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Mary’s Memo #2163

LET THE GRILLING SEASON BEGIN!

Memorial Day, May 31, officially starts the outdoor grilling season for me. And this year the main entrée will be salmon steaks. If it rains, bake salmon indoors.




HONEY-MUSTARD GLAZED SALMON STEAKS

(6) 4 to 6-oz. salmon steaks
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon pepper
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh chopped dill



Whisk together oil, honey, mustard, garlic, pepper and salt. Marinate salmon in mixture for two hours in the refrigerator. Discard marinade. Arrange salmon steaks, skin side down, in a foil baking pan and sprinkle fresh dill on top. Place over medium heat. Cover grill and cook until fish flakes (do not turn). To cook inside, bake in preheated 400°F oven for 16 minutes or until fish flakes (do not turn). Recipe serves 6.

Easter weekend Mary Ann served glazed salmon with a salad
from the Pasadena Junior League California Mosaic Cookbook.





JUST TWO INGREDIENTS!

Although this recipe is in the May article I do for The William County Department of Aging Newsletter, I wanted all of you to have it.




ORANGE POPPY SEED SALAD

Dressing:
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup canola oil
½ small red onion, finely chopped
½ cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Salad:
1 - 2 hearts of romaine, trimmed & torn into bite-size pieces
(1) 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
½ cup chopped avocado
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese

To prepare the dressing, process the sugar, salt, dry mustard, oil, onion and vinegar in a blender until combined. Pour dressing into jar with tight-fitting lid and add poppy seeds. Seal tightly and shake. To prepare salad, gently toss romaine, mandarin oranges, avocado, pine nuts and cheese. Add desired amount of dressing until coated or serve dressing separately in a pitcher. Recipe makes 1 pint dressing. Refrigerate leftover dressing for future salads. Salad serves 6.

Source: California Mosaic by the Junior League of Pasadena,
Inc., 2008. Order cookbook from Amazon.com. Believe me, it’s
one of the best Junior League cookbooks I’ve ever owned!

ABOUT FOOD EXPIRATION DATES

No more buying gelatin when it’s on sale! I vow to buy what I need only when I’m actually making a gelatin salad and not sooner. According to Kraft, don’t use Jell-O brand, and I am assuming any gelatin, after it’s “best used by” date. Once again I’ve been penny wise and dollar foolish and just threw out more boxes of flavored gelatin than I care to admit. Gelatin salads may be a “my generation thing” but I like having a molded salad of some kind, sweet or savory, in the refrigerator to eat for lunch, dinner, dessert or even to snack on.



EAT YOUR GREENS!

Collards, kale, spinach and similar vegetables contain nutrients that may protect the lungs, according to a study published in the January 15, 2010, issue of Cancer Research. The study found that current and former smokers who ate more leafy greens had fewer cellular changes that are associated with lung cancer.


Source: Consumer Reports on Health, April 2010.




RESISTANCE TRAINING MAY STRENGTHEN BRAIN FUNCTION

A study in the January 25, 2010 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine found that weight-bearing exercises may help minimize cognitive decline and impaired mobility in older adults. In the study of women ages 65 to 75, those who participated in once-weekly or twice-weekly resistance training
for a year showed improved executive-cognitive functions. Executive-cognitive functions are those brain functions related to planning, initiating appropriate actions, abstract thinking and the abilities needed for everyday, independent living. Previous studies have shown that walking and other
aerobic activities promote brain health, but this is one of the first to study the effects of resistance training, an especially useful finding for older adults who may have limited mobility but can still do resistance-type exercises.




Source: Duke Medicine Health News, April 1010.



/ OBESITY PUTS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AT RISK

Being overweight or obese can limit your physical function, but your mental health may also be at risk if you carry too many extra pounds. In a collection of studies (The Journals of Gerontology, February 2010), researchers noted
that as a result of improved medical management, more obese people are reaching old age, which means more of them are facing age-related mental dysfunction.





Source: Weill Cornell Medical College Food & Fitness Advisor,
May 2010. Download PDF of Memo #2163

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