Hello-well my holiday break turned into a lengthy absence from publishing my website HealthyCookingForToday.com, and I apologize for that. Unfortunately it was because of unavoidable happenings. The most devastating coping with the passing of two very close friends, one a few days after Thanksgiving and the other friend a few days after the new year. As you can imagine, this pulled at my heart strings for a long time and still does. I keep reminding myself how precious life is and how thankful we should be for each day that is granted to us. Also that this God giving time be used wisely and productively. Unfortunately, when you read the daily newspaper and listen to the evening news, it is obvious that my message would not resonate with many.
Having another birthday in January, which by the way makes me feel like I am on the merry-go-round of life and it is going faster and faster, I realize that there isn’t anything that I can do globally to help. But like most I try to implement some of the simple things to make the world a better place to live out those precious days,
I begin by being kind, giving and helpful to others, both monetary, when able to local fundraisers and charities and my donations to the American Cancer Society and my monthly donation as a Partner In Hope for St. Jude's Children’s Hospital. My recycling container is filled to the brim each week and I try to use earth friendly cleaning and garden products-most homemade, which I will be sharing in a later update. But one of my most satisfying contributions is this Healthy Cooking For Today web-site. Actually I wasn’t really aware of this until my old system crashed a few months ago and I was very upset because of all the work being done on the new web-site design, I was ready to throw in the towel. That is until I read some of my e-mails from readers of my web-site and letters that were in my files from my old newspaper columns that I found while cleaning my file. I accepted the fact that if I could help one person become healthier by eating the right foods that are more beneficial for them to help them obtain optimal good health then I am doing a yeoman job-couldn't help that!
Other unavoidable problems that occurred were a drain in my dishwasher rupturing and flooding the finished basement while I was at my son-in-law and daughter’s home on Valentine's Day. I used the room as an exercise room and workshop for various projects. Everything was ruined including the wall to wall rug, my paintings and supplies, most of the furniture and boxes and boxes of water soaked objects.
To add fuel to the fire we had to remove whatever was in the room because workers were coming to remove the rug and were putting the furniture in the garage, I hastily backed my car out of the garage and to miss some filled plastic bags I had just placed there, I turned the wheels slightly and smashed into the door frame and dented the side of my car. Not one, but two claims on my insurance. Nothing has been resolved as yet, and although I was devastated, that evening when I saw on the news and viewed the scenes of the flooding that people were dealing with in other parts of the country, I felt thankful. My dad always shared this thought “I cried because I had no shoes, until I saw the man who had no feet.”
Well like everyone I am eagerly awaiting Spring, but right at this moment I am freezing as I work in my office which is over my unheated garage. Yes, it seems that humans as well as plants are confused by this untimely weather. My Easter tulip plant which I placed in the south facing window of my guest room was sitting straight and perky in it’s pot yesterday, but this morning when the sun came out it was leaning south soaking up the rays. We can learn so much from nature and that is why we all have to do our part to protect the environment.
Earth - The Hunger Site
Yes. like the seasonal guest towels-a gift from my daughter-in law-that are hanging on the towel bar of my new shower enclosure, a Christmas gift from my son and three of my grandsons, I am thinking Spring every day, but the weatherman just squashes my thoughts.
At least my trip to my Big Y Supermarket cheered me up a bit when viewing all the bright Spring flowers and the mouth watering displays of my favorite Spring vegetable asparagus. Actually I didn’t acquire a taste for asparagus until I started experimenting with various ways of preparing it and there are many. So today. I am going to share some of my favorites. Honestly, I am confident that you will discover how delicious this wonderful Spring vegetable is. Actually, although I still refer to asparagus as a Spring vegetable and the first sign of Spring in your supermarket, in reality in today’s world asparagus is imported from other countries and is available all year long. This fact really concerns me because if you adhere to the rules of nature and to maximize the benefits of a good diet, the rules were to eat with the season. Example-if asparagus is growing in Peru or in any country in the southern hemisphere where the seasons differ from the United States all the vitamins and nutriments that it contains would not benefit our bodies as much if we are eating it in January. Just Saying!
