Author Archives: Kym Gordon Moore
How many ways can you say cheese? How about 1,778 ways? No joke. According to Cheese.com, you can search their database containing 1778 kinds of cheese by names, by country of origin, by kind of milk that is used to produce it, or by texture.
April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Typically cheese such as Pepper Jack, Muenster, Sharp Cheddar, Provolone and American cheese are creamy yet great for melting between two slices of bread. However, that does not stop you from combining different types of cheese and creating your own innovative cheesy sandwich concoction.
Check out these mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches from The California Milk Advisory Board. Today’s tasty features include The Havana, The Tuscan, and The REAL Californian grilled cheese sandwiches. The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1300 dairy families. As we honor National Grilled Cheese Month, prepare a delightful melt in your mouth sandwich of warm, gooey, cheesy goodness.
Our world is full of life, but it is in trouble due to the destruction we are largely creating. Do you believe climate change is real? I certainly do, simply from witnessing opposing seasons interlocking at some point with each other and on the other side of the world, glaciers are melting in temperatures way below zero.
Earth Day is on April 22 and is the world’s largest environmental movement. Since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, with a focus on education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.
This year’s campaign is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” Learn more about how you can get involved and take action to eliminate pollution, planting trees and tending gardens, curbing greenhouse emissions or to help power the movement. Visit the Earth Day Network.
Ah, the poetry of gardens! Whether you have a flower garden, water garden, herb garden or vegetable garden, around the world people are connecting with nature by planting, landscaping and creating indoor, outdoor and container gardens. Take a field trip to your local nursery or garden shop for plants and flowers that will work well in your neck of the woods. As we celebrate National Garden Month, take a stroll through our garden shots for a bit of inspiration for your garden, and for creating some great poetry!
(excerpt from the poem “Musical Waters” in the book Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry, 2013)
where the wind’s velocity determines whether the water sings falsetto,
soprano, alto, tenor or base
an aquatic musical composition
bursting with a poetic rhapsody
never the same sheet of music
as the smooth breeze
caresses the water like a tinkling chime
envisioning a ballerina performing her pirouette à la seconde
the sun sparkling on the water
like a spotlight hitting a sequined dress on the dance floor
the essence of a vision fair
where water is kissed with a seductive touch
dancing with the swirling cool air.
I tossed and turned all night
drenched in night sweats
I’m running, from who or what
I don’t know, I’m just running
trying to dodge the chase
from an unknown entity
I know not what it is
I haven’t done anything wrong, or have I?
I try screaming, but I am mute
I look around for help but there is none
so I run
dashing across a street
not paying attention to oncoming traffic
for there is none and so I run
anxiousness overwhelms me as I leap
into a cemetery where the ground is barren
the graves all edged in river rock lay
I see the back of a women’s head
she sits by a headstone, but whose I don’t know
if I wasn’t then I wouldn’t be running
I am still being chased
yet determined to escape,
if I am caught then what?
I don’t know. I fight?
There are others standing around,
they aren’t running, they just stand
but why, I haven’t the time to wonder
still I run, for my life depends on it
I won’t be caught
I can’t be taken, the chaser gaining on me
when suddenly I am whisked to reality
I open my eyes lying on my back
the room is dark
but I know my way around
I make a mad dash to the bathroom
so that’s why I had to run?
I remember growing up how excited I was to visit my grandfather and get my hands on a bushel of those ginormous pecans that fell from his pecan trees. Those long brown shells held some of the biggest, sweetest and meatiest pecans I ever tasted. Nowadays, I have not found any pecans that fit the size or caliber of my memories of those Ninja pecans my grandfather grew.
So today, on Food Porn Friday, as we celebrate National Pecan Day, which by the way has been celebrated on April 14 since 1996, I decided to feature this healthy recipe, Pecan-Crusted Chicken from EatingWell Magazine. This recipe coats tender chicken breasts with buttery pecans flavored with spicy chipotle and zesty orange.
This recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare and is ready in 30 minutes. In the picture, it is served with spinach salad. Depending on your tastes, you can modify a number of certain ingredients to your choosing. What a wickedly delicious way to eat a healthy meal with only 270 calories per serving.