Pears

PearsI was tweeting with my friends, USA Pears…handle? @USApears. Follow them!  I told them I wrote and illustrated a pear poem and they asked me to share it with them. It is from my second book: MORE Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies.  (This book has yet to be published…in fact, I am still seeking a publisher…any publishers out there interested in taking a peek?)  First, check out the original Poems & Odes book…Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies.

Without further ado…

Pears 

Five pairs of pears sat in a bowl

‘til there were eight left of the whole

 

Four pairs of pears sat in a bowl

‘til there were six left of the whole

 

Three pairs of pears sat in a bowl

‘til there were four left of the whole

 

Two pairs of pears sat in a bowl

‘til there were two left of the whole

 

One pair of pears sat in a bowl

‘til there were none left of the whole

 

A pair of friends, for five days straight

Each ate a pear, and they were great

 

 

April Fool’s Day and the ARTICHOKE

 

Artichoke PictureIt’s April Fool’s Day!  If you don’t eat artichokes, then as the poem says, the Arti Joke’s on you!

My favorite way to eat them is my Nonny’s stuffed artichoke recipe.

Stuffed & Steamed Artichokes

1. Prepare the artichoke…cut the stem off the bottom of the artichoke to make a flat surface. Trim off the top of the artichoke too.2. Prepare stuffing…. mix 2 tablespoons chopped garlic, 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (add more or less of any of these ingredients to your taste. Trust me, you can’t go wrong.)

3. Stuff the inner leaves of four artichokes with the bread crumb mixture.

4. Place artis in pot with 1/2 inch of boiling water. Cover, lower heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Check doneness by pulling a leaf out of the center. If it pulls out easily, artis are done. If not, simmer longer until done.

5. To eat, pull off one leaf at a time. With stuffing side in, run your teeth along leaf and eat. Discard leaves.
ENJOY!!

Do you have a favorite artichoke recipe? Share it now.

ENJOY!

Artichokes

by Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Artie chokes on chocolate chowder

Artichokes on rice

Artie chokes on pumpkin pie

Laced with pepper spice

Artichokes on fettuccine

Barley, beans and peas

Lasagna, parmesan

And on pecorino cheese

Artie chokes on chile

Made with ice cream and beef chuck

Artichokes on Caesar salad,

Sushi, roasted duck

Artie chokes or artichokes

Confusing, it is true

But if you do not try this food?

The arti JOKES on you!

 

Pink Grapefruit

I love twitter!  Follow me! @judynmclaughlin

I have made so many great connections via tweeting.  Including @Sunkist — they are the folks at Sunkist Growers. One of @Sunkist’s tweets today?  How do you eat your grapefruit – au naturel or sprinkled with sugar? I tweeted back.  I’m au natural. My kids like to sprinkle sugar on top. Fav fruit in our house.

This exchange made me think of my Pink Grapefruit poem and watercolor picture from the “yet to be published” MORE Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies.  Check it out!  And @Sunkist, hope you take a peek too!

ENJOY!  And remember, healthy eating starts with a poem!

Pink Grapefruit

Pink shirt

Pink socks

Pink bow

Atop my locks

Pink pants

Pink boots

Best of all

Pink fruits

The only one of which I know?

The pink grapefruit pictured below.

GRAPEFRUIT

How Does My Garden Grow?

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Garden 6

I lost count of the weeks, (especially since I have been on vacation and really let myself lose track of time).  But my garden has certainly grown!  Here are two pics…one from week one and one from yesterday!

CucumberAnd here is a pic of a cucumber growing…tomorrow I will post a cucumber poem for all you cucumber fans. Remember what I always say…healthy eating starts with a poem!

For more fun and healthy poetry check out my book Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem!

Mango Poem

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Got off the beach yesterday and had a delicious fresh cut mango for post-beach snack…Healthy, fruity, sweet, juicy and just plain DELICIOUS!

How about a fun mango poem?

 

Mango

by Judith Natelli McLaughlin

To do the mango tango

Buy a mango, holler, hoot

Peel and slice the magic mango

Yellow-orange, juicy fruit

With the speed of a fandango

Eat the mango, move your feet

Step out forward, then jump backward

Keeping mango tango beat

Never let your taste buds hang – oh!

