Yes, Miss Lane has moved again! This time to Western Colorado. Home of the Gunnison River, the North Fork and Black Canyon. I am the current manager of the Montrose Farmers Market and thrilled to be here at the right place at the right time. Great things are happening on the western slope and with the help of the folks at Valley Food Partnership and LiveWell Olathe Montrose, we plan to create access to healthy local food a reality for people throughout the region.
I wanted to inform everyone that I moved to Santa Fe in April of this past year and have been settling in and building my Health Coaching business www.newlifenewbody.com and looking for places to do more Kids cooking classes and finding ways to promote Kids Cooking in SF and in Albuquerque. Haven’t posted in months and apologize for the delay in keeping my Blog active. No excuses, just been busy moving and shaking and deciding where I want things to go with Cook with Misslane and what new things I can start doing to restore interest to the website and provide useful information to families in the community.
Since I have been in transition I have had more time to dedicate to volunteer work here in Santa Fe, NM. I found that the Santa Fe Community Farm has been the perfect place to come and spend an afternoon and clear my mind. Volunteer work is a real treat. Not only do you get the opportunity to help a foundation, or program, but the fact that you are donating your time and energy for a needed cause can be very rewarding!
The SF Community Farm on Agua Fria is where I decided to volunteer this past summer, after going over and visiting the place and getting to know a little bit about the farm and meeting the current Director Linda Marple. The farm was established 60 years ago by native John Stephenson. After retirement, he dedicated the operation of this farm to sustainable agriculture and charitable giving. It is one of the oldest and last remaining farms in Santa Fe, and is a rare community asset. They are a non profit organization which donates its produce to the Food Depot; a food bank here in Santa Fe that provides food for the less fortunate families in the area. The farm depends on volunteers and welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to stop by and lend a hand, as there is always work to be done when running a full scale farm!
I have taken time to go over about 2x a week and play in the dirt. I have spent hours pulling weeds, doing my best to get every last root from a bind weed, and digging up soil and planting tomatoes, or corn seeds. I have picked snow peas, and sweet peas, and harvested lettuce, cherries and apricots, and watched as the tiny plants push forth and turn into beautiful beets, carrots and broccoli. Its hard work, but the smell of the earth, and sun on my arms and back, and the reward of seeing abundant growth come forth out of the ground and getting to harvest the veggies has been worth every minute of sweat!
This is an opportunity that I believe every child and adult should experience. Working on a farm and watching where our food comes from is eye opening. So many children in this country have no idea where REAL food comes from. They have spent their lives living on fast food and opening microwaveable packages. Getting in the dirt can be so very rewarding and enjoyable.
I just wanted to take this moment to encourage anyone who has children or not, to find some opportunities to reach out and volunteer in their community. No matter where you live, giving some time to others can be so very rewarding. There are thousands of place who could use your help. Consider checking out where you can serve and donate some of you gifts and talents. Feel free to share where you have found a place to volunteer and send a comment
It has been said that kids who learn to cook appreciate and respect food, both where it comes from and how it tastes. There is a big difference between cooking a meal from scratch and going out to a fast food restaurant or heating up a package. It has been found that kids who learn how to cook are known to experiment more with trying new foods, and become healthier eaters!
Cooking is a skill that can change the lives of children and help create healthy families. It’s a trend that can easily be passed on to the next generation and change our lives in dramatic and exciting ways.
I recently listened to a wonderful interview of Chef Bobo from the Calhoun school in NY,NY. Chef Bobo commented that his job as a chef is to inspire students to enjoy real food and transform student palettes to enjoy food that is natural and prepared in a healthy manner! Take a minute and check out the link http://www.calhoun.org/page.cfm?p=448 and see what a difference he is making in this school and what a difference he is making in the palettes of kids today!
All this has inspired me on my own mission with young people ! We are what we eat! Its food that fundamentally creates a healthy body. Everything that grows from the earth has the basic building blocks to create health and healing for our bodies. This makes it even more important that we pay attention and begin making some small changes in our diet and in the way we look at food! Healthy habits start at home. Its my belief, that as parents we need to model what we want to see in our children.
It is for this reason I am now adding Adult and Family Cooking Classes to my schedule! If you didn’t know, I am finishing up my studies at IIN ( the Institute of Integrative Nutrition) where I am studying to be a Holistic and Nutritional Health Coach.
