seem to be looking for food with a story, I heard at a
recent meeting of farmers and ranchers.
want to know where their food comes from," the speaker
explained. "And they want to know that it was produced
humanely and sustainably."
thatís why Iím happy with the eggs from our neighborís
chickens. And the beef in my stew that was raised on my
son-in-lawís ranch. It helps me appreciate the care and
attention that goes into the food we enjoy in this country.
foods come with some treasured stories as well. Iíll be
thinking about these as I travel to my native New Mexico
houses. What started a few years ago as a fun project with
my grandkids has now become their holiday tradition with
Grammy. I just have to monitor that 3-year old Logan gets
more candy decorations onto his house than into his mouth.
Hereís the story: Cocoa ó the fat-free part of a cocoa
bean ó is rich in antioxidant substances that help protect
the tissues of our bodies from damage. Look for products
with a higher level of cocoa and youíll reap a higher
level of these antioxidants. Dark chocolate generally has
more antioxidant power than milk chocolate.
This story goes beyond food. If youíre from New Mexico,
you know these little candle-lit brown sacks that line
walkways of entire neighborhoods were originally thought to
light the way of the Christ-child into homes on Christmas
Eve. This is my favorite tradition from the Land of
Since I was little girl a long, long time ago, the final
touch on our Christmas Eve celebration ó after luminarias
and candlelight church service ó was a cup of eggnog
sprinkled with nutmeg before we headed to bed. Yes, eggnog
is high in fat and sugar. Thatís why itís reserved for
one special evening a year.
turkey in Momís old roaster. My mom would be the first one
up on Dec. 25 to make sure the bird in her trustworthy
appliance was ready for Christmas dinner. My sister has Momís
well-used roaster now. And it continues to make our
Christmas meal memorable.
Great stocking stuffers and high in vitamin C and dietary
fiber to keep us thriving through the holidays. A common
story in our house was what happened when these goodies and
the candy canes left by Santa were accidentally left in the
bottom of our Christmas stockings. Letís just say oranges
are best when removed from stockings, peeled and eaten.
know, the real story of this season isnít about food. Itís
about the God-given Gift born in that lonely stable on
Christmas so many, many years ago. Thatís a story truly
worth celebrating. Have a Merry Christmas.