Not only is asparagus delicious, that is if you try any of the delicious recipes that are available today including a few of
my favorites that I am sharing, instead of the same old, same old, but it is a nutritional jackpot for us. Did you know that 5 spears of asparagus has only 25 calories with out additional toppings. Asparagus contains 4 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams each of dietary fiber and protein. Also asparagus contains 10% of the DV for vitamin A, 15% of vitamin C and 2 grams of calcium and iron. a added bonus it also has a fairly decent amount of potassium.
A very important aspect of the nutritional value of asparagus is the fact that a serving of asparagus has approximately one third of the daily amount of folic acid, a B vitamin that is known to minimize birth defects. Woman who are contemplating pregnancy should certainly be aware of this. Asparagus also contains the power antioxidant glutathione,
which is also helpful for their male partner in obtaining a healthy system. Glutathion is also known to be a powerful antioxidant that fights cancer and may delay the progression of cataracts.
I purchased 2 hardy bunches of asparagus and because i Would be creating asparagus recipes for the next few days I prepared it for storage in the refrigerator by putting it in a tall glass container I call my asparagus vase with enough water to cover the stems. Now when you are ready to use the asparagus it has to be washed thoroughly, by swishing the stalks in cold water. The stalks also have to be trimmed and the question always asked frequently is "How do I know where to cut the stem." not to worry because Mother Nature has come to your rescue again. Hold the spear at both ends and gently bend the spear and it will break exactly where the stem begins to get tender-Thank You Mother. In the photo notice the prepared stalk.
IT'S HERE, SPRING THAT IS-I had evidence of that this morning, when I looked out my bedroom window and viewed my neighbors garden bursting in color from the many tulip bulbs that she planted. This is a morning ritual for me viewing the ever changing garden during the spring and summer seasons. For me seeing the wonder of nature each morning makes me happy and makes my day. I love flowers and I have two gardens, a perennial garden and a herb and vegetable container garden and some annuals planted in areas around my house. We often refer to people who have beautiful gardens as having a green thumb, however my neighbor must have two green thumbs because everything she plants turns out beautiful. I certainly will keep you posted on the progression of our gardens.
For members and faithful readers of my site you will remember I have what I named "THE CREATIVE CORNER." This is where I spotlight readers who send me photos of their creative endeavors-cooking, crafts, decorating ideas, art work or what ever you deem exciting. I only use your first name and state that you are from. Of course if you would like referrals include that information with your photo. Contact- MAY@healthycookingfortoday.com
In the creative spotlight today is JoAnn from New Hampshire.-JoAnn creates memorial teddy bears made from a
loved ones favorite garment, The teddies are so soft and lovable and are sure to conjure up many happy memories. I personally can attest to that, because I have one.
OOPS! I think I spoke to soon because yesterday and today have been very cold, especially today is a very cold, gray rainy day. I guess I will have to just have to THINK SPRING..
Before I share my asparagus recipes-which you may not approve of because the ingredients are not quite the fair that I usually use in my recipes, but the recipes that I offered have been my favorites for years and I do eat them in moderation.
I am also happy to announce that this update is the launch of my newly designed website. I am so pleased with all the wonderful technology that applies to it and ask that you be patient with me as my brain isn't wired like the younger generation and it might take me a little longer to understand it.
You will notice that in the top right hand corner there are 2 categories listed: Articles, Recipes. By clicking Article you will find all the articles that will be on the new website- you can still go to Word Press.com/HealthyCookingForToday to retrieve my past columns and recipes. By clicking Recipes it brings you to all the recipes that will be published on this website, that you can copy by clicking the printer icon , About which in future post will be on the bottom of tne home page and shares information about the author-me. The Contact of course is self explanatory-my email and when activated will be on the top right of the home page. Feel free to contact me to let me know how you like my new design or if you have any suggestion. The About and Contact are not set up as yet, but the website's new email is MAY@healthycookingfortoday.com