Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2015’

Apple, Cheddar & Virginia Ham Flatbread

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Serves 2-4

10″ – 12″ round flatbread

dijon mustard

apple butter

grated aged white cheddar

country ham, thinly sliced, julienne

large apple, cored, very thinly sliced (peel on)

baby arugula

olive oil

sea salt & pepper

Pre-heat oven to 450°F

Mix dijon & apple butter, spread on flatbread

Top with cheddar, country ham & thinly sliced apples

Bake 7-10 mins, until cheese is melted & golden

Toss arugula with olive oil & s&p; mound on top of pizza

Note: can sub prosciutto or pancetta and smoked gouda

 

#clean&safe

September is…when the pools close? when kids are finally back to school everywhere? start of real football season? Yes, yes, yes. 

AND, it’s food safety month! What? Isn’t every month…and every day that?

How clean and safe is your food service establishment right now? Can you find one thing that could be cleaner? If someone claimed they got sick from your food, do you know and could you prove they didn’t?

By the most recent estimates of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tainted food sickens 48 million Americans a year, sends nearly 128,000 of them to the hospital and leaves more than 3,000 dead. Read more.

Use this whole month to get habits, routines, results  assuring that your business is clean and safe.

National Food Safety Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness about the importance of food safety education. Each year a new theme and free training activities and posters are created for the restaurant and foodservice industry to help reinforce proper food safety practices and procedures. Meriwether Godsey has partnered with the NRA since that time to provide the best food safety training! 

Habits That Stop You From Eating Healthy

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Like most people, I struggle to maintain healthy habits, especially as we enter into the busy season of back to school & sports.  Of course, one can always find excuses as to why they aren’t maintaining their healthy habits.  However, there are some habits that always interfere with eating healthy, despite the season. Summer Tomato came up with a great list of Habits That Stop You From Eating Healthy:

Avoiding the Grocery Store:

Not Sleeping Enough

Not Keeping A Stocked Pantry

Buying out of Season Veggies

Ignoring your Dirty Kitchen

Over- Exercising

This article gives some great basic tips and reminds me it is quite simple to adjust my habits to keep my on track when it comes to healthy eating (& exercise). 

See You at the Super Bowl

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You don’t have to like football to know football season is upon us…covers of magazines, TV, people starting to wear their team apparel. So, instead of groaning (like we all do when holiday decorations start popping up in August…), let’s see how we can put it to use. 

Our teams don’t make touchdowns…they make WOW! Our teams don’t have linemen and running backs, they have utility stewards and cooks. Our district managers don’t stand on the sideline building human pyramids, they see details and offer an ear or a hand when one’s needed. And our fans don’t wear foam chef dudes on their heads, they wear smiles on their faces and say – “oh man, lunch was the BEST”. So, a little different but kind of the same?!? 

Every head coach and team owner wants players destined for the hall of fame at every position…and they draft with that dream in mind…but they also know they can win with players who care about the team, are willing to work hard, and look to improve their skills every day. Get your team to the Super Bowl (or Gold Certified — ok, Bronze will do) by having each person fit that description!

Fig & Goat Cheese Salad / Flatbread

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Serves 8

​¼ c apple cider vinegar

2 t dijon mustard

1 T honey

1 t sea salt

½ t freshly ground black pepper

1 c extra virgin olive oil 

2 qt mixed greens (with arugula),roughly chopped

1 c fresh or dried figs, quartered

¾ c goat cheese

¾ c​ candied pecans 

Dressing

1. Mix vinegar, dijon, honey, s&p; whisk in olive oil

2. Toss greens with ½ of vinaigrette, add more as desired

3. Top with figs, goat cheese & candied pecans

Note: For flatbread: spread with goat cheese, top with figs & chopped arugula, bake. Top with more arugula.