Category Archives: Vocabulary

Detox Meal: Forbidden Rice Turkey Meatloaf

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Forbidden rice is black when dry, purple when cooked.

Forbidden rice is an heirloom rice that, in ANTIQUITY, was eaten only by emperors.  Luckily, these days, anyone can partake in the nutty taste and chewy texture of this superfood, which is full of fiber, antioxidants, iron, amino acids and other nutrients.

Even more luckily, forbidden rice is not forbidden on the Clean Program, a 21 day detox cleanse, which worked out really well for my brother and parents. Clean allows a protein shake for breakfast and dinner, and a healthy meal of protein and vegetables for lunch. My family EMBARKED on a Clean Program DERIVATIVE when we returned from our spring break trip, substituting the Metagenics brand of medical food for the Clean protein powder.

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Black rice is the new brown rice.

For one lunch, my brother decided to MODIFY the “Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaf” from Cook Your Way Through The S.A.T. because my recipe contains sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, eggs and a small amount of flour, all of which are PROHIBITED during detox. He prepared the black rice using a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio (1 cup of black rice cooked in 2 cups of chicken broth), simmering it for 60 minutes after it boiled. He only used a cup of cooked black rice for the meatloaf and saved the rest for another meal.

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My family’s cleanse is over and they’re still enjoying black rice. Can’t wait until I’m home and can try some.

Charis

  • ANTIQUITY = ancient past
  • EMBARKED = began
  • DERIVATIVE = copy, spin-off
  • MODIFY = adjust
  • PROHIBITED = banned

World’s Healthiest Fruit Bowl Recipe

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Healthy fruit makes for a great tasting and nutritious breakfast!

Being at boarding school makes me COVET the fruit bowls my Mom used to make me everyday for breakfast. I consider the fruit bowl my CONSECRATED breakfast. If you are SOLICITOUS about your health, then you just found your answer. This recipe will fill your vitamin and mineral nutrition quotient. Berries are best, but the fruit choices are completely optional, so feel free to get creative with ingredients. Chia seeds have lots of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Almond milk has lots of vitamins and calcium.

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Ingredients: 3 oz blueberries, 1/2 grapefruit (peeled and chopped into 3/4" slices), 1 kiwi (diced), 10 grapes, 1/2 banana (diced), 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 tbsp ground chia powder, 1 cup almond milk.

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Sprinkle in the chia powder, which is optional, and the coconut flakes.

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Add in the almond milk... last step!

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The finished product! Super healthy eating.

Healthy eating,

Charis

  • COVET = desire
  • CONSECRATED = holy, made holy
  • SOLICITOUS  = concerned

Mimouna

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Moroccan Mimouna spread.

The perfect ANTIDOTE for post-holiday blues is . . . more holidays! Instead of feeling let down once that the anticipation and  planning for Passover has come and gone, North African Jews celebrate Mimouna, a FÊTE that takes place the day after the eight day holiday ends.

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Invitation to Mimouna celebration in Canada.

Jews around the world traditionally give up bread, cereal, cakes and all leavened products for Passover, to COMMEMORATE  the part of their history spent in Egyptian bondage. Once the holiday is over, Moroccan and Algerian Jews open their doors to their Christian and Islamic neighbors and share a PLENTEOUS spread of leavened products, mainly pastries and sweets. Going from house to house to enjoy food, music and friends, is part of the revelry.

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Mufletta (crepes).

Mimouna marks the ADVENT of spring and is represented by symbols of luck and success: gold and red colors, and the number 5. The tradition has spread to communities all around the world.

The next time you’re suffering post-holiday blues, do as the North Africans do, and get the party started!

Charis

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Easy Passover Ashkenazi Charoset

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Raw ingredients for easy Passover Ashkenazi charoset. Aquidneck honey is the best!

Every Passover seder includes charoset, a sweet, fruity mixture that SIGNIFIES the mortar that ancient Jews used for building, while enslaved in Egypt. That’s where the UNIFORMITY stops. There are many traditional varieties of charoset, each reflecting the fruits and nuts that were readily available in the specific location that Passover was celebrated.

