|CHEFS TIPS FOR OCTOBER
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This month we have delicious tips and recipes to contribute to a healthy lifestyle!
Do your part to prevent cancer with diet and exercise.
PICK OF THE CROP
THERE ARE MANY LOCAL GROCERS & FARMERS' MARKETS IN THE HOUSTON AREA THAT SELL HARMONE AND PESTICIDE FREE
FRESH ORGANICLY GROWN FOODS.
HERE ARE A FEW:
Houston Organic Farmers' Market
Location: Onion Creek Coffee House
3106 White Oak between Studewood and Heights Blvd
and Rice University Campus
Midtown Local Farmers' Market
Location:t'afia restaurant / 3701 Travis St
Houston, TX 77002
Bayou City Farmers' Market
Location:the intersection of Richmond and Eastside
Market Street Farmers Market
Location: 9595 Six Pines Dr. The Woodlands, TX
Saturday 8 to 11 a.m.
Phone: (281) 419-4770
CLICK HERE For a limited list of certified markets in other cities by the US Dept of Agriculture
OR IF YOUR IN THE MOOD YOU COULD GRAB A BASKET AND PICK IT YOURSELF:
CLICK HERE for a list of 22 Texas Orchards Worth Visiting
In Houston there are great ways to get off that couch
and take in great cuisine at the same time. Here are just a few:
23rd Annual Cesar Salad Competition
Friday October 12 5-8pm
Chef's will prepare this classic dish for judges and audience members while competing for four coveted awards. Guests will be served a fine selection of wines.
Doubletree Hotel Allen Center - 400 Dallas St.
$35 Per Person
Feast with the Beasts
October 12, 2007 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
The zoo's innovative epicurean food festival returns for a second year. Features more than two dozen of Houston's hottest independent restaurants with their specialty food items along with live performances on three entertainment stages. All set against the Houston Zoo’s naturally wild backdrop!
Ticket prices are $75 for members and $80 for non-members.
The Home Safe Home Gala
Thursday, October 186:30 PM
Evening of dining to benefit Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Participating chefs include Robert Gadsby, Robert Del Grande (Cafe Annie), Jeffrey Everts (Olivette), David Denis (Le Mistral), Jason Gould (Gravitas), Mark Holley (Pesce), John Sheely (Mockingbird Bistro), Kiran Verma (Kiran’s) and many other well-know Houston restaurant names. Place is the home of Mary and Tony Gracely (2952 Lazy Lane), and tickets are $150 each. For information and reservations, call 713-224-9911.
The Texas Mushroom Festival
October 19-20, 2007
Madisonville - Mushroom Capital of Texas
The Houston Cellar Classic Presents:
The Grand Tasting Experience
October 29 - Nov 4, 2007
Come taste over 100 wines, meet international wine makers, learn about food and wine pairings, see cooking demonstrations. Meet local and celebrity chefs. sample food from Houston's finest restaurants, listen to live music, watch sommelier competitions and take advantage of the best retail wine prices you will find anywhere.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Houston Grand Opera.
The Tasting Room at Uptown Park
VIP 1 - 5 p.m. / Public 2 - 5 p.m.
VIP $200 per person.
General Admission - $75 per person.
3rd Annual TEXAS FALL FEST & WINE AUCTION
At Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott Hotel
Marble Falls, Texas
Friday, November 2nd - Sunday, November 4th, 2007
The Annual Beaujolais Wine and Food Festival
Friday November 16
, 7 - 10 pm,
This year in a larger venue and on a Friday rather than the customary Thursday. The evening will include tasting Beaujolais Nouveau Wine, but also Beaujolais Villages and Crus. More than 15 upscale restaurants and caterers will offer their buffets of entrees and desserts.
Place: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana Street.
Until November 15, individual tickets are $50 each, parties of 10+ $45 each, including wine and food. $45 for members of the FACC
On November 16, tickets will be available at the door only at $60 each.
To purchase tickets call 713-960-0575 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or buy tickets online
Tom Thumb's Fight Cancer with a Fork Program
"Studies show that what we eat may help prevent breast cancer. what we do know is that eating fruit and vegetables cuts our risk by about 20-percent."
GET EATING !
Incorporate this list of 11 delicious foods into your diet
to be leaner, healthier and help ward off every type of cancer.
- Beans: Black beans go great added to almost any Southwest style dish
- Berries: Blueberries taste great added to salads and pasta
- Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale): Chop up purple cabbage and add to sandwiches and tacos for a tasty crunch instead of iceberg!
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: Try adding a handful of spinach to all of your salads
- Garlic (including onions, scallions, leeks, and chives): You can incorporate these into everything!
