Category Archives: Food for Thought

Slow Food Diet ~ You are what you eat… always

There’s no need to say anything, because this picture is worth more than a 1,000 words.

This image can be found on this Website…

Eating Well ~ Where Good Taste Meets Good Health

The cover of Eating Well magazine is so gorgeous for the June 2008 issue… Not because I need another magazine, nor even want one; but because the current cover’s issue is so delicious, I just bought it!

The cover put me over the top.

For someone as finickie as I am, less is always more. The simplistic image made my soul hungry… and I ate with my eyes.

Succulent green peas in an equally appealing pea pod with tendrils embracing the concept… So inviting that I spent $4.99 without even thinking about what I was doing… Which is giving myself even more to read – in an environment of over-reading and over-writing.

So, food for thought…

I’ve long loved this magazine, because of its simple approach to food.

“How Much Could You Eat if You Didn’t Have That Drink” on Page 14…

  • Pina Colada = 403 calories
  • Margarita = 375 calories
  • Beer = 153 calories
  • the list goes on, and it tells you what you could have had that’s an equal caloric amount

Pulling for Pollination on Page 16… The buzz is we need those bees, if you’ve been living in a cave!

And then, Page 45… Nutrition ~ News to live by… “DRINK WINE:”

Okay… I’m in heaven and off to read some more. If you’re one of us, this magazine is pure food for thought… and will sustain you in so many ways beyond calories and cholesterol.

ยกBuen Provecho!

Clean Plate Club

I first heard those dreaded three words when I was a kid.

“You won’t get dessert if you don’t eat everything on your plate. Don’t you want to be a member of the Clean Plate Club?”

[“Well, since you’re asking, that would be a great big fat, ‘No.'”]

Clean Plate Club membership is the road to hell for any Finickie foodie.

We’d rather not eat what we don’t like, than force it down just to get some sugar that’s cleverly disguised as something edible.

Needless to say, I gave up lots of dessert.

I also learned – when in a desperate mood – to put food into my mouth, pretend to be eating it, then take it out of my mouth when no one was looking, and feed my dog who was standing under the table knowing that the fish was coming his way… Any fish…

He loved it all, and I hated it all. We were a perfect team… And we’d both get dessert (of our own making and design).

And what about forcing kids to eat more than they should for calories, that will then add on even more calories?

Maybe all these things contribute to a Finickie Foodie?

Leftovers ~ What’s to Love?

[Photo by Jose Diaz]

Honestly, I’d love to say, “Leftovers, YUM!”

Alas, I can’t. I’m a finickie foodie… after all.

Here’s the deal, just give me a small portion and I’m a happy camper.

If I don’t finish a meal in a restaurant, I’ve decided – right-here-and-now – I don’t want to take it home in styrofoam, or any other container, even if it’s “green” friendly.

Nothing, a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y nothing, tastes as good as it does when it’s just been prepared.

To prove that point, it took my husband about 20 years to figure out I’m a pretty good cook with just my normal stir frying. That’s because when we were raising the girls, he’s come home from work at night about 8:00 p.m. By then, his food had slipped from just prepared to “leftovers,” simply by waiting for him for three hours. I fed the girls early and they were already off to bed, with school the next day.

Now that we both work out of the house, he’s getting to taste my cooking right after I prepared it; however, these days that’s slim, because I cooked myself into a corner as a stay at home mom, and I can’t now work a 12 hour day then get jazzed to stand behind a stove… Priorities have been reset.

When I do cook, though, he’s got his knife and fork at the ready… I also try to portion it out so there’s nothing left over… What’s to love in left overs?