Asparagus and Spring Garden Planning
A new Lent-Worthy Recipe (coming soon) to GfreeDeliciously…
Today it’s cool and cloudy with a “Wisconsin Mix” (of rain, sleet, and snow) in typical spring fashion. Happy April Fools!
But lucky for you, we’re not foolin’ around (too much) because there’s so much that this issue of PWF has in store. Jam-packed with asparagus recipes, a peek at a new recipe we’re working on, and lots more, including a fantastic video special from For King + Country. Let’s jump in…
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Patiently Awaiting Actual Spring Weather (in Wisconsin)
Today it’s cool and cloudy with a “Wisconsin Mix” (of rain, sleet, and snow) in typical spring fashion. Happy April Fools!
How was your first week of Spring?
Our first few spring days were like today. Mostly, the rain, sleet, and snow happened either first thing in the morning or late afternoons with some sun in the middle of the day and slightly warmer temps hitting the mid 40’s, so not lousy weather compared to some other parts of the country.
There was enough sunshine to get me thinking more about growing things, counting and reviewing leftover seeds from last year, then shopping the early seed sales and gathering the variety of vegetable seeds I can’t do without planting.
Each year I tell myself at the end of the season that “next year I’m cutting back” on what I plant. But then, in the new year, after the long winter, I find myself counting, making lists, and preparing for planting just as many plants and seeds, if not more than the year before. Yesh!
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Something to Eat…
Have you noticed that asparagus is starting to appear at the grocery store? My friend in Oregon tells me that her asparagus is also beginning to peek up in her garden, so I’ve been scouring my cookbooks, clippings, and the web for new recipes to try out this year. If the method is not free from gluten-containing ingredients, tweaking it to make it suitable for those of us who cannot eat gluten by the time it appears in recipe format on the blog.
Oh, and by the way, if you have a delicious asparagus recipe that you’d like to share, I would love to try it out (giving you credit) when I use it for the blog. Even if it’s a recipe that’s not currently gluten-free, I’ll work my magic to adapt it. Just include a copy of your recipe in reply to this email if you have one.
Asparagus has many gut and health benefits, so it’s a fantastic vegetable addition to your diet. You’ll find some easy recipes for incorporating these tasty green stalks into your meal plan in the links below and if you’re not already a fan of asparagus. In that case, maybe, you’ll reconsider after you scroll down in this email to read about how “Asparagus Is a Natural Prebiotic” that’s good for your gut health in Something to Nourish You this week (below – keep scrolling↓ ).
A variety of cookies made from the basic cookie dough from (Grandma’s), America’s classic chocolate chip cookies back-of-the-bag original recipe, and now made gluten-free too!
The best cookie EVER! Believe me; you’re going to love these S’more’s Cookies! This grown-up version combines the delicious trio of melty marshmallow and crunchy graham cracker, loaded into a…
I ask: How could you not fall head over heels in love this holiday season with these beautiful, downright drool-worthy indulgent Decadent White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies? The gluten-free…
A new Lent-Worthy Recipe (coming soon)
Marco Pierre White’s Yew Tree Fish Pie (Copycat Recipe)
Suppose you have been a fan of high-profile chefs and cooking reality shows like I am. In that case, you may have heard of Marco Pierre White, a legendary chef, restaurateur, and TV personality who is responsible for teaching some of the planet’s greatest chefs – Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton, Heston Blumenthal, and Bryn Williams, are among others who worked in his kitchens and trained under him during their younger years.
White, the first British chef to achieve three Michelin stars, was coaxed out of his seven-year retirement by show producers of Hell’s Kitchen to take on Gordon Ramsay’s role in the 2007 Series 3, leading a culinary battle of challenges to turn a group of unnamed aspiring chef-trainees into full-fledged chefs over the season’s series of episodes.
During the airing, I was so fascinated with the simplicity of how Marco Pierre White made his featured fish pie that I vowed to create a rendition of the dish since I did not have the actual recipe to follow. One takeaway I noted from watching was, “Keep it simple. Let the food speak for itself.” Therefore, in my humble attempt at the culinary challenge, I have worked to produce a suitable copycat with a recipe that keeps it super simple so any home cook can make it successfully. You’ll love the taste, and it will surely impress family and friends. It’s fantastic!
I invite you to watch for it, coming soon on the website. And if you can’t wait for my version, Marco Pierre White’s original recipe from his country pub, the Yew Tree at Highclere, Berks, can be found in the Guardian, although my upcoming recipe is without the complications of making a fish sauce.
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Something to Discover…
For King + Country
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Have you heard about the Spokin App?
