Friday, June 30, 2006

Collard Greens (Collards), a Source of Antioxiants

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"'Antioxidant' is a classification of several organic substances,
including vitamins C and E, vitamin A (which is converted from
beta-carotene), selenium (a mineral), and a group known as the
carotenoids. Carotenoids, of which beta- carotene is the most popular,
are a pigment that adds color to many fruits and vegetables -- without
them, carrots wouldn't be orange, for example."

"Despite over four decades of research, our understanding of oxidative
damage and the role of antioxidants in health is still in its infancy.
Much of the research done to date has produced contradictory results."
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"Other studies have shown that diets high in the antioxidants called
carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin, did have a protective
benefit in reducing the risk of macular degeneration. These are found
primarily in green leafy vegetables, and the intake of spinach or
collard greens had the greatest benefit. Neither vitamins A, C, nor E
was especially helpful. (58) Scientists believe lutein and zeaxanthin
may help cells avoid oxidative damage from light exposure by absorbing
blue light (59). To prevent the onset of macular degeneration, some
doctors suggest wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from
ultraviolet light damage and eating green leafy vegetables to keep
lutein levels high in the macula."

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Friday, June 16, 2006


Recipe quoted from What's Cookin'
Current recipe for June 16, 2006
2 lb ground beef
1/3 red bell pepper chopped
1 1/2 oz dried bell pepper
1 oz montreal steak seasoning
1/3 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 tbsp Italian seasoning
barbecue sauce
1 italian sausage link

Mix first 6 ingredients together and mix well. Form into a ball and place on wax paper. Spread over wax paper into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Place italian sausage across the width of meat mixture. Roll up meatloaf over sausage. Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes then rotate and continue cooking an additional 25 minutes.

Combine barbecue sauce and italian seasoning. Spread over meatloaf and serve.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Snippets and Snippets 2

A Reader's Review of Snippets:
I've been reading bits and pieces of Beth Boswell Jack's writing for a number of years, mostly on a web site called USADeepSouth, and it's great to see them all gathered together in this book called Snippets. Our local Arkansas paper doesn't carry her column, but I wish it did. Her writing is funny and smart. I wish all humorous women without edgy big city pretensions weren't compared to Erma Bombeck. Jacks has her very own, clear voice. I love that she's been married to the same man since forever, lives in a small town in Mississippi, but gets around like crazy. Is there such a thing as up-to-date nostalgia? One of my favorite pieces is "Diary of a Mad Strutter". If you've ever heard of the Sweet Potato Queens from Jackson, Mississippi, you must read how Jacks joined the parade. Snippets is a good gift for southern readers, but also could knock down a bunch of stereotypes that Yankees might still be carrying around. For that you might want to check out Southern Jewelry Laws, page 66.

Beth has written Snippets 2!

Who is Beth Jacks?

A resident of the Mississippi Delta, Beth Jacks is a graduate of Millsaps College (B.A.-English) and the University of Mississippi (M.Ed.-Special Education).
Jacks writes poetry and short stories for children's magazines and literary journals. She's had stories and poems published in Simon and Schuster's Chocolate series and in Delta Magazine, Ladybug, Hopscotch, Devo'Zine, Pockets, Boys' Quest, Story Mates, Story Friends, Wee Ones Mag, Northwest Family Magazine, Shining Star, Kids' Highway, Working Writer, Lighthouse Story Collections, Lonzie's Fried Chicken, and a number of other magazines.

A weekly personal essay columnist for several Southern newspapers, Jacks is a member of both the Mississippi Press Association and the Louisiana Press Association.