Cranberry Crepes

“I think careful cooking is love, don’t you?
The loveliest thing you can cook for
someone who’s close to you is about
as nice a valentine as you can give.”
Julia Child

Cranberry Crepes

One of my favorite food items is a crepe. They’re light and delicate and you can have them as an appetizer, entrée or a dessert.

When I was in Davis a few weeks ago, once again I ate  at Crepeville in old town Davis. They serve every crepe you could image. I’ve tried quite a few of Crepevilles’ crepes and every one has been delicious.

For the longest time, I’ve been looking for the right crepe pan. I happen to find the right one at a lovely culinary store in Davis. Never having made crepes, I was a little nervous with my first try. But, thanks to this perfect pan, the crepes came out flawless.

Keeping with the Thanksgiving leftover tradition, we have turkey for a few days after Thanksgiving. By Saturday we are pretty sick of turkey, so I decided to give this years leftovers a French touch. I took some of the leftover fresh oranges, apples, fresh cranberry jelly and whip cream and made Cranberry Crepes.

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Comfort Food

“Food is a lot of people’s therapy
– when we say comfort food,
we really mean that. It’s releasing
dopamine and serotonin in your brain
that makes you feel good.”
Brett Hoebel

Comfort Food

The past few days my husband was in the hospital with an infection. He must have dropped ten pounds in those few days. He just couldn’t eat the food they presented to him at the hospital. Why is hospital food so awful?

When I picked him up at the hospital, the first thing he told me is that he hadn’t eaten a good meal in days. He also told me he missed me and would I please cook his favorite Italian dinner.

It just so happened that I had all the ingredients to cook up an Italian gravy made with fresh Italian sausage, onions, tomatoes, Anaheim and Jalapeño peppers simmered slowly. The house smelled like one of our favorite Italian bistros.

Nothing warms one’s heart and makes you feel better than good old-fashioned comfort food.

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Giving Back

“Goodness is about character –
integrity, honesty, kindness,
generosity, moral courage, and the like.
More than anything else,
it is about how we treat other people.”
Dennis Prager

Giving Back

Lucas Hobbs Giving Back.

How would you react if someone gave you one wish for anything you wanted? What would you wish for?

Well, there’s a young 12-year-old cancer survivor from Minnesota who was granted such a wish. The interesting thing is, he didn’t use the wish on himself.

When the Make a Wish Foundation contacted Lucas Hobbs to grant him a wish, Lucas decided to thank all the people who helped him during his battle with cancer. With the help of Make A Wish, he commandeered a fleet of food trucks to feed as many doctors, nurses, patients and staff as he could to thank the hospital he credits with saving his life.

Lucas has always aspired to become a chef and he is known for being a foodie. With his love of food he cooked up all his favorite dishes and even named some of his favorite dishes he was serving, like The Perkins Dog, after his oncologist, Dr. Joanna Perkins.

It appears Lucas found the perfect recipe for a smile. He also found a great way of saying thank you while giving back.

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Mean Green Juicing Machine

“Our task must be to free ourselves…
by widening our circle of compassion to
embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature and its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

Mean Green

I’ve been juicing the last few days. I love how great I feel when I juice my fruits and vegetable. You get mega doses of vitamins when you juice, so that’s why I have more energy.

Here’s my daily morning juice drink I make to kick-start my day:

My Mean Green Juicing Machine

1 Cucumber
2 Green Apples
2 Cups Chopped Kale
1 Stalk Celery
1 Lemon

Wash all produce well
Juice and pour over ice

You can add fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, lemon pepper seasoning to taste, and a sprig of fennel greens. But I prefer to juice just the ingredients listed for my mean green juicing machine.

Bon Appetit

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Fresh is Best

After eating that delicious pastrami sandwich the other day, I decided I needed a reboot. Not for my computer, but for my body. When I reboot I cleanse my body by juicing most of my meals each day. It’s not only refreshing but I always feel much healthier.

A few years ago I saw the movie, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix. After watching this inspiring movie, I decided to try juicing. As in the movie, I lost weight and felt great. A few of my health problems even disappeared, quite to my doctors amazement.

Today I juiced a portion of a big watermelon that I picked up at the market. I broke up the melon into big chunks, added about a half a cup of water and juiced until it was mixed. Then I poured it over ice and drank the most refreshing sweet drink I’ve had all week.

If you also are trying to eat healthier, just remember when shopping for groceries that fresh is best.

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