NORTHFIELD A vegan cooking class and dinner is planned for Thursday, September 19 at the Pines Community Center from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The class will prepare a late-summer dish of ratatouille, a traditional French dish using sautéed onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini; a corn, red pepper, and black bean salad with lime vinaigrette on a bed of fresh, organic spinach; a "sour cream" apple pie, and cinnamon herbal tea.
Ratatouille is usually accompanied by rice, pasta, or bread, but the class will be creating a more nutrient-dense version, serving it over quinoa. Quinoa is an edible seed, though it's generally used and regarded as a grain. But unlike grains which are typically low in the indispensable amino acids (IAAs, formerly known as essential amino acids) lycine and isoleucine, quinoa has adequate amounts of both these amino acids and is thus regarded as a "complete" protein.
The science behind plant proteins being preferable to animal proteins is slowly gaining acceptance within the medical community. In an article titled, "Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets" in the Spring 2013 issue of The Permanente Journal, the authors wrote, "The objective of this article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets. Concerns about the rising cost of health care are being voiced nationwide, even as unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these reasons, physicians looking for cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes are becoming more involved in helping their patients adopt healthier lifestyles. Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods."
Santosha Bouchard of Meredith is a familiar face at the vegan cooking classes. "I love it when she comes and helps me. Not only is she incredibly hard-working, but she has finely-tuned senses of taste and smell, and I depend on her opinions," said cooking instructor Louisa Dell'Amico. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:00
ALTON — The Lakes Region Tea Party will be meeting on Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m at the Gilman Museum at 123 Main Street in Alton.
The Alton Business Association is hosting a forum on Workforce Housing and it's important that many citizens attend to discover more about this very controversial topic.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:51
LACONIA — Photographer Evelyn Lamprey gives us an intimate, almost cozy, view of Elvis Presley's home Graceland in her "Just Like Us, Only Not" display at 6 p.m. at The Studio in Laconia.During a visit to Graceland last year, Lamprey was allowed a short amount of time to capture pictures. The images that are being shown at The Studio reveal an almost-average home, dated and nostalgic, with only a few glimpses of the over-the-top excess that we often associate with Elvis. "I was surprised at how unpretentious so much of it was," says Lamprey. "Even the pretension is often tempered by the mundane, and sometimes the tacky - an arrangement of silk flowers on an exquisitely set dining table, a single wilting plant in an over-sized terracotta pot, poolside."
The exhibit runs through the month of September at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in Laconia. For more information call 603-455-8008.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:48
LACONIA — Hans Hug Jr. returns to the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Saturday, September 14 with his program, "The Underwater History of Lake Winnipesaukee." The program will begin at 11 a.m.
His presentation will include videos of wrecks while diving in the big lake and other interesting artifacts from below the surface of the lake. Hug has been an avid diver for many years and it will be of great interest to anyone who enjoys the history of Lake Winnipesaukee. Admission is free to LWHS embers, for non members there will be a $5 fee per person to attend the lecture.
Pre-registration is required for this popular lecture as seating is limited. To reserve seats or for more information call 366-5950
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:43
- Canterbury Artisan Festival taking place Saturday at Shaker Village
- Minot Sleeper Library to host author Maxwell MacPherson, Jr. on Saturday
- Chicken barbecue planned in Belmont Saturday
- Lecture by Acadia National Park experts on Sept. 20
- Adult Fall Hiking Program Continues on Tuesday Mornings
- NHEC & Northway Bank Launch Campaign to Reduce Hunger in NH