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This week on FMGTV watch Forbes Riley and Dr. Mike as they make an amazingly healthful, incredibly delicious spicy banana catsup!
Warning: Once you have this you will never be able to go back to the bottled stuff on the store shelves!
Link Here: FMGTV Cooking From the Heart
Been off the grid while hiking and backpacking Glacier Park. But that doesn’t mean slouching off at the chuck wagon! Here’s a little something done with 2 propane burners and a little creativity; Rabbit Fricassee over Pasta!
Imagine learing all about the Mediterranean diet, where and how it differs from the modern Western diet and what makes it such a powerful force in developing good health and wellness. Now imagine you get to eat your way through the experience with sumptuous, delectable dishes. Take it one step further, now you are crafting them with market fresh ingredients under expert instruction; sampling and pairing them with the sun drenched wines of the region. Now to complete the fantasy you do all of this while staying at one of the loveliest vineyards in all of Spain, Prada a Tope! The dream is now a reality. Join me this summer, June 6th-10th as we not only experience the Mediterranean lifestyle but explore its rich past as well. We will visit the largest gold mine in the Roman Empire and visit a Templar Castle. Here’s a sneek peek! We will be delivering details shortly, but if you want more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Looking forward to seeing you there, spaces are extremely limited to keep the adventure intimate.
First off, special “Thanks!” to What’s Cooking with Doc fan (and Blueberry Festival Grand Prize Winner) Jeff for the incredible elk tenderloins. These beautiful steaks were marinated overnight with an Asian infused mixture (recipe follows). If you don’t have access to Dr. Mike’s Asian blend (details on the spice blends coming soon!), use your finest Chinese five star spice. The grilled goodies were topped with an apricot ginger glaze and served with Pink Madagascar Rice with cilantro and a Farmer’s Market medley of fresh veggies, simply sautéed. Five stars from the mountains and fields of Montana to you! This recipe works well with Bison, other game meats or even a cut of steak!
Asian Inspired Game Marinade
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1 Tbs. Dr. Mike’s Asian Spice Blend
- 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 smashed garlic cloves
- 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp. honey
Combine all the ingredients and add to the meat; allow to rest at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
It is time to join our favorite radio host again! Join Dr. Mike on The Josh Tolley Radio Program, Thursday July 18th from 10am-12pm Eastern. You can listen live here if you do not get the radio feed locally:
You can also watch and listen via livestream here:
Another sneak peek! Want to learn how to make this Herbed Chevre Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Savory Blueberry Compote? Stay tuned!!
Here’s some pictures from a wonderful day of filming. Details shortly!!
For years I have written on the dietary salt myth*. In a nutshell, it seems taken as conventional wisdom and irrefutable scientific fact that reductions in dietary sodium lead to significant reductions in blood pressure and improvement in cardiovascular mortality and morbidity from things like heart attacks and strokes. Yet despite almost 50 years of scientific study, over 150 randomized controlled trials and 13 population-based studies, the conclusive data is still lacking. Confounding the results of some of these trials was the fact that the consumption of foods that help lower blood pressure were never taken into account in the final analysis.
What are some of these foods?
It turns out that foods that are rich in potassium have a positive effect on lowering blood pressure and potentially reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. These foods include fresh vegetables like Swiss chard, potatoes, yams, acorn and other winter squash, lentils, peas, lima beans, pinto and kidney beans. It includes fresh fruits like papaya, dried apricots, avocados and bananas-although they are not the ultimate source of potassium, per serving, as most people think. Fresh dairy products like yogurt and items like Portobello or crimini mushrooms are also good sources. Fish like salmon, pompano, halibut, tuna and anchovies likewise deliver good amounts of potassium. Herbs like basil and spices like turmeric are also good sources, although these are not usually consumed in significant quantities compared to other foodstuffs.
Further complicating the picture is the fact that in addition to foods rich in potassium, foods rich in both calcium and magnesium have also been shown to help reduce blood pressure. Foods rich in calcium include dairy such as yogurt, goat’s milk, cow’s milk and cheese. It includes fish such as sardines. Vegetable sources include tofu, greens like collard greens and turnip greens, spinach and food products containing sesame seeds like tahini (a major ingredient in hummus). Foods rich in magnesium include vegetables like Swiss chard, spinach, soybeans, black beans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and nuts like cashews, almonds and pine nuts. Fish like halibut and mackerel are also a great source of magnesium as are whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.
To completely muddy the waters, a recent study presented at the European Society of Human Genetics meeting in Paris**suggested a significant potentially causal association between low vitamin D levels and the development of hypertension. Humans can produce vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. Foods rich in vitamin D include fish like salmon and sardines and other foods like mushrooms. Milk from grass fed, pasture raised goats and cows and eggs; especially eggs from vegetarian fed, organic, free range chickens.
Interestingly, additional supplementation with minerals, whether it be potassium, magnesium or calcium do not share the positive effects observed with a diet rich in these components. Furthermore, the highly processed versions of these foodstuffs often results in a significant alteration of their natural structure. For example, foods that are naturally rich in potassium and have lower amounts of sodium often wind up after processing with much higher levels of sodium and significant reductions in the potassium content. In fact the bulk of dietary sodium intake, over 70%, comes from the consumption of highly processed, prepared and preserved foods. The clear take away from all this information is to follow a simple three-step approach:
- 1. Avoid the consumption of excessive amounts of fast food, which includes many sit down and dine type chain restaurants.
- 2. When shopping for foods in the market, avoid ready-made highly processed and preserved foods.
- 3. Whenever possible look for the fresh minimally adulterated product; this often means being aware of what is locally and regionally available in any given season.
By following these 3 simple steps, you are on your way to becoming a Grassroots Gourmet™; and that’s the prescription for eating well and living better.
*Read Dr. Mike’s latest article on the salt controversy published in Pacific Standard magazine here:
**Santhanakrishnan VK, et al “A causal association between vitamin D status and blood pressure: a Mendelian randomization study in up to 150,846 individuals” ESHG 2013; Abstract #C18.2.
Here are some absolutely amazing dishes with Dr. Mike’s Grassroots Gourmet Brand Blueberry Sage Duck Sausage prepared by my good friend, and chef extraordinaire, Luca Paris.
If you have not checked out his great television show, A Culinary Journey, here’s you chance. While there, subscribe and enjoy-he’s an fantastic talent!!
If you have not read the salt piece:
or the follow up info:
here’s your opportunity to catch up on all the discussion.
Also, do not forget the clock is ticking to get your free Dr. Mike Live at The Florida Blueberry Festival Cook book. Just head to the Facebook Fan Page and download from there!