Archive | August, 2013

Fighting Alzheimer’s and Dementia with Diet

22 Aug

As many of you know, my 89-year old mother suffers from dementia and has for the past several years. I’ve watched her and the residents in the memory care facility she lives in suffer through these tragic diseases. Esposita has long been researching the effect diet has on preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. There is lots of evidence to the fact that diet plays a huge role. In fact, as we study more, I can look at my mother’s eating habits during the past 20 years and I am convinced this was a factor.

I subscribe to a cool newsletter on aging that I started getting when my mother started showing signs of dementia. It’s called Silver Planet. Today, I received a newsletter with this excellent article on diet and preventing these two dreaded disease. It matches up perfectly to what Esposita and I have read. I want to share it with you. The author’s name is Laura MacDougall and she is a chef and owner of Home Plate Advantage.

Read the article

Eat well (and healthy for your brain),

Jefe

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Chops con Queso Azul

19 Aug

Okay…here is how you throw a special”She said yes” engagement anniversary dinner…

My chops con queso azul:

4 one inch succulent chops

Season with salt, pepper, and Mojito Lime seasoning from Trader Joes

Oil the pan and heat on medium. Add chops and a nice amount of a good table red wine

Cover and heat for 6 minutes each side in medium heat. Don’t over cook.

Take chops out and allow to rest for 5 minutes

Add wine and garlic back into pan for 3 minutes and reduce

Plate chop and cover with reduction sauce and a healthy amount if blue cheese

Esposita made the sautéed kale and leeks seasoned with South African Smoke. She also made a crisp cucumber salad.

Perfect meal to celebrate any event! And it’s easy peezy.

Eat well,

Jefe

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Flax Tortillas

18 Aug

Last night for family room tailgating the Seahawks game, Esposita made a gluten free tortilla that was simply out of bounds. Even the people who like flour loved it. For those of you eating Paleo, or who simply want to cut down on your gluten and wheat, listen up…

(To our dear friend, Lauren who is allergic to flax – don’t try this at home!)

1. Take 1/4 cup ground flax seed
2. Mix with 6 tablespoons of hot water. Mix to egg-like texture.
3. Mix that with 1 cup ground flax seed (yes -again)
4. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
5. Knead and divide into 4 tortillas
6. 30-40 seconds on each side on the grill
7. A little salt and any seasonings you like. She added some homemade Goya sauce. You cad add salsa or other Mexican style mixes.

That’s it. Esposita made a double batch since we had fellow tailgaters. We did have other homemade tortillas from Central Market, yet Esposita’s flax tortillas were a hit!

P.S. recipe listed on Top 10 Paleo breads online…

Eat well,

Jefe

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Football Returns – And so do the parties

17 Aug

Tailgating can be done from the comfort of your own living room with friends, and that is what Esposita and I are hosting tonight. The Seahawks are on the tube for their second pre-season game, we’ve got our Hawks gear on and waiting for our friends to join us.

A never fail option for football is quesadillas. It’s a perfect party food and you can really do the tailgate with beer, wine, or other beverages. I have a new bottle of Bakon Vodka and I’ve been perusing a few recipes. I don’t care for it solo, but I do when mixed. If you like bacon and you like vodka, check it out. Their web site is here.

Tonight you can follow my game analysis on my Twitter – @TheFoodJefe. Honestly, as big a football nut as I am, it’s still early in pre-season. Easier to relax and enjoy the food!

Eat well,

Jefe

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Plum Sauce al Jefe

9 Aug

The other day, I tweeted about a plum sauce I created for some sumptuous pork choppers. You can see the photo on my Twitter – @The FoodJefe. Please follow and enjoy my regular posts.

Back to the plum sauce…

Esposita and I have an outrageous amount of plums falling off our plum tree, and I love plums. Here is the recipe to make a tangy plum sauce you can use to top your pork or chicken. Remember, the Jefe is not necessarily about being assiduous with  measurements.

  • 7-8 small plums – pitted and sliced up into bite size chunks
  • Heat up a small sauce pan with about 2 teaspoons of olive oil. When it starts to shimmer add crushed garlic and ground ginger. (Note that I think my pan was too hot and the ginger and garlic started to burn. No panic. I took the pan off the burner and quickly added the plums)
  • Add the plums and start stir for 5 minutes on medium heat. That should be enough time to make the plums soft. While they are heating, I add honey and salt.
  • After 5 minutes, transfer the entire sauce into a blender. Blend on low until smooth.

The result is a tangy and slightly sweet plum sauce. Very, very smooth addition to your chops or chicken.

One additional note. I was going to add some unsalted butter while it was heating. I forgot (gasp). Next time I will add it – you can never go wrong with butter. Just wanted to let you know.

Eat well,

Jefe

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Happiness is…

6 Aug

…kicking back at home with Esposita on an 86 degree night. Listening to Sprinsteen singing Thunder Road, eating chocolate-peanut butter ice cream and an Eleven Pinot. Dude…

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Sloppy Jacks

1 Aug

I have a new name for the Sloppy Joes Esposita made tonight. from now on, they are SloppyJacks.

For bread, we used the sandwich thins. Less bread, still the texture. The sauce included:

Tomato, carrots, celery, onions, zucchini, basil, oregano, garlic, margerum, pepper, pinch of salt, and a little Italian seasoning.

On top of the bread, sprinkle blue cheese and add avocado slices before topping it off with the sauce. “Seconds” are a given!

Allez cuisine!

Eat well.

Jefe

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