Check out my website at www.newlifenewbody.com and see how I can assist you and your family on your journey to health and wellness and schedule a FREE Health Consult with me today! email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every culture has traditions with food , flavors and community. Its around the table and around family meals that we create intimacy with one another. Family meals are not just about food, but about quality time spent with our loved ones. Weekly gatherings around the table, where people meet to share their laughter and stories, while eating is what creates healthy minds and bodies.
I believe that today, it is even more important for people to take time to slow down and re connect with their bodies and their loved ones. Food is the very source of life. Cooking healthy food with your friends and hanging out in the kitchen is also a fun way for kids to get a sense of what goes on in the kitchen and help them to try new foods which they might not otherwise explore.
So go ahead, and try something new and spend some time with your family in the kitchen and around the table ! Just a reminder, make sure and make time this week to check out the succulent veggies and fruits at your local growers market and be sure to check out my new website at newlifenewbody.com. Miss Lane:)
Why not? It’s time to take control of your little piece of Earth. Doesn’t matter how big or small, just make it work for you. I am thinking that we should all consider starting a garden no matter where we are….we can make a difference for our families and our future.
I hope most of my readers have already banned McDonalds from their vocabulary, but if not, here is an article which may get you to rethink about ever eating at this multi-billion dollar franchise again. Legislators have allowed this junk food to continue to be consumed even under the highest levels of legal, and toxic manipulation . Think again….do you really want your children eating this stuff??
Posted By Dr. Mercola | November 08 2010 | 414,462 views
Do you put dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone, in your chicken dishes?
How about tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative so deadly that just five grams can kill you?
These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonalds Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually chicken. The other 50 percent includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients.
Organic Authority helpfully transcribed the full ingredients list provided by McDonalds:
Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.”
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
There’s no doubt about it. Processed food like that from McDonald’s is just not part of a healthful diet – in fact, much of it cannot even pass for real food.
After reviewing the above article I am very grateful I can say I have never had a Chicken McNugget from McDonald’s. If you can’t say the same at least you can commit to never having another one again.
This sentiment was echoed by Federal Judge Robert Sweet in a lawsuit against the restaurant chain back in 2003 when he said:
“Chicken McNuggets, rather than being merely chicken fried in a pan, are a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook.”
At the time, Time Magazine reported that Judge Sweet “questioned whether customers understood the risks of eating McDonald’s chicken over regular chicken.”
That was seven years ago, and I still wonder whether or not McDonald’s customers truly understand the risks they take when consuming fast food on a regular basis.
If you missed Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super-Size Me, I highly recommend you watch it with your entire family. It’s a real-life illustration of just how dangerous – life threatening, in fact – an excessive fast food diet can really be. And “excessive” consumption is likely far less than you imagine: Eating fast food just twice a week DOUBLES your risk of developing insulin resistance, compared to eating it just once a week, for example. Insulin resistance, as I’ve discussed on many occasions, is one of THE primary driving factors behind most of the diseases we currently struggle with, from diabetes to cancer and heart disease…
The truth is, McDonald’s fare contain non-food ingredients that can seriously harm your health.
This shouldn’t come as any great surprise. After all, how healthful can something be that shows no signs of decomposing after being left on a counter for more than a decade?
Clearly there’s more chemicals in there than actual, real foodstuff.
Chicken McNuggets: “Made With White Meat”… and What Else?
According to McDonald’s, their chicken nuggets are “made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter.” But as the article above shows, these chicken nuggets are a far cry from what you might expect, based on that description.
About half of it is actual chicken. The rest is a mix of corn-derived fillers and additives (most likely genetically modified), along with a slew of synthetic chemicals, including:
* Dimethyl polysiloxane, a type of silicone with anti-foaming properties used in cosmetics and a variety of other goods like Silly Putty
* Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petroleum-based product with antioxidant properties
The latter, TBHQ, is typically listed as an “antioxidant,” but it’s important to realize it is a SYNTHETIC chemical with antioxidant properties – NOT a natural antioxidant.
The chemical prevents oxidation of fats and oils, thereby extending shelf life of processed foods. It’s a commonly used ingredient in processed foods of all kinds, but you can also find it in varnishes, lacquers, pesticide products, as well as cosmetics and perfumes to reduce the evaporation rate and improve stability.
At its 19th and 21st meetings, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives determined that TBHQ was safe for human consumption at levels of 0-0.5 mg/kg of body weight. However, more recently, the Codex commission set the maximum allowable limits up to between 100 to as much as 400 mg/kg, depending on the food it’s added to. (Chewing gum is permitted to contain the highest levels of TBHQ.)
