road. The wrath of this storm may still not be over. Flurries are still falling, ice is not melting and I can hear the wind howling as I'm typing.
The white pines dropped more branches than I can ever remember. The sound of cracking and breaking branches could be heard in our yard and echoing throughout the neighborhood. 

When I strolled around the yard with my camera to survey the damages, I noticed one pine had completely uprooted and tipped over, laying alongside the veggie garden.
lots of pine cones on this uprooted pine tree
there is not supposed to be a tree along side this garden fence!
It is hard to believe that Spring is less than one week away from this cold, wind and ice.
Related Links
Winter Storm Update 
Helping Trees and Shrubs Recover from Snow and Ice
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grow Turmeric #GardenCuizine #kitchengarden #garden #NationalNutritionMonth #NNM

Grow Turmeric
in your Kitchen Garden

We love cooking with mild and spicy curry seasoning. Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in curry. Turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) tubers look similar to ginger. I bought some at Wholefoods quite some time ago with the intention of planting them to see if they would grow.

I placed the finger-like rhizomes on our plant rack until I could find the time to plant them in a pot. Time went by: they were forgotten. The turmeric sat on our plant rack exposed to light and air for several months. 

waiting for the turmeric to grow...
One day, as I was watering coleus cuttings, I noticed a smooth green stem emerging from the wrinkled, old turmeric rhizomes (see above photo). It was a bud! The turmeric was alive and calling me to plant it asap.

The shriveled turmeric rhizomes got planted a few weeks ago. After a good watering and nourishment from the soil, guess what? Our turmeric is growing! A strong green stem is about a half-inch tall already and growing up towards the grow lights.

Ginger and Turmeric like to be shallow planted. I barely covered the rhizomes with soil - they seem to be growing just fine so far.

Ground turmeric (Indian Saffron) adds natural yellow color to foods and may provide some health benefits as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Related Links
About Curcumin
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Make Ahead Meatballs #NationalNutritionMonth #familymeals #planahead #cookathome @kidseatright

Make Ahead Meatballs
Make a batch of Italian meatballs when you have the time and freeze for use in budget-friendly family meals later in the week. Happy National Nutrition Month!

1 lb. lean, grass fed, ground beef
1 egg
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh Parsley (or Cilantro), chopped

1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon Cracker Meal
1 clove garlic, minced
several twists (~8) fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Olive oil for cooking

Putting it all together
Combine all ingredients adding water last. Roll into balls and put on plate until ready to cook. Heat oil in skillet. Add meatballs in batches. Cook turning to brown all sides. Do not overcook. Remove and drain on paper towels. When cool, portion into baggies. Label with date and freeze until ready to use.

Enjoy with homemade pasta sauce!

Blog post and recipe Copyright (C)Wind. All rights reserved. National Nutrition Month® is a federally registered service mark of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.Used on GardenCuizine with permission.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Edamame Dill Cous Cous #wholegrain #healthysidedish #GardenCuizine #recipe #NNM

Edamame Dill Cous Cous
whole grain 
serves 6
1 cup water
1 cup Edamame
1/2 cup Whole wheat Cous Cous
1/4 cup fresh Dill* chopped
1/4 cup Onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons (Tbl sp) olive oil
1 Tbl sp Garlic, minced or freeze-dried
pinch salt and pepper
Putting it all together
In a quart pot, saute onion in olive oil. Add garlic and dill, stir. Add water and edamame and bring to boil. Stir in cous cous. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit covered until liquid is absorbed. Serve when ready. Can be easily reheated in microwave.
Great as a side dish during National Nutrition Month®! Serve with additional lean protein such as tofu, salmon, chicken or fish. And, don't forget to add non-starchy vegetables to your meal; such as, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, bok choy or salad. 

We made this last night for dinner with stir fried tofu and broccoli to keep it vegetarian.

*GardenCuizine Kitchen Tip: Rinse fresh dill and shake off excess water. Store in an airtight plastic baggie in the freezer. You will always have dill when you need it!

Blog post and photos Copyright (C)Wind. All rights reserved. National Nutrition Month® is a federally registered service mark of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.Used on GardenCuizine with permission.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy National Nutrition Month! #NNM #FamilyMeals Eat More Fruits and Vegetables @Fruits_Veggies #GardenCuizine

2017 NNM display board by dietetic intern at Inspira Health Network
Happy National
Nutrition Month®!
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends one way to celebrate National Nutrition Month® is to commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable each week as a family. Don't you think that's a great idea? 

Let us know what you try. My family just tried cactus for the first time and even mom enjoyed it!

Related Links
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Ideas to Get Involved in National Nutrition Month®
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Low Carb Cactus Salad #GardenCuizine #Nopales @EatRight #diabetes #prediabetes #preventdisease

Low Carb
Cactus (Nopales) Salad
with Cilantro-Lime dressing

Nopales (Nopalitos - chopped, cooked cactus pads) provides dietary fiber along with antioxidants and lots of other healthy nutrients. Prickly Pear Cactus has even been shown to lower blood glucose in people who are diabetic, which I find very interesting since I work with adults and kids with pre-diabetes and diabetes. 

We cooked cactus for the first time on Super Bowl Sunday for use in this simple Mexican salad. The salad tasted so good it didn't last long in our house. Leftover salad was enjoyed wrapped up in warm corn tortillas for lunch the next day.

Have you ever tried it? I wondered what cactus would taste like. After reading posts that cactus tasted similar to green beans, I wasn't sure I'd like it. I'm not a big green bean fan. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. Nopalitos didn't really have a distinct flavor; the texture was tender-crisp, similar to asparagus. 

This recipe was inspired from a Tender Cactus Salad recipe posted online from McCormick. The recipe does not call for avocado, but some people I've spoken with tell me that they make their cactus salad with avocado in it. 

The Mexican market where we found Nopales was sold out of Mexican oregano, so I made it without oregano; it tasted good. I imagine it would be even better with the traditional herb. I didn't substitute Italian oregano because Mexican oregano is not the same. 

We've grown Italian oregano for years; now, I look forward to growing Mexican oregano

When you try Prickly Pear Cactus, let us know how you liked it and how you prepared it. Here is my recipe:
Serves 6
1 1/2 cups cooked Nopales (2 Prickly Pear Cactus pads)
3/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1 cup crumbled Queso Fresco* Mexican cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1/8 teaspoon (tsp) salt
pinch fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp Mexican Oregano

Putting it all together
Cook Nopales: refer to below link on how to prepare cactus for cooking: slice prepared cactus pads. Add to soup pot and fill with water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook 25 minutes. Drain, saving cactus (juice) liquid for other recipes.

Combine cooled cooked cactus and remaining ingredients. Let sit room temperature before serving for flavors to blend. Stir a few times before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

* Queso Fresco is an unaged mild cheese that can be found in a Mexican market.  
Excellent Source: Vitamin C* 
Good Source: Protein and Calcium

GardenCuizine Prickly Pear Salad Nutrition Facts: this information is based on the only USDA Nutrient Data for Cactus Pears. *The green cactus paddles may not be as high in vitamin C as the pear buds.
1/6 of recipe (107 g): 84 calories, total fat 5g, saturated fat 3g, trans fat 0, cholesterol 11mg, Sodium 210mg (9% DV), total Carbohydrate 6g, dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), sugar 1g, Protein 5g, Vitamin C ~12.9mg (~22% DV), Calcium 135mg (13% DV), Magnesium ~36.8mg (~9% DV)

Related Links
Preparing Nopales
Oregano: Mediterranean and Mexican
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