Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 26, 2011

Have You Had Your Baked/Broiled Fish Today?

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BAKED/BROILED FISH TODAY?

 

     An MRI brain scan study discovered older persons who regularly ate baked or broiled fish experienced a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

     Eating fried fish did not improve gray matter volume or reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairment.

     The study controlled for age, gender, education, race, obesity, physical activity, and the presence or absence of apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4), a gene that increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The findings showed that consumption of baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis was positively associated with gray matter volumes in (more…)

December 12, 2011

Three Simple, Healthy Horderves

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THREE SIMPLE, HEALTHY HORDERVES

     In reading the newspaper this month I came across the following recipes I thought would be useful if I need to create some horderves:

SMOKED SALMON ON ROASTED POTATO ROUNDS

Roast sliced potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper at 375-degrees ntil golden. Cool. Top with smoked salmon, low-fat Greek yogurt, and fresh dill.

SALAD IN A GLASS

 Pour a bit of your favorite (more…)

December 4, 2011

New Word: Umble Pie

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NEW WORD: UMBLE PIE

     While at a Westmoreland County (PA) Historical Society program on Christmas traditions in Southwestern Pennsylvania the term umble pie arose.

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     Huh? Isn’t it humble pie?

     No.

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     Umble pie is a term for a variety of pastries originally based on medieval meat tripe pies. The pie filling consisted of the liver, heart, and other offal, especially of the cow (more…)

November 19, 2011

Pumpkin Punch Recipe

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PUMPKIN PUNCH RECIPE

      There’s a white pumpkin sitting on our patio. Not long from now my husband Monte will turn it into pumpkin pies for the holidays. The pumpkin, however, will yield so much pumpkin that he will have to bag it and freeze it for later.

     For those of you who are unfamiliar with Lunar pumpkins, they are shaped like the familiar orange pumpkins but (more…)

October 19, 2011

Enjoy Coffee in Moderation

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

ENJOY COFFEE IN MODERATION

     I was in my thirties before I began drinking coffee. I started the habit when I was leading domestic violence group meetings at my dining room table, and attendees forbade me from making their coffee. My schedule was so tight that I succumbed to drinking coffee during the meetings, and discovered it helped me with a physical problem.

     Since then, I have enjoyed one cup of coffee each morning while I read the daily newspaper.

     Then came the time that I spent the weekend in the hospital. I’d had symptoms of heart problems that they weren’t going to address until Monday. I was admitted Friday evening.

     Disaster! I wasn’t allowed to have (more…)

September 29, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS 2011

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  FALL

A favorite fall activity in Southwestern Pennsylvania is making apple butter…and so I do…in Waterford, Pennsylvania, just over the hill from where I live.

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 ADDITIONAL READING:

Divide Your Plants—And Share the Goodies

Guess Who Came to My House for a Mid-morning Snack?

Colors Shine at Thunder Mountain Lenape’ Nation’s 2011 Pow Wow

September 26, 2011

Making Sausage Bean Soup

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MAKING SAUSAGE BEAN SOUP

     I made three kettles of soup—beef vegetable, chicken noodle, and sausage bean.

     The first two soups turned out find. But the sausage bean soup…well, after soaking the beans in hot water first and then soaking them two days, the beans were still hard. Cooking didn’t improve the situation to an acceptable degree. What was wrong?

     Then I read that the age of the beans will determine how long it takes them to soften. It’s difficult to know exactly how old your beans are, so be patient if the soup takes a bit longer to cook than the instructions suggest.

     I’ll bet that was the problem. I’d had the beans a while. And who knows how old they were when I purchased them?

     The beans eventually (more…)

September 20, 2011

Autumn Apple’s Offering: Apple Cider

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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

AUTUMN APPLE’S OFFERING: APPLE CIDER

 

     One of my favorite experiences of autumn is being able to drink fresh-pressed apple cider. It seems a lost art, since it’s a rarity to find such a beverage nowadays. Because of bacterial contamination stores can no longer legally sell fresh-pressed apple cider—it must be pasteurized.

     My husband Monte and I were able, for the first time in years, to enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider. We actually watched the apples being loaded into the cider press, and saw the golden juice pressed out of them.

     This month I also came across a story from the early 1800s on apple cider making, and read another story in a September newspaper—on a moose caught up a tree, drunk from eating apples.

To read the post, click on Fresh Apple Cider and a Drunk Moose

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ADDITIONAL READING:

From flax to linen: The Stahlstown (Pa.) Flax Scutching Festival

Flax scutching in Pennsylvania & Europe

Mystery in St. Francis Cemetery in Minersville (PA)

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September 15, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS 2011

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  TEXTURE

While kneading pizza dough one experiences its texture…

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Guess Who Came to My House for a Mid-morning Snack?

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

Colors Shine at Thunder Mountain Lenape’ Nation’s 2011 Pow Wow

August 7, 2011

Gold-Flecked Ice Cream, Anyone?

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GOLD-FLECKED ICE CREAM, ANYONE?

I scream,

You scream,

We all scream,

For ice cream!

Step right up to try our new flavor gold-flecked ice cream.

    But before you order this dessert you had better be certain that your wallet contains at least (more…)

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