Saturday, February 25, 2012

Amazing @Quaker Chocolate Chip Cookies #gardencuizine @CaWalnuts @GeorgiaPecans

Chocolate Chip Cookies
3-times more Fiber, Low Sodium
Adults and Kids love 'em
serve with a glass of milk for even more calcium
Baked goodies can be part of a healthy diet when enjoyed in moderation. To modify baked goods recipes to healthier versions, experiment by reducing the salt and sugar. Add wholegrain flour or ground oats for added dietary fiber. Nonfat dry milk works great for adding calcium. Optional tree nuts add beneficial antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, flavonoids and phytosterols.

The cookie lovers in my life give these amazing chocolate chip cookies two thumbs up! The recipe was inspired from a recipe that my gardening and baking friend, Johanna, gave me. She got the recipe online, called the $250 Neiman Marcus Cookies, based on an urban legand.

This RD revised recipe is worth the effort. I guarantee you will save it as a winner among your favorite cookie recipes collection.
Add Fiber to Cookies
Wholegrain flour and ground rolled oats add healthy dietary fiber to the cookies. The fiber content helps you feel more content and full, aiding in greater satiety and satisfaction, after eating just one or two cookies.

Cookie Jar Favorite

This recipe makes plenty to refill your cookie jars and will fill the bowl of your mixer to the brim.
Cookie Dough Freezes
The dough freezes well too. Form the dough into several one-inch thick discs, wrap in clear wrap, label, date - put in zip-lock freezer baggies and freeze until ready to thaw and bake off. 

Thaw  frozen cookie dough in the refrigerator a day before using. If the dough seems dry and too crumbly to mold, simply moisten hands with water when rolling into balls and flattening out cookies on the sheet pans. Trust me, they will taste and turn out just fine.

Add Calcium to Cookie Dough
Powdered dry milk adds calcium to the recipe. 

Yields: 105 cookies
about 5 discs of dough (~2370g total); each disc yields approximately 21, 2 1/2-inch cookies

4 cups rolled oats ground in a food processor to powder
2 1/2 cups (345g)  unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup (128g) white whole wheat flour

1/2 cup (42g) instant nonfat dry milk fortified with vitamins A and D
1.5 teaspoons (8g) baking soda 
2 teaspoons (10g) baking powder
1.75 oz (50g) dark chocolate bar grated

1 cup (208g) sugar 
2 cups (334g) brown sugar, lightly packed
2 cups butter, unsalted 
4 eggs (I prefer cage-free omega 3 enhanced, or local eggs) 
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
1/4 teaspoon salt

11.5 ounces (326g) 60% bittersweet chocolate chips (whole bag Ghiradelli or other premium quality baking chips)
2 cups (200g) chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) - optional

Putting it all together
Line a cookie baking sheet with foil and roast nuts in 350 oven until lightly roasted; set aside to cool. When cool, break up nuts using clean hands. Save and use the same cookie sheet for baking cookies.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (except salt), stir in the grated chocolate
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whip the butter and add in the sugar
  • In a small bowl, crack and add the eggs, add vanilla
  • Add the egg/vanilla mixture and salt to the butter and mix well
  • Add in the remaining dry ingredients, slowly pulsing since the volume is so large 
  • Add in the chocolate chips and nuts last
Portion the dough into 5 discs (about 450-500g each) and wrap in clear wrap and store in refrigerator or label and freeze and store in the freezer. Thaw dough in refrigerator as needed.

To bake: pick off dough and roll into golf ball size portions and flatten with palm of hand on prepared baking sheet. 
  • Bake 350 degrees 10-12 minutes; do not over bake!
Celebration Cookies
To make special jumbo cookies or bars, press the dough into a heart, rectangle or round baking dish. Cookie cutter shapes can also be used to mold cookie dough pressed down with fingers. Bake, cool and decorate as desired. 
  • Ideal for Birthday, Valentine's Day, Graduation parties or any special occasion. 
  • The cookies can also be broken in half and inserted into the mouth of Cookie Monster Cupcakes!
GardenCuizine Nutrition Analysis: One, 2 1/2 -inch size cookie: approximate calories: 99 (116 w/nuts), calories from fat: 48 (60 w/nuts); total fat: 5g (7g w/nuts), saturated fat: 3g; trans fat: 0g; cholesterol: 18mg (6%DV); sodium: 40mg (2%DV); total carbohydrate: 12g (1 CHO serving); dietary fiber: 1g (4%DV); sugars: 6g, protein: 2g (4%DV); Vitamin A: 131IU (3%DV); Calcium: 21mg (2%DV)
Cookie clip art © Bobbie Jean Peachey

Related Links: 
How Oats Work
Walnut Nutrition Information 
Pecans Nutrition
Percent Daily Values (%DV) are reference values based on eating 2,000 calories for adults and children age 4 or older. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle * Senior Activity * Life Story Writing * Share Memories @NIAGo4Life @AmerGeriatrics #GardenCuizine