Ashkenazi charoset reflects my Eastern European (Polish) heritage, but our Passover table will also contain Sephardic charoset to honor our Costa Rican and Colombian guests. Sephardic charoset typically includes a mix of dried apricots, figs, dates and other fruits and nuts that are INDIGENOUS to warmer climates. Whole Foods catered our Sephardic charoset, which contains figs and pistachio nuts.

Ashkenazi Charoset

  • 5 gala apples
  • 1¼ cup chopped walnuts        
  • 1 cup sweet Passover wine
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp lemon juice

Chop the apples into 1/4″ cubes. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes before refrigerating.

Serve with matzoh.

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Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.

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Prepare the charoset 1 - 2 days before Passover to let the flavors blend.

Passover is a celebration of freedom. I hope you and your friends and family enjoy your meal together.

Happy Passover!

Charis

  • SIGNIFY = symbolize
  • UNIFORMITY = similarity
  • INDIGENOUS = native

Book Review: Funny Food

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"Funny Food" is laugh out loud funny.

Parents can no longer ADMONISH their kids, “don’t play with your food,” thanks to the recently published, “Funny Food,” a book that makes fooling with food a high art form. For the last 50 years, Bill Wurtzel has entertained his wife Claire by feeding her edible art for breakfast. His kids and grandkids are lucky enough to also be in on the fun. The result of Bill’s labor of love is a beautiful book that showcases his OEUVRE, 365 photos of playful, creative dishes, one for each day of the year. The book also offers food tips, recipes, nutritional insights and a step-by-step guide showing how to make a few of his breakfast designs.

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Egghead bar mitzvah boy is my favorite of all of Bill Wurtzel's creations.

“Funny Food” is an innovative tool for families interested in spending quality time preparing healthy breakfasts, discussing good nutrition and getting kids to use their imagination. The book features breakfasts that include eggs, pancakes and waffles, oatmeal, fruits and veggies, cereal, pita, yogurt, nuts, cheese and jam, enough of a variety that even the most finicky eater can be satisfied. Mealtime really can be joyful.

Bill and Claire have been conducting funny food workshops for kids in New York City schools for the last year. They are concerned about childhood obesity and hope to promote healthy eating by inspiring kids to make good food choices and empowering positive eating habits. They understand that making healthy food look good actually makes it more PALATABLE. Speaking from personal experience, school cafeterias could also learn a thing or two from this book!

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This guy definitely helps the veggies go down easy.

“Funny Foods” is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The book is informative, and as the title suggests, funny for kids of all ages (even the grownup ones). “Funny Food”  is available on Amazon. For more information about the book, Bill and Claire Wurtzel and their workshops, visit www.funnyfood.us.

The last sentence of the book is, “”And of course, don’t forget to eat your veggies!” I hope this means Bill will follow up with a “Funny Veggies” book.

Credits: From Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts by Bill & Claire Wurtzel. Welcome Books. Photographs © 2012  Bill Wurtzel. www.funnyfood.us

Charis

  • ADMONISH = scold
  • OEUVRE = body of work
  • PALATABLE = appetizing

“The Spanglish Sandwich” Recipe

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Adam Sandler enjoying a beer and the world's best sandwich.

Foodies like me always notice food in films. With the exception of “The Hunger Games,” it’s not unusual for me to come home after a movie and whip up one of the dishes I just saw on the big screen (I had no interest in trying cooked frog . . . thanks anyhow, Katniss!).

I recently watched, “Spanglish.” Rotten Tomatoes describes the story  like this: “A Hispanic woman and her young daughter are thrown into the middle of a well-to-do but remarkably dysfunctional family.” Adam Sandler, who plays a top chef in the movie, prepares a sandwich that includes crispy bread, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, broiled cheese, and is finished off with a perfectly cooked sunny-side up egg. His choice of food TELEGRAPHS that he’s feeling really low and needs some comfort food.

After watching the movie, I watched the special features and saw the video recipe for this sandwich. I was surprised and excited to find out that this the “Spanglish” sandwich is actually one of Thomas Keller’s original recipes!

Below is my interpretation of the “Spanglish” sandwich. Enjoy!

