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Food Files: Tabbouleh Salad


“The perfect dressing is essential to the perfect salad, and I see no reason whatsoever for using a bottled dressing, which may have been sitting on the grocery shelf for weeks, even months – even years.” Julia Child

Food Files: Tabbouleh Salad - Fresh, Tart & Tangy Ingredients

Food Files: Tabbouleh Salad – Fresh, Tart & Tangy Ingredients

Tabbouleh, variously known as Tabbouli, Tabouli, Tabbouleh, and Tabouleh, is a popular Levantine vegetarian dish that so many of us in the West consider a side and/or a Salad. In the Middle East, this delicious tangy dish is offered as a Meze (appetizer) before a full course meal is served. Since I love foods from around the world and salads hold a special place in my heart, especially as the weather warms, and we look for no cook, easy to make dishes, I decided to share this recipe with you. Of note is that I originally wanted to share a crunchy salad with Romaine lettuce and my favorite power greens ( chard, spinach, kale and more) but, the greens price spike: due to the recent shortage in lettuce in the USA made me choose to share this dish which, I’m glad to say, remains one of my favorites.

As with any recipe, you can always substitute another similar ingredient to replace one you don’t like or that is unavailable in your area. Since the Tamari is salty, you can use less of it and the Kosher salt or skip one of them. There is nothing rare/exotic on my list. Cukes is really cucumber so pick your favorite kind in your local food store.  Every ingredient listed below can be found in a standard supermarket or farmer’s market. The joy of Tabbouleh is that it is a dish made with fresh, local ingredients and, if you can’t get bulgur, you can use couscous.

¼  cup                 Cracked bulgur
¼  cup                 Lemon juice
¼  cup                 Red wine vinegar
¼  cup                 Olive oil
½ – 1 tbsp            Tamari soy sauce
½  tsp                  Lemon zest

¼  tsp                  Coarsely ground black pepper
¼- ½ tsp            Kosher Salt
½  cup                 Red onion
½ – 1 stem          Scallion onion
½ cup                  Cukes or gherkins
1-2 bunch            Fresh parsley sans stems
1 bunch                Fresh mint leaves
2 large/firm       Tomatoes
A dash of hot pepper oil

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Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY


“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” W. H. Auden

Photo Challenge: EARTH -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more...

Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY2017 -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more…

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau
Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. Rabindranath Tagore

What does Earth Mean to YOU? To me, Mother Earth is the foundation of all that sustains us on this planet. We walk her path to grow, heal, help each other, and maintain our livelihood. We connect to our spirit through the magnificence we see in nature around us daily, and it is this greatness that keeps us in awe and gratitude. Why wouldn’t we want her to thrive? If she thrives, we thrive. As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, this week’s photo challenge – EARTH 2017 – gives us another opportunity to share the beauty of planet earth through our photographs. let us not forget that our beautiful planet can only remain fertile and safe from toxic pollutants if we stay vigilant and do our bit. Reduce your carbon footprint. Plant a tree. Learn about the Earth Day Network  and their urgent call to action, and avail yourself of all you can from the theme for Earth Day 2017 which is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Support environmentally friendly products and companies. Reduce waste. Reconnect to farm grown foods. Stay aware and celebrate Mother Earth!

Photos: What and Where?: The middle photo was taken on a recent trip with one of my kids to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. When we landed at Cedar Rapids Airport, the first thing I noticed was the expansive and flat landscape. You could see for miles…  The bridge is the Tappan Zee in Tarrytown, NY. The concrete structure and steep steps is a pathway in Kyoto, Japan. The orchids and the yellow poms/moms remind me of the beauty in nature that adds to the beauty of this earth. The sunset scene and the collage were taken by the Hudson River in Westchester County. The distant photo of the Hudson Valley and River was taken atop the Perkins Memorial Tower at Bear Mountain State Park, NY. From the top of that tower, you can actually see 4 states; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Isn’t that amazing?

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Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy


“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.”  John Hoeven

Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy

Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy

Earth Day 50 |Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. The theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Before we can solve the dire environmental threats facing us in the 21st century, we must build a global citizenry knowledgeable in environmental science and fluent in local and global ecological issues.

On April 22, 1970, the environmental movement  we now know as Earth Day was launched by the Earth Day Network as an urgent call to action to address the many environmental issues that were  decimating our planet.  This year, the theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy and it is an important theme because without education and action, we might not meet the  50th anniversary countdown to 2020 goal of combating pollutants and climate change. Is it feasible? Sure. Did you know that 20 million people responded to that first call to action? And since that first effort, over 200 million people have participated in spreading the word on ways to keep our planet alive and sustainable. Did you know that the sustained effort and action taken by passionate men and women in 1970 and beyond bore fruit? The collective action of the movement participants led to the passage of the Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act, many other successes and shape shifting environmental laws? If we all do our part, anything can be achieved.

On Saturday, April 22, we will gather at different venues around the world to celebrate Earth Day and remember that, for our collective survival on the planet, it is imperative that we protect and nurture our earth by educating ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities on ways to reduce our carbon footprint and increase plant life that will purify our atmosphere.  This year, there are Toolkits: Earth Day in a Box  and  Teach-In materials to help us learn how to rally others in our circle of influence, educate each other and armed with information, stay motivated and take decisive action to protect our environment. Participate in a Teach-In to help you get on top of your carbon footprint.

 READ: EDN’s climate education initiative, The Story of Climate Change  the first-ever iTextbook on climate change.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for March/April 2017 are:


03/ – March is Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, American Red Cross Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, 03/01 – Ash Wednesday and Zero Discrimination Day, 03/03, World Wildlife Day
03/06 – 08, International Women’s Day 09, World Kidney Day
03/13 –  12, Purim starts and Daylight Savings Day, 13, Holi, 14, Pi Day, 17, Saint Patrick’s Day
03/20 – 20, International Day of Happiness/ First day of Spring, 21, World Poetry Day, 22, World Water Day 23 Puppy Day, 24, TB Day
03/27 – 27, Doctors Day


04/03 –    6, International Day of Sport, 7 World Health Day
04/10 –    9, Palm Sunday, 11, Start of Passover, 14, Good Friday
04/17 –    16, Easter,  22, Earth Day,
04/24 –    24, Remembrance Day

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.


— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab


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