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Harrison Daily Times

Thursday, November 7, 2013 www.harrisondaily.com

l HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 5C

Help home bloom with holiday cheer From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, fresh flowers can keep your home blooming with holiday cheer. Freshen up traditional decorations with seasonal color. Tuck yellow and burgundy flowers in with the fruits and vegetables of the Thanksgiving cornucopia. Despite harsh weather in some parts of the country, there are always plenty of flowers available in all the colors of the season. Orange, violet and bronze evoke the warm glow of autumn. As Christmas approaches, our visions turn to red. Fresh flowers present an eye-boggling assortment of reds: berry red, burgundy red, cerise, they all spell “Happy Holidays!â€? Match flowers with unconventional containers to delight family and friends. A Christmas stocking blossoming with flowers ‌ a Santa Claus teapot steeping with flowers and holiday greens. Look for ornaments that can do double duty as little containers, holding water and a fresh stem or two. Hang them on the tree or suspend them in a window. Even decorative boxes and bags can dress up a mantle, an end table or a desk. Line the would-be containers with plastic, or stick flower stems in water tubes from the local craft store. If necessary, hold the tubes in place by pushing them into dry floral foam. Fresh flowers are so versatile, they can carry out a theme or personalize a special event with your individual style. For a glittering Christmas, decorate your tree with ornaments of shimmering gold and copper. Then, on Christmas Eve, lace the tree with nosegays of ivory or golden yellow.

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DWAIN LAIR/STAFF

LUCI’S LITTLE LUXURIES

Friday & Saturday, November 8 & 9

Luci’s Little Luxuries on the north side of the Harrison Square is a gallery for local art, and the store is filled with hand-made jewelry. The business also offers tango and zumba classes, and a skate shop is in the back of the business. Normal business hours and hours for this weekend’s holiday open house are 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

Stir it up with sweet potato salvation By MARIALISA CALTA If, like many of us, you are searching for a healthy eating plan, you can be forgiven your confusion. High-carb, low-fat? Low-carb? No-fat? No matter what regimen you follow, there is one food that seems to be embraced by all: sweet potatoes. They make a delicious snack, and a healthy one, too: They are a good source of fiber and vitamins A and C, have 4 grams of protein per serving, and have no fat. They are simple to prepare (bake, boil, microwave, grill) and taste great with nothing more than a sprinkling of salt and pepper or a drizzle of maple syrup. I found myself contemplating the sweet potato recently after reading New York Times writer Mark Bittman's recent book, “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health ... for Good.� Bittman has been eating like a vegan — no animal products, including eggs, dairy or honey — for two-thirds of the day for the past six years. In other words, he eats like a vegan until dinnertime. Bittman says that within a few months on this

regimen, he lost 35 pounds and reduced his blood sugar and cholesterol to healthy levels. By giving up meat and dairy only until 6 p.m. (along with junk foods, white bread, white pasta, white rice and alcohol), he never had that “deprived� feeling that can derail even the best of intentions. Have a craving for steak or brie? Just wait until dinner! If all of us followed this plan, it would have a salutary effect on the environment, too. According to Bittman, “livestock production is one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for at least 20 percent (and by some estimates up to 50 percent) of dangerous gases in the atmosphere — a greater impact than even transportation.� All right, I'm game. What's for breakfast? My go-to bowl of Greek yogurt, oats and berries is out, as is the poached egg I worked so hard to perfect. Whole-grain cereal is OK, but I need to buy some nondairy milk. Maybe some toast with cheese? Oops. This VB6, I thought, is going to be harder than it looks. But a rummage through the refrigerator yielded a sweet potato, and sweet potatoes satisfy both Bittman's VB6 scheme and my own breakfast requirements: delicious, affordable and quick. Bittman offers Smashed and Loaded Sweet Potatoes, a variation on the decidedly un-vegan twice-baked potato, with its sour cream, cheese and bacon. He gives a sweet variation (maple syrup, cinnamon, nuts) or a savory one (beans, corn, herbs, chili peppers), which could work for breakfast, lunch or a snack. So today I'm a vegan until ... noon. I'm working on it.

SMASHED AND LOADED SWEET POTATOES Yield: 1 or 2 servings

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1 large sweet potato, pierced with a sharp knife Salt to taste Ground black pepper to taste Sweet or savory toppings (below)

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Wrap the sweet potato in a damp paper towel and microwave on high until you can easily pierce it with a fork, about 10 minutes. (You can also bake it in a 425ÂşF oven for about 50 minutes.) Meanwhile, assemble your choice of toppings from the list below; if using “savoryâ€? toppings such as beans and corn, you may want to saute them or otherwise heat them. Cut the potato in half and scoop out the insides into a bowl. Smash a bit with a fork or potato masher; sprinkle with salt and pepper. (Pepper is good even on sweet versions; for the savory version you might want to use white pepper for some heat.) Return the mashed potatoes to their skins or spoon into a bowl. Top with chosen ingredients and serve. For “sweetâ€? sweet potatoes, use any or all of the following: 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh apples, 1 tablespoon raisins or other unsweetened dried fruit, 2 tablespoons chopped toasted nuts, ground cinnamon, nutmeg or other spices to taste. For savory sweet potatoes, use any or all: 1 cup cooked greens, 2 tablespoons chopped roasted red bell peppers, 1/4 cup cooked beans (black, cannellini or chickpeas), 1/4 cup peas, 1/4 cup corn kernels, 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh herbs such as parsley, basil or cilantro, up to 2 tablespoons soy sauce, up to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons chopped olives, 1 tablespoon chopped red onions, 1/2 chopped chipotle in adobo, 1 clove chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes, hot sauce to taste.

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Lana Trublood displays a Christmas tree that will greet customers during the holiday open house this weekend at The Daisy Shop on the east side of the Harrison square. Hours for the special event will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday and 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday. The Daisy Shop will provide free refreshments. All items will be 20 percent off, and free gift wrapping will be provided.

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