So I read a blog the other day about increasing productivity in the workplace by CamMi Pham and I thought immediately, “How can I relate this to the kitchen?” I’ll supply a link to her blog and the inspiration to this one at the end.
For now I will ‘Vamp” on the 7 things you need to do more of to be more productive in the kitchen:
Do you buy local? And why you should!
We have talked before about the health benefits of ‘community’. When you think about a healthy community one often thinks of a vibrant city or town center with flourishing shops and restaurants. There is only one way this can happen. You have to support those establishments with your patronage.
Over the years when I talk to people and explain that I am one of eleven children people always say, “Your poor mother”. I know she never felt ‘poor’ for it, maybe exhausted, maybe tired, maybe overwhelmed, but never poor. The logistics of eleven children in a house are hard to imagine, but growing up in it seemed normal to me.
On this week’s Cooking Vamp I had the delight to talk with my mom who in her 90th year still
has it going on and has plenty to offer on making a household work. I did some math and figured she has fed well over 100,000 mouths in her life. Some of her ‘keys’ to success I’ll highlight here.
In this category we try to educate and persuade you to shop at your local butcher. Dan will buy his underwear and garbage cans in the same place, but he’s not going to buy fresh meat or vegetables from that same place.
With spring around the corner, as the ground hog would have you believe, this is a great time of year to settle in with a few seed catalogs and plan your garden. Laura Heffernan, Master Gardener, says that playing in the dirt has been proven to be healthy. (http://www.healinglandscapes.org/blog/2011/01/itsin-the-dirt-bacteria-in-soil-makes-us-happier-smarter/) I believe her and as the book ‘Outliers’ points out, the heart healthy people of Rosetta Pa. not only shared the community of food, but the shared responsibility of growing it.
MangiaTV Super, Super Bowl Party
Well at long last the last and biggest game of the football season is upon us and the Super Bowl offers another great time for epic food and drink. Let last year’s game be a reminder that the food and drink better be great because the game may not be. This year we are doing that fajita thing. You know, you make an enormous pile of choice, choices that will please any taste bud on the planet and let the revelers build their own mouthwatering creation. Then you make sure there is plenty of dehydration fighting beverages on hand and mix in some gambling and you’re sure to have a great party.
The MangiaTV Super Bowl Party Fajita Bar would not be complete without all of the following:
Rub your Vegetables
So who remembers the mum saying, “eat your vegetables” in the tone of, “I know they taste like shit but they are so good for you”. You never heard her say, “eat your juicy steak”, or “you’re not leaving the table till you have a bite of your chocolate cake”. It is true, vegetables are paramount in building a healthy diet, and I am all for more vegetables.
This year our house is all veggies all day on Mondays. This has been a great way to explore and create great vegetable dishes that do not seem like a punishment to eat. I have not been held at the table once till, “I ate all my peas”.
It’s the dead of winter and what a great time to talk about BBQ. You say BBQ is a summer thing and I say you’re a quitter. Mangia.tv got its legs from winning a winter BBQ competition, and our method is something I use in winter to save time and all year when time is a concern. Learn these quick and easy steps and you will have fall off the bone, amazing ribs every time.
The start of a new year brings the opportunity to refocus your energy in lots of ways. As was pointed out last week, a great way to evolve is to focus on the things you want to do more of this year. For many, more home cooked meals, more get togethers with friends and family and more sanity in accomplishing these are worthy goals.