It might not be a traditional side dish for the holidays, but with family in town with many meals to share, Chef Jes recommends giving this side a try. Now, whatever preconceived notions you might have of okra…we ask you let go and trust in the genius of Jes. These okra are by far the tastiest we’ve had..even some of our okra-fearing staff couldn’t put them down! So, before they are out of season, grab a couple pounds from the farmers market for a treat!
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Strawberries are in season, like these from East End Market Merchant, Local Roots
Red is in abundance today, and according to doctors, it shouldn’t only be on Valentine’s Day! Recent studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables that are red, purple and blue will keep your heart healthy. In the spirit of Heart Health month, here are some tips on how to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
According to Cardiologist Bernard Gros, MD, at University of Central Florida Pegasus Health, red, blue and purple foods have something called anthocyanins, which are key to keeping your heart in good shape.
“Anthocyanins are full of antioxidants, the substance that protects cells against the effects of free radicals that lead to conditions like hardening of the arteries, as well as a compromised immune system,” says Gros. Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants, cherries, and Concord grapes are all rich in antioxidants, and powerful at preventing cholesterol from attaching to artery walls.
Eggs rich in omega-6 fatty acids keep your heart healthy!
It’s also noteworthy, that not all fats are bad for you (specifically for your heart). In fact, unsaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for good heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in foods like flaxseed, walnuts, salmon, and grass-fed beef, like that from the local Pasture Prime Family Farm. You can get your fill of omega-6 from avocados, most nuts, eggs and more. If you are looking for a local source, you can find eggs from Ocoee’s Lake Meadow Naturals at the East End Mini-Market on Thursday from 9am-Noon at the Winter Park YMCA.
Luckily, strawberries are in season here in Central Florida! As suggested by Bryan Behling, co-owner of The Ancient Olive, try a strawberry salad with fresh mixed greens, drizzled with strawberry balsamic vinegar and olive oil. To learn more about the health benefits of olive oil, check out this week’s Market Minute.
Food blog photos will make you drool via Honest Fare
In The Market Minute this week, we chatted with Honest Fare food blogger and La Empanada food truck co-owner, Gabrielle Arnold. Like Gabrielle, many other Central Florida food bloggers offer convenient resources for engaging in our food scene. From finding local ingredients to trying the perfect seasonal recipes, take it from the experts!
Orlando’s food bloggers bring you into their home kitchens and into those of Central Florida’s best chefs! Some bloggers do all the messy research and post beautiful recipes and photos for your viewing and testing pleasure. Who knew? You have the world’s greatest cookbook and local food guide just a click away!
Photo by Foodspotter @mikochu via Droolius
Other bloggers post about local food news, including dining events, restaurant and food truck reviews, and more! Tasty Chomps blogger, Ricky Ly, is a well-journeyed food journalist, who just authored the new book, Food Lovers’ Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets, and Local Culinary Offerings. One of the most amazing things about the food blogging community is the collaboration between authors. Julius Mayo Jr. of Droolius hosts eatups and tasting parties for food fans to gather and gossip about the latest and greatest grub. Once a week, the ladies behind the two blogs, Katie’s Cucina and Cook the Story, come together with a special guest for their Google Hangout show, which looks for any excuse to talk about food.
Katie Jasiewicz and Christine Pittman talk with Julius Mayo about the Bacon Off on their google hangout show via Cook The Story
I’m sure you’re wondering, what inspires these folks to share their favorite recipes and mouthwatering food photography with the world? The same thing that brings us all to the table – the love of food! So, grab a napkin (these websites have not been drool-proofed), check out the blogs listed here, and comment in the box to share your favorite local food blogs if we haven’t already!