Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Diet Information

Ever typed diet into the internet search? Well I did today and got 613,000,000 hits. OK, granted not all the links have to do with diet and exercise. My point is t here is a lot of information out there about dieting and exercise. Especially this time of year. Believe me marketers know just when to release the ads.
You know New Year's Resolution time? I think more people sign up for these programs at this time of year. Of course, they will drop out by Feb 1st. Not all will. but enough. So if you are serious, or even if you are not, there is one website t hat really breaks it down. They have bought and tried several diet and exercise prorgrams and they have put together a really nice website. They are Youonadiet.net. Here is one of thier videos.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's Resolutions and Feasts.

Are you making your New Year's Resolutions yet? Or did you give up on that stuff years ago? Well if you do, did, are planning too keep reading.

Many of us tried on our favorite party clothes this Christmas Party season, looked in the mirror and grimaced. If we could put the thing on at all.

See most of us gain a couple of pounds a year if we don't do anything to keep it off. We're such couch potatoes, and junk food addicts.

I don't know how many of you are aware of this but there is even what I call Vegan Junk food. Ok so it doesn't contain any animal products or bi-products, but there is still no point to eating it. Except that we re such junk food junkies. I'm sorry but a cookie is a cookie whether it is make the traditional way with white sugar flour, eggs and butter or not.

So what about that New Year's thing?

Who’s going to stop smoking?

How about loose weight?

Notice how most of our resolutions are health related?

Ok, who’s concerned about debt?

Why else do we make resolutions? Why do we break them?

I again am going to make that same resolution as I do every year. I’m going to lose weight, and get in shape.

My apartment is on the second floor, and I’m tired of being winded when I get to the top of the stairs.

So, I’ll be telling you about things as I go along- New diets, new programs and such. This will still primarily a food blog, but hopefully about more healthy choices.

All right now here is your New Year's feast for a good New Year. And its healthy too.

Black eyed pears are a staple for Southern Americans on New Years, and I'm not talking about the band, al though ....

Differnet day

Hoppin' John By Diana Rattray, About.com Guide

slight variation by me.


•1 pound dried black-eyed peas

•2 small smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone

•2 medium onions, divided

•3 large cloves garlic, halved

•1 bay leaf

•1 cup long-grain white rice

•1 can (10 to 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chile peppers, juices reserved

•1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

•1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

•3 ribs celery, chopped

•1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

•3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

•3/4 teaspoon salt

•4 green onions, sliced


In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine the black-eyed peas, ham bone or ham hocks, and 6 cups water. Cut 1 of the onions in half and add it to the pot along with the garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender but not mushy, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ham bone or hocks, cut off the meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside. Remove and discard the bay leaf, onion pieces, and garlic.

Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Mince the remaining onion then add to the rice along with the peas, tomatoes, and their juices, red and green bell pepper, celery, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sliced green onions and the reserved diced ham. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

I cook mine in a crock pot and let them simmer all day.
The other ingedients I leave out is Creole Seasoning and hot peppers. This recipe is "kicky" enough.
Well try it both ways. See what you think.

To you're heath America!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Too Cool

Happy happy happy as a girl in chocolate!. Google Blogger and Amazon Associates have teamed up. Now I can add my favorite cookbooks right into my blog with no hassle.

just like this!  

or this!

or whatever from amazon, without going through the thrid party widgets on my side bar. too cool.

hum, what's for dinner?


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hello Kansas City BBQ!

Ok, my big news of late is moving to the Kansas City area. As a foodie I am thrilled, because I can't wait to try the BBq!
Kansas City is one of the BBQ capitals of the world, (the other is Memphis) there are big countests, and at least 50 restaurants in the city with feature the saucey stuff. I have to metion Memphis because the worlds biggest contest is on Mud Island every spring. people compete from all over the world. My family being from Arkansas, Memphis style bbq was my first.

KC is known for the sauce, sweet and tangy. I found this on Wikipedia:

Kansas City barbecue refers to the specific inner city style of barbecue that evolved from the pit of Henry Perry in the early 1900s in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Metropolitan Area is renowned for barbecue. Kansas City, Missouri has more than 100 barbecue restaurants and is known in Missouri as "world's barbecue capital." There are large, well attended barbecue cooking contests, the two most notable being in nearbyLenexa, Kansas and at the American Royal.

Kansas City barbecue is characterized by its use of different types of meat (including pulled pork, pork ribs, burnt ends, smoked sausage, beef brisket, beef ribs, smoked/grilled chicken, smoked turkey, and sometimes fish) along with its sweet and tangy sauces which are generally intended for liberal use. A majority of restaurants also offer a spicy variety of the staple sauce. Ribs are mostly pork, but also come in beef varieties and can come in a number of different cuts. Burnt ends, the flavorful pieces of meat cut from the ends of a smoked beef or pork brisket, are a popular dish in many Kansas City area barbecue restaurants. Kansas City barbecue is also known for its many side dishes, including a unique style of baked beans, french fries, cole slaw, and other soul food staples.

My mom made a sauce that involved diet cola, and ketchup. There are pit masters shuddering right now at the thoutht.

Anyway as I trip into BBq heaven, I'll pass out the details

Gluten free Gnocchi

Once upon a time in Santa Rosa, CA at my one of my favorite little eatery’s, (Mary's Pizzza), I discovered something so tasty, so good...