Happy National (see below) Day!

Happy National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!  I am SO not kidding.  Reference: The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Obviously, this originated with the embarrassment of zucchini riches that August brings…thought you might enjoy this tidbit!    Fun fact:  the largest zucchini on record is 8 feet, 3 inches long!  How does Lula’s Catering use Zucchini?  Well…some of you are familiar with our Zucchini Cilantro Soup, but you REALLY should try our Ancient Grain Zucchini Pancakes!!

A Full Heart

My heart is so full, I think it just might burst.  EVERYONE has moments of doubt on a pretty regular basis; the best of us laugh it off, zen our way through it, pep talk ourselves into propulsion, or move forward on the shoulders of our giants.  But make no mistake, we as human beings are doubtful.  We’ve evolved beyond survival and have too much time to think about our shortcomings.

Cyclical doubt is my modus operandi as I’m sure it is for most of you – highs and lows, highs and lows.  Reflecting on 13 years of loving you through Lula’s food, I wonder about how I could possibly slow down and how that might affect the coffers in my heart.  One day I began ruminating about a client and how they’re doing – haven’t heard from them for over 5 years.  Low and behold I get an email – they’re not corporate moguls, but have asked me to help them celebrate a life event in the past, and 5 years later they pop up and tell me they want me to help them celebrate again.  I excitedly help them plan, and the process titillates me to wonder about other clients I haven’t heard from in a while.  Within 2 weeks, 3 others had popped up from 2-5 years ago, telling me they can’t imagine celebrating without me!  THEN…a heartbreaker – a birthday party occurring when I am traveling celebrating my own birthday.  My family’s plans are set and paid for – no turning back.  So what do you think happened?  A 60th birthday milestone date was CHANGED so that Lula’s could be a part of it.  A total embarrassment of ridiculous riches.  I’m so in love with my life!!  And you have made it so.

 

A Note From Chef Lori

 Thanks to all of you who participated in our survey – look for our new website (same address!) in January, reflecting your wise counsel!!

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MSG – Hell Hath no Fury

app Boudin Stuffed Shrooms

Monosodium Glutamate got lots of attention starting in the 60’s, when “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” was researched and MSG was named the culprit.  Some, but not all people don’t react well to MSG, even though it is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies (with the largest concentration of it in our nervous system).  MSG is the sodium salt of Glutamic Acid, and it naturally occurs in mushrooms, seaweed, and wheat gluten, as well.

Most manufacturers and restaurants are msg (added) “free” these days…but it is NOT reason for a hissy fit if you feel like your sinuses are swelling or you start sneezing and you find out that something you ate contained a little bit of MSG, or had naturally occurring MSG in it.  In fact, salt and sugar are WAY more dangerous for you than MSG.  Chances are, you’ve been consuming naturally occurring msg your whole life and have never felt a thing!  Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering does not add MSG to anything we make, but we do love our mushrooms, our seaweed, and our bread. 🙂 Please enjoy this pic of our Boudin Stuffed Mushrooms above!

Do You Have ANY Willpower?!?

In my house there’s very little danger of chips of any kind going stale…but just in case you have more willpower than I do, did you know…storing potato chips in the refrigerator keeps them fresher longer?!?!?!

There are 2 reasons for this:

  1. Refrigerators are a low moisture environment so there’s simply less moisture for the chips to absorb than pantry air.
  2. Potato chips are high in starch content and when starch molecules cool they crystalize to become firm.

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Butter – Salted or Un?

Sweet Cream Butter  was originally salted for preservation purposes.  It still is, and we have grown to love the flavor of salted butter.  If you pay close attention though, different brands of salted butter taste differently – because every manufacturer adds a different amount of salt.   One will usually get fresher butter if one purchases unsalted butter  as it naturally doesn’t last as long as salted butter – check the expiration dates!  If you want your baked goods recipes to always taste the same, use unsalted butter and add the required salt (a key chemical component in baking by the way).  Unsalted butter will last several months in the freezer.  We at www.lulasforlunch.com unabashadly LOVE animal fat, but if you want a recipe prepared without it, we will lovingly prepare that too!!

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Psycho Sausage – The Multiple Personalities of Chorizo

 

Did you know there are two Chorizo’s out there?  There’s Spanish, and there’s Mexican.  Most recipes won’t tell you which to use – you need to understand the origin of the dish to select accurately.

 

Spanish Chorizo looks like a pepperoni or summer sausage, because it is dry cured like they are.  It is made with Sweet Paprika (there are two types of Paprika as well!!) and can be eaten sliced right from the “stick”.  You would use this in Paella, for instance.

 

Mexican Chorizo, even though it can come in a casing, has the consistency of bulk sausage and contains more fat.  It is seasoned more with chiles and vinegar.  You need to cook Mexican Chorizo – either in the casing or squeezed out of the casing – just like you would ground beef or bulk sausage.

 

At Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering we use Mexican Chorizo in our South American Strata, and it’s DEElicious!!  Or, ask for our Texi-Mexi Empanadas – served with our amazing Avocado-Cilantro Crème.

 

 

Purple Potatoes

These gemlike spuds are about as big as a Ping-Pong ball, but don’t let their size fool you. Purple Potaotes have many times the antioxidant power of their cousins, white and yellow potatoes. Studies have found that the plant pigments that give them their lovely color, called anthocyanins, may improve memory and prevent age-related muddled thinking. Also, their high levels of folate help lower levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which can damage brain cells. Pretty good for such a tiny tater.  Look for them in your produce section – they’re not as hard to get as they used to be!  Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses them not only because they’re healthy and beautiful, but because they TASTE so good.  You can see a description of them here  as Banderillas

Mulberries are Here!

Please enjoy another post about deliciousness and nutrition from my friend Heidi Bright :

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush, The mulberry bush, The mulberry bush. Here we go ’round the mulberry bush so early in the morning.

-English nursery rhyme

I grew up hearing this song and assumed mulberries grew on bushes, like raspberries and blueberries.

Nope. They grow on trees. My sister and I discovered this two summers ago on Long Island, where we saw a man picking what looked like long raspberries off a tree. A tree? What was he eating?  Mulberries.

Oh, we crammed our mouths with their luscious juiciness until we couldn’t reach any more. So sweet, so ripe, and no exterior seeds.

This past week my friend Laura and I took a walk and she identified a mulberry tree. I didn’t know they grew in the Cincinnati area. We filled a bag with what we could reach.

When we met again, she arrived holding a bag filled with fresh, ripe mulberries she had picked. What a treat! And then we found more. I’m in mulberry heaven.

Fortunately, mulberries have great nutritional value. According to https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/mulberries.html, they can improve digestion, reduce cholesterol, aid in weight loss, increase circulation, build bone tissues, boost the immune system, prevent certain cancers, slow down the aging process, decrease blood pressure, protect eyes, and improve metabolism.

That’s a pretty nice list of benefits. Makes me want to go ‘round a mulberry tree and pick more. Just need a ladder to catch those ones up high…

Thriver Soup Ingredient: To find mulberries, check your local farmers’ markets or look for dried varieties in stores. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/mulberries.html includes nutrition facts. Research on “Composition of anthocyanins in mulberry and their antioxidant activity” Look up effects of mulberry extracts before considering using them.

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