hidden-vegetables

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Paranoid Off Garth Brooks

Dude this very sus part of H-Town is getting pretty sweet. Not sure if H-town is the proper abbreviation for Hollywood..maybe. Remember O-Town? They had that one song I loved. O-TOWN WAS SICK. Really though, part of Cahuenga has gotten pretty amazing. The quality of restaurants has gone way waaaaay up. Like Running Goose Restaurant and Organic Herb Garden. They’ve got such a chill patio with a back garden I assume they get tomatoes and other things you might grow in there. My fam used to have a garden in LA. I just mapped it and realize now it wasn’t nearly as in the cut as I initially thought. I straight felt like I was a years journey from humanity. It was called wattles and all I remember was riding in a wagon, being incredibly terrified of coyotes, and listening to Garth Brooks all the time. The Thunder Rolls is a classic song but greatly added to my extreme fear and paranoia as an infant. I really hope O-Town comes back.

The Running Goose- Restaurant and Organic Herb Garden

Tip: The tostadas are FUEGOOOOO. The radish one is my fave, but get all 4 man.

Tip: Burger is lit, tho I am a burger ho, so yea.

Tip: Happy hour sangria, $20 pitchers is a strong move.

When to come here: Really feeling the dinner vibe. It’s laid back and relaxed. Come with friends, fam, for a meeting, lunch, happy hour, chill.

Where: 1620 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles

Times:  

Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Phn: (323) 469-1080

Tasting the Rainbow with Pasta Artist Linda Miller Nicholson

To see more of Linda’s beautiful and nutritious creations, follow @saltyseattle on Instagram.

Eat the rainbow — the more colorful your plate, the healthier your food. In Linda Miller Nicholson’s (@saltyseattle) kitchen the same rule extends to pasta. When her young son turned out to be a picky eater, turning down vegetables hidden in smoothies or under pizza toppings, Linda wondered, what about colorful noodles? The experiment to color dough using vegetables and spices was wildly successful. And with a few knives and cookie cutters, she’s making the intricate patterns on her ravioli, fettuccine and farfalle. “I considered my background in art, and obsession with fashion, and tried to figure out ways to put these really cool, vibrant and good-for-you colors together in ways that would also be fun, appealing and eye-catching,” she says.

Years later, Linda, who is based in Seattle, has no shortage of ideas — she often has 30 different colors of dough in her fridge and finds inspiration everywhere. “If I feel blocked, I get out into the world,” says Linda. “Before long, the ideas are churning out like little pasta butterflies.” 🍝

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Sneaky Smoothies

I have some friends whose kids absolutely refuse to eat green vegetables.  This smoothie recipe I came up for those who realize that kids need to eat all their colored vegetables and fruits, not just carrots and apples.  Because the blueberries leave dark little bits the spinach is disguised. 

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup strawberry yogurt
  • tsp local honey
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 banana

You can change up the fruits and vegetables.  Butternut squash goes nicely too.

Click on the title and see some of our other smoothies.

Putting parsnips in the snickerdoodles
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I was shopping for eatables in BJ’s Wholesale Gigantatorium a few weeks ago, and I came across a product called the Smart Cookie. It came in two flavors: Choco Loco and Yellow Mellow.

 

Choco Loco cookies, in addition to the usual ingredients like flour and eggs and sodium hypochlorite and yaks’ horns, contain apricots, apples, zucchini, spinach, peas, and broccoli.

 

Yellow Mellow cookies (that’s a terrible name, Smart Cookie Company!) contain corn, yellow squash, cauliflower, and apples.

 

Sneaky, eh? But don’t be deceived. Only ten percent of each cookie is made of this stuff. Still, that’s pretty impressive.

 

I bought them and served them at an office meeting, and everyone was very impressed. (No transfats, by the way, and only about thirty calories per (small) cookie, so they’re almost completely guilt-free.  They have only a gram of fiber per cookie; I would have thought more, considering that they have so much produce in them, but you cawn’t have everything.)

 

This is the whole hidden-vegetable thing that Jerry Seinfeld’s wife Jessica got into trouble with a while back, remember? She came out with a cookbook of recipes like this, with things like pureed cauliflower in the macaroni and cheese; then it turned out she’d ripped off most of the recipes from another cookbook, written by someone who wasn’t lucky enough to marry Jerry Seinfeld.

 

Betty MacDonald, in “The Egg and I,” remembered that her grandmother would save everything – one green bean, a potato, two spoonfuls of corn – on little saucers in the icebox. Then, once a week, she’d bake horrible shapeless pale cookies into which she’d throw these bits and pieces of vegetables. Betty and her siblings refused to eat these horror-movie cookies. Then some people moved in next door, a couple with a bunch of children. Betty and her family noted that the neighbor kids, while playing, were snacking on a big bag of something on their front porch. They investigated, and found that the kids were eating dog biscuits.

 

Well, if they liked dog biscuits -

 

And Gammy’s cookies were presented to the neighbor kids, who thought they were delicious.

 

Gammy invented the Smart Cookie.

 

And good for her!


Three Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle

A monster mouth doorway, ruined pyramid temples and palace remains emerged from the Mexican jungle as archaeologists unearthed two ancient Mayan cities.

Found in the southeastern part of the Mexican state of Campeche, in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, the cities were hidden in thick vegetation and hardly accessible.

“Aerial photographs helped us in locating the sites,” expedition leader Ivan Sprajc, of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), said.

Sprajc and his team found the massive remains as they further explored the area around Chactun, a large Maya city discovered by the Slovenian archaeologist in 2013. Read more.

Losing Maya Heritage to Looters

Deep in the jungle in the north of Guatemala, along deep-rutted 4x4 tracks, the pyramids of the great Maya city of Xultún are hidden under heavy vegetation and oddly symmetrical hills. But crudely cut tunnels in the sides of the hills signal a modern intrusion.

The tunnels are the work of “huecheros"—the local slang term for antiquity looters, derived from the Maya word for armadillo. On a building overlooking an ancient plaza, the looters scrawl a message, brazen and taunting: "We, the huecheros, stuck it to this place.”

Almost every pyramid in the sprawling site has a looter’s tunnel on at least one side. Most of the hieroglyphic panels, the pottery, and the jade from tombs here have been raided and sold on the black market to wealthy foreigners. Read more.

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BARA-ZUSHI is one of traditional local foods of Okayama.

Back in Edo era, the feudal lord suggested common people to live simply and thrifty life. They were expected not to eat more than one side dish and one soup at a meal. Barazushi was made for special occasions such as celebration, to eat something festive, but which doesn’t look as luxurious as it really is. It is said all the barazushi ingredients (seafood and vegetables) were hidden inside the rice so it looked as modest as possible.

Today, you see, their barazushi looks very gorgeous and it really tastes fine!

If you know some Japanese words, you may suppose *bara* is *a rose*, but here it means *scattered*.  :)

June 1, 2016 - Chiming Wedgebill or Chiming Whipbird (Psophodes occidentalis)

These whipbirds are found in arid scrublands of western and central Australia. They forage mostly on the ground or in small trees for insects and seeds. Females lay two or three eggs in flat cup-shaped nests constructed from sticks and grasses and hidden in dense vegetation. While they look very similar to Chirruping Wedgebills, the two species are best distinguished by their songs and ranges, which overlap only in a small area. Chiming Wedgebills are known for their distinctive and frequent *songs.

*I highly recommend checking out these birds’ songs, either in the above link or elsewhere!