Lent http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Christians and Lent, some lower calorie recipes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-christians-and-lent-some-lower-calorie-recipes <p>For Michigan&#39;s Christian population (including around 2 million Catholics), today marks the beginning of Lent.</p><p>During Lent, many adherents give up meat and dairy products.</p><p>Over at the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110304/OPINION03/103040305/Seafood-makes-big-splash-during-Lent">Detroit News</a>, columnist Kate Lawson is serving up a scrumptious-looking lemony shrimp with asparagus, a seafood recipe for people looking for something tasty and healthy.</p><p>Lawson also notes there are very good non-religious reasons for wanting to increase the amount of fish in your diet.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;At my house, we follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture&#39;s recent release of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and eat seafood at least twice each week<strong> for heart and brain benefits.&quot;</strong></p></blockquote><p>The reasons for eating seafood, and the advantages, are significant. Again, from <a href="http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf">Health.gov</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Seafood contributes a range of nutrients, notably the omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Moderate evidence shows that consumption of about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood, which provide an average consumption of 250 mg per day of EPA and DHA, is associated with reduced cardiac deaths among individuals with and without pre-existing cardiovascular disease.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>But there are some concerns over <em>which</em> types of fish to eat, especially for women of child-bearing age and children. The concern is over mercury exposure and some fish can contain higher levels of mercury than others.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency has some guidelines to help you avoid mercury in fish in its &quot;<a href="http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/fishshellfish/fishadvisories/publicinfo.cfm"><strong>One Fish, Two Fish, Don&#39;t Fish, Do Fish</strong></a>&quot; brochure.</p><p>Meanwhile, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/health/nutrition/07recipehealth.html?_r=1">New York Times</a> is whipping up vegan recipes for the meat- and dairy-avoiding portion of their readership, including one for baked beans with mint and tomatoes, the kind of dish that goes perfectly with a stack of unleavened bread.</p><p>And, at 384 calories per serving, it&#39;s pretty healthy.</p><p>And, finally, here&#39;s chef Bobby Flay with one last seafood recipe for Lent:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="350" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xVMCNOTaUp4" title="YouTube video player" width="400"></iframe></p><p><em>Brian Short - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 13:54:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1533 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Christians and Lent, some lower calorie recipes Paczki photos (no calories if you just look) http://michiganradio.org/post/paczki-photos-no-calories-if-you-just-look <p>Our afternoon host Mike Perini sent along these Paczki photos in honor of Fat Tuesday.</p><p>He took them at Zingerman&#39;s Bakery and at Copernicus European Delicatessen in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Mike says feel free to enjoy these &quot;zero calorie&quot; photos!</p><p>Tomorrow, some lent recipes to counter those Fat Tuesday calories. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:25:18 +0000 Mark Brush 1557 at http://michiganradio.org Paczki photos (no calories if you just look) Mardi Gras LIVE! http://michiganradio.org/post/mardi-gras-live <p>It&#39;s Fat Tuesday, and while many of us are toiling away at work, others are gearing up to &#39;act a fool&#39; in New Orleans.</p><p>The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a collection of live webcams on <a href="http://www.nola.com/paradecam/">nola.com</a>.</p><p>On &quot;parade cam&quot; we&#39;ll be able to catch the Rex Parade starting at 10 a.m. <a href="http://www.rexorganization.com/Parade/">The Rex Parade</a> is one of many parades taking place today. Here&#39;s a description of the parade from their website:</p><blockquote><p>The Rex Procession has been the highlight of Mardi Gras day since the Rex Organization was formed and first paraded in 1872. While there had been celebrations in many forms on Mardi Gras before that time, the Rex Parade gave a brilliant daytime focus to the festivities, and provided a perfect opportunity for Rex, King of Carnival, to greet his city and his subjects.</p></blockquote><p><span class="GalleryCaption">The theme for this year&#39;s Rex Parade is &quot;This Sceptred Isle.&quot;</span></p><p><span class="GalleryCaption">It kicks off at 10 a.m.</span> (it looks a little wet there today):</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="369" id="flashObj" width="435"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=802229759001&amp;playerID=635323433001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAPLMIM-k~,Ku2jCFpRWeud-Up62Cq79D72_1e2XXSn&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=802229759001&amp;playerID=635323433001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAPLMIM-k~,Ku2jCFpRWeud-Up62Cq79D72_1e2XXSn&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="369" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="435"></embed></object></p><p>The Rex Parade will be followed by the parade by the Elks Krewe of Orleanians, and then the Crescent City parade. Enjoy!</p><p>By the way, have you ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? If you can keep it clean, share your experiences with us below! Tue, 08 Mar 2011 14:06:31 +0000 Mark Brush 1544 at http://michiganradio.org Mardi Gras LIVE! Detroit gets ready to gorge on paczki http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-gets-ready-gorge-paczki <pre> This Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, the last day before the 40 days of sacrifice that come with the Christian season of Lent. But in Metro Detroit and other communities with large Polish populations, the day is better known as &ldquo;Paczki Day.&rdquo; Sandy Bakic has spent her whole life making the fried, doughy pastries at the Martha Washington Bakery in <a href="http://www.hamtramck.us/events/pages/paczki.php">Hamtramck</a>. That small enclave is the historic center of Detroit&rsquo;s Polish community. Bakic says the day has become a festival for everyone in Hamtramck, regardless of race or religion. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be festive. It&rsquo;s gonna be a happy time. There&rsquo;s paczki parties all over town. There&rsquo;s paczki eating contests still going on. The Paczki Cup is in our window on display right now.&rdquo; Bakic says she and other employees have been making the sweet treats since midnight Monday. The bakery will stay open all night to serve paczki-seekers from all over southeast Michigan. Hamtramck also celebrates with a Paczki Day parade, lots of free entertainment, and a generally party-like atmosphere. </pre> <p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:35:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1538 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit gets ready to gorge on paczki