The FruitGuys Almanac
February 7, 2011
Plastics are widely used in the kitchen, from containers for leftovers to dishware, cutlery, baby bottles, even the coating inside canned foods. But recent research has shown that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates commonly found in many plastics, can leach into food and pose potential health risks. Learn more about the health risks of plastics here and how to avoid them.
Paella originates from my mother’s hometown of Valencia, Spain, and harkens back to the 13th century when the Moors brought rice to the Iberian Peninsula. Cooked in a shallow round metal pan first introduced by the Romans, paella is still traditionally reserved for family gatherings and special occasions. I think of Paella Valenciana as Spain’s answer to American barbecue. Paella recipes here.
Come January first, there is talk of New Year’s resolutions everywhere: at the water cooler, in the newspaper, on Facebook, and in every nook and cranny of the Internet. Come February, those discussions have long since died out, along with most people’s resolutions, and will, to begin something new. Perhaps Groundhog Day is a more auspicious time to turn to a healthier lifestyle that includes exercise and stress-reduction techniques? So jump-start your resolutions, or simply make Groundhog ones!
From a satellite view, Northern California’s Capay Valley looks like a green quilt caught between the folds of the Coast Range. This makes it good for farming with plenty of clean water from Cache Creek running through its protected crèche shape. The valley floor is ideal for row crops and the canyon hills for grazing livestock. Its geography has mainly attracted and sustained small family farmers with a diversity of crops from olive oil, fruits, nuts, lavender, herbs and a surfeit of diverse vegetables. "It is this patchwork of enterprises that keep agriculture economically viable," says Thomas Nelson, president of the Capay Valley Farm Shop. Read more about Capay Valley FarmShares here.
Jack LaLanne was a typical teenager. He ate fast food and candy, loved soda pop, had acne, and didn’t exercise much. But at age 15 his mother took him to hear a lecture by health food pioneer Paul Bragg. Bragg asked LaLanne what he had eaten in the last 24 hours. After hearing “cakes, pies, ice cream,” Bragg told him he was “a walking garbage can” but that he could become healthy, fit, popular, smart, and happy if he exercised and ate right. Read more about health and exercise visionary Jack LaLanne here.
Every five years the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture update their guidelines for healthy eating. The 2010 dietary guidelines, released at the end of January 2011, offer more of the same advice as past ones: drink water instead of soda, cut back on salt, and eat more fruits and veggies. Oh, and exercise a lot more. Get the new dietary guidelines here.
There is a scene in The Jerk where Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters are eating at a “fancy French restaurant.” After they splurge on “fresh” wine (“This year! No more of this old stuff!”), Martin looks down in horror at his wife’s plate. “Don’t look down, don’t look down!” he says. “Look up! Just keep your eyes up and keep them that way, OK!” He then says to the waiter, “Waiter, there are snails on her plate! Now get them out of here before she sees them... Take those away and bring us those melted cheese sandwich appetizers you talked me out of.” I still crack up when I hear this. If you are wondering about stems and leaves on certain citrus in your box, read here.
Recipe of the Week: White Hakurei Turnip Gratin
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