That’s quite a discrepancy in supposedly “safe” limits!
So, is the safe level zero, or 400 mg/kg? Who knows?!
According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, one gram of TBHQ can cause:
* Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
* Sense of suffocation
Based on animal studies, health hazards associated with TBHQ include:
* liver effects at very low doses
* positive mutation results from in vitro tests on mammalian cells
* biochemical changes at very low doses
* reproductive effects at high doses
The good news is that it is not suspected to be a persistent toxin, meaning your body is probably able to eliminate it so that it does not bioaccumulate.
REAL Food “Lives” and “Dies”
I recently commented on the curious ability of McDonald’s food to remain impervious to degradation. It’s as if the food has been embalmed to stay “fresh” forever! After sitting on a shelf for 14 years, the hamburger bun has yet to develop a single trace of mold. It’s barely even begun to shrivel…
Folks, these buns bear absolutely no resemblance to real bread, and when you read the list of ingredients, this mysterious mummification feature becomes less of a mystery.
Here are just a few of the ingredients in a McDonald’s hamburger bun:
* calcium sulfate (aka Plaster of Paris)
* calcium carbonate (Antacid medication)
* ammonium sulfate (According to MSDS,“harmful if swallowed”)
* ammonium chloride (Causes irritation to the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea)
* calcium propionate (Preservative)
* sodium propionate (Mold inhibitor)
Always remember that wholesome, health-promoting food is “live” food, and the hallmark of live food is the fact that it will decompose.
The fact that these burgers, buns, and fries do not decompose, even after a decade or two, is a clear sign that it’s just not real food, and should not be part of your diet.
You Are What You Eat…
The bottom line is that if you want to stay healthy, and keep your children healthy, you have to avoid fast food and other processed foods, and invest some time in your kitchen, cooking from scratch. Reclaiming your kitchen is part and parcel of healthful living, so you know exactly what you’re putting in your body.
Ideally, you’ll want to consume as much whole, raw, organic and/or locally grown foods as possible. That’s one of the major reasons why vegetable juicing works so well – you’re consuming living raw food!
Most vegetables also have very low carbohydrate levels that minimally disturb insulin metabolism – another important trait of a healthful diet — but there is something very special about vegetable juicing and eating live raw foods in general.
In addition, I believe optimal health is also largely dependent on eating the right foods for your nutritional type. I think this is such an important part of an optimal diet that I am now offering the entire Nutritional Typing program to you for free.
If you’re “hooked” on fast food and other processed foods, please review my recent article How to Wean Yourself Off Processed Foods in 7 Steps. If you’re currently sustaining yourself on fast food and processed foods, this is probably the most positive life change you could ever make.
And if you have children, remember that feeding your children home cooked meals can have far reaching benefits, extending even to your future grandchildren. Yes, that’s right! It is now well known that dietary changes can prompt epigenetic DNA changes that can be passed on to future generations. For instance, pregnant rats fed a fatty diet had daughters and granddaughters with a greater risk of breast cancer.
Making wise food decisions can literally “override” genetic predispositions for disease.
If you need help determining what foods are actually healthful and which are not, please review the shopping guidelines listed at the end of this recent article.
go to: articles.mercola.com
So its a brand New Year. A time when many of us look at ourselves and consider making some resolutions to start the year out right . Many of us begin the year determined to make changes to our diet and exercise routine in a desire to shed unwanted pounds that we have gained over the holidays. Healthy eating is an important part of the process, and making even small changes to our diet can make all the difference in getting results! I’m no scientist, but we have all read about the benefits of eating healthy natural, unprocessed foods and adding more fruits and vegetables to our diets and cutting back on fats and sugars.
Sometimes just a few changes like portion control and substituting different types of foods to our diet can result in lots of healthy benefits including weight loss, and lower blood pressure.
So…….. on that note, I have printed down a list of 7 easy changes you can make to your diet this year and added a couple of healthy recipes for you and your kiddos to enjoy! Happy 2011.
Replacing high-calorie items with lower-fat and lower-sugar versions is a good place to start.
Many folks will suggest that you cut out dairy and wheat products as well. I say try one thing at a time and see how you feel.
1. Think baked tortilla and potato chips instead of fried ones
2. Use low-fat or nonfat sour cream, mayonnaise, cheese, cream cheese and salad dressing instead of full-fat versions
3. Substitute evaporated skim milk or fat free half and half in place of cream (for everything except whipping)
4. To thicken soups, gravies, and sauces, use puréed vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a slurry of cornstarch and cold water instead of cream or roux.
