Posts by Barb Boose

Friday recipe: curried quinoa and cabbage salad

I’m like food author Mark Scarbrough in that 1) I endeavor to eat “real” food (i.e., foods that are not processed or injected with fat, sugar and sodium, but yet that are highly flavorful and satisfying) and 2) I like to make dishes that will last me several meals. He and Bruce Weinstein published the […]

— Barb Boose

How “Burger Palace” Bobby shed 10 pounds

As difficult as it can be to shed unwanted pounds, I’ve always thought it would be even harder for professional chefs. Surrounded by luscious foods that demand you taste them and having to create and try new dishes sound like irresistible temptations for most people. But Food Network celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay, creator […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: sriracha-cha-cha sweet potatoes

If you follow the Friday recipe blog at all, you know what hot-and-spicy foods addict I am. I’m not too proud to admit, for example, that I’ve sauteed vegetables in the juice from a jar of jalapenos. In my opinion, it’s a rare food that can’t be improved with a squirt of Tabasco and several […]

— Barb Boose

Cancer summit Oct. 3-4

Each year, the Iowa Cancer Summit brings together representatives from health care, academia, public health and the private sector, along with cancer survivors, caregivers and others, to provide a dialogue on best cancer control practices across Iowa. This year’s summit will occur October 3-4 at the West Des Moines Marriott. Seats and a limited number […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: honoring Latino heritage

This weekend, in addition to enjoying the Beaverdale Fall Festival, you can relish the great cultural, artistic and even culinary offerings of Iowa’s ninth annual Latino Heritage Festival,this Saturday and Sunday downtown on the Locust and Walnut street bridges. Explore the diversity and rich cultural nuances of Latin American countries in the festival’s cultural booths, […]

— Barb Boose

MPH networking event Sept. 15

Public health professionals work to enhance the health of populations and communities. A campus event this Thursday, Sept. 15, starting at 5 p.m. in the Student Education Center, is designed to help build a community of people interested in public health: Des Moines University’s Master of Public Health Student Club will host a Networking Night […]

— Barb Boose

Do a downward-facing dog

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designed September as National Yoga Month, a “national observance and grass roots awareness campaign to inspire a healthy lifestyle.” I’ve enjoyed yoga classes in DMU’s great wellness center and, let me assure you, yoga will make you very “aware” of your physicality. In a good way! […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: roasted eggplant with cilantro yogurt

I’ve talked on the blog before about the “Meatless Monday” campaign, a nonprofit initiative of The Monday Campaigns in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Its goal is to encourage people to cut out meat once a week to “improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in […]

— Barb Boose

Going bananas!

Many scholars think it was what got Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It’s wreaked havoc in nature and among laborers on plantations in Central America and beyond. Today, Americans eat more of them than the number of apples and oranges combined: Yes, the humble banana is all this and more […]

— Barb Boose

Let Des Moines entertain you

I hope that all DMU students and employees will celebrate Labor Day by remembering the social and economic contributions of American workers while also taking a little break from textbooks and labs. But don’t forget to have some fun, too: Des Moines offers a wide variety of fall activities that will enlighten, entertain and energize […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tomato kimchi-chi

The home improvement projects I’ve been nagging my spouse to get done this summer had an unfortunate side effect: They bit into the time he could spend on his garden. (I knew I needed minions!) I should call it my garden, as he so kindly devotes plenty of space to tomatoes and peppers, two of […]

— Barb Boose

A giant in global service comes to Iowa

He’s a global humanitarian, medical anthropologist and physician who has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. On Thursday, Aug. 25, Paul Farmer, M.D., will share his experiences and perspectives at a talk beginning at 7 p.m. in Iowa State University’s Stephens Auditorium. The event is free and open to […]

— Barb Boose

How can you keep them down on the farm?

American Medical News recently explored the increasing shortage of physicians in rural areas and the efforts of medical schools to address it. A July report by UnitedHealth’s Center for Health Reform and Modernization noted that five million American residents live in counties with fewer than 33 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents, and about 27 […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: summer squash burgers

I love the The Washington Post’s weekly “Lean & Fit” e-mail message, which offers news-you-can-use about nutrition, exercise, health care and more – including some always-tasty recipes. A recent edition included an interest summer squash burger recipe, adapted from “The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet” by Joni Marie Newman (Fair Winds Press, 2011). The […]

— Barb Boose

We all have a stake in this storm

Our planet is getting old, and I’m not talking about the ground below our feet: According to a 2007 report by the National Institute on Aging, in 2006, almost 500 million people worldwide were 65 and older. By 2030, that total is projected to increase to one billion – one in every eight of the […]

— Barb Boose

Need inspiration? Here’s just the ticket

Among the bravest people in the world are those who endeavor to reach the top of Mount Everest and those who battle cancer. An event in Des Moines this Thursday, Aug. 18, will feature the amazing stories of both. In 2010, Charlie Wittmack launched the World Triathlon, in which he swam the English Channel, bicycled […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: blame the sauce

No matter what you eat, no matter how good or bad your dining habits are, there’s an unspoken law that food on a plate should not move unless pushed around with a fork. But National Public Radio science writer Robert Krulwich serves up a very movable feast, in which the main course – squid, which, […]

— Barb Boose

The No. 1 poison in our food

NPR is running an interesting series, “Living Large: Obesity in America,” that explores what it means to live in a nation where one in three adults is obese. It looks at how the obesity epidemic is changing life in our homes, at the grocery store, in the doctor’s office, on the factory floor and at […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: summer salad

I’m embarrassed to admit that the first time I was served edamame, I didn’t know how to eat it. The edible soybeans were served to me in their pods, which I gnawed and swallowed. Wrong! With shelled edamame, you use your teeth to pop them out of the pods, which you promptly pitch into your […]

— Barb Boose

The toughest question

In a course on end-of-life issues here at DMU, Assistant Professor Denise Hill, J.D., M.P.A., instructs students to close their eyes. She then asks some riveting questions: What do you know about how a loved one would want to die? Would they want life-sustaining procedures? Who will speak for them, if they can’t, about medical […]

— Barb Boose