Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be 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.

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Make Vibrant Mezze the Whole Meal

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A bowl of olives, a burnished slice of roasted feta cheese, a smoky eggplant dip, perhaps some lemony stuffed grape leaves or a plate of creamy hummus: These are all mezze, tapas-like appetizers that are served at room temperature, meant to accompany drinks and conversation.

Summer is the perfect time to adopt this custom, which is enjoyed throughout the eastern Mediterranean. And even though a vibrant round of mezze can precede a larger feast or main course, an entire informal meal of mezze, served indoors or out, is a brilliant solution for summertime dining.

~ David Tanis ~

Mashed Eggplant With Capers, Scallions and Parsley

Summer is the perfect time to adopt the Mediterranean custom of serving savory little room temperature dishes for casual nibbling, referred to as mezze throughout the Middle East. {..} This lemony Turkish-style eggplant dip fits the bill beautifully, spread on baguette toasts or crisp pita bread.

Cucumbers With Feta, Mint and Sumac

Garden-grown summer cucumbers are ideal for this easy salad, but even hothouse cucumbers are vastly improved with this zesty treatment.

Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes With Red Pepper Dressing

In this salad, thinly sliced zucchini is very briefly blanched, then paired with other summery ingredients and served at room temperature.

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