Monthly Archives: July 2010

Peach and BarBQ Festival at Blue Pike Farm – July 29th

Looking for something to do on Thursday evening (4-7pm)?  Why not stop by Cleveland’s coolest urban farm on East 72nd for some fresh local peaches, BBQ, and organic, sustainable farm stand produce?  Farmer Carl Skalak prides himself on growing heirloom and unusual varieties of all your favorite veggies – tomatoes, peppers, beans, greens, etc.  And, he uses all organic and sustainable farming methods.  It’s practically too good to be true.  Stop by and you’re sure to find something interesting AND delicious.  He also carries local free-range eggs, grass-fed meats, and local fruits and berries from the area’s best producers.

Blue Pike Farm is located on East 72nd, right off 90 at:
900 E. 72nd St
Cleveland, OH 44103

By |July 26th, 2010|Cleveland, General|

Debunking Protein Myths – Workshop Tomorrow at the Cleveland Foodbank

Tomorrow at the Cleveland Foodbank I’ll be doing a free workshop, talking about protein and protein myths.  Did you know that much of what you’ve heard in the last 10 years about “healthy” proteins can actually be harmful to you?  I’ll bebunk these myths, and provide information on the healthiest sources of protein out there.  Cooking demo and tasting included!  See my Events calendar for more details.

By |July 21st, 2010|Cleveland, General|

"Secondhand" chemo causing cancer in healthcare workers

This article hits close to home for me, as I have serveral close friends who work in healthcare.  If you or someone you know is a nurse, pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare worker that mixes, administers, or otherwise handles chemotherapy drugs, take the time to read this article in the Seattle Times about “secondhand” chemo exposure.  Chemotherapy drugs are known to be highly toxic – they’re actually descended from the deadly mustard gas used in WWI – and are themselves carcinogenic.  Yet the federal government does not require safety protocols that protect workers from contamination.  With approximately 2 million workers in the US who actually mix and dispense chemo, this is a huge public health concern.  Chemo drugs are increasingly being used in vets offices as well, opening up the potential harm to another huge population of people.

The article outlines the health dangers associated with secondhand chemo exposure – multiple cancers as well as miscarriages and birth defects, as well as others.  These health dangers aren’t a new discovery – in 2004 the CDC issued extremely strict guidelines and safety precautions for workers who handle chemo.  However, the guidelines are voluntary.  And the high costs associated with the “chemo gowns, double-gloving, use of sophisticated “closed-system” devices and specialized ventilation hoods, face shields and respirators” that they recommend certainly aren’t speeding up their adoption. 

Workers who handle these drugs have gotten cancers as early as their 20s.  Sad.  If you know anyone who could be affected, pass on this article to spread the word.  This is a public health issue and changes in federal regulations can be hastened by increasing awareness and demanding change.

Whole Grain Waffles – Great for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Here’s a recipe for waffles that I made – 100% whole grain and you’d probably never know because they’re nice and light.  I made them for lunch over the weekend and they were fantastic served with some fruit, maple syrup, and chicken breakfast sausage.  Honestly I was inspired to make waffles because I wanted to have some leftovers that I could simply grab from the fridge and throw in the toaster for weekday mornings – and that’s definitely do-able with these.  They’re quite tasty all on their own. 

1 1/4 cups whole wheat or whole spelt flour (or gluten-free baking mix if needed)
1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, separated
8 ounces yogurt
3/4 cup milk, rice milk, soy milk, or whatever you like (I use rice milk)
2 Tbl honey
4 Tbl butter, or butter substitute, melted and cooled

1) Combine the yogurt, milk, egg yolks, butter, and honey, and beat to combine.  Add the oats and let them soak while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. 
2) Turn on your waffle maker and make sure that it’s well-seasoned.  If not, rub some high-temp oil on it, such as canola oil with a pastry or silicone brush
3) Combine the dry ingredients – flour, salt, baking powder and stir to combine
4) Beat the egg whites until fluffy with and electric mixer
5) Combine the liquid and dry ingredients and stir to combine
6) Fold the egg white gently into the batter
7) Follow your waffle maker’s instructions to perfect waffles!

This will make about 4 servings.  I definitely recommend making more if you think you’d like them during the week.  They’ll store great in [...]

By |July 12th, 2010|Recipes|