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Ruth Lahmayer Chipps featured in AGA Marvel Blog

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My AGA Home Blog explores the topic of preserving nutrients by choosing the right cooking method.  Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, AGA owner is featured in the article.

Read it here:

Another post featuring health AGA meals and recipes is here.

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Living Healthy Kitchen adds more luxury products available to chefs & home-cooks

Kitchen Icons - Coming Soon

 Thanks to the following vendors for joining our list of exclusive products that we now distribute.

Contact us at 507-895-2785  for more information on how to obtain these iconic products.

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Make your project iconic~with our new services & products:

Kitchen Icons

Check out the Kitchen Icons Website at  www.kitchenicons.com

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New “Living” Roof for Earth Berm Offices/Home

Earth Berm Sheltered Home-- New Earth Roof Over Head!

New Rubber Roof for Earth Sheltered Offices/Home Coming:
Roof-Top Exterior Kitchen and Roof-Top Garden!

View the full photo case study featuring Interstate Roofing and Firestone Building Products.

Learn more about the entire kitchen project at:  www.livinghealthykitchen.com

Check out the blog about our AGA Total Control Range- Jewel of the kitchen  (Directly under the roof-top garden–built by Affordable Green Dreams).

Ruth & Jeremy Chipps

Ruth’s article in St. Paul Pioneer Press–Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Elkhart Lake Wisconsin is an amazing destination location.

Read the recent article published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press

It’s all about the opportunities for great food, tropical blue lakes, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing and fun at a world-famous four mile race track called Road America.

And if you are a race fan or just like thrilling action-drama movies, get ready for the upcoming epic called Rush. It’s a Ron Howard film destined to be one of the best new films this year.

Road America

 

Living Healthy Kitchen Featured on AGA Blog in England!

AGA Total Control supports healthy eating message in the US

READ IT HERE Lady AGA Blog

 

 

 

Ruth & Jeremy Chipps

Kitchen Project. More updates here:  www.livinghealthykitchen.com

Chefs go wild about the new AGA Total Control Range and we are thrilled to have one.

For more about AGA Marvel and this impressive range that can execute ten different cooking methods at one time, visit: http://www.agamarvel.com/

Contact Jeremy for more information about AGA Marvel and Professional-style appliances for the home.

email: jeremy@lahmayer.com  Phone: 608-317-5700

 

Living Healthy Kitchen Renovation Design STAR Challenge!

Lahmayer  & Associates proudly announces:

LIVING HEALTHY KITCHEN BLOG — A unique kitchen renovation project with step by step highlights (living healthy theme). 

CHECK OUT THE DETAILS at the website: www.livinghealthykitchen.com

View the Video Blogs here.

The Challenge: Fourteen Senior Designers from Western Technical College — located in La Crosse Wisconsin — innovated their vision of transforming an original kitchen in an earth–bermed home. Their task: Design an old–world theme balanced with modern culinary features.

Top winning designers will be featured in the upcoming posts.

  • AGA Marvel–Selected as top luxury appliance brand for the winning design
  • Other chosen vendors include Westwood Kitchens Custom Cabinetry, Neillsville, WI, Architectural Antiques – Minneapolis, MN, Vatland Custom Carpentry-Caledonia, MN and more.
  • Flooring (Dining, Kitchen, bathroom, hallway): New Mediterranea brand porcelain glazed tiles (Sandlewood – Driftwood) were purchased from ReStore Habitat and will help fund a new furnace for a Habitat for Humanity house being built in Mauston, WI.
  • Stay tuned for Video Blogs and more fun updates as the project progresses.

 

Healthy School Meals Get Moving!

Ruthfood Blog by Ruth L. Chipps, MS, RD

Coming soon…new standards for school meals will mean adjustments in menu requirements for the first time in more than fifteen years and are designed to improve the health and nutrition for nearly 32 million children that participate in school meal programs. The changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, championed by the First Lady as part of her Let’s Move! Campaign and signed into law by President Obama.
Some of the key changes include:
· Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;
· Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods;
· Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;
· Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size;
· Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
Last Spring, I had the opportunity to present to a number of classes at St. Mary’s School in Caledonia, MN (photos above). They were a super audience and responded well to my healthy snack attack presentation. The kids even chanted with me during my snack attach wrap and roll song (see below). Here’s what I prepared for them:
WRAP & ROLL-Recipe: Spread peanut butter down the middle of a soft tortilla, sprinkle with trail mix and thin sliced apples, banana or other fruit. Fold it inward on each edge (WRAP) and ROLL the tortilla toward you, hiding the goodies inside! Mmmmunch and enjoy! Other wrap & roll options include veggie wrap ingredients – using hummus or light cream cheese, cottage cheese or other tasty options. Utilizing whole grain tortilla wraps helps meet the goal of increased fiber intake.
Snack Wrap Rap Song/Chant: American Snack Idol
*Percussion sound:
Make a snack wrap
with a tortilla flat
Healthy eating is where it’s at!
Peanut butter spread along one side
Sprinkle favorite fruits & nuts inside
Fold it inward on each edge
Roll it up and I will pledge
To make each snack a healthy one
Eating right is SUPER FUN!
Here’s a message I received from the program Coordinator: “Ruth took the time to meet with us and determine how her expertise could fit our needs.  Her creativity in the development and presentation of healthy snacks was remarkable.  She has the ability to keep children engaged and wanting to learn more.”  -Jesie Melde, BS, CLS, Health Educator
Thanks Jesie and thank you to the students in Caledonia for making a commitment to healthy eating!
To your health,
Ruth

