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A Safe Frozen Treat To Beat The Heat

 

It is 96 Degrees Fahrenheit outside.

I have not missed Colorado since my move to San Francisco, until now. It is one thing to scrape the snow off your truck before the sun rises. It is another thing to curse the actual sun! I have no choice but to stare out the window as if my friends are downstairs playing basketball…and I’m grounded. Between you and I, the air conditioner holds the key to my sanity and I have no choice but to figure a way out of this straight jacket called Summer.

I have erected a drawing board on my wall and the dry erase markers are battling for position. I have several lists of cold delicious treats that could help defeat the boiling star that is attacking my day. On one side I have written down drinks that can be mixed with ice. In the middle, a list of fruits that can be united into delicious salad. Wait a minute. What if? Yes! What if I combine the both ? I can easily take any fruit and mix it with ice. Wait one more second. What if I turn the fruit itself into ice…? Oh boy!

These mixed frozen drinks are called Granita’s. Originating from Sicily, Granita’s come in many flavors, not just fruity. Chocolate remains a favorite in Italy. With the blazing inferno knocking on my door, there is no time to waist.

Watermelon Granita

 

  • 1 whole seedless watermelon - cut in to chunks
  • 2/3 cup Sugar

 

Place half of the watermelon, and half of the sugar into a blender.

Process until smooth, then pour into a separate bowl.

Repeat with the other half of the ingredients. Combine.

Pour this into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Freeze for two hours, then lightly scraping the top, frozen layer.

Return the pan to the freezer with the shaved ice on top.

Repeat the scraping process until the entire mixture is shaved.

 

è finito! (It is finished!)

Lifted high above my head is this frozen offering to the unforgiving heat. And for just a moment I feel as if the sun is twinkling with admiration for my efforts. Everyone seems to be happy again.

That’s until I hear the air conditioner chugging its last breath. I guess it is back to the drawing board!

 

From One Network To The Other: The ICN Creates iPhone Food Application

I still use a Blackberry. Enough said?
 
Do not judge me. I love my old phone for two reasons. One, because it shares its name with my favorite berry, and two, every morning my phone stares back at me like an adopted twenty year old dog. The screen has more scratches than a Run DMC record, and the numbers are worn like the handle of my ping-pong paddle. The battery is held in place by a tiny piece of cardboard, and every time I set the phone down it seems to re-boot itself.

Some think that it is time for an upgrade. However, my mobile provider thinks otherwise. So while everyone, including infants, save the world using their 4G network, I will continue to use my Blackberry to prop open the back door, allowing the air of spring to drift in and settle gently next to me. Can your phone do that?
 
Are you wondering how cell phones relate to Interstitial Cystitis? Until yesterday, I figured the two were as far apart as Tim Tebow and Lindsey Lohan. But after reading how Jill Osborne and her amazing team at the Interstitial Cystitis Network have created the first IC Food List APP through the iTunes App store, I realized they were meant to be. I mean seriously, who else would you send to give Lindsey a motivational speech other than Tebow? It makes sense, right?
 
The Interstitial Cystitis Network has designed this iPhone and iPad application to add convenience to an otherwise inconvenient situation. Whether you are at the grocery store, a restaurant, or watching food television programs, the mobile ICN Food List helps you research ingredients instantly, allowing you to determine the possibility of flares. In addition, for the first time ever, wine, beer, and spirits are also included in the list. The ICN Food List is extremely affordable at a one-time purchase of .99 cents. WARNING! Dollar stores do not carry this product.
 
I usually do not endorse products. But this idea is perfect. I wonder why I did not think of it. Maybe my Blackberry should be used to prop open other doors, perhaps my brain? There is still eleven months and thirteen days before my cell phone provider will allow me to upgrade. Nevertheless, for those of you using an iPhone or iPad time is officially a wasting!

New Years Resolution: Weight Loss

Around this time, every year millions confront themselves in front of the mirror, and it usually results in a New Years resolution. No, I am not talking about spending more time with the In-Laws, or actually taking that trip to Mt. Rushmore, but I am talking about losing weight. Let us face it, the need to lose weight tops the list for a lot of us. Regardless of what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is, we all notice things about our bodies that we would like to change. My apologies for not being a surgeon, however, my expertise, as a chef will help us discover the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

To calculate your BMI, which gauges whether or not you are overweight, plug your information into this formula:

(Weight in Pounds x 703) / (Height in Inches) / (Height in Inches) = BMI

For example, a 5’10" person weighing 200 pounds would have a BMI of 28.69. People with a BMI at 25 or above are considered overweight. Above 30 and you run the risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. A BMI over 40 indicates that a person is morbidly obese.

Our need to lose weight should be based on either medical recommendation or our own. If we attempt to lose weight for any other reason, we will quickly gain the weight back and find the possibilities too daunting. Dedication and preparation are the only keys to our success. The absolute best way to lose weight is to consume as many calories as your age and exercise commitment allows. Did you know that Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps ate 12,000 calories a day when training? That is right. 12,000 calories WHEN TRAINING. That amount drops dramatically to 3,500 when he is not training. That means, if you want to lose weight move your feet. The more you move your feet, the more calories you can consume. If you want to train like Michael Phelps, then you too can eat three fried egg sandwiches, three pieces of French toast, and three chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, everyday.

To find out how many calories you should eat and a complete list of foods listing their calories per serving visit Calorieking.com.

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