Here’s a relatively new app you can sink your teeth into. A few months ago, I discovered the Spokin app. Have you heard of it? Since finding it, I’ve found the app to be super helpful for finding safe food, discovering new safe places near me like bakeries and restaurants, and even learning about new food brands that are free from allergens. There’s a lot of information that anyone with allergies will find beneficial for navigating everyday life.
You will also love that Spokin pulls together excellent guides like this one for 27 Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Bunnies where you can find the perfect bunny or the Allergy-Friendly Jelly Bean Guide. So, if you have a minute, hop on over to check them out and get ready to fill your Easter basket!
I am not an official Ambassador for Spokin and do not receive any compensation or products for promoting this app. All opinions are always my own.
A Few Profound Discoveries for Your Health…
A bit of ✨📢 Breaking News 📰 ✨ for our friends in Canada!
Celiac diagnostic blood tests are now covered in Ontario until March 31, 2023. Get the details 👉 HERE!
And, Just in Case You Missed these…
⚠️ #Product #alert notices from @USDAFoodSafety. Thank you, @NationalCeliac, for sharing.
Released March 28 – Ready to eat chicken meal kits may contain #wheat and soy not declared on the product labels. These kits were shipped to retail locations in CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NJ, PA, RI, and VT. https://fsis.usda.gov/recalls-alerts/fsis-issues-public-health-alert-ready-eat-chicken-meal-kits-due-misbranding-and
Released March 25 – Ready-to-eat salads shipped to retail and foodservice establishments in Alaska may contain egg, milk, peanut, or #wheat which are not declared on the product labels. https://fsis.usda.gov/recalls-alerts/fsis-issues-public-health-alert-ready-eat-salad-containing-meat-and-poultry-products
⚠️ #Product #alert warning from @GFWatchdog, thank you for sharing.
Released March 28 – Product warning for @ThreeJerksJerky Teriyaki Beef Jerky. The product’s label says gluten-free, yet wheat is a sub-ingredient of soy sauce. USDA regulates product packaging claims. A complaint has been filed. The manufacturer has been contacted. Thanks to the consumer who reached out & provided photos.
Something to Nourish…
Asparagus a Natural Prebiotic
Did you know that asparagus, like other green vegetables, is high in antioxidants, low in calories, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals that work as a prebiotic in your body to promote good health [1, 2]?
Half a cup (90 grams) of fresh asparagus contains 1.8 grams of fiber (about 7% of your daily needs) . Each serving contains high levels of insoluble fiber – the element that adds bulk to your poop to support regular bowel movements.
Asparagus also packs a gastrointestinal punch by adding a small amount of soluble fiber, which dissolves to form a gel-like substance in the digestive tract . This substance then feeds healthy bacteria in the gut like bifidobacteria and lactobacillus, strengthening the immune system and producing essential nutrients like vitamins B12 and K2, two inflammation-fighting antioxidants [5, 6, 7].
So, when eating asparagus as part of a fiber-rich diet, you help meet your daily fiber needs, and you also get the bonus of easily keeping your digestive system healthy.
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It’s Healthy, Low in Calories, and has a Notable Nutrient Profile
Protein: 2.2 grams
Fat: 0.12 grams
Dietary Fiber: 2.1 grams
Sugars: 1.9 grams
Vitamin C: 12% of the RDI
Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
Vitamin K: 57% of the RDI
Folate: 34% of the RDI
Potassium: 6% of the RDI
Phosphorous: 5% of the RDI
Vitamin E: 7% of the RDI
RDI stands for Recommended Daily Intake, and it is the replacement term for the past U.S. RDA, which stood for Recommended Daily Allowance. The change in terminology was suggested in the early 1990s by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (…of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). In 1997 RDI became one part of a broader set of dietary guidelines framing the recommendations as a guideline rather than an upper limit. The RDI is “the average daily level of intake (consumption of food and beverages) sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97% – 98%) healthy people.” Linked to diet, the RDI is set up to help people meet their nutritional goals and maintain their health and is used in both the U.S. and Canada.
For maximum prebiotic effects, try eating asparagus raw as an appetizer or snack alongside other raw vegetables and serve with a healthy homestyle dip!
How to make a simple and satisfying Buttermilk Ranch Dip.
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Use 1-2 tablespoons of this Buttermilk Ranch Mix base, combine with 1-3 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice and equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream. For a lighter version of the dip, substitute Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Store in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.
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If the weather gets a little warmer and the sun stays out, I hope to start cleaning up our asparagus bed, start on the garden plot for planting, and maybe (fingers crossed) get around to sowing a few seeds in the flower beds. But I always can dream up more to do than I can say grace over.
It sure is fun seeing the 🌤️ come out, things come to life 🌱🌷🌳, and start playing in the dirt again. ❤️
Is the asparagus peeking up through the ground where you live? Let me know with a reply to this email, and I’ll share my findings next week! Or you can always comment below😊
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