Saturday, December 10, 2016

 Dear Sha
May you live long and well
In love and good health.
May devotion and friendship
 Be the best of your wealth.
 May the dreams you hold dearest
Be those that come true.
May the kindness you show
Keep returning to you.

Much love and wonderful birthday wishes
Aunt Jeannie


Friday, December 9, 2016

Spare Ribs ... Easy & Yummy Good

2         tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2         tablespoons chopped rosemary leaves
1-1/2      tablespoons kosher salt
1-1/2      tablespoons fennel seeds
2         teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2         teaspoons chopped sage
2         teaspoons chopped thyme
2         teaspoons sweet paprika
1         teaspoon crushed red pepper
1         teaspoon ground coriander
1/2      teaspoon ground allspice
6         pounds pork spareribs
3         tablespoons balsamic vinegar 

1 .  In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary, kosher salt, fennel, black pepper, sage, thyme, paprika, crushed red pepper, coriander and allspice. Rub the spice paste all over the spareribs and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours or refrigerate overnight.
2 .  Preheat the oven to 325°. Arrange the ribs on a large, rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan, meaty side up. Roast the ribs for 2 hours, or until tender.
3 .  Preheat the broiler. Brush the meaty side of the ribs with the balsamic vinegar and broil 6 inches from the heat until browned, about 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then cut between the ribs and serve.
A slightly spicy medium-bodied red with low acidity or a lighter-bodied Sangiovese-based red like Chianti.

Heart healthy

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Shrimp Fried Rice

 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

3       (3-1/2-ounce) bags boil-in-bag long-grain rice
1       (10-ounce) package frozen green peas
Cooking spray
2       large eggs, lightly beaten
1       tablespoon canola oil
1       cup chopped green onions
1       tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World)
12     ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2        tablespoons rice vinegar
2        tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1         teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/4       teaspoon salt
Dash of crushed red pepper (optional)

1 .  Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Remove rice from bags, and return to pan. Add peas to the pan, stirring well. Cover and keep warm.

2 .  Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add eggs to pan; cook 1 minute or until set. Remove eggs from pan; coarsely chop. Return pan to heat; add canola oil to pan. Add onions and ginger to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp are done.

3 .  Add shrimp mixture and eggs to rice mixture; stir well. Combine vinegar and the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Drizzle vinegar mixture over rice mixture; stir well.
Heart healthy

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ground Beef and Pasta Casserole

This casserole is perfect for your busy week when getting in and out of the kitchen needs to be a snap. With very simple prep work, it will become a weeknight staple in your household.

 Serves 6 (serving size: 1-1/2 cups)          Total time: 45 Minutes

2        small onions, peeled and quartered
2        large carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
1         tablespoon olive oil
4         garlic cloves, minced
1         tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2      teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2      teaspoon salt, divided
1          pound extra-lean ground sirloin
3 1/2    cups unsalted chicken stock
6          tablespoons sliced fresh basil, divided
2          tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1          tablespoon red wine vinegar
12        ounces uncooked whole-wheat chiocciole or rigatoni (such as Bionaturae)
1          (26.46-ounce) carton strained tomatoes (such as Pomì)
4          ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1          ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)

1. Place onions in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add carrots; pulse until finely chopped.

2. Preheat oven to 350°.

3. Heat a large high-sided sauté pan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion mixture; cook 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add Italian seasoning, red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add beef; cook 5 minutes. Stir in stock, 4 tablespoons basil, tomato paste, vinegar, pasta, and tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 13 minutes or until pasta is almost done, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

4. Arrange mozzarella over pasta mixture. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano; bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until pasta is done. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons basil.
Heart healthy

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Maxy sez : Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Chances of an early death double if smoker also has the blood sugar disease.
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News

While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms.

Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found.

"Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He reviewed the new findings.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, and involved data on more than 53,000 Americans  who were either current or former heavy smokers.

The overall risk of an early death was roughly double if the smoker had diabetes, the researchers reported. Overall, almost 13 percent of smokers with diabetes died during the seven-year study period, compared with just under 7 percent of those who weren't diabetic.

Women with diabetes seemed even more vulnerable than men when it came to lung cancer, specifically.

The study found that female smokers with diabetes had an 80 percent higher risk of dying from lung cancer, compared with female smokers who didn't have the illness.

That trend was not seen among men, however. For males, having diabetes was tied to higher odds for early death overall, but it did not seem to be linked to   higher risk of dying from lung cancer, specifically, the findings showed.

According to study lead researcher Dr. Kavita Garg, the findings indicate that "taking control of diabetes is important among smokers, whether they undergo screening for lung cancer or not, because diabetes is an independent risk factor for dying."

