Archive | March, 2010

Quick Thoughts

4 Mar

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Those who ask “What?” are in the long term rarely successful. Those who ask “What’s the reason?” are in the long term more  successful.

Those who say “just tell me what to do” never own their diet or exercise. Those who say “tell me the reason why I do this” are empowered to make healthful decisions for the rest of their lives.

Which one are you?

Avocado-Mango Salad w/Pickled Shallots and Pistachios

1 Mar

Serves 4 to 6

Enjoy the balance of peppery greens with a bit of sweet from local fruit.  This salad tastes is a beautiful side to seared or grilled fish, veal, or as a main course topped with seared ahi or halibut.


1 medium shallot (1 to 2 oz), sliced into very thin rings

2 tbsp Champagne or Rice vinegar

Kosher Salt

3 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp Red Wine vinegar

2 cups baby arugula, watercress or spring mix

1/4c roasted, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp thinly sliced mint

1 tbsp thinly sliced basil

Freshly ground black pepper

3 medium firm-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced lengthwise 1/4″ thick

2 kiwis, peeled, halved, and sliced 1/4″ thick

1 medium mango seeded, peeled, and sliced lengthwise 1/4″ thick

Directions: In a medium bowl, toss the shallot with Champagne or Rice vinegar and a pinch of salt.  Set aside for 10-20 minutes, stirring once.  Drain the shallot into a small bowl, reserving the vinegar.  Whisk the olive oil and red wine vinegar into the shallot vinegar.   In a separate medium bowl, toss 1 tbsp of the vinaigrette with the pickled shallots, arugula (or watercress), pistachios, mint, basil, 1/4tsp salt, and a few grinds of pepper.  Arrange the avocado, kiwi and mango on a platter.  Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Top with arugula mixture and serve immediately.

Jamie Oliver on TED: A great attempt at solving the growing obesity problem in this country

1 Mar

More commonly known as the Naked Chef, I encourage you to take 20 mins to listen to Jamie Oliver talk about his ambition and approach to solving this country’s eating problems.  It’s insightful and thought provoking so I welcome your comments below.  Thoughts and comments?  Ideas?   Things we can do in our community?  In our homes?