Recipe: Baked Asparagus With Toasted Walnuts

Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 2:29 AM
Published: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

Asparagus is more elegant when sprinkled with walnuts and given a hint of lemon. The baking time of the asparagus will vary with the thickness of the spears, tester Jeanne Besser says. When removing the nuts, test and gauge additional time necessary. 

Note: For Rosh Hashana and other holidays, dietary restrictions for Passover need not be observed as noted below. Regular margarine may be used. 


Hands on time: 20 minutes  Total time: 45 minutes  Serves: 8


    4 tablespoons chopped walnuts 
    2 to 3 pounds thin-speared asparagus, woody stems removed 
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper for asparagus and topping, to taste 
    1 tablespoon kosher for Passover margarine, cut into small pieces 
    3 tablespoons walnut oil or olive oil 
    1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread walnuts on a cookie sheet and set aside. Spread asparagus on a separate cookie sheet; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and dot with margarine. Bake nuts until aromatic and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Bake asparagus for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender but still crisp. 
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Before serving, spoon topping over asparagus and sprinkle with walnuts. -- Adapted from “Fast & Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays: Complete Menus, Rituals, and 
Party-Planning Ideas for Every Holiday of the Year” by Marlene Sorosky (William Morrow, $27, 1997)


Per serving (based on 8): 96 calories (percent of calories from fat, 78), 2 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 9 grams fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 18 milligrams sodium. 

5 ways to stay healthy over Thanksgiving

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 2:49 PM
By: - Content Sponsored by Reid Health

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We wait all year to enjoy the delicious dishes that are made especially for the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s no wonder that many people end up gaining some extra weight over the last two months of the year.

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There’s no need to deprive yourself of your favorites, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, moderation is key. To keep you feeling your best, Christie Ferriell, a nutritionist at Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana shared her advice on how to make healthy decisions over the holidays. If you're hoping to maintain and not gain weight during this holiday season, you can achieve it by following these five tips:

1. Don’t skip meals

Thanksgiving is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t skip breakfast in the morning to save room later in the day. If you’re famished by the time you get to the dinner table, you’re more likely to eat too quickly or even overeat and ultimately, you won’t be feeling your best.

2. Stay hydrated

It’s of the utmost importance to stay hydrated on any day, but especially on Thanksgiving as many of the foods you’ll eat are loaded with sodium (we’re looking at you, green bean casserole).

Did you know drinking water can actually suppress your appetite?  If you aim for six to eight glasses of water per day and forgo sugary juices or alcohol, you’ll reap the benefits. You will have a better handle on maintaining your portions, and staying hydrated could even help to kick start your metabolism.

3. Limited your portions

Speaking of maintaining your portions, the best way to make sure you aren’t stuffing your face this Thanksgiving is to grab roughly one tablespoon of several items rather than just heaping on the sides.

If you must load up on anything, choose nutritious salad or healthy veggies first and leave room on your plate for just a little bit of those rich casseroles.

4. Get active
Try to incorporate some physical activity into your Thanksgiving for a guilt-free holiday. Maybe a new family tradition could be to throw the football around beforehand, or if that’s not your family’s style, you could all take a walk together after your meal. If you’re feeling like a real overachiever, burn some calories by running in a turkey day 5k race. 

5. Be mindful

Remember, Thanksgiving is a marathon, so it’s important that you have the right mindset to finish strong. You already know it’s going to be a day of temptation, so you have to get your head in the game.

Take some time in between bites and be conscious about when you’re beginning to get full. The time for unconsciousness is after the meal, when you’re ready for your post-turkey food coma.

Why you should send this 85-year-old woman a Christmas card

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 2:48 PM
Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 8:58 AM
By: MyFoxBoston

            Why you should send this 85-year-old woman a Christmas card

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A woman is asking that friends and strangers consider taking the time to send her 85-year-old mother a Christmas card.

Jane Gilbert posted the request to her Facebook page on Sunday. She explained that, while growing up, her home was always filled with cards because her mother, Doreen, loves them.

Dear Facebook Friends and Family, I am writing to you in the hopes that you could take a wee bit of time out of your day...
Posted by Jane Gilbert on Sunday, November 22, 2015

"One of her favorite things during the holidays is not the gifts or the food, it's checking the mailbox every day to see if, by chance, there is a Christmas card for her," Jane wrote.

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Jane said that the cards have dwindled over the years because many of Doreen's friends and family members have passed on. 

"If you can find it in your heart to send my Mum a card, even if you don't personally know her, it would let her know that she is not forgotten," Jane added.

If you'd like to send Doreen a card, here's the address:
Mrs Doreen Gilbert 
Shoppers World Postal Outlet
3003 Danforth Avenue
P.O Box 93586
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
M4C 5R4

Macy's unveils 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' window displays

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 2:47 PM
Published: Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 9:06 AM
By: Samantha Jordan - WDBO - Orlando

            Macy's unveils 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' window displays
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Charlie Brown and the gang will be celebrating the holidays with Macy's shoppers.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the popular holiday television special, Macy's has unveiled its 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' window displays at their flagship store in New York City. 

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The New York Daily News reports that the holiday windows feature '3D scenes recreating six key moments from Charles Schultz's indelible cartoon classic.'

Macy's national director of window presentation Roya Sullivan created the windows featuring all of the beloved characters like Linus, Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder and of course, Charlie Brown.

The big reveal on Friday packed the sidewalk in front of Macy's Herald Square store as gazers stared at the moving, colorful installations,  kids played with the interactive pieces and music from the holiday special filled the air.

"It's really exciting. I love Christmas," one New York shopper told the Associated Press. "It's really fun to get the Christmas spirit going even if it's before Thanksgiving."

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Walmart’s Cyber Monday ad released; check out deals

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 2:47 PM
Published: Monday, November 23, 2015 @ 12:32 PM
By: Kristina Webb

Walmart has released its highly anticipated Cyber Monday ad — and the deals start Sunday this year.

Yes, Cyber Monday — the online day of deals that follows Black Friday each year — is getting an early start this year, as Walmart kicks off the sales on at 8 p.m. Nov. 29. The sale runs through the end of Monday.

Deals website reports that for the Cyber Monday sale, Walmart is offering either free shipping on orders over $50 or free in-store pickup.

The online-only sales features tons of deals, including:

• Samsung 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV, $497.99

• Shark Navigator Swivel Plus vacuum cleaner, $97

• Personalized 80-piece Youth Art Set, $20

• Zoomer Zuppies toy, $15

• PlayStation 4 “Star Wars” Console Value Bundle, $399