Archive for September 2013

The Wayback Machine: Lemon Meringue Cake - Giant Chicken Optional

The Wayback Machine:  Lemon Meringue Cake - Giant Chicken Optional
This week marked a “big” wedding anniversary for my husband and I. Truthfully, I’d have forgotten it like I usually do, but the Bloggess posted that she is only a year ahead of us, (note – links slightly NSFW.  Unless you have ready access to zoo animals and are handy with soap and mouth-washings, maybe not... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: ماست و لبو (Beet & Yogurt) Tarts

The Food Desert Project:  ماست و لبو (Beet & Yogurt) Tarts
I admit it: I hate canned beets.  I have since I was a girl, and I only recently forgave beets as an entire genre of food when I discovered I could roast yellow beets and toss them with lime butter, and then found beet chips, which have become a staple in the Hays household.  However,... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Baba Ghanouj (Eggplant Dip)

Sundays with Sparky: Baba Ghanouj (Eggplant Dip)
It has to be said: one reason, besides that it is delicious, that we eat this stuff is just so we can run around the house yelling “Baba GanOOOUUUUUJJJJJJ” as though we are wolves being tickled mid-howl.  Sparky also likes to do rhinoplasty-card impressions with the eggplant: This is one of those dishes that seems... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday: Yale Rudd Center on Weight Bias

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A fellow advocate recently posted this video from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and the first few minutes really struck me. I have always considered the Rudd Center to be an invaluable resource both for food policy information and for information on weight bias and stigma – so I invite you to... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

The Wayback Machine: Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
Yes, you read that right, it’s fancy- but it’s not my fault, I swear! It’s that darn TV and all those ideas it has in it! You see, we were having a quiet morning – I was relaxing and watching a bit of Food Network, and Sparky was sitting beside me, drawing comics. Tyler Florence... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Causa Limeña (Spicy Mashed Potato Salad)

The Food Desert Project: Causa Limeña (Spicy Mashed Potato Salad)
We think of American and European foods as being meat-and-potatoes, but of course the true potato culture is Peru, where the potato was first cultivated; we are late adopters.  Ancient Peruvians preserved potatoes by naturally freeze-drying them: they were dug up and left outside to freeze during the night, after which the heat from the... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Salami Rolls with Marinated Vegetables

Doesn't this look like a delicious lunch?
The last week has been peppered with extra days off,  which mean days where lunch isn’t as much of a structured event as it is an extended rummage through the refrigerator. Sparky and I decided to kick things up another level by taking our rummaged pantry finds and turning them into a delicious meal. We... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Mindful Eating and the Chocolate Craving MindBus

One huge obstacle to a healthy lifestyle is changing stubborn problem behavior. Most public policy interventions focus on external change: improving access to healthy foods, offering education on nutrition and cooking, and promoting physical activity. Scientific American recently reported on research in the UK, which places its focus on internal change. In the study Resisting... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Quick Chicken Fajitas

The Wayback Machine: Quick Chicken Fajitas
Sometimes, I over-complicate things…well, most times…well, probably all the time, but the point is that I realized that the ultimate purpose of this blog project – teaching Sparky to cook – was taking a back seat to me showing off while making a giant mess in the kitchen! I realized that, despite our four years... Read more »
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