Tina Ruggiero | Nutrition Expert, Cookbook Author and Spokesperson
Mar 1, 2007 by Tina Ruggiero
Carol P. MS, RD says
Mar 30, 2007 at 8:43 am
This topic is a most-welcome comment to remind us that wonderful aspects of life are literally right around the corner as well as countries away.
I grew up on Long Island and reveled in the flavor of freshly steamed lobsters right off the dock in Freeport. On the other coast, I have loved the true freshness of blackberries and raspberries growing in my grandparents huge garden in Corvallis, Oregon. Also, walking down the street with my grandmother to buy (really) fresh Pacific waters’ salmon. She also used an old refrigerator to smoke chicken and salmon – what a treat! There are foods to enjoy native to every town in the US.
Two weeks ago I returned from a very special “Energizing Mind and Body” trip to subtropical Costa Rica that focused on the flora and fauna of such a beautiful country. But, I have to say I learned a great deal about Costa Rican food. While rice and beans are a staple, so is the most delicious fresh fruit – deliciously ripe mangoes, papays and pineapples. Also, their milk-rich desserts are wonderful, including flans and a “milk cake” that was (I believe) a simple cottage pudding cake baked, then a combination of whole milk and sweetened condensed milk is poured over to saturate it. Amazingly, it is topped with a fluffy egg white frosting and toasted coconut! I could have eaten that dessert every night if it was offered. I could go on and on, but I think you understand my love of some simple and more complex food experiences.
I would suggest that everyone enjoy what is near and take advantage of what is offered from afar.