Below: me, on the grill, cooking up a Garden of Eatin' "LoveBurger" (recipe further down)
I think that photo above was the whole goal in a nutshell…that being, picking fresh veggies from the garden, and using them as part of some creations on the grill (along with my everyday salads)
Below: Red Deer Tounge Lettuce (and one Specked Trout Lettuce, I distinctly remember accidentally dropping
that one Specked Trout seed in that pot, gives me ideas for future multi-colored pots!!)
Important note from me, the blogwriter: Posting this kind of article ALWAYS causes controversy and heated debate. Inevitably, as with all my other prostate articles, someone will write in an say that in spite of my criticism of the PSA Prostate Test, the test saved their lives. My real objective is to give men both sides of the story, so each of us can start to make our own health choices. I'm not into "writing and fighting" over the web, nor am I trying to come off as a Guru of expert. What I am trying to do is help make others aware that we are, whether we want to admit it our not, victims of "Money Driven Medicine" in this country.
So, if you disagree, that's fine let's dialog calmly and professionally, and trade information and evidence, which I always welcome as I continue to educate myself. Remember, my mantra on my "About Me" page is…….
"I don't get my kicks on being right, I get my kicks on finding truth….."
"……..and I don't wanna go home"
–David Lee Roth (from the song "Just Like Paradise")
On the menu…….
Sate Lilit Ayam (Balinese Chicken Sate Skewers)
Ayam Betutu (Balinese Chicken Wrapped in Banana Leaves)
Sate Komoh (Indonesian Spiced Beef Saté – East Java Style)
Balinese Triple Cooked Chicken
Misty Copeland, whose openness about race in ballet helped to make her one of the most famous ballerinas in the United States, was promoted on Tuesday by American Ballet Theater…
……becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history.
Photo Above and 2 Photos Below: Sotol Swizzle
(click photo above and next 2 photos below for recipe)
On the menu: A "Groovy Little" Caribbean Lunch
to go to the post, click any of the photos, or click here
Back for another year on the Grill!!! And back for more "Dressed to Grill" recipes and Healthy Grilling Tips. And in case you haven't noticed, another year of what I call "Culinary Porn", that being Custom Outdoor Kitchens.
My collection of blog recipes are my own online cookbook, and when cookin' for others, I always like to have some sophisticated recipes on standy, on my laptop that sits on the counter, as I am whipping something up (if nothing else, it looks kinda cool, as one "at home" dinner date once told me)
….and HipHop crew OutKast, bumping the title track, add a pinch of "flava' and spice" to this batch of Sophisticated, Sexy, Soul, Sista, Silhouettes.
Beauty is obvious, but also a nutrient dense "Brain Food", and a "No Brainer" choice for my beginner's edible garden.
from my garden, a "bug's eye view" of my Rainbow Swiss Chard
To use the perfect sports analogy, Rainbow Swiss Chard definitely was the perfect first round draft choice, as the "Face of the Franchise", the perfect starting quarterback of my "Garden of Eatin" team.
It is definitely earning its keep for me, the "Urban Soul Farmer", as pure Garden Graffiti, with its vibrant, somewhat "macho" decor, loves bad Seattle weather, and is plain old "good eats".
And, most importantly, easy to grow, for the guy that killed a cactus back in college…………..
On the Menu:
Poached Eggs with Sweet Pepper Piperade
Eggs in Onion, Bell Pepper, and Avocado
Metaphorically speaking (you know how I am by now), "Apartment 311" came from a song I loved after college (and still love 25 years later), that represents my "Ultimate Bachelor Pad", a bit of Vintage (exposed brick mandatory), a bit of Eclectic, a bit of Contemporary.
I never got that "next level" apartment after college, and back then, I only had a vague vision of what it would look like.
….by guest writer Amanda Kaestner
Benefits of Alternative Medicines
(….by Amanda Kaestner)
Despite the widespread availability of traditional Western medical options, people now are turning to alternative medicines with increased vigor than in the past.
Chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture are perhaps the most popular choices, but other techniques, such as cupping, are coming into their own, too. Each of these methods holds its own benefits.
On the Menu: The "Serendipitous Supper"
click either photo for article, or click here
I freely admitted in my updated article about my fiasco of my bogus stevia product I was using, NaturAmerica Dul-C stevia, that was tested and found to contain cyclamate (a know carcinogen) and Saccharin (a known toxic poison)
But maybe, just maybe, the "Nutrition Gods" have toyed with me enough and led me to the right product for my purposes. I only use sweetener in my smoothies, and in my Green Tea, but I drink A LOT of smoothies and green tea………I mean, A LOT!!!