- Grapes and Wine: That's right; one glass a day keeps the Dr away. Just careful not to drink too much.
- Green Tea (decaf): Relax with a cup for 5 minutes in the afternoon or have some green tea ice cream.
- Flax Seed : Toast them and eat as snacks or use the oil as a sub for not so healthy oils.
- Tomatoes: Who doesn't love salsa!
- Whole Grains: Sprouted whole grain breads with sandwiches and yummy oatmeal with fresh berries for breakfast.
- Salmon: Mix some of that green tea and a little honey together for a quick glaze and your eating gourmet.
"The links between diet and cancer are still somewhat mysterious, but the research shows that people who eat a diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables have lower cancer rates," says Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, director of nutrition and physical activity at the American Cancer Society (ACS).
"Whether it's the beta carotene, the antioxidants, the phytochemicals or the fiber is still not clear, so the ACS recommends a variety of fruits and vegetables," she says. "The brightly colored red and orange vegetables are highest in beta carotene and other nutrients."
Sources: American Cancer Society, Baylor Healthcare System, Stanford Reaserch
One-third of the more than
500,000 cancer deaths
in the United States
are attributable to diet and physical activity habits, such as
being overweight or obese.
That’s about the same number of
cancer deaths caused by tobacco.
New cancer prevention guidelines from the American Cancer Society say at least
30 minutes a day of dedicated exercise above and beyond the usual activities of
on 5 or more days a week is needed to really reduce your cancer risk.
These simple activities are fun and relaxing for the whole family
and a great way to get in shape and lower your cancer risk.
Land and Water Sports
Any sport that involves using your body and seeing the outdoors is an exciting way to encourage exercise and lift the mood. Its also a fun way to get together with friends.
Here is a great guide to places where you can exercise in creative ways, in a beautiful environment close by.
So get creative. Try new things. And be safe while doing them.
"It's easy on the joints, you don't need a lot of fancy equipment, and you can burn calories, even though it's a more modest amount compared to some other activities."
According to the guidelines, walking for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, at a brisk pace (about 4 mph) will help ward off chronic disease
Jogging is terrific for your heart and lungs, and it improves your stamina. If you're trying to lose weight, it can burn calories more quickly than walking.
"On the negative side, running does put more stress on the joints -- the knees, ankles, and hips.
The key is to start slowly. The general rule is to increase your time or distance by no more than 10% each week."
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1999 found that aerobic exercise like running may be as effective as medication for treating depression in some people.Cons: Running can be hard on muscles and joints and can cause injuries such as shin splints and tendinitis.
Equipment: It's important to get a good pair of running shoes, and, for women, a quality sports bra. Pay attention to the surface on which you run. Paths and grass are softer, but they're uneven and could have holes. Concrete is harder, but good shoes help absorb shock.
Dancing is one of the most enjoyable and fun ways for everyone to get moving and do more physical activity. Dancing is a brilliant way to burn off calories and use your body - twisting, for example, slims the waistline.
There are many local dance classes for every style in each part of Houston that provide partners or where you can bring your own.
Equipment: At most, dancing shoes.
Not only is bicycling an excellent cardiovascular exercise, but you can really explore your community by cycling to different neighborhoods or in parks, bike paths, or trails. Many people cycle to commute to work.
It's important to make sure your bike is fitted properly to your body; otherwise, you'll put too much stress on your back or knees. "I recommend finding a bike shop or a demo program where you can try a bike out," says Tonya Laffey, a professional mountain biker and founder of MTB Chick Racing. "I would highly recommend getting a fit kit, which measures you for the bike."
Equipment: You need a bike, a helmet, and gloves with a little palm padding, which will absorb vibration and cushion your hands in a spill.
Swimming is a wonderful cardiovascular conditioner that also helps tones arms and legs, and it's very easy on the joints, says Stuhr. In fact, it's perfect for people who have muscle or joint problems. "The weightlessness of the water helps them exercise pain-free. Swimming will increase your stamina, can help ward off diabetes and high blood pressure, and relieves stress," says WebMD.
Equipment: A swimsuit and maybe goggles.
Kayaking is primarily an upper-body sport, but it also works the muscles of the center of your body, back, and stomach.
In fact, "many beginner kayakers fatigue early because they rely mostly on their arms rather than their core," says Brian Clark, a kayaking enthusiast and residence life management area coordinator at Roanoke College in Salem, Va. Beginners should start by taking a class or clinic in a pool or flat-water location. To prepare your body for kayaking, pay attention to working out your shoulders, abs, and lower back. It's also important to work on your flexibility, Clark says. Pilates and yoga are helpful for this.
