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A Visit to Walnut Way

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By Your Board October 30, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, I had the pleasure of attending Harvest Day at Walnut Way, on 17th and North Avenue.  The entire 2200 block of N. 17th Street was blocked off for the celebration, with a large sound truck on the north end, providing a stage and sound system for talk and music.

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Judy Mayer

Orange-Glazed Squash

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer October 29, 2012

There are many reasons to love winter squash. It has a delicious, creamy taste – it’s orange (my favorite color) and it’s a nutritional powerhouse.  It also brings to mind autumn love and the warm memories of raking leaves with my children years ago. I think I used to purchase frozen squash in those days and even that was a treat shared by my family.

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Judy Mayer

Relish the Last of Summer's Harvest

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer October 8, 2012

This time of year always brings to mind my sweet Norwegian grandmother, Helen. Grandma would use the last of the ripening tomatoes and red peppers to make her famous Indian Relish – not famous to anyone else but very famous and special to her family.

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Malcolm Woods

Pass the Patchouli: I'm Going to the Garden with the Hippies

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 10, 2012

 

The president of the Wisconsin Technology Council felt a need to weigh in on the issue of organic foods in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, taking a shot at hippie gardeners and even your local co-op at the same time.

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Malcolm Woods

Plenty of Reasons to Stick With Organic

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 5, 2012

Give up organic?

 

I’m sure some people will think about that today, after hearing about a new study that found little evidence that organic food is any better for you than conventional food. Apple for apple and zucchini for zucchini, organic is often more expensive, after all.  No doubt, some folk will opt for cheaper conventional, but I’m betting the booming growth in the organic industry will continue.

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Judy Mayer

A Cool Salad To Help Prolong Summer

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer September 5, 2012

Summer is nearing an end. Labor Day and back to school sales are signs that fall is on its way. All too soon your grill will be mounded with snow and ice. But September can have its share of warm, sunny days, just perfect for cool meals on the patio.

 

Today’s recipe is suitable for any time of year but it’s really a nice crisp addition to a lovely summer meal and it takes advantage of the great local peppers in our stores now. Leftovers are great and be saved for up to 4 days – if it lasts that long.

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Judy Mayer

This Vegetarian Taco Salad is DASHing

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer August 16, 2012

 

I just finished writing a presentation recommending the DASH Diet (dietary approach to stop hypertension). I’ve mentioned it before in one of my blogs, as it was rated the best diet overall this last spring by the US News & World Report. I’m still excited about that.

 

There’s a long history behind the DASH – over 20 years! Two studies have shown that the DASH significantly lowers blood pressure.

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Malcolm Woods

The Slow Fight Against GMOs

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods August 7, 2012

 

Do the foods you eat contain GMOs?

 

GMOs are genetically modified organisms, plants and animals that have undergone alterations to their original genetic material at the cellular level.

 

First experimented with in the mid-1970s, genetic engineering has rapidly grown in sophistication and frequency. Early experiments revolved around methods to make plants less susceptible to frost, but researchers soon moved onto transgenic engineering, in which genetic material from different species are combined into one organism. 

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Your Board

Is Wheat Dangerous? Book Makes Compelling Argument

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By Your Board July 20, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to read a very interesting book on a possible cause of the obesity facing us today, “Wheat Belly,” by William Davis, MD. It is alleged by Dr. Davis that wheat is a primary underlying cause of much of our obesity as well as a myriad of other health issues plaguing us today. More precisely, it is a complex carbohydrate, Amylopectin A, that is the culprit that causes higher spikes in blood sugar than a candy bar, ice cream or even table sugar itself.

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Judy Mayer

Bulgur Bulks up These Burgers

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer July 12, 2012

 

Are you familiar with bulgur? If I mentioned tabouli you might say yes. Tabouli is a very healthy Lebanese salad recipe filled with parsley, mint, tomatoes, onions, a light vinaigrette dressing and bulgur wheat.

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Judy Mayer

A Healthy Burger Alternative

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer July 2, 2012

 

It’s Fourth of July week and thoughts go to burgers and brats on the grill.  Here’s a great alternative if you’d rather enjoy a great high-protein, vegetarian alternative.