RELATED: Smoking Plus High Cholesterol Ups Heart Attack Risk

Garg is a professor of radiology at the university. In the study, her team looked at data from people who took part in the National Lung Screening Trial. That U.S. trial compared CT chest scans against chest X-rays, to see how each fared as early screening for lung cancer in current and former heavy smokers.

More than 5,000 of the smokers in the trial (nearly 10 percent) also had diabetes. Participants with diabetes tended to be older, and to smoke and weigh more than those without diabetes, the researchers  noted.

Garg's team analyzed the risk of dying from lung cancer, other cancers and from any cause. Over the seven years of the trial, nearly 4,000 participants died, including more than 1,000 from lung cancer and more than 800 from other cancers.

Zonszein said the new findings should come as little surprise.

"We all know that smoking is not good for patients with diabetes -- it worsens peripheral artery disease [poor leg circulation] and heart disease, and predisposes people to an early lung cancer death or disability by chronic obstructive lung disease [COPD]," he said.

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Gerald Bernstein, an endocrinologist and coordinator of the Friedman Diabetes Program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, added that "the bigger picture makes these findings even more  ominous."

That's because even among people with pre-diabetes -- a precursor to diabetes -- "smoking is as big a risk for dying as high blood pressure and high cholesterol," Bernstein said.

Bernstein concedes that quitting smoking is hard, and takes more effort than just taking a pill to control blood pressure or cholesterol.

But, another expert said, battling a smoking habit and diabetes at once can be challenging.

"When patients are diagnosed with diabetes, quitting smoking does not always seem like a top priority," said Patricia Folan. She directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y.

Patients are often overwhelmed by the many lifestyle changes required to control their diabetes, she said.

"Often, what is not appreciated is the fact that the complications of  diabetes -- an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, damage to blood vessels, kidney disease, infections, ulcers, amputations and blindness -- are more likely to occur if you are smoking," Folan explained.

However, "quitting smoking will improve the overall health of patients with diabetes and make it easier for them to exercise and control their diabetes while avoiding the complications of the disease," she added.

The results of the study were scheduled to be presented Tuesday at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago. Data presented at medical meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Broccoli Casserole

Mix pantry staples with broccoli to create a comforting casserole that works for weeknights as well as holiday spreads. If the kids enjoy this recipe, try other veggie-loaded casseroles to sneak nutrients in their meals.
 10 Servings

1        pound broccoli, cut into pieces
1        (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
2        large eggs, lightly beaten
1        cup mayonnaise
1-1/2    cups shredded Cheddar
1         stick (1/4 pound) salted butter, cut into pieces
1        sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed (1/3 of a 12 ounce box)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Steam broccoli until crisp-tender, 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water.

Mix soup, eggs, mayonnaise, cheese, butter and pepper in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and combined.

Drain broccoli; spread evenly in baking dish. Pour cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle with crackers. Bake for 30 minutes.

Leftover will last 3/4 weeks in freezer.

Heart healthy

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Baked Potatoes

4      (12-oz.) russet potatoes
1      small shallot, minced
1      garlic clove, minced
2      tablespoons olive oil
1/2    pound greens, washed, trimmed, and chopped
2       teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/8    teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2    cup sour cream
1/2    cup butter, melted
1-1/2    teaspoons kosher salt
1/2     teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2    teaspoon hot sauce
1       cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
Vegetable cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Pierce potatoes with a fork; bake directly on oven rack 1 hour or until tender. Cool 10 minutes.2. Sauté shallot and garlic in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat 1 minute. Stir in greens and next 2 ingredients. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Cook 10 minutes or until tender.3. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; carefully scoop pulp into a large bowl, leaving shells intact. Mash together potato pulp, sour cream, next 4 ingredients, and 1/2 cup cheese. Add greens mixture. Spoon into potato shells, and place on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) baking sheet.4. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Top with remaining cheese, and bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese melts and potatoes are thoroughly heated.

1 .  Potatoes are great to serve for weeknight dinners and weekend entertaining. From mashed potatoes to potato salad, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy these simple, but versatile vegetables. They can make a great addition to any meal from breakfast to dinner. They are the perfect side dish for any meal, and also make great appetizers for entertaining. If you are feeling adventurous, you can  developed a way to add them to a pizza crust. Keeping potatoes stocked in your pantry should be a no-brainer. You can pull them out and transform them into the perfect dish for any occasion.

2 .  To freeze big items like cooked potatoes and meatballs, arrange in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan, and freeze 1 to 2 hours; transfer to a zip-top bag. You'll avoid one frozen mass, plus single servings thaw faster.
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