Archive for January 2013

The Food Desert Project: Quick Pumpkin Chili

The Food Desert Project: Quick Pumpkin Chili
Chili is one of those wintertime foods everybody loves. It is a humble dish with an enigmatic past – some say it came by way of a mysterious Lady in Blue, others that it traces its roots to pre-Civil War Texas prison food, but everyone agrees it is delicious.  Traditional chili requires long, slow cooking, but I... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Broccoli Cheese Souffle

Sundays with Sparky: Broccoli Cheese Souffle
You may have read about Sparky’s famous Swamp Monster Soup, which is basically a broccoli-cheese soup with hard-boiled egg “eyes.” I realized that this idea could easily translate into a souffle, and as I looked for a recipe to guide me, I found this one from Cooking Light that looked about right. I tweaked this recipe,... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Access, Convenience, and Time in the Food Desert

I have written before that change in the Food Desert requires more than simply improving access. While access is a significant barrier, a recent report by the IOM, which I found via the blog U.S. Food Policy, suggests that another major barrier to healthy eating may simply be finding time to prepare food. The committee suggested that the... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Ham with Green Eggs (Thanks, Dr. Seuss!)

(Originally posted here) Sparky and I had spent some time making a birthday present for his cousin…this week, her older brother says goodbye to another year.  My nephew is a bright and curious young man, already capable in the kitchen, so I thought it would be fun to put together a kitchen chemistry set.  Using... Read more »

The Food Desert Project - Pasta E Ceci (Chickpea Soup)

The Food Desert Project - Pasta E Ceci (Chickpea Soup)
(Originally posted here.) It’s decidedly winter in our little corner of the world, and to me, winter means dipping your bread in a warm bowl of comfort.  In my opinion, a hearty winter soup is not just for your body, it revitalizes your soul, too.  Creamy, rich soups don’t need to be laden with calories... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding

Sundays with Sparky: Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding
I don’t really remember where I first found this idea, but it’s another one of those post-holiday treats you can make with leftovers. This is usually where our holiday dinner goes, but you can put pretty much anything in this batter and it will taste good. First, I preheated my oven to 400 degrees, heated... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday: Maybe Obesity Isn't so Bad After All...

For those of you who’ve followed me from Blogger, you know I write about my concerns regarding use of BMI to measure an individual’s health…a LOT. However, a new study just released this month confirms what I’ve been writing about – notions of an “unhealthy weight” may be seriously off-kilter. This study shows that people with a... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Bagels

The Wayback Machine: Bagels
Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails actually started waaay back when Sparky was just a wee little Sparkle as a project on LTHForum.com. I thought that since we were in a new home, alternate Sundays might be a good place to review the best of where we’ve been: My philosophy on life is “when there is... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Potage Esaü (Red Lentil Soup)

The Food Desert Project: Potage Esaü (Red Lentil Soup)
Lentils are one of the pantry’s fastest whole foods – especially red lentils, which cook up from raw to golden in mere moments. If your Food Desert doesn’t carry lentils, you can substitute split peas in this soup – but ask your store manager to carry them – they are shelf-stable, healthy, and on the... Read more »
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