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Ingredients: 2 slices (1-1.5" thick) of sourdough bread, 4 strips of bacon, 2 slices of Swiss cheese, salt, pepper, lettuce, 2 slices of tomatoes, 1 egg, and nonstick cooking spray or butter

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Preheat oven to the broil setting and place slices of bread in the oven for about 2 minutes on each side.
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Place the Swiss cheese on one slice of bread, and broil for about 2 minutes, or until melted and bubbly.

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Heat a pan to medium-high and cook the bacon on each side for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown on each side.

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Heat a pan to medium-high and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Crack the egg into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the clear surrounding the yolk becomes an opaque white color.

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Spread mayo onto the other slice of bread.

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On the slice of bread with the cheese, gently slide on the egg and try not to break the yoke. Unfortunately I failed at this! On the other slice, lay down the lettuce, tomatoes and bacon.

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The finished product! This might just be the best sandwich in the entire world.

Charis

TELEGRAPHS = conveys

Product Review: The Salad Sac

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"Salad Sac:" A gimmick or true wonder?

During our recent spring break road trip, we DETOURED to Jekyll Island, Georgia, a must-see for my brother, who is interested in US history. The Jekyll Island Club is the place where, in 1910, financiers came up with the idea to create the Federal Reserve Bank. Sorry, Ben Bernanke, but me and my Mom decided we’d rather shop.

 My Mom found the “Salad Sac” in one of the tourist shops  and decided to try it because she hates throwing out food, and because the saleslady was so PERSUASIVE. The Salad Sac is a practical storage solution for keeping vegetables fresh. The idea behind it is simple. Place washed and slightly damp greens (or any produce) in the bag, refrigerate and enjoy crispy veggies for days.
I have no idea why this simple cotton bag works, but it does. We tried it out as soon as we got home from vacation, combining collard greens, dandelion greens, lacinato kale, spinach and celery all together in the sac. The veggies took on a perfectly crisp texture and stayed that way for days.

Some other benefits of the salad sac:

  • eliminate salad spinners
  • eliminate paper towel-drying
  • prepare salads ahead of time (note: do NOT put salad dressing in the bag!)

This product is definitely not gimmicky and I give it my UTMOST recommendation. Fortunately, you can buy it online for $10.95. Unfortunately for my Mom, she spent $25 for it on Jekyll Island!

 Charis
  • DETOUR = deviate
  • PERSUASIVE = convincing
  • UTMOST = highest

Easter Cookies Recipe

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Happy Easter!

Easter is coming up, so, no surprise, I decided to make some colorful Easter cookies! I thought, “why not stick to a classic and simple  dessert that everyone will love?” In a slight DEVIATION from typical M & M cookies, I used M & M’s bunny mix Easter candy.  Two pluses are that these cookies can be made with surprising CELERITY, and are also so beautiful. After making these treats, some might even think you have the eye of an  AESTHETE! Enjoy!

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Ingredients: 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, nonstick cooking spray and a handful of Easter bunny mix M&Ms

 

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In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream together the vegetable oil, white sugar, and brown sugar.

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Add the eggs, one at a time, cream slowly, then add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. You may need to add an extra 1/4 cup of flour if the mixture looks too wet.

 

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Place the cookies on a greased, nonstick pan. Place about 1-2 tbsp of the mixture per cookie on the sheet and press down slightly. Separate each cookie by about 1" on all sides. Arrange as many or as few M&Ms on the cookies as you like..

 

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Bake the cookies at 350ºF for 9-11 minutes and serve!

  • DEVIATION = divergence
  • CELERITY = speed, briskness
  • AESTHETE = one who appreciates beauty

Enjoy! Happy Easter!

Charis

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY! To all that celebrate “The Day Of The Festival Of Patrick,” we hope you have enjoyed a safe and fun holiday and reached your pot of gold!

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A picture is worth a thousand words.

Some words relevant to St. Patricks Day…

  • BEGUILE = to charm, enchant
  • SHAMROCK = a clover-like plant
  • IMBIBE = drink (alcohol)
Charis and Jennie

S.A.T. Cookbook Video Contest Finalists Need Your Vote!

The video most-viewed by April 10, 2012 wins 1st prize!

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