August 22, 2014 archive

Health & Fitness News

Welcome to the Health and Fitness News, a weekly diary which is cross-posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette. It is open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here and on the right hand side of the Front Page.

Cool Summer Fish

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Fish can be challenging. We’re told to eat it twice a week because it’s such a lean, high-protein, high-omega-3 animal, but we’re also told to avoid certain fish like swordfish and large tuna because of high mercury content, other types like Atlantic cod (or what’s left of it) because of overfishing and farmed salmon because of ecological considerations.

But it’s worth it to become friendly with different types of fish, not just the farmed salmon found in every supermarket. If you seek a fishmonger that has a reputation for sustainably caught or raised, fresh seafood, you’ll be on the right track. Broaden your repertoire; think sardines, petrale sole and Pacific cod.

Cold Poached Pacific Cod with Spices

If you use a whole fish, you can use the bones to make a fish stock for poaching. But fillets can also be poached in a lighter broth. They are rubbed with a Middle Eastern spice mix.

Cold Steamed Petrale Sole with Uncooked Tomato Sauce

A perfect dish for summer tomatoes. It works well with two uncooked sauce options: one sweeter, one mintier.

Salmon or Tuna Carpaccio with Wasabi Sauce

Sushi-grade salmon or ahi tuna will work nicely for this easy, delicate dish, and you don’t even have to be a whiz with a knife to make it.

Sardines in Vinegar (Escabeche)

This dish combines a recipe learned in Proven├že with a recipe from Spain. The escabeche highlights sardines and saffron.

Veracruzana Vinegar-Bathed Shrimp

Summary: The cuisine of the state of Veracruz in Mexico has much in common with Spain’s, including this spicy cousin of the Spanish escabeche. The dish calls for a mild vinegar.


The Breakfast Club: 8-22-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone’s welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

On This Day In History August 22

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

August 22 is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 131 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1950, Althea Gibson became the first African American on the US Tennis Tour.

On this day in 1950, officials of the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) accept Althea Gibson into their annual championship at Forest Hills, New York, making her the first African-American player to compete in a U.S. national tennis competition.

Growing up in Harlem, the young Gibson was a natural athlete. She started playing tennis at the age of 14 and the very next year won her first tournament, the New York State girls’ championship, sponsored by the American Tennis Association (ATA), which was organized in 1916 by black players as an alternative to the exclusively white USLTA. After prominent doctors and tennis enthusiasts Hubert Eaton and R. Walter Johnson took Gibson under their wing, she won her first of what would be 10 straight ATA championships in 1947.

In 1949, Gibson attempted to gain entry into the USLTA’s National Grass Court Championships at Forest Hills, the precursor of the U.S. Open. When the USLTA failed to invite her to any qualifying tournaments, Alice Marble–a four-time winner at Forest Hills–wrote a letter on Gibson’s behalf to the editor of American Lawn Tennis magazine. Marble criticized the “bigotry” of her fellow USLTA members, suggesting that if Gibson posed a challenge to current tour players, “it’s only fair that they meet this challenge on the courts.” Gibson was subsequently invited to participate in a New Jersey qualifying event, where she earned a berth at Forest Hills.


Though she once brushed off comparisons to Jackie Robinson, the trailblazing black baseball player, Gibson has been credited with paving the way for African-American tennis champions such as Arthur Ashe and, more recently, Venus and Serena Williams. After a long illness, she died in 2003 at the age of 76.

Ms. Gibson became the first African American woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association  tour, in 1963, retiring in 1978.

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