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  • Creating a simple veal stew dish with a creamy mustard sauce

    Have you ever just started out to make a simple dish for dinner and all of a sudden, it turns into a fantastic entrée?

    I’m sure this happens all the time to most of us, right? Seriously though, I did start out to create a simple veal stew and somewhere along the way ended up with a modified version of veal stroganoff. Most veal stew consists of braised veal combined with potatoes, carrots, onions, etc. stewed in a large pot with some stock over low heat for a couple of hours.

  • Senior site menus

     Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 16

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, blend juice, sugar cookie, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 17

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 18

    Beef stew with vegetables, brown rice, vanilla pudding, orange juice, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 19

  • Try using seasonal foods when planning your daily meals

    Have you ever sat down and planned what meals you were going to cook that week without considering what vegetables were in season?

    I know I have. I get this craving for a certain meal that I want to have without even considering if certain foods or veggies are even available at that time of year. When I can’t find what I want, I sometimes end up creating a completely different dish than what I had planned. Sometimes this is a good thing.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 9

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 10

    Chicken dumplings, lima beans, peaches, sugar cookies, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

    Sloppy Joe/hamburger bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 12

    Baked beans and franks, coleslaw, fruit cocktail, hot dog bun/margarine, beverage.

  • On these hot summer days, have some light, classic chilled soups

     Chilled soups are a great idea for these hot summer days when you just want something light. 

    We had some chili a couple days ago, even though I prefer to have it during the cold winter days, which we don’t seem to have very often around here. So I started thinking about making some chilled soups and came up with a few that are relatively easy to make with ingredients most of us have in the pantry or fridge.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 2

    Pork cutlet/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 3

    Barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 4

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 5

  • Steak Diane served tableside is a classic show-stopping dish

     The first time I had Steak Diane was years ago at a fancy restaurant. Popular back in the ’50s and ’60s, when and where it actually came about is unknown.

    New York City is probably the best candidate for the source of Steak Diane, but which restaurant was the birthplace would be difficult to identify. 

    The top culinary trend of that time was dishes that could be flamboyantly prepared tableside. I remember being really impressed with the theatrical antics arising from the flambéing of the cognac that was used to make the sauce.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, July 26

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, July 27

    Chicken parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, July 28

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, July 29

  • Sugar-free desserts can be as satisfying as the ‘real’ thing

     More and more people have been coming up to me and asking, “Can you give us some recipes for desserts using much less sugar and ones with fresh whole fruits instead?” 

    I must admit sugarless or at least less-sugar desserts would be a lot healthier for us, but would they taste just as rich and satisfying as the “real” thing?

    Sugar-free desserts, as the name would imply, are meant for people with diabetes (high blood sugar) or for those looking to lose weight, since an excess amount of sugar is believed to enhance weight. 

  • Veal Marsala and veal piccata are quick, easy meals to prepare

    Veal has a unique delicate flavor that can easily be incorporated into pasta dishes, stir-fries or even casseroles that use ground meats.
    Some of my favorite dishes are made with veal, like veal Marsala and veal piccata. The higher cost of veal versus beef or pork usually determines when I make these dishes.