So here it is, almost April, and last night I couldn’t take it any more. I had to have something cooked on the grill instead of in the oven, so I begged my husband to shovel out the grill. Most of our snow is melted, but our backyard faces north, and the part right up against the house is cold and shady and usually doesn’t thaw out until late in March. Except this year it will probably be Memorial Day.
You know that point in the winter into spring season when you just can’t stand to have another soup, stew, squash…. Yeah. I’m so there. I just want to turn my oven to the “clean” setting and turn it off until next fall. I have a pretty good feeling I’m not quite done with soups and stews just yet, but today, we’re grilling. Continue Reading..
I really like salmon, both for its flavor, and healthy omega-3 fats. However, I don’t eat it as frequently in the winter, because I prefer to grill it, and for at least half of the year, my grill is covered with snow. OK, maybe I exaggerate a bit, but it is hard to grill when it’s cold and dark out, and that is the case for many months of the year where I live. When I do get a craving for it in the winter, this recipe from Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa, is one of my favorites. Continue Reading..
While we’re on the subject of the heart healthy diet for American Heart Month… Many people assume they should take an omega-3 or fish oil supplement to protect their heart, but a number of recent research studies on this topic aren’t so clear. In particular, one very large study published in last fall’s Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that omega-3 supplements had no significant effect on preventing heart attacks or strokes in study participants. So does this mean you should scrap the pills and stop eating fish? Continue Reading..