5. Its a painless sacrifice to use leaner cuts of meat too: skinless chicken breast, pork loin, ground turkey breast and beef round and flank steak are all good choices.
6. Start turning to non-meat sources for some of your protein needs, too: beans come in all kinds of interesting varieties, as do tofu and soy-based meat substitutes.
7. Try eating more whole grains more often instead of refined ones which have low nutritional value. You just may find that you prefer the taste of whole wheat and spelt bread, try brown rice, Bulgar, barley and quinoa instead of white bread and white rice.
Changing our eating habits takes some effort, but it is definitely possible to make great strides in weight management by simply making some changes in our eating habits and substituting some ingredients in your recipes like the ones mentioned above~!
Apple Broccoli Salad:Easy to make and yummy to eat!
Makes 2 servings:
2 Cups chopped broccoli
1 large organic apple chopped
½ cup plain low fat or vanilla yogurt
¼ cup raisins or dry cranberries
¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 tbsp chopped red onion
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Crunchy Orange-Almond Salad
Okay…….so this one isn’t totally low cal, but it is healthy and delicious !
Its easy to make and the kids can do this with a little help from mom or dad for sure!
Remember: You can add diced cooked chicken breast if you desire to make this salad into a great meal!
Makes 8 servings:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
4 cups torn iceberg lettuce
4 cups torn romaine
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup diced celery
2 green onions, sliced
1 3oz bag of ramen noodles crushed or 1/2 cup of chow mein noodles for garnish
Optional (2 Cups of diced cooked chicken breast )
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a small skillet over medium-low heat, cook sugar, without stirring for 12 minutes or until melted. Add almonds; stir quickly to coat. Remove from the heat; pour onto waxed paper to cool.
In a large serving bowl, combine the two lettuces, oranges, celery, onions and almonds. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle a small amount over salad; toss gently to coat. Top with cooked diced chicken if you desire and if you aren’t watching your calories, go ahead and sprinkle some chow mein noodles over the top and serve.
Growing up Jewish I am well acquainted with the traditions that go along with the Festival of Lights. Many people do not know the history of this Old Testament Holiday but do know that we light candles for 8 days and eat potato latkes. Along with the food, there are the games and songs that are sung and played throughout the week. The dreidel (or top) spins, and chocolate gelt (coins) are seen in Jewish homes around the world. The gift giving is usually simple, and traditionally a very small part of the holiday. However, it has become more of a focus in the past century thanks to Santa Claus, and the “NO Jewish child left behind act ” created by Jewish Mothers around the world so Jewish children do not feel left behind by Old Saint Nick:)
Latkes are definitely NOT on the healthy side of the food spectrum. This time of year a few indulgences are allowed and since its traditional to eat foods cooked in oil over this Holiday, there’s nothing better than fresh, warm latkes so I give you permission to go ahead and indulge! Tomorrow is a good time to start pushing the veggies, whole grains again!
Remember there are several steps in making delicious latkes and as always there must be ADULT supervision when working with HOT OIL. Here are some things the youngsters can do to help.
KIDS CAN: grate the potatoes by hand or with a food processor, crack the eggs, measure the spices and combine the ingredients!
3 Simple Steps to make Perfect Potato Latkes Cooking Light Magazine:
Shredding ingredients causes them to release moisture- the enemy of starch, which helps hold the cakes together. So be sure to drain well. To speed prep, place the potatoes on several layers of paper towels and squeeze out excess moisture.
Combine the shredded mixture with egg, all purpose flour, and any other flavor option you like. Toss well ,clean hands works best to combine.
Portion and form the pancakes by scooping the mixture with a dry measuring cup. Flatten the top of each latke slightly when you put them in the pan, and pan fry until golden brown and done. You may need to add more oil as needed so keep plenty close by!
POTATO LATKES (Potato Pancakes)
Crispy, Golden Goodness!
You will need to cook these in batches. Place the cooked ones in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with paper towels or brown paper bags work great to absorb oil. Just cut open the bags and lay flat . Keep warm in the oven on baking sheets .
3 ½ cups shredded peeled baking potato about 1 ½ pounds
1 ¼ cups grated or chopped onion
6 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 teaspoon coarse/ kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg
¼ cup olive oil divided
1. Shred potatoes and the onion with a hand shredder (being very careful) or with a food processor until lightly shredded into thin strips. ( The mixture will become very watery)
2. Combine potato and onion in a colander and drain the mixture 30 minutes pressing with the back of a spoon until barely moist
3. Combine potato mixture, flour , fresh thyme, salt and pepper and egg in a large bowl, and toss well. Clean fingers work best for this!
