Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Monday November 15, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Lights, Camera, Action

Kitchen transformed into a set to shoot 8 videos for Liberty Mutual - making heirloom recipes diabetic friendly.  We are rolling.  Four videos on Monday,  four on Tuesday.  And, guess what?  The recipes are delicious and healthy!!  What a concept.

Monday November 08, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Liberty Medical Diabetes Videos

Well, well, well.....it's Monday already and there is much to do.  Next Monday and Tuesday we will be shooting 8 webisodes for a company called Liberty Medical. 

My mission: Make 8 Heirloom Recipes diabetic-friendly.

The recipes I will be doing:

Pumpkin Cupcakes
Apple Cheesecake Torte
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies (gluten free as well!!)
Chicken Breast Cacciatore
Nana's No-Fail Baked Fish
Roasted Pork Tenderloin and root vegetables
Turkey Meatballs
Jen’s Simple Pizza

The recipes are written and tested.  The cool thing is, with the exception of the cupcakes and torte, my other recipes are healthy in their own right and did not need tweaking!!

So stay tuned as I share this journey with you!! And remember, November is National Diabetes Month!!
With diabetes becoming an epidemic,  I am happy to be involved in a project to help people eat better.

Monday November 01, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
thank you Fairview Hospital

It can't be Monday, is it? I suppose that's what happens when one doesn't heed grandmotherly wisdom, and REST and drink plenty of fluids when one is ill. Seriously, I thought I had done so but my type-A personality defines rest as a couple of hours on the couch emailing etc. And I had to pay. I was sick enough to warrant a trip to the ER. And now thanks to the good Dr. Sabatelli in the Fairview Hospital ER, and some strong drugs I am feeling much better. The only problem - I missed the entire weekend!
I hope to get back to normal soon and will welcome my typical day with open arms. A dose of sickness is a great reality check. I have a great life!

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Monday October 25, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Musings on some of our Constitutional Rights

Today I feel like going off-topic.  I want to talk about guns, not butter and freedom of speech.  Both amendments were present-of-mind last week.

Freedom of speech and expression are the rights that we as Americans need to cherish.  As a member and a programmer of the all volunteer, community radio station WBCR-lp, 97.7 fm, Great Barrington, this right becomes more pronounced during the fund drive.  Isn't it amazing that a group of diverse people can come together and volunteer their time and expertise to have access to the airwaves and to exercise our right to free speech.  All music genres and topics can be expressed (of course while abiding by the FCC rules).  How lucky I am to be an American and have this opportunity!!

As a segue into our 2nd amendment rights, I would like to say that despite the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me," harsh words and mean words can and do harm people.  My stepdaughter suffered severely from a bullying situation last year; and I, most recently was called a nasty name by someone with the intent to hurt me.  Despite all the rationalizing I did and others did on my behalf and my stepdaughter's behalf, we still felt pain.  So please think twice before saying things about and to people that are not nice.

And why guns?  Last week I took the firearms licensing class because I would like to go hunting and I also  want to know and understand how guns work. If others own them and understand them, isn't it best that I do too? In the abstract, this seemed like a great idea.  We see images of guns on the TV every night; we see cops brandishing their weapons on TV shows.  How bad could it be to shoot a gun?  After the classroom part of the course, we marched into the firing range.  I was the ONLY woman. We were taught to load and shoot.  Loading, no problem. Shooting, well, truly one of the most terrifying and humbling experiences I have EVER experienced!!

These are our rights - take them seriously!!

What a country.

Monday October 18, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Autumnal Bliss

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  This is the view I am blessed with seeing each morning and well most days.  The mist, the colors and texture are all too beautiful for words to describe. Soon the color will be gone and we'll enter the season of grays, whites, and browns.  Until then, I relish the colors and the frost on the pumpkins and look forward to the smell of the first fire in the fireplace and the cozy, dark days ahead.

Monday October 11, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Alex Elman

Sometimes people are placed in your life to inspire you.  I met such a person last night - her name is Alex Elman. She doesn't yet know that she had such an impact on me, but she did.  Her story - inspiring!
We spoke about organic farming and organic wines and I was excited to see if perhaps she might want to be a guest on my radio show, and better yet, a guest wine blogger.  You see, Alex is a wine expert and has started her own label - Alex Elman Wines - Authentic Wine Treasures that are natural and organic. Alex is also blind.  I tip my hat and raise my glass to Alex!!

According to a NY Post article:

"These wines are the best examples of what they are and where they come from. They are wines that are honestly made," she said.
Elman goes for wines that are organically produced, and has picked four with which to launch her company: a Chardonnay and a cabernet sauvignon, both from France; and a red, a Malbec, and a white called a Torrentes, both originating in Argentina.
The wines go for $12 to $15 a bottle, and Elman wanted them to be good enough for people to bring to a party, and affordable enough for every day.
"I'm not someone who is out there telling you what to drink," she said.
"What we're trying to do with Alex Elman Wines is to take a lot of the guesswork out, because when you walk into a store there are so many wines.
"I would really like this to be people's go-to wine," she said.

I can't wait to taste them!!  Thank you Alex.

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