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The Beauty of Summer Eating

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Now that summer has officially arrived, eating has become pretty simplistic (and delicious). I welcomed the morning with juicy blueberries & farm fresh eggs. My lunch consisted of cucumbers & heirloom tomatoes (courtesy of the Lynchburg Farmer’s Market) splashed with a little balsamic vinegar & olive oil.  Most dinners include grilled summer squash and my favorite, sockeye salmon.  The beauty of summer is that dinners are simply delicious, with the emphasis on simple. No need for fancy embellishments.  Of course, all of this fresh, local food would not be possible without our fantastic farmer’s market.  If you are not a regular customer of a market I urge you make a trip to your own local market (wherever that may be).  I must admit my heart beats a little faster when I arrive at the Saturday morning Farmer’s market and take in the view of the produce paradise.  Check out this recipe that features peaches & tomatoes, two summer market stars.

 

Fresh Grilled Peach Salsa

Butter Bean Hummus

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Serves 8-10

1 lb       fresh butter beans or
             frozen baby limas

2 t         fresh garlic, minced

⅓ c        plain greek yogurt

½ t ea   s&p

¼ t        cayenne pepper

1 c        olive oil

¼ c        fresh lemon juice

1. Place beans in saucepan, cover with water

2. Bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer, partially covered, 40 min

3. Drain & cool

In food processor

1. Combine beans, garlic, greek yogurt, s&p & cayenne, pulse until smooth

2. Slowly pour olive oil & lemon juice through spout

3. Pour into serving dish

4. Serve with raw veggies, pita toasts, gourmet chips

Store, covered, in refrigerator for up to 5 days

 

Better, Better, Best

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Much the same way professional athletes practice (even more than when they were first learning), so should leaders. Finding the advice, model, wisdom that fits you and your work is important. Blending your style with “accepted” best practices (like leading situationally and reading clever articles like The Management Art of Cooking) is equally important.  And, practicing every day…is most important.
Connecting with our individual teammates, evaluating every meal, thinking and talking about our blind sides…is like practicing a 10 foot putt until you make 3 in a row.  It’s how we get better, stay better, taste better, look better.

Moderation For Your Health

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There is no doubt sensationalism sells, just check out the latest cover of Time Magazine. Unfortunately what does not sell is sound science and simple explanations of how to interpret this science.  If you believe all the hype, one would think that eating butter (and other animal fats) to our heart desires would not lead to any ill consequences.

 

However, there is little doubt that both fat & sugar contribute to obesity, which in turn are contributing to our epidemic of type 2 diabetes (hence heart disease).  The solution to this problem has not changed, all things in moderation, which unfortunately is not a word that most Americans find exciting. What exactly is moderation? Moderation is “the avoidance of excess or extremes”, pretty simple stuff really.

Are you a Gadget Junkie?

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It was the middle of winter when summer squash was only a dream, but when the ad from William Sonoma popped up in my Inbox I knew I was about to make a purchase.  Although I am not a huge kitchen gadget junkie, there are certain items that I cannot live without (my Kitchen Aid Mixer & Vitamix to name a few).  Although I knew I certainly couldn’t classify the Paderno spiralizer as a necessity, this blog sealed the deal for me and the spiralizer has become my newest kitchen gadget.  I think this is the best way to avoid burn out with one of my favorite summer vegetables, after all variety is key.

Radish, Cucumber & Peach Salad

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Serves 6

2  ripe peaches, diced to ½”

1  english cucumber,thinly sliced or julienne

8  radishes, quartered or thinly sliced

coarse sea salt

1T  grated lime zest

2T  fresh lime juice

2T  olive oil

1T  honey

 

1. Arrange peach, cucumber & radishes on platter

2. Season with sea salt

3. Whisk together lime zest & juice, oil & honey

4. Drizzle dressing over salad

 

Foodie Revolution

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Coming at us from every direction are varying philosophies, policies, and opinions about what’s “wrong” with what we eat and how much.  From recent articles suggesting food should be regulated like cigarettes to current disease in our animal food sources (beef and pork) to controversial documentaries about our industry as a whole, there is no debating the fact that we (people who love and serve food) are in the hot seat.
On May 16 a handful of MG school locations participated in the Food Revolution event created by Jamie Oliver to introduce kids to cooking and real foods – something we see as our mission every day.
From the front door to the back door we promise our customers real foods (embrace fresh, local, scratch – always!). The best way for us to add positive energy to this growing global concern is to do our thing…and make sure everyone knows what that is.

The School Lunch Debate

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When my son Oliver started public school this year, I told myself I was going to keep an open mind about the lunchroom offerings.  Sadly, my preconceived notions about the food were right on target.  Admittedly there is some healthy food to be had; it is just not prepared in an appealing manner.  Furthermore, my son is only eager to buy on the most unhealthful days of the week, hot dogs, prepackaged peanut butter and jelly (really) & of course chicken fingers.

Granted, I don’t want to appear to be the food police, but I consider these foods to be “fun” and not ones I am happy to see on the regular lunch rotation.  Though I believe in food choice, my almost 7 year old would happily eat M & M’s for dinner, washed down with a cup of Gatorade.  So how can my son make proper food choices at school if there are so many more appealing, yet very unhealthy options?  Is it possible for schools to offer more healthy appealing choices and stay within their budget? I recently read a very insightful column by Mark Bittman discussing these issues.  Click the link to read.

Save Our Children

High Five!

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You probably don’t need an article to tell you that people who work…are more invested in what they do…when they have positive relationships with their coworkers and supervisors.

 

After all, loving people and serving others is at the core of our core.

 

But, Five Things Great Managers Do Every Day, is excellent. 

 

The very first of the five:  be straightforward.

 

Trust is the gatekeeper to connection. A great manager doesn’t sugarcoat bad news, evade the facts, or attempt to spin. She respects her employees enough to give them the truth, even if it’s not the most palatable thing to hear on a Monday morning. Great managers inspire their team by being authentic, direct, and honest.

 

Read on!

The Doctor’s Always Right, Right?!

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Recently I had the privilege of hearing a very well respected physician speak on the topic of health and nutrition.  However, when this physician started quoting Dr. Oz, my inner skeptic went on overdrive.  All credibility was lost on me when this speaker began quoting NYT reporter (and major propagandist) Gary Taubes.

Sensationalism. That is the word I think of when I hear Gary Taubes (not a physician by the way), Dr Oz and other “experts” speak about nutrition and weight loss.  The quick fixes, the pills, the supplements, no sugar, no gluten, no grains, no wheat, hey how about no food!

Not to say that these physicians and reporters don’t give us something to think about; science is ever changing and these “experts” certainly give us food for thought.  However, no matter the credentials a practitioner has we need to be skeptics of the quick fixes and promises that simply do not work.

For a very enlightened view on this topic, check out Drop it and Eat by credible health & nutrition expert Walter Willett.