Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cool Food for Hot Days

Global Sun oven

I don't know about everywhere else, but here in SLC, it is scorchin' hot.  In terms of the food cooking on sidewalk rating system, it is definitely hot enough to cook some eggs on the sidewalk and bake some cookies in the car.

For those of you who don't want your car to smell of chocolate chip cookies or a roasted turkey, there are other ways to cook using the sun's energy, such as solar ovens.  Unfortunately, you may missed Wasatch Community Gardens' workshop on solar cooking. However, you can still read about City Weekly's insights on the process of solar cookery.  There are many designs for solar cookers, and they work reasonably well.  There are recipes to try once you finish slaving in the hot sun over (you shouldn't stand over it, because you'll block the sun) you r oven.

However, I digress from the title of the blog.  Who would want hot sun oven food on a hot day?  How about something cold?  NPR had some good suggestions:

The story, if you don't have the 2:21 minutes to spare, says frozen grapes are very popular.

Another good suggestion is food processed frozen bananas with nutella! Yum!

Yogurt, cucumbers, lemon juice, barley makes a good summer salad.

Another great suggestion from NPR is summer desserts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


check out our recipe for black bean chili on the main page


A recipe of manly chili (thanks to Elissa for the link):

I like their pictures.  Good presentation.  The chili recipe doesn't seem "hard-core" enough, though.

I remember the machete chili from my undergrad geology club website:

Unfortunately, the pictures appear to be missing.

Here is a meaty (kinda gross) looking chili:

Meatless chilis!!  Sound gross? Its not.  At Caffe Ibis, Krista always made awesome vegan chili with tofu.

White Bean CHILI!!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Food Circle?

The feds (USDA to be specific) have released a new way to think about what kind and how much food they want you to eat:

This is the icon for MyPlate which replaced MyPyramid in June 2011. The new MyPlate icon is composed of a plate divided into 4 sections: fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. A dairy section is off the plate to the side. The MyPlate graphic is positioned on a placemat with the website written underneath. The 5 sections of MyPlate are clickable and go to food group subpages.
I think I prefer the plate layout over the older versions (see below), and like how vegetables are taking a major role.
This plate layout is definitely easier to visualize than the food pyramid, which is what we were taught meant good nutrition back in the day.

File:USDA Food Pyramid.gif

According to wikipedia, the classic pyramid was updated in 2005, before being replaced by plate more recently.

I find it interesting that dairy continues to play an important role in government-certified nutrition (see milk glass in first picture).  I love some cheese and have respect for dairy products, but I question dairy as a necessary component of a balanced diet.

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New Blog

Lost passwords, stolen emails, and a reformatted hard drive has required us to start fresh with our blog.  We decided to put our recipes in a website format, but an accompanying blog seem like a good supplement for updates and news.