Salottolo Family Memories
by Junetta Salottolo Mehl

Mom's vignettes are posted as we get them from her. At 80 years old she has learned to use a computer! We've encouraged her to type her memories into a Word document. Her ongoing project has been to sort through old boxes of photographs and tell us about them. I encourage you to do the same with the elders in your family. Life story writing is a great activity for seniors. Buona lettura

post 3: A New Member of the Family

In the latter part of my fourth year, my mother decorated a bassinet. It was made of wicker and had four big wheels. She decorated it with white satin ribbon and bows. I had never seen anything like it. Then I remember she went away. A few days later my father took me to see her. But there was some commotion about whether I could go in. I got the feeling that I shouldn’t be there. But somehow my dad snuck me upstairs and I remember seeing this baby with big, big eyes. 

That was my introduction to my brother, Alexander. We call him Al, for short. I don't remember ever seeing my mother because my dad took me back down to the lobby of the hospital just as fast as he took me up to my mother’s room. And I’ll never forget those big brown eyes! 

Photos: Alexander's first Holy Communion. And Al home at Briggs Ave., Bronx, NY
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Control or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes w/Healthy Eating #diabetes #gardencuizine @NDEP

Diabetes Control
Control or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

After spending the day helping patients deal with the consequences of undesirable, painful complications of slow healing wounds, amputations, peripheral artery disease, diabetic retinopathy and foot pain from obesity coupled with uncontrolled diabetes, I wanted to share this healthy eating with diabetes video. 

Healthy eating is critical for losing and maintaining a healthy weight and is important to control:
  • blood sugar
  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol 
If you or someone you care for has diabetes and does not know how to control their blood sugar, Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) and Registered Dietitians (RD) can help. Dietitians can be found in hospital out-patient settings and in private practices. Your doctor may have a referral or you can contact the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for a Dietitian near you.

 A dietitian can help you learn about which foods raise your blood sugar and come up with an easy to follow meal plan.
  • Think “small steps”  
A few small changes can go a long way in helping you live a healthy lifestyle with diabetes.
Related Links: 
National Diabetes Education Program
American Diabetes Association

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle * Healthy Seniors * Life Story Writing * Sort through Family Photos

Salottolo Family Memories
by Junetta Salottolo Mehl

Mom's vignettes are posted as we get them from her. She types her memories on her computer. Harry scans her photo(s). Then I blog her story without any alteration to the content. Truly a family affair. I encourage you to do the same with your family or special friends. Life story writing is a great activity for seniors. Buona lettura

post 2: During This Same Period

During this same period I would accompany my mother and grandmother on trips to visit Aunt Anna and Uncle Joe (Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Zingales) at their home in Cranford, NJ. Uncle Joe was my mother’s brother. These trips were such fun because we had to take a ferry from Cortlandt Street in New York City across the Hudson River to New Jersey. I loved the ferry ride. (This was probably the start of my love of boats and boating that I have enjoyed all my life.) Then we’d catch a Jersey Central train to Cranford.

Once in Cranford, I was like the city mouse visiting the country mouse. I would have such a great time. I’d play with my cousin Tom, who was a year older than I. The back yard was huge with a creek at the far end. During the winter it would freeze over and we could go ice skating, if I was lucky enough to be visiting during a cold spell. During summer visits I’d mow the lawn with one of those old fashioned mowers – the kind with the cutting blades rotating between two wheels. Aunt Anna always thought I was crazy. But I loved it. Uncle Joe, the doctor, gave me my first eye examination, which led to my wearing glasses forever after.

Photograph: Tommy, Junetta, Granddad Zingales (my Great Granddad) and Joey

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Healthy Seniors: Scan Old Photos * Write Stories * Share Memories @NIAGo4Life #GardenCuizine

Italian Family Memories
Mom's Vignettes

The senior citizens in your life may enjoy sorting through old photos and writing about their past memories as an activity. Junetta Salottolo-Mehl, now the eldest in our family at 80 years old, has a wealth of knowledge about growing up as an Italian in New York City. As you may know, I've been prodding her about her recollections of foods from her childhood and what it was like growing up. Italians have long been big on fresh garden-grown foods and cooking. 

Unfortunately, dear Mom can't remember many food or garden stories...(sigh)...but whatever she would like to share, I'll be posting here on GardenCuizine in hopes of inspiring other seniors. Mom's boxes are packed full of photographs of people that only she can identify. Using today's modern technology, we've been scanning the pictures into the computer for her so she can share and enjoy them.

Senior activities enhance well being by stimulating the body, mind and soul. Sharing stories, writing, sorting through old photos can be fun and sometimes sad, when we remember those who are no longer with us.

More of Mom's vignettes will soon be posted; she has written several now - stay tuned.

Related Links:  Best Way to Preserve Old Photos
Senior Activities for Mind and Body 
Benefits of Eating Well
Physical Activity for Older Adults