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Really? I mean to say, are LA school system lunch lines really that healthy that we don’t need to help make sure that your children have healthy food?

Any teachers out there? What does your school serve in LA County? What do you think? Could a big name with a fantastic idea help change your school?



Jamie Oliver, the Englis

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h chef who took on the “lunch ladies” of Huntington, W.Va., in an attempt to make school food more healthful, has been told thanks but no thanks by the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities,” Melissa Infusino, the director of partnerships in the superintendent’s office, said Friday.

Oliver is bringing his “Food Revolution” reality television show to L.A. for its second season, and he and his family plan to move to the area in January, a spokeswoman said. ABC posted a casting notice on its website: “We’re searching for families with children who could use Jamie’s help in the kitchen to overcome the obstacles to healthy eating.”

via Jamie Oliver turned down by L.A. school district | Daily Dish | Los Angeles Times.

From the Food Revolution Site:

“This food revolution is about saving America’s health by changing the way you eat. It’s not just a TV show, it’s a movement for you, your family and your community. If you care about your kids and their future take this revolution and make it your own. Educate yourself about food and cooking. Find out what your child is eating at school. Make only a few small changes and magical things will happen. Switching from processed to fresh food will not only make you feel better but it will add years to your life. You can…”

• Sign the petition to save America’s cooking skills and improve school food.
• Join the Food Revolution community on Facebook.


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I had planned to watch this episode of Dr. Oz but alas, there was too much going on and I missed it. Art, work, and life take precedence over television, always.

Dr. Oz hosts a show featuring three luminaries in the alternative / health field and spun an entire show on their techniques, advise, and more.

If you missed it you can catch all the details at the Dr. Oz Show website.



The Healing Power of…

Most Americans don’t think twice about putting their health in the hands of orthodox medical doctors, or their faith in the latest medical technology and drugs. After all, countless lives are saved because of modern medicine.

But a growing revolution known as alternative medicine is gathering speed, forcing both doctors and the public to rethink the treatments that provide overall health and longevity. Nearly 40% of American adults have tried some form of alternative therapies. As a nation we currently spend an incredible $34 billion on herbs, massages and yoga, just a few of alternative medicine’s most popular healing techniques.

Here are the most vital alternative medicine secrets you need to know, revealed by 3 highly-esteemed pioneers in the field.

Read  and watch show excerpts via Dr. Oz Show.

In my love of spring rolls, and I do love them terribly, I find that I’ve got some severe hesitation when it comes to making them. It goes back to the days of trying and failing, trying and failing to make egg rolls.

Any-who-who, I think I found my recipe that works.



For a party icebreaker, serve these rolls Vietnamese style, with the fillings and the leafy wrappers laid out on a plate so everyone can roll their own.


1. To make Lemon-Ginger Dipping Sauce: whisk together all ingredients and 1/2 cup water in small bowl.

2. To make Spring Rolls: Fill each chard or lettuce leaf with pinch of carrots, beets, bell pepper, and sprouts. Top with basil and mint. Roll chard leaf around filling, tucking in edges. Serve with Dipping Sauce.

Ingredients, and shopping list via Live Spring Rolls with Lemon-Ginger Dipping Sauce Recipe.

I caught this recipe on the way out the door yesterday and searched around for it on the Food  Network site. As you may remember Giada is one of my favorite chefs. Her show is well made and the food, hands down, is always delicious!

We paired this with Dustin’s Mamma’s Salmon dish, baked with a few additions:

Add thinly sliced fennel, and parsley to the salmon before you coat it with lemon slices.


Scott K Smith


Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network



  • 2 pounds baby or fingerling potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra as needed
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the potatoes: Put the potatoes in an 8-quart stockpot with enough cold water to cover by at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow to dry for 5 minutes. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the potatoes until lightly smashed.

In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 cup of oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and lightly brown, about 1 minute. Remove the garlic and discard. In batches, add the potatoes and cook, without stirring, until the bottoms turn golden brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the potatoes over and cook, drizzling with oil, if needed, until golden brown on the other side for another 5 to 8 minutes.

For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Spoon the dressing over the potatoes and toss gently until coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl and serve.

via Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemons Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network.

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