Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Friday June 08, 2012

Carole’s Concoctions:
What is Sustainable Seafood?

It's World Ocean's Day today and it's all about cherishing the oceans and encouraging us to eat "sustainable seafood."  But that's where I have a problem.  What is sustainable?  Marion Nestle defined it in my radio interview with her as "What you take out, you put back?"  I can't get my head around that one as it relates to seafood.

And I think we all get confused by the latest nutrition mantras - eat lots of salmon because it has the most omega-3's.  All of the sudden, everyone wants salmon which in turn leads to over-fishing, poorly farmed versions and a conundrum for deep thinkers like me.  So, I basically avoid salmon for the most part and "vote with my fork." 

I think we should look for local catches or in-season fish whenever possible.  But that's a simple, over-generalization that I don't really understand.  When I visit my parents in Rhode Island it seems that Atlantic Cod would be a great choice, or perhaps lobster.  Are these sustainable? SO I do my homework and find out that "local" Atlantic cod is not sustainable, but Maine lobster is OK.  Well goodie for me because I LOVE lobster!! But I love cod.  What to do?  So confused!!  One the best resources I have found on the subject is the Monterey Bay Aquarium website.  They have apps and information on better choices.

So for today, I decided that we'd have scallops which are for the most part a good choice - phew!!  And, believe it or not CLAMS are sustainable, too.  Here's a recipe for Linguine with Clam Sauce.

I'd love your thoughts about the sustainability of seafood issue.  I doubt our grandparents had to think much about it.

 

Friday June 01, 2012

Carole’s Concoctions:
Easy Pasta Dish

It's been quite a while since I've posted in Carole's Concoctions.  And, it's not because I haven't been concocting, I have been swamped.  Getting Heirloom Meals off the ground requires me to do many things. Blogging, radio interviews, TV show, fundraising, social media etc.  And then there's the rest of my life.  So, I am trying really hard to be more diligent about writing.

This past Sunday I sprained my ankle and have been sitting with my foot elevated for the past 3-4 days.  I didn't feel like cooking but never-the-less, we needed to eat.

I concocted up a pasta with tuna and artichoke hearts that was a keeper.  Here's the recipe.  I hope you enjoy it!

Friday May 04, 2012

Carole’s Concoctions:
Meatless May

I was inspired by EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals: 150 Healthy Recipes Everyone Will Love (EatingWell), Eating Well Magazine's idea of using their book,  to eat my way through May without consuming meat.  I ordered the book a little late and it should be arriving soon, so I have had to improvise.

Here's what I concocted using Italian Kale and the first herbs from my garden: Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup.

Sunday April 29, 2012

Carole’s Concoctions:
Spring Vegetables

Hope springs eternal and oh, so happy for those first green vegetables of spring - asparagus, watercress and artichokes.  While not all are grown here in Massachusetts, they are the spring veggies that you can find in abundance in the grocery store. Over the last few days, I have enjoyed making watercress soup, asparagus polonaise and baby artichokes.

I hope you enjoy these and please share your concoctions and versions!

Friday December 30, 2011

Carole’s Concoctions:
Christmas Take Two

Jim's kids are here and I am at it again...Christmas dinner #2.  And the Roast Prime Rib is the request from the troops!  I remember growing up we used to go to an Inn in the Poconos called Pocono Manor Inn and we all loved the Prime Rib au jus. So I love creating what I remember of that meal...the tender, juicy meat with a side of au jus, baked potato or some variation on the potato and a green vegetable.  

So, I guess I am concocting up a meal from my food memory lane in the hopes that my step kids conjure similar memories when they are older.

Here's my Prime Rib Recipe. Enjoy!

Friday December 16, 2011

Carole’s Concoctions:
Favorite Christmas Memory

Nostalgia is the word for the holidays.

When I was a little girl, my Mom threw a party for me and my friends - "Come Carol with Carole". My Dad would print up the songbooks for all of us to use and we would head out into the neighborhood and ring people's doorbells, wait for them to answer and then launch into a Carol. It was so much fun.  We didn't want money or applause; we were spreading the joy of the season. 

We ended up back at our house for cookies and hot chocolate. The cookie platter was full of pignolis, biscottii, sugar cookies, snow balls, cream puffs and more. Oddly, the biscotti and pignolis were harldy ever eaten by us kids.  And I bet the adults were secretly happy.

I am glad I am an adult now!  I made pignolis last weekend and was so happy to make something that Jim could eat too as they are gluten-free!

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