Equipment: A kayak, a helmet, a, personal flotation device, and safety gear such as throw ropes. A neoprene or wet suit is good to have in cooler weather.
Sources: WebMed, Natural England, Phisical Activity & Health Alliance ,
American Cancer Society, CBS News , Texas Outside
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Recipe Of the Month
The Real Triple Threat
Three "Super Foods" in one great salad. The flavors will knock your socks off and the ingredients will help you be fit as a fiddle.
Original Recipe - Copyright 2007 Chef Natasha Treu’ Fletcher
Ingredients for Dressing:
Fresh spinach for two (about 4 handfuls)
|1/2 shallot - finely diced
|1/2 pint of fresh ripe blueberries
||1/4 c fresh orange juice + 2 tbsp
|1 lb of fresh dark red wild caught salmon (not frozen)
||3/4 c flax seed oil or unfiltered olive oil + 1 tbsp
|4 oz feta (preferably in brine)
||salt and ground pink peppercorn to taste
- Preheat oven to Broil
- Whisk the 2 tbsp OJ and 1 tbsp olive oil together.
- Season fish well and dip in olive oil OJ mixture.
- Place fish on foil in broiler for 4-6 minutes, depending on desired level of doneness.
- In the meantime whisk together shallot, peppercorn, salt and 1/4 c juice.
- Briskly whisk in 3/4 c oil and reserve as salad dressing.
- Let fish rest then slice into 1/2 inch slices.
- Toss remaining ingredients together with dressing and top with warm fish or refrigerate and serve cold.
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Makes 2 servings. Prep time 15 minutes. Cook time 10 minutes - Total time 15 minutes
|Rants n' Raves
REVIEW- Taaza - Produce and Spices
By Chef Natasha Treu'
Have you ever wanted to travel to India to experience the Taj Mahal, sit under the shade of a banyan tree and feel the warm breeze while spices perfume the air. Then sip a cool Mango Lassi with your Spicy Lamb Vindaloo?
Fortunately you live in Houston where we have a thriving Indian culture. This means access to many Indian markets with foods and wares. I recently spent time in the Taaza Produce and Spice Market where I found everything needed to make my own “Bombay paradise”. While shopping soothing Indian Folk Music played and I browsed the varieties of loose teas, this should keep me mellow once I’m home.
I love fragrant basmati rice but its rather expensive and hard to find, so it was unexpected to learn that they had a great variety to choose from and the prices were very reasonable. To flavor the rice they had several types of nuts and an aisle dedicated to fresh ground north and south Indian spices. Also they had fruit and flower nectars, which would be fantastic to add to the next discovery; numerous sizes of tapioca.
Tapioca has become vary popular in drinks and deserts as of late here in the US. In Asia for years it has often been flavored with fruits, milks and flowers as a delicious and delicate dessert.
Additionally there are shelves of chutneys, relishes and pastes, which will make flavoring or marinating meats and vegetables intense and helps to speed the laborious process for Indian cuisine.
The fresh produce selection is very interesting as well; fresh litchi, prunes, figs, chilies, ginger, guava, dates, some sort of black hairy fruit. Additionally there are astonishing frozen vegetables such as cut yams, spinach cubes, exotic roots and bizarre ice creams.
This little market event has the wares to cook with. They sell pots and pans and tangines and well as many other accessories. The star though was a unique wet/dry spice grinder.
Although its not the fanciest or even the cleanest environment to shop in, there are things here you just can’t get at your local supermarket. And, while I didn’t get to see the Taj Mahal on my trip to Hillcroft I certainly experienced sites and smells that stimulated my senses.
Taaza Produce and Spices
5901 Hillcroft Ste B-3
HOUSTON, TX. 77036
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|Why eat seasonal?
From a Chefs view:
Seasonal food is at its peak of flavor.
Its fresher and so it tends to be tastier, more
colorful, easier to work with, less expensive
and more nutritious.
Buying seasonal produce also provides
an exciting opportunity to try new foods
and to experiment with seasonal recipes.
From the Earths view :
By purchasing local foods in-season, you eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles, your food dollar goes directly to the farmer, and your family will be able to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
It also helps to to reduce the energy (and associated CO2 emissions) needed to grow and transport the food we eat.
|October: What's In Season Locally in Harris County
HERB / FRUIT
Lavender (year round) Pick your own
Mix Herbs (year round) Cut your own
Apples Pick Your Own
Lemons Pick Your Own
Limes Pick Your Own
Oranges Pick Your Own
PEPPER / VEGETABLE
Tomatoes (year round) Pick Your Own
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Great Gift Ideas:
Sharing food is a great way to
have fun with those you love!
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