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APRIL 2019: Flowers, Showers, Sprouts, Earth Day, Poetry…..

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

April is still chilly here, but this tree in spring in Florida makes me feel “Springy!” Photos of this unnamed tree were sent by my friend Coll who is down there for a few weeks. If you know the name of the tree, please email me: menupause.info@gmail.com.

April is National Poetry Month and I plan to post poetry every few days. I have two books by a local poet, Doris Ferleger, to start. I learned about her from a tai chi friend, Leah, who is her cousin.

 

Within National Poetry Month is National Library Week, so reviewing these two books (and maybe one more) covers both celebrations.

 

April is also the celebration of Earth Day, so I will be posting Earth Day, Every Day tidbits all month-long, as well as posting the names organizations that are working to help keep our planet healthy.

 

Concerning recipes, I am now focusing on Cooking by the Strings of Your Apron, that is, recipes with a great deal of flexibility that may not have specific amounts. I am using this apron logo to identify these recipes. Also, there will be an emphasis on organically grown foods.

I also want to do a posting on sprouts, as I do at least once each year. But this time I want to focus on sprouted beans, legumes, and grains. For example, I have found sprouted red rice in Mom’s Organic Foods. I also have a book called that has very interesting info on sprouted grains that people concerned about carbs will find helpful.

Both Easter and Passover come at the same time. Good Friday and the first night of Passover are actually on the same day! I hope to post some recipes that are particularly indicative of Spring.

 

Thanks again to my friend Coll for her photos of blooming trees in Florida, an early sign of what to expect in the Northeast this month…flowers and trees and bushes that add a sweet scent to the air.

HAPPY SPRING!

P.S. Sorry for the delay. I had planned this for April 1st, but forgot to schedule it, so it is a little late. I was back in State College Sun & Monday (April 1st) and this was our April Fool’s cold & snowy wake-up:

(I took this through the motel window, so there is a shadow over the hood.
It was freezing outside!)

Courage in the Kitchen: Spring into Action!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Spring signals change, so I purposely am posting this as my
“Spring Fling Thing.”


After 13 years of posting more than 350 recipes, I have started posting “Cooking by the Strings of Your Apron” recipes, because I believe that we all need the freedom to improvise more. What this means is that I may not have exact measurements and I may suggest substitute items.

What this also means is “courage in the kitchen,” that is, not being afraid to use an ingredient that is NOT in the recipe, either because you have the item handy or the one in my recipe is not on your “like” list and you need to swap it for something that is. (This is especially helpful for any food allergies.)

For example, I have previously posted “kitchari,” an Indian stew that I learned about from my first Ayurvedic health professional. It is basically made from yellow split mung beans and rice, with vegetables of your choosing. It’s a great dish for using whatever veggies you like. I usually add carrots for color and cauliflower for texture, but then I add whatever I have purchased that week in season– string beans, broccoli, dark greens, English peas, etc. And I often use barley or quinoa or wild rice instead of regular rice. Thus, each time I make, the dish is not exactly the same, but still tasty and not boring.

So, in the future, many of my recipes will give you different choices. Have the courage to make substitutions when you want to make the recipe, but not exactly as I have posted it, even with my additional choices. Use what YOU like. If you don’t like broccoli, try asparagus. If onions upset your stomach, try shallots which are milder. You are the cook; I just make suggestions.

I will use a picture of an apron for recipes that are in this category of “Cooking by the Strings of Your Apron.”

 

P.S. After I had already put this posting together, I was in a Pier 1 store and went in while my husband was next door at Best Buy. I spotted this pillow high up on the shelves with other pillows and thought it would make a nice photo for the first day of spring, which is today!

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