In the mango tango mood

Try this tropically nutritious

Simply mangolicious food

Asparagus Poem for Very Veggie Wednesday

asparagusToday is Very Veggie Wednesday! How about a poem and a recipe? The poem is from Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies. I happen to love asparagus and so do my kids, when I make their favorite…asparagus fries. Did you know that asparagus comes in three colors? Red, green and white?

Four More Asparagus Fun Facts:

  1. It’s high in fiber, folate and potassium.
  2. It contains bone-building vitamin K along with many antioxidants, including vitamins E, A and C.
  3. There is no fat or cholesterol in any spear
  4. Peak growing season is April through June

Asparagus Fries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Wash and clean your asparagus and pat dry

Cut the ends off of the end of the asparagus

Lay the asparagus on a cookie sheet

Drizzle 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil over asparagus and turn greens until fully coated

Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sea salt

Roast in heated oven for 20 minutes. Keep checking until desired taste and tenderness. (My family likes ours extra crunchy). Enjoy and remember, healthy eating starts with a poem!

Asparagus by, Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Asparagus spears

Make asparagus pie,

Or asparagus quiche,

Or asparagus soup, or

Risotto. I don’t know

A thing you can’t do

With asparagus spears

Even put them in stew

     Pan roasted asparagus perfect to please

     Frittata?  De nada ­­– just add eggs and cheese.

Asparagus spears

Make asparagus salad,

Asparagus flan,

Or asparagus fry.

Packaged like pencils

In red, green or white

Put asparagus spears

On your menu tonight.

Asparagus

asparagusI was just checking up on twitter when I found a great recipe for an Asparagus Frittata! Thanks @DonnaFaz. It looks simple to make and delicious to eat. Can’t wait to make it. Check it out at Donna’s Blog: In All Directions.

And of all things, the word, frittata, a delightful word to say, makes an appearance in my Asparagus Poem, from Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies.

If you were ever wondering if there REALLY was such a thing as an Asparagus Frittata, now you know! Enjoy the poem, try the frittata, and remember, healthy eating starts with a poem!

Asparagus by, Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Asparagus spears

Make asparagus pie,

Or asparagus quiche,

Or asparagus soup, or

Risotto. I don’t know

A thing you can’t do

With asparagus spears

Even put them in stew

     Pan roasted asparagus perfect to please

     Frittata?  De nada ­­– just add eggs and cheese.

Asparagus spears

Make asparagus salad,

Asparagus flan,

Or asparagus fry.

Packaged like pencils

In red, green or white

Put asparagus spears

On your menu tonight.

Pineapple Poem

Dole PineappleI have been tweeting with my friends @DoleFoods. I shared with them videos of me reciting my Banana and Watermelon poems. Both are from Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem. To my delight, @DoleFoods tweeted back asking, “any odes for pineapples? :)”

Indeed I do have a Pineapple poem. It is from MORE Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – which has yet to be published. This picture is of a Dole pineapple found on the Dole Foods website. Without further ado, my Pineapple poem:

Pineapple by Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Its skin’s the scratchy, prickly kind

And palm-like leaves on top you’ll find

But right inside this hidden treasure

Lives a taste too great to measure

Past the moon and furthest star

A treat…the sweetest one by far

This yellow, juicy fruit’s no fake

It’s used in upside-down baked cake

And yogurt, smoothies, cottage cheese

Or by itself, it’s sure to please

Now can you name this tropic fruit?

The one that wears the prickly suit?

Did I hear you?  Did you say?

Pineapple?  Hooray!  Hooray!

How Does My Garden Grow? Week 4

I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but besides the growth that has taken place in my garden, something else is different too. Can you spot the change? Look first. And remember, I am new to growing my own garden.

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Okay, here is the answer…it is the tomato cages! I put them in upside down! I thought the big round end should be buried in the ground. And the look should be like an upside down ice cream cone. Turns out that is not the case. The spikes should be in the ground and it should look just like an ice cream cone, getting wider at the top! Can you say “duh?” Someone in the “know” (my sister-in-law) visited my garden and made the change for me.  Now my tomatoes will have room to grow.

Since we are on the subject of tomatoes, here is a tomato poem for you from my book Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies.

Tomatoes

Grape tomatoes

Vine tomatoes

Steak tomatoes too

 

Red tomatoes

Green tomatoes

I know what to do

 

Dice them, slice them

Mince them, seed them

Put them on a plate

 

Eat them, feed them

To yourself…

They taste really great!