The Green Scene: March 2012

Green is the color of March for a couple of reasons. First, and most obvious, is that March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, so while the Valentines are still languishing on store shelves, green clovers are filling the bins to help us celebrate The Wearin’ O’ the Green. Seems like everyone is Irish on St. Pat’s Day!

However, I drew this green zentangle* drawing (above) for another reason. Spring is the beginning of green growth: new leaves on the trees, grass coming back, early flowers poking up their noses. (With our warm spell in the Northeast we have already had a peek at Spring.)

“Greenery” from last year’s visit to Longwood Gardens. I hope to go again in May & will take more fotos.

Thus, the clover leaf above is also my symbol of all things good to eat that are green, such as asparagus, kale, lettuce, broccoli, baby spinach, basil, and sprouts.

Therefore, the recipes for March will hopefully include something green somewhere & I will also emphasize again the importance of sprouting, with a tray of sprouted clover grass, whose seeds are soaking as I write this. I will also feature a new recipe I made using basil & artichoke hearts.


Here is the recipe I made from fresh basil and artichoke hearts, which I will post this month. Fresh basil is so much better than dried & now with the fresh plants in stores,you can skip the bottled version.

Here is a photo of my basil from last summer, although for the recipe this month, I am using the fresh basil from the food stores.

I have two books I plan to review for March:



One is called Hungrier for Health & is a gluten free companion to an earlier book I reviewed called Hungry for Health. It is written and published by Susan Silberstein, PhD, who started an organization 35 years ago called the Center for the Advancement of Cancer Education (CACE) after the untimely death of her young husband from cancer.








The other is by Victoria Boutenko, whose raw food books I have reviewed before.  This one has great step-by-step photos.








Recently, I had a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner, Dr. Joanna Carmichael. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian practice in which your body type is a large determinant of what foods, exercises, etc. are best for your body. I plan to interview her for Profiles and also to post Ayurvedic principles on Nobody Eats Like Me.


When I Googled Holidays in March, a calendar pooped up. Here are some of the highlights:

Friday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day to coincide with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. I used to love to read Dr. Seuss to my kids & I may even go to see The Lorax movie because it is all about trees and the environment.

Thursday, March 8th, is Purim, which is also International Women’s Day, so maybe I will profile Queen Esther from the Bible and how she saved her people. Still making plans for this day.

Friday, March 17th is, of course, saved for St. Patrick’s Day & I will look for my green scarf and green earrings. And finally, Daylight Savings Time is April 11th, quickly by the first day of Spring on the 2oth.

Almost forgot! March marks the 6th year of Menupause. My first posting was in March 2006. My husband asked me if I am running out of things to write about & I answered with a hearty N0! I have so many articles in my files that I have not even touched that I have to delete the older ones, and I am always trying more dishes. So if you continue to read, I will continue to post. As January of 2012, I had 85,000 hits, the highest number yet! So thanx for reading.



* Zentangle is a new (to me) art form in which the object is divided into parts and each part has a different design. While focusing on these repetitious patterns, you fall into what I call a zen zone, a form of art meditation. More on this when I receive a book on the topic. I learned about this when I went to an alumnae function last month.


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