December 8, 2008
MONDAY, Dec. 8 (HealthDay News) -- In older adults at risk for heart disease, a Mediterranean diet plus daily servings of mixed nuts may help manage metabolic syndrome, according to a Spanish study. Metabolic syndrome describes a group of health problems that includes abdominal obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high glucose levels -- all of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Previous research suggests that a Mediterranean diet -- which includes lots of cereals, vegetables, fruits and olive oil, moderate consumption of fish and alcohol, and low intake of dairy, meats and sweets -- lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome.
August 15, 2012 |
Squash plants don't just produce squash for the table, they also produce squash blossoms. These are delicious stuffed with cheese, rolled in a thin batter of whole-wheat flour and water, then fried quickly in hot olive oil. I make them with the male blossoms of bush-type squash such as zucchini, because unlike the female flowers that generate the fruits, the males are expendable; you only need a few for pollination. Rumor has it, though, that squash plants aren't just for fruits or flowers.
October 16, 2012
Ingredients 18 ounces sweet potatoes 1 / 2 onion, grated 1 / 2 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 / 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons flour 1 1 / 4 cups bulgur wheat, soaked in water for 10 minutes and squeezed out in cheesecloth (muslin) 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese 1 / 4 cup chopped, drained sun-dried tomatoes, lightly packed 1 / 4 cup minced basil, lightly packed 1 / 4 cup minced parsley, lightly packed Olive oil, for drizzling Steps Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
October 20, 2009 |
For centuries, olive harvesting here has been a mostly local industry. Farmers, their relatives and neighbors beat the trees with sticks or strip the olives from branches by hand, then cart them to a local press and sell or trade the oil in nearby markets. Harvest workers keep a share of the crop for their labor, and olive press owners keep a share of the oil -- a testament to the small-scale, bartered nature of the undertaking. That model can help sustain a household, but in a new factory on the outskirts of this northern West Bank village, an effort is underway to reshape the olive industry so it can help sustain a wider Palestinian economy.
April 16, 2013 |
The Greek salad is a pretty simple affair that represents Mediterranean cuisine at its best. Healthful, refreshing and balanced, every bite of what the Greeks call "horiatiki salata" invites a sensation — be it the saltiness of the olives and feta cheese, the sweetness and acid of the tomatoes, the bite of the onions, the richness of olive oil or the herbaceousness of Greek oregano. Add to that the vibrancy of the ingredients' colors, the contrasting textures and the fact that the salad requires so little to put together, and the sum total is unfettered satisfaction.
April 16, 2008
Fontaine Caffe & Creperie , 119 S. Royal St., Alexandria, 703-535-8151, http://www.fontainecaffe.com . French women don't get fat. Really? Maybe they are indulging at this elegant creperie. Its menu does feature traditional (read: caloric) combos such as ham, Swiss and mushroom, and caramelized apples with vanilla ice cream. But it also offers lighter and no-less-satisfying options such as the Moroccan ($8.95 at lunch, $12.95 at dinner). The crisp buckwheat crepe, made with olive oil instead of butter, is stuffed with spinach and chunks of feta cheese, then folded into a neat rectangle and served in a pool of refreshing mint-yogurt sauce.
December 24, 2008
Alexandria: How many large eggs would I use as a substitute for extra-large eggs? Ina Garten's "Barefoot Contessa" recipes frequently call for the extra-large, but I don't want to buy a dozen if I only need three. Is it possible to substitute? Jane Black: If a recipe calls for fewer than four eggs, many bakers advise not to substitute large for extra-large eggs. Four extra-large eggs are equal to about 4 1/2 large ones, so you risk ending up with cake or cookies that are either too dry or too eggy.
October 8, 2009
Dear Dr. Fox: We adopted two kittens from a shelter. The female, a silver tabby look-alike named Tinker Bell, is very skittish. Since we adopted the kittens, Tinker Bell has had ear mites in one ear. Our veterinarian provided two types of treatment. One was called Tresaderm, with 7.5 milliliters applied once a day for two weeks. The other (I don't have the name) was applied with a syringelike applicator every two weeks for two months. Neither has had any effect on the ear mites.
June 3, 2008 |
Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil and wine are the makings of a great meal, and they may also be the prescription to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. A large new study published in the journal BMJ finds that people who adhered closely to a traditional Mediterranean diet, which is also low in meat and dairy products, had "substantial protection" against Type 2 diabetes. That's good news for those who like to eat flavorful fare, because the Mediterranean menu is widely varied.
August 7, 2008
Dear Dr. Fox: I have an 8-year-old female cat that had bladder infections. I tried diet and litter-brand changes. I then tried bottled spring water. Our city water is high in phosphorus, chlorine, fluoride and lime. My cat has had only one bladder infection since, and that was because of my husband's forgetfulness. He had given her tap water. I have four cats, and one bottle of spring water per day hydrates them well. It's a small price to pay for their health. D.C. Maple Grove, Minn.