Happy New Year! I had just gotten used to dating my checks 2014, and here we go again:) Wishing you all a happy, healthy New Year with delicious food, long walks, and the good company of friends and family.
Celebrated this morning with the traditional Hoppin' John, but this time I picked out all the Ro-tel chiles and tomatoes I had blithely added last night, after waking up in the middle of the night with that acidity garlic and hot, spicy foods seem to trigger. I always forget. I always say I'll remember, and then promptly forget until it's too late. I am very grateful for alka seltzer!
I also made one of my warm, green smoothies, perfect on this chilly morning in New Hampshire, before I had coffee, can you believe it? Trying to cut back on coffee may not be as difficult as I thought it would be, if I stick with the smoothies. Did you make any resolutions? I would love to hear yours!
Warm Green New Year Smoothie:
2 scallions (green onions) chopped
about 3 tablespoons thinly sliced, peeled acorn squash
2 big leaves of kale, torn (I trimmed off the thick stems and discarded)
pinch of hot pepper flakes
2 cups chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
2 sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped arugula
1/2 teaspoon butter or olive oil
Simmer all the above in a saucepan until the vegetables are soft. Remove to a blender and puree, adding more water if it's too thick.
Wishing you the best year ever in this Year of the Sheep!