Archive for June, 2011

Unrecipe of the Week

June 28, 2011

This simple and delicious chicken recipe yields flavorful, juicy meat with a crispy outside. The lemony flavor is perfect for hot summer nights.

Roasted Lemon Chicken

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Saute a several cloves of minced garlic (8-10) in a little olive oil until just soft.

Add about ½ cup dry white wine, the juice of one lemon, and the zest of 2 lemons. Mix in several sprigs of oregano and thyme, and pour into a large roasting pan or oven proof  baking dish.

Place the chicken parts skin side up in the sauce, and brush them with olive oil. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Cut a lemon into wedges and intersperse them among the chicken parts.

Bake for about 40 minutes until chicken is nicely browned and cooked through.

Serve with the hot pan juices.


photo: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week

June 6, 2011

As the weather gets warmer, I am always looking for cold, vegetable dishes.  This one, adapted from Ina Garten, drew rave reviews from vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Celery Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts

Whisk together 1 minced shallot, the zest and juice from 3 lemons, ½ cup of olive oil, and a good squeeze of anchovy paste.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed, 1 teaspoon of celery salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.

Pour over 2 bunches of celery, scraped and cut on the diagonal into thin slices.  Refrigerate 1 hour or more to allow flavors to develop.

When ready to serve, spread the celery mixture on a platter and sprinkle with toasted chopped walnuts, coarsely chopped parsley, and shaved Parmesan cheese.


photo: Glasshouse Images

Food Plate

June 3, 2011

Today the government released the new and improved version of its dietary guidelines, just 4 months after it’s recent update.  The new “Food Plate” replaces the “Food Pyramid”, and comes with suggestions for healthy eating.

The new plan suggests filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with protein, and the remaining quarter with grains.  A serving of diary, shown as a glass of milk, is also recommended.

The guidelines also state the obvious:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Switch to low-fat or fat-free milk.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soups and prepared meals, and choose the foods with the lowest sodium content.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

Wow!  Is this the best they could do?  All for the reasonably low price of…. wait for it…. $2 million dollars!

This covers the cost of the new logo, website, focus groups for the new logo, and promotion.  Seriously?  Is this really going to effect obesity in our country?
Next time, let’s invest the money in nutritional education, better quality food for affordable prices, and  at the very least, a better graphic designer.

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