Squash–in the Spotlight

RUTHFOOD BLOG by Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RD

If you’re fortunate to have received a harvest of squash from your garden or the local farmer’s market, here’s a tasty soup recipe that can be made with any variety. Butternut is a favorite, with its light creamy tan exterior color, characteristic hourglass shape and rich golden-orange interior. Another variety to enjoy is the decorative sweet dumpling squash which looks like a mini multi-colored pumpkin.

Consider prepping the squash by cutting into eight chunks, remove the seeds and roast the pieces at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes with a sprinkle of salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Another option is to pierce the whole squash in a few places with a knife and bake whole until a fork is easily inserted. Cut and remove the seeds after it is cooled. Leftover pieces can be refrigerated and used another day in this tasty soup:

Super Squash Soup

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 ½ t. fresh minced garlic
¾ c onion, chopped
¼ c. red pepper, chopped
¼ c. green pepper, chopped
2 tsp cumin (more if you like it)
¼ t. white pepper
2 (14 oz .) cans low sodium chicken broth (or homemade – if you have it)
2 c. cooked or frozen/thawed squash (butternut, sweet dumpling, or other variety)
¼ c. half & half (optional) – could substitute milk.
Hot pepper sauce to taste.

Heat stock pan; add olive oil and lightly saute garlic, onion, red and green pepper. Add remaining ingredients (except half and half) and heat. You’re the cook – adjust seasonings as needed. Just before serving add the optional half & half and heat to serving temperature (do not boil.) Sprinkle the desired amount of hot pepper sauce.

Serve with sliced seasonal fresh local apples.

To your health,

Ruth

Grandma’s Sweetheart Granola – For Your Valentine

RUTHFOOD BLOG By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RD

As Valentine ’s Day approaches, consider making this delicious granola for your sweetheart that provides heart health benefits and incredible ginger-infused flavor. Pair it with yogurt and fresh fruit for a tasty breakfast; add to parfaits and use as a topping on ice cream or frozen yogurt. My mom (Grandma) has perfected this tropical pina colada granola recipe over the years to maximize taste and minimize added fat and sugar.

Sweetheart Pina Colada Granola
4 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons Canola oil
1 c. slivered almonds
6 c. old fashioned oats
1 ½ c. shredded coconut
½ c. honey or brown sugar (optional-use sugar substitute for half of the sugar)
2 t. coconut extract
1 t. orange extract
1 t. pineapple extract
¼ t. salt
1 c. dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, plums, etc.)
2/3 c. crystallized ginger, minced

Method: Turn oven to 400 degrees. In a large pan, melt the butter (in oven). Add the oil, coconut, orange and pineapple extracts. Add the oats, almonds, coconut, honey/brown sugar. Bake until slightly brown on top, stir, bake again until slightly brown, 2 or 3 times until as crisp as you want it. Take out, allow to cool, then add the dried fruit and ginger. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy for breakfast and as a topping on ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Good Taste, Good Health!

New Years Luck with Black Eyed Peas

By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RD

RUTHFOOD BLOG

Black eyed peas are a traditional food served on New Year’s Day in Southern States. Eating black eyed peas on January 1st is thought to bring good luck and a prosperous future. You may have also heard of the hip hop band, The Black Eyed Peas, who will entertain during the upcoming Super Bowl XIV halftime show, as well as the New Years Eve Celebration in Times Square.

When it comes to edible black eyed peas, they are a legume which works well in many dishes, especially soups. They provide protein and soluble fiber (helpful with cholesterol reduction). Black eyed peas are one of many legumes considered a foundation of the Mediterranean Diet – a heart healthy eating approach.

Here’s to a Happy New Year with Black Eyed Peas & Cilantro Soup!

Black Eyed Peas & Cilantro Soup

Ingredients:

6 oz. (1 c.) black eyed peas or 2 – 16 oz. cans
1 T. olive oil
2 onions, chopped
½ c. celery, minced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 med. jalapeno, chopped
1 t. ground cumin
¼ t. ground cardamom
8 oz. fresh or canned tomatoes, diced
2 ½ c. beef, poultry or vegetable stock
1 oz. fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped or parsley
Juice of ½ lemon
Feta cheese crumbles for garnish
Pita bread

Method:

If using dried beans, rinse beans and place in a pan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil; Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 2 hrs. Drain the beans, return to the pan, cover with fresh cold water, then simmer for 35-40 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan, add onions, garlic and jalapenos and cook for 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Add the cumin, cardamom, tomatoes, and stock plus half of the cilantro. Add the beans and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice plus remaining cilantro. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve with pita bread.

Have a happy, healthy and bountiful new year!

Ruth

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