Saturday, February 5, 2011

New project?

    I have an idea, inspired by the Julie/Julia Project. My mother gave me a set of Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery cookbooks and I was thinking of going through them and revamping the recipes to fit a modern, healthier lifestyle. I will most definitely not try to make all the recipes in a year like Julie did (especially since there are twelve books), nor will I promise to make every recipe. For example, the very first recipe in the cookbook is for abalone chowder, not interested at all. This series of cookbooks goes over a ton of different kinds of foods in alphabetical order. So, after abalone is acorn squash. I would definitely be doing those recipes! I wrote an email to the publishing company that owns the copyright to the cookbooks, so once I hear back from them I will get started. I am excited, there is a lot of great information in these books, for example, in the acorn squash section there is a "purchasing guide" that tells you how to pick out the best one as well as information on storage, nutritive values, basic prep, and how to freeze. Wow.
    So, question for all my few readers: Do I start a new blog for this in order to properly name it and keep it separate from my everyday one, or do I just include it in this one?

Okay, I went and entered the ingredients into the recipe calculator on Spark People for a recipe straight from the book and an alternate version and here they are:

Nutrition Facts                                                                  Nutrition Facts

  4 Servings                                                                          4 Servings

Amount Per Serving                                                        Amount Per Serving
Calories         376.6                                                          Calories     65.9
Total Fat         25.1 g                                                        Total Fat     0.5 g
          Saturated Fat         15.5 g                                                  Saturated Fat     0.3 g
          Polyunsaturated Fat     1.0 g                                             Polyunsaturated Fat     0.1 g
          Monounsaturated Fat     7.2 g                                           Monounsaturated Fat     0.1 g
Cholesterol         89.3 mg                                                 Cholesterol     1.5 mg
Sodium         29.8 mg                                                       Sodium     106.8 mg
Potassium         499.8 mg                                                 Potassium     436.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate     39.3 g                                           Total Carbohydrate     16.0 g
          Dietary Fiber         1.6 g                                                   Dietary Fiber     1.6 g
          Sugars             23.5 g                                                       Sugars     1.5 g
Protein         2.1 g                                                             Protein     1.6 g

PP value - 11                                                                    PP value - 2


Susan G said...

Sodium up, protein down?
Is it possible to put them side by side to make comparison easier?
or more compact format?

Miriam said...

The original recipe had heavy cream which I replaced with fat free half and half, so that made those two nutrition facts change that way. Do you like the new format. It takes a few minutes, but it does make it a lot easier to read. Also added PP values.