“Forty percent of Americans say they are cooking at home more often as a result of the current economic situation, according to a new survey commissioned by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). The survey involved 1,024 American adults who were contacted by phone in February. In the same survey, Americans reported making other changes linked to better health and a lower risk for cancer and other chronic diseases. Many of those surveyed said the current economic situation has motivated them to eat more vegetables and fruit, consume less red meat and exercise more than they did in the past. According to the survey, 48 percent of people are eating less fast food.”Chris McDaniel, Yuma Sun. All of these changes are for the better and should lead to healthier, happier Americans. How’s that for an upside to recession?
This week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of glorious days with some good friends in a luxury cabin in the Lake Tahoe area and were treated to a late spring snowstorm. One nice advantage to living in the Sacramento Valley is how accessible we are to other places. The drive up was a bit white knuckling but the reward was waiting for us when we arrived-a winter wonderland complete with fireplace. In another time a road trip might have consisted of sugary car snacks, soda and we probably would have stopped on the way for fast food but we are more informed now. We were each assigned a meal to prepare and there was lots of conversation around healthy, fresh food and exercise. We all worked out together in the morning and spent the evening sharing lots of laughs while I was in charge of preparing dinner. Since it has been spring for a while in Sacramento, I decided to bar-b-que some Raspberry Chipotle Ribs. I have never had the pleasure of bar-b-queing in the snow and it was fantastic! The snow was light and the bar-b-que was propane so I didn’t have to spend along time out in the cold. The ribs were on the grill for two hours while we talked and shared stories. We all sat around a big table for a family style dinner. The rest of the plate was filled with oven baked sweet potato fries and a big greek salad with fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The stickiness of the raspberry chipotle sauce made for messy eating which really cements friendship in my opinion. This is a meal to be shared with those that feel like family.