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COOKING CLASSES IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA
Saturday, March 29, 2014
A FREE Hands-on Cooking Class at the Agoura Hills Library
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Agoura Hills Library Community Room, 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Call 818-889-2278 for information and to reserve a space.
CLICK HERE for a menu and details of the class.
Vegetarian Diet Lowers Blood Pressure
Vegetarian diets were associated, on average, with a 6.9-point drop in systolic blood pressure and a 4.7-point drop in diastolic pressure. (Blood pressure is measured as systolic, or when heart muscle is contracting, over diastolic, when heart is resting between beats).
The full analysis, led by Dr. Yoko Yokoyama of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan, found that meat eaters with hypertension could gain the most by switching to a diet with greater emphasis on fresh vegetables, beans and whole grains. For some study participants, plant-based diets lowered blood pressure better than did prescription hypertension medicine--and without the medication's side effects.
Celebrate Deliciously All Year Long
'tis the Month for Wearin' the Green;
Erin Go Bragh and That's No Blarney
For a delightful St. Patrick's Day celebration at home, dress the table in green, hang shamrocks and leprechauns on the walls, and begin the event with a sip of Sean O'Reilly's Cocktail, a delightful beverage dressed for the holiday in Irish green. Though kiwis are certainly not Irish, they provide the ideal base for a delicious thirst quencher. Spiked with a touch of lemon juice and ginger, the cocktail whets the appetite for the traditional meal ahead.
Play some Irish music, sing Irish songs, and, of course, tell an Irish joke or two. As the Irish say, "Be Irish for a day!"
Kale and Hearty,
Kale Is King of the Brassicas
What used to be a frilly green decorative item in food displays is now recognized as a nutrition powerhouse. In the past, caterers would display a scintillating entrée by placing it on a bed of bright green parsley and kale. From just a decorative adornment for the "real food," kale has become the most valuable "real food" for the health conscious.
Chef Dan Barber had been serving kale chips to happy customers at his Stone Hill Barns restaurant in New York. When he shared his kale chip recipe in a 2009 issue of Bon Appetit, he noticed the vegetable jumped into prominence. By developing more kale recipes and presenting them in innovative recipes, he sparked such interest that Bejo Seeds, a seed company, began to notice a flurry of seed sales overnight.
Young Vegan Activist Celebrates
Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill
This March 15, Jaden Elkinswill have his Bar Mitzvah. The celebration will be 100 percent vegan and his private party at the famous 100 percent plant-based Veggie Grill in Westwood.
Twelve-year-old Elkins has followed a vegan diet for the past seven years and been a vegetarian his entire life. He has inspired many friends to eat more plant-based foods and to at least think about how their food got to their plate.
He hopes to inspire other children in his community to realize they too can make a difference by speaking up on behalf of all the animals who unfortunately can't defend themselves.
Aunt Nettie Knows How to Deal with a Burned Pot
Now, child, you be sure'n keep them three l'il steps nice an' handy somewhere in yer kitchen. Then, you'll have 'em at yer fingertips when the time comes and you done burnt a pot like I done. You won't have ta cuss like a sailor at yerself or spend time frettin' 'bout what ta do. Jes foller yer ole Aunt Nettie's advice an' you'll be puttin' a smile on yer face in no time.
GreenBecca Adds Valuable Suggestions
To Vegetarian Survival Kit
As a 32-year vegetarian, a rustic camper, & a successful Mom (raised 2 healthy & hardy sons--not to mention Intelligent & Good looking--who are veg. since birth, now 30 & 25, who consider me their best friend and honor me as their mother) with all that entails, I wish to add to your list:
Guests Relish Zel's Cooking
This quick and easy relish makes the perfect topping on baked potatoes, over grains, and as a condiment to accompany meals. With a few convenience foods in the pantry, the relish can be assembled in minutes. The recipe is so versatile I've woven it into the major flavors of open-face breakfast or brunch sandwich melts.
West Hollywood Says "Gracias" to New Vegan Eatery
Let's talk about the menu--after all, that's what brought us hungry vegans here. The staff is very proud to announce that everything is 100% organic and sourced from local ingredients. Inspired by the cuisine of Mexico, Chef Chandra created menu offerings that may seem extremely familiar with dishes like pozole, chilaquiles, flautas, sopes, enchiladas, and tacos. But that's where the familiar takes a stroll down the vegan pathway.
Honor Vesanto Melina, Recipient of the 24 Carrot Award
Activist Uses Research to Battle Animal Cruelty
In Veganomics Nick Cooney clearly displays his dedication to the cause of lessening animal misery by his willingness to amass an enormous trove of research studies. At the same time he has created a highly readable volume filled with fascinating factual information, a handbook for vegetarian/vegan activists who now have facts backed by research to further their cause. But you don't have to be an activist to enjoy this volume. Each reader will now be more aware of the role diet plays in animal welfare.
Six Vegetarian Diet Myths
That Need to Be Busted
Many diets have become increasingly popular this year, including the paleo regimen and gluten-free food plan, but one that has especially pulled some to the other side recently is that of vegetarianism. The Vegetarian Times reported this year that 7.3 million Americans are now vegetarians--that means that 3.2 percent of U.S. adults follow a vegetarian-based diet.
Although a significant percentage of Americans now don't consume meat, there is still a considerable amount of evidence that shows just how misunderstood the vegetarian diet is still. So we're spotlighting the zero-meat regime and debunking myths that vegetarians encounter daily. Here are six misunderstandings about vegetarians that deserve to be busted.
Meatless Monday: An Initiative We Should All Support
If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.
The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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