Hearty Version of Sauerbraten
You may already be familiar with sauerbraten, a beef dish that combines
sweet, sour and pungent flavors. It's on many a German restaurant menu.
Instead of sauerbraten, you could find porkerbraten on the menu. It is a
roast of pork, slow-simmered in a rich, brown onion gravy.
It can be made with nearly any cut of pork, including
roasts, chops, tenderloins or pork steaks. Many of these cuts are
relatively inexpensive and may be included in a cost-saving pork variety
pack at the local market.
The cost of the ingredients is low, but the flavor is
outstanding. And it's a healthful dish with its meat protein, onions,
omega-threes in the canola oil and beta carotene in the carrots.
Porkerbraten in a traditional beer and onion gravy.
1 2-3 pound pork loin
1 large sweet onion
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon coarse pepper
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
2 large carrots
1/2 cup pork, beef or chicken stock
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup dark beer
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
Preheat the oven to 350
Diagonally score fatty side of pork loin. Rub the
salt, pepper and caraway seeds into scored fat. Set aside 30 minutes and
let meat come to room temperature.
Medium chop the onions, slice carrots to a quarter
inch and place them on bottom of roasting pan.
Put the loin fat-side down on the vegetables and pour
the beer over it. Cover the pan with foil, and roast it for half an
hour. Remove foil, turn roast fat-side up, and place it back in the oven
uncovered. Cook 45 minutes or until the meat is browned. Remove it from
the oven and let it cool.
Strain juices from the vegetables, place in a
skillet, and add pork, beef or chicken stock. Keep onions and carrots
warm until serving.
Knead the butter and flour together into a paste. Bring the juices to a
simmer and whisk in small pieces of the paste until the gravy thickens.
Place two to three slices on each plate along with
vegetables. Ladle the gravy over the meat. Serves four.
Early Recognition and Treatment of COPD
Heart disease and cancer are declining in the U.S.
but that's not the
case with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Its incidence is
Today, COPD is one of the leading causes of death in
the United States, and it has now surpassed heart disease to be the
leading killer of women. Many patients and physicians, however, don't
recognize the gravity of the condition. It is often ignored far too
COPD is a progressive disease.
Patients have an abnormal inflammatory response in
the lungs to particles in gases, particularly those in cigarette smoke,
according to the American Thoracic Society. Other symptoms include
coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and shallow breathing.
It's a condition that affects the entire person. The
oxygen deprivation causes weakness. Patients may develop heart disease,
chronic infections, cancer, depression and muscle wasting.
There is some good news. Though the lung damage can't
be reversed, doctors at Duke University say treatment can preserve the
existing lung function. Effective anti-inflammatory inhalers are
available. Recently, statins have been found to help prevent
inflammatory diseases associated with COPD. Supervised exercise programs
If you smoke, have ever smoked, or are increasingly
short of breath, tell your doctor. Appropriate treatment can help you
live a longer, higher-quality life.
To Weigh Less, Take the Train
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes
of exercise such as walking five days a week. If you take the train,
bus, or subway, you'll get that exercise without even trying.
After a hard day at work, you aren't thinking of exercise, but with
public transportation, it's built in. One Atlanta resident says she lost
30 pounds when she switched from driving.
takes a little longer by public transportation but saves energy, is
relaxing and saves on parking costs.