February 2010

February 1, 2010 in 2010 by Joyce Bunderson

February: In this Issue

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

Grandma really enjoys celebrations and special days; so each month she will share a few ideas that she thinks are interesting.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies. Read more…

Pure and Simple News

Some simple news to help support healthier living.

February Happenings

A time for celebrations of love, friendship, and kindness. A time for enjoyment and gatherings, and maybe even striving to celebrate in healthier more nutritious ways.

This month you’ll notice that I’m essentially referring you to articles in Doctor Grandma’s blog. There you will find recipes, ideas and nutrition information already published. This newsletter mentions others that will be published to fit the themes for this month. I hope that you’ll enjoy some of the new recipes and ways of eating with plenty of flavor and greater health.

Traditional February Gathering Events:

Parties, gatherings or seeming mandates to serve snacks often seem to command fatty, salty, junk foods and food-like substances. These items, disguised as real foods, fill the snack table that replaces meals. Maybe try some of the ideas and recipes in the Snacks Can Actually Be Healthy piece, to be posted on February 3rd.

Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th

This is the snack food mandate of the year.

Winter Olympics, Vancouver Canada,February 12 – 28th

Twelve days of opportunities to gather each night to watch the Olympics on TV – what are you serving?

Mardi Gras (Carnival) Tuesday, February 16th

“Fat Tuesday – also called “pancake day.” As an aside, with Dr. Grandma’s Pancakes the pancake Tuesday is much less likely to make you fat

Boy Scout Anniversary Week: 3 – 9th

Are you getting the scouts together?

President’s Day, Monday February 15th

It’s a three-day weekend, are they gathering at your house, expecting snacks?

February is best known as the month for celebrations of love, friendship and kindness.

  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day, of course, tops the list,
  • National Laugh – Friendly Month
  • National Mend A Broken Heart Month
  • Love Makes the World Go Round; But Laughter Keeps Us from Getting Dizzy Week: 8-14th *I’ve not heard of this celebration, but someone’s got a great sense of humor.
  • Celebration of Love Week: 10 – 16th
  • International Friendship Week: 17-23rd
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week: 11-17th

Heart Health Month

I guess that the American Heart Association chose February, because of the heart symbol is already generously used during February. I know it is the month that I have to send notes to my neighbors for donations to the Heart Association. I was thinking that this year, maybe we could try to choose some menu items that will make our loved ones and friends know that we care about them, while trying to help them (and ourselves), have a healthy heart.

I started to list the recipes that will be posted in this newsletter illustrating heart healthy menu items-then noticed something peculiarly obvious:

  1. Fish – Brain Food?, Posted January 22, 2010 with recipe for Salmon Salad
  2. Squash (Not the Sport), Posted January 21, 2010 directions for Roasted Cow Squash
  3. Imagining Spring in January, Posted January 20, 2010 with directions for Basic Sautéed Red Swiss Chard
  4. A Thousand Mile Journey Begins with a Single Step, Posted January 19, 2010 with Recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Humus
  5. Shouting from the Housetops, Eat Whole Grains,Posted January, 18 2010 with recipe for Herbed Feta Wheat Berry Salad

It took looking at the past five posts before my thought process ‘clicked in.’ I asked myself, “What am I thinking, all my posts are designed for heart health.” So I guess that the message is to get to the blog, if you want healthy menus and recipes for heart health. The blog features each recipe with some background I hope will be interesting to you. If you would like to be alerted when new blog posts appear, click the RSS feed button.

Each recipe will soon be made available also in the Recipe Database, available at a click from the left-side navigation bar on the Doctor Grandmas home page.

National Pancake Week: 22 – 28th

Enjoy our new recipe for Oatmeal, Apples and Spice Pancakes to be posted on February 12, 2010 blog.

Should the Sweet Potato Pancake recipe below be under the National Pancake Week or under the Sweet Potato Month? It scores on both, all at once.

Sweet Potato Month

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Apple Walnut Topping

Sweet potatoes meet pancakes. And it’s a great combination. Top it off with the apple walnut topping for some hearty, yet yummy, pancakes.

Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes with Apple Walnut Topping .

Pure and Simple News

Some simple news to support your goal of consuming a healthier diet.

Black History Month

I’ve not been taught how to make Fufu yams, but I definitely like the name. It has something to do with cooked yams and sweet potatoes pounded into dough. But since I have no Fufu cooking experience and February is Sweet Potato Month, I’ll have to wait for another time when I can get together with my friend, Phyllis, and have her teach me to make Fufu. For this year, I’ll share two recipes using yams (sweet potatoes). The two recipes are Yams on a Hawaiian Date and Ready for a New Spin on Yams? it’s a recipe for yams stuffed with caramelized apples, and cranberries. (Quite delicious).

The black people that made the early foods of the slaves were not always so well off to have bacon grease and ham hocks to smoother their recipes. I love bacon too, but listening carefully to my heart, (yes, hearts can speak to us in many ways), it informs me that I need to be very careful with bacon, so I tend to have it only once in a blue moon. My educated mind tells me this too. Let us not be mistaken, the taste buds to not always agree with this advice from heart or mind. Since I just had bacon in December, I think I’ll develop a recipe for Jambalaya without bacon and ham hocks; I’ll also share my decades old recipe for cornbread – See the February 10, 2010 blog for the recipes.