A thick chunk of marinated and grilled tofu can make a satisfying veggie burger, an entrée to accompany a stir fry or the “steak” to go with the potato salad and baked beans.

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Judy Mayer

This Lebanese Salad a Meal in Itself

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer June 12, 2012

 

I’m a big fan of the Mediterranean Diet. Next to the DASH (dietary approach to stop hypertension) it’s one of my favorites. The Mediterranean Diet also received a “best” rating from an expert panel convened by the U.S. News & World Report in 2011.  That’s pretty cool! However, it’s not really a diet. It’s a lifestyle – there is no one factor to pinpoint its health benefits – it’s the whole diet and lifestyle surrounding it that are responsible for its success.

 

This recipe is a classic example of what you might find for lunch or dinner in a Grecian kitchen.

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Paul Sloth

Lessons from a farmer

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth June 6, 2012

Altfrid Krusenbaum watches the skies from his farm in rural Walworth County and crosses his fingers. His family’s livelihood depends on the weather. As a dairy farmer, Altfrid monitors the weather because his herd of 153 cows depends on him. He in turn, depends on them. Until you walk with a farmer through his or her operation, you don’t have a really good sense of just what it takes to produce the food we eat or in this case drink. Ask Altfrid or any other farmer and they’ll be glad to tell you.

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Judy Mayer

Creamy Celery Soup for a Cool Spring Day

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer June 4, 2012

 

It’s a lovely cool, spring day and a perfect day for this light, creamy soup. Creamy doesn’t have to imply rich and fat laden! This soup is thickened and given a velvety consistency with the addition of a potato. 

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Judy Mayer

A Pasta Salad for Memorial Day Picnics

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer May 25, 2012

 

It’s time to start thinking about your menu for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day typically represents the traditional start of the summer outdoor party season. Tangy coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad and burgers on the grill are the usual fare. 

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Your Board

An Interesting essay on the ethics of what we eat

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By Your Board May 22, 2012

Many owners in the Outpost community, as well as in the general community, have given a great deal of thought to the issue of eating animal products, notably meat.  For people who care, it is a subject layered with many dimensions:  family tradition, spiritual beliefs, political/economic convictions, dietary needs, and consideration for the roles animals play in our lives

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Judy Mayer

Nothing Neutral About Swiss Chard

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer May 14, 2012

Swiss chard is one of those beautiful, mysterious vegetables that many people don't know. A staple in Mediterranean kitchens, it is closely related to the beet family and has beautiful large green leaves. The sometimes thick stems, which look like celery stalks, can be red, white or a combination of vibrant reds, yellow and oranges – called rainbow or bright lights chard. The stems and leaves are both edible and can be cooked pretty much any way that spinach is, although the stems should be cooked before the greens as they may take a bit longer to soften.


Depending upon whom you ask – chard can have an earthy, sweet, sometimes bitter or salty flavor. It seems to have a sweeter flavor in cooler weather.


In case you’re wondering where the name comes from - Swiss Chard was named by a Swiss botanist and was so named Swiss Chard.

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Judy Mayer

Southwest Bake is Quick, Easy and Oh, So Delicious

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer April 30, 2012

I made this recipe last night and was amazed at how easy it was to just throw everything together, bake and eat. It was delicious. I always feel as though I have to work really hard and make everything from scratch in order for a meal to be a delicious culinary success.

This is a great quick, healthy recipe for a day when you don’t have much time to cook. I imagine it would take less time than a drive through for fast food!

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Judy Mayer

Pasta Gets a Pick-me-up from Nuts

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer April 23, 2012

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a busy Monday! This could easily turn into one of your favorite comfort foods. I’ve been making this yummy pasta with nuts recipe for years, , and in our house, it has evolved into a "Judy special."

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Judy Mayer

An Asian-inspired salad

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer April 16, 2012

 

It’s Monday and the most popular day of the week to start a diet – again. If you’ve had a rough weekend and need some recovery food, this recipe is the perfect prescription. Healthy, nourishing food tastes wonderful!

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