4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to pan and swirl to coat. Let pan get nice and hot, so if you sprinkle just a drop of water into it should sizzle and spit!
5. Spoon about a ¼ cup of mixture loosely into a dry measuring cup.
6. Pour mixture in the pan and lightly flatten into a pancake shape.
7. Repeat procedure and fill pan to 4 pancakes at a time.
8. Saute latkes 3 ½ minutes until golden brown, then flip and sauté the other side another 3 ¼ minutes until golden brown.
9. Remove from pan and keep warm.
10. Repeat procedure with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until all potato mixture is used
(Should make about 12 latkes).
Serve with unsweetened applesauce with a dash of cinnamon / or sour cream
¾ Cup of applesauce and a dash of ground cinnamon mix in a bowl and serve with Latkes.
Some folks like them served with sour cream. Try both and see which you prefer!
The wind is blowing the few remaining leaves off the tree branches , and Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
This time of year I always get cravings for warm, hearty foods that fill my belly and warm my soul. Its about this time every year that I salute Comfort food!
Many of us have foods that remind of us our childhood, our special foods that we remember our family and neighbors cooking for us. I have memories of coming home from grade school and walking in the front door to the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies and pot roasts with roasted carrots and onions, and creamy mashed potatoes wafting through the air . I could hardly wait to throw down my books, tear off my coat, and run into the kitchen to see what my (grand)mom had made for dinner!
Food and the smell of certain foods, bring back memories and open up our hearts and minds to both good and sad times for each of us. Comfort food takes me back to a time when things were simpler and less complicated. A time before computers, cell phones or microwaves. It was time when fast food was a rare treat, and eating home with the family was a normal daily event. These were the days when I had to actually memorize telephone numbers and pick up and dial a telephone instead of scrolling through my cell numbers and pushing send. I’m talking about the days when we knew it was time to go home because the street lights turned on and we were expected to be at the dinner table for a home cooked meal. This is my definition of comfort food. Food that brings back memories, and makes me feel warm, safe and happy! Of course its also food that tastes good, and is enjoyed in a relaxed environment with the people whom I love and care about!
I know many of you reading this Blog have your own food memories. Feel free to post a comment and share your favorite foods and memories! I always find that we can create new memories and new friends through food. Blogging about it online can be the perfect safe place for you and your children to share your thoughts! So go ahead and be bold and drop a comment :)
Here is a recipe for one of my favorite comfort foods that goes particularly well this time of year when you have leftover Turkey!
1/2 (16 ounce) package uncooked spaghetti or angel hair pasta
½ medium onion chopped
½ pound of sliced mushrooms (optional, but it is traditional to this dish!)
1 stalk of chopped celery
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp of garlic powder or 2 cloves of minced garlic
2 cups chicken or turkey broth
1 cup milk
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 or 3 cups chopped cooked turkey
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup of seasoned bread crumbs (for topping)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Spray a medium glass baking dish with cooking spray.
3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
4. Add spaghetti, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.
5. Drain, and place into the prepared baking dish.
6. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions and celery for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Add garlic and mushrooms and saute 3 minutes or until soft, whisk in flour and then pour in chicken broth
8. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.
9. Remove from heat and stir in milk and ½ cup Parmesan cheese.
10. Mix turkey into broth mixture and pour over spaghetti.
11. Top with remaining ¼ cup cheese and bread crumbs.
12. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until surface is lightly browned.
With the cooler weather upon us its time to break out the sweaters and jackets and indulge in the warm and comforting foods that many of us have grown to love. For me its the thought of warm pumpkin spice muffins and pumpkin pie that remind me that Thanksgiving is almost here. Squash and Pumpkin are both hearty winter vegetables that can be used in an assortment of fine recipes. They are simple to work with once you get the hang of it and can be added to any recipe, from muffins and cakes, to soups and stews. I even found a great recipe for winter squash lasagna this week that sounds fantastic. I will try that out and post what we think of it later this week.
Last week in our Kids Cooking Class we made some fun cupcakes which may not have been super nutritious but they did have all organic pumpkin and ingredients which soothe the soul.
Directions: In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Add the butter and beat until incorporated and smooth.
Add the vanilla extract and confectioners sugar and beat until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Pipe or spread the frosting on the cupcakes. Sprinkle with toasted and chopped nuts or English Toffee Bits or anything you have on hand!