Above and Below: Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
(click above or below for recipe)
Wow!!! A couple of women actually wrote me and said they can't wait for the next "Color" article in my DIY series. Started out as just something "fun to do" (my excuse to thumb through dozens of photos of lovely ladies ), but now, it is a full blown well received series of articles for the blog.
….and of course, I'm always trying to make health and wellness "hip and trendy".
Anyhooz, it seems, with so many beautiful women's photos, so many DIY formulas from so many great bloggers, and so many colors left in the rainbow, this series can go on for a while……..
The free market victories against the biotech industry are coming at a rapid pace now, and the latest announcement is a real game changer: Chipotle Mexican Grill has outright rejected all GMOs and, as of today, is now serving all non-GMO ingredients in its foods.
"When it comes to our food, genetically modified ingredients don't make the cut," says an official announcement on the Chipotle website. "The food we serve should be made with ingredients raised with care for animals, farmers, and the environment. We're doubtful that the GMO ingredients that used to be in our food meet these criteria."
How do I write this while sticking to my mantras of "don't judge" and "to each his or her own" ?
In general, I've always felt like I was "flying solo" and out on an "Island" with so many things all my life (I call myself a "Species of One"), but it truly feels like the whole world I see in public is on the cellphone.
When I say [no exaggeration] a line of 12 people waiting at the bus stop in front of Whole Foods Seattle, looking down at their phones, I wanted to scream out "What the hell is wrong with you people?". But instead, I figured I better go home and first take a look at myself…….and if necessary, do any screaming in an article on my blog.
"April is not the cruelest month, if I may disagree with the eloquent gloom, of the poet of doom "
–Michael Franks (from the song "Coming to Life")
I always post my favorite spring time song by my boy Michael Franks on the blog every spring, and I'll let the song "Coming to Life" walk us through this episode of "The Garden of Eatin' ".
Anyhooz…a month and some change after I started the "Garden of Eatin' ", everything is growing!!! What a Gardner I've become!!! OR shall I say, and "Urban Soul Farmer".
Other than that Italian Oregano starter plant that was killed in action (not sure if it was "friendly fire" or not) everything is "Coming to Life"…..
This latest batch of nutrients and foods for Male Vitality is the first batch I have not extensively tried yet, but I do want to bring them into my regiment, because every superfood consistently taken in helps with overall male vitality.
After that scary prostate ailment from which I healed myself only with the nutritionally based superfoods I am listing in this series of Men's Health articles, my ongoing research is turning up a few more promising ones, such as this batch.
And Denzel is gonna help me break up all this scientific "mumbo jumbo" into a digestible article…..
I apologize in advance because this recipe is not perfected, but I just wanna throw it in my "Healthy Chef's Cookbook" as I do with everything, and update the recipe as I master it for myself.
Besides, everybody's version will be different, you know. I'm not even sure if this is Ratatouille or not, let's not split hairs, but when I finish perfecting it, it will be something totally new.
Nobody but me remembers the Old School track "Alligator Woman" by my boys Cameo, but it was so wild, different, crazy, and "out of control", I couldn't resist posting it.
Perfect for this batch of tatted females flaunting their body art, all of them a little [or a lot] wild and out of control, a little dangerous……..like an alligator……..
….sorting through the "Information Overload", to get my first edible garden started
Geez, I'm not one that often becomes a victim of information overload, but for a beginning gardener, there is a lot of information to cover to get this project going.
But, I already purchased over $1000 of planters and gardening equipment, so there's no turning back now. I gotta sort all this "fertilizer" out.
Potting soil, garden soil, compost, mulch, fertilizer, perennials, annuals, bolting ……….its all fun but, at the same time………………..GROWING PAINS!!! ……sigh
On the Menu: Coffee, Tea, and "Crumpets"
to view post, click either photo or click here
Not to get too philosophical, but the same Chinese symbol that represents "chaos and emergency" also represents "hope and opportunity".
Although it seems we're at a chaotic crisis point on planet Earth, looked at from another point of view, we are at a point of "opportunity" to begin living holistically and in tune with nature, to find ourselves again, if you feel me……
….And this crib in Kona Hawaii definitely expressed that principle.
A feeling of "back to nature", and a hint of looking forward, to living in a new "Golden Age"…….. what I call "Holistic Modernism".