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The Icy Fingers of Father Winter…

The icy fingers of Father Winter are beginning to make
their presence known in Warren village. While autumn is still waging a decent
fight, with flawless blue skies and temperatures that still lend themselves to
t-shirts and vests, those days are becoming fewer and farther between. The
moisture content in the air has dropped and the days are more dynamic and
changeable, perhaps you may find that your moods are paralleling these erratic
times. In Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of medicine, the fall and winter are
said to be ruled by air and ether (mobility, kinetic energy, circulation and
movement) and it can be difficult to keep oneself grounded, warm and in a state
of balanced health, mentally, physically and emotionally.
So what does this
have to do with food, you ask? Well, in order to rectify this state of
derangement, it is recommended to consume warm, heating/spicy food, ideally
eating with the seasons, namely, consuming plenty of root vegetables. Sweet
potatoes or yams, butternut squash, carrots, beets, celeriac, and parsnips are
all fantastic options. According to Dr. John Douillard, root vegetables are
scientifically proven to stimulate liver function while also serving as a means
for blood purification. Yams are rumored to be an excellent source of potassium
and vitamin B6. As you may well know, carrots are chalk full of beta-carotene
which our bodies then convert to Vitamin A, great for the prevention of macular
degeneration and hey, if you eat enough beta-carotene you may notice that your
skin takes on a hint of orange, free tan in the heart of winter, win-win.
This
fall and winter at The Warren Store Deli, you may find Thai butternut bisque,
roasted beets with orange dressing and pistachios, Colleen’s famous Harvest Hash,
balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts and plenty more. Just yesterday, Colleen made
sweet potato fries to accompany the ever-popular Bulgogi. With “stick season”
upon us, we have been experimenting with new recipes with the intention of
bringing you, the customer, food that is not only in season but will provide
you with the nutrients and energy you need to hit the slopes, snowshoe or just
straight up brush up your car.

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