October is National Vegetarian Month
After every holiday, cooks grumble about what to do with the leftovers. Most
of this dilemma is associated with Halloween dinners, Thanksgiving and
Christmas. It includes the vegetables from a relish tray.
But there are also the garden leftovers when autumn descends. When
nights begin to chill and the garden is growing brown, it's time to
Many dishes can be made from garden leftovers, including frittatas and
A perfect way to celebrate October, National Vegetarian Month, is with a
vegetarian pizza. This recipe is rich, tasty and healthy. It can
incorporate almost any garden fare.
1 12-inch pizza crust, any kind
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red onions, cut in pieces.
1/2 cupdiced tomatoes
5 shredded spinach leaves
1 tablespoon tender diced fennel or a teaspoon of fennel seed
1/4 cup peppers of your choice
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated.
Coat the crust with olive oil. Spread the Mozzarella evenly from edge to
edge and add the vegetables in an even mixture.
Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese and brown the pizza under the
broiler, being careful not to burn.
Then bake at 425 degrees, for about 30 minutes or until the crust browns
and cheese is melted.
Other items that could be added are okra, zucchini, yellow squash,
garlic, chives or lemon balm.
Exercise at mid-life predicts successful aging
You know why exercise is good for you right now. Just a few reasons: It
strengthen your lungs, heart and bones while making you think better,
feel better and look better.
What about the future? Picture yourself at age 70, 75 or even 85? Will
you be a "successful survivor" with few chronic conditions and a brain
that still works?
One new finding by Harvard School of Medicine shows that people who
regularly participated in physical activity during middle age are more
likely to be in better health at age 70 and well beyond.
Four new studies reported by Tufts University should prompt people to
get out of their easy chairs and get moving. Experts at the University
of Miami, on reviewing the studies, conclude that regular physical
exercise is associated with greater longevity and reduced risk of
physical disability and dependence in old age. And it extends people's
An analysis of the Nurses Health Study shows that the most-active
one-fifth of women were nearly twice as likely to be successful
survivors compared with the most sedentary.
Even those in the middle group improved their chances of a healthy old
age by 37 percent.
The Nurses Study included only women, but these findings should be an
eye opener for men as well.
You need to bank more than money in order to enjoy your retirement
years. How about starting your own exercise bank.
You'll enjoy your withdrawals.
A summary of Columbus' Journal
Columbus Day marks the discovery of the New World.
Leaving the Spanish port of Palos in August of 1492, Christopher
Columbus and his ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, sailed
some 69 days in search of a land called the Indies.
By October 10, his fearful crew was near mutiny for the second time. He
promised that if land was not sighted in two days, they would turn back.
In the evening of the following day, the crew of the Pinta signaled that
it had spotted land. Admiral Columbus saw a light on the horizon but
couldn't say for certain that it was on land.
The crew sang "Salve Regina," as was their custom each evening. It
begins: Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of
Columbus then promised rewards for the first person to see land in the
distance. Everyone watched for it.
At 2 a.m. on October 12, land was confirmed at a distance of two
leagues. Columbus ordered the three ships to stop. At daylight, they
proceeded to an island, which he named San Salvador. They saw very green
trees, good water and fruits of many kinds.
Columbus called his captains and crew members to the shore to witness
that he now took possession of the island for the King and for the Queen
The natives came to the beach and Columbus gave them red hats and beads.
The natives gave gifts of parrots, cotton and other goods.
Columbus noted in his Journal that the natives, who wore no clothes,
were handsome people.