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Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

July 12, 2010

Grandma's Kitchen: Friend or foe?


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We have been enjoying the first berries and cherries of the summer. We are so fortunate to have Putneys' berry and vegetable farm nearby. The red, black and yellow raspberries and saskatoons are on now, with the hybrid (no briars) blackberries coming in about a month.

I am looking forward to tomatoes! The only homegrown tomatoes I had last summer were from my daughter Vicki's garden in Ohio. I love a big, juicy, drippy, over-the-sink tomato sandwich — a true summer treat.

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I often think of all you diabetic friends. With 23.6 million diabetics in the United States, I feel like the food industry has ignored us, as far as providing any nutritious, prepared food in the grocery store. In fact, they may have helped play a role in creating a diabetic epidemic. Regardless, I hope to provide more recipes that diabetics can enjoy — and you don't have to be a diabetic to do so. We all can benefit from eating healthy food; limiting our sugar, fat and carb intake.

It is so critical to establish good eating habits for our children while they are still at home. One of my daughters told me this week that she has no problem eating healthy because she learned to do so at home. I flinched, realizing I knew much less about nutrition when she was growing up. The information was not readily available. Today there are no excuses. Fifty years ago, we all cooked from scratch, raised and preserved our own food. Prepackaged foods were not in our food budget and baked goods were reserved for a weekend treat.

I just bought an American Diabetes Cookbook. I hope you will try this wonderful recipe Molly made for dinner last night. We tweaked it to our personal taste so feel free to do the same. We are looking forward to having planned-overs tonight.

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