Tonight on HBO is the premiere of “The Weight of the Nation”, a 4 part documentary on the obesity epidemic in this country. HBO has made this series in conjunction with the Institute of Medicine, the CDC and NIH as a public service. If you don’t have HBO you can watch the series on the website for FREE. They are not messing around. Their intent is to spread this word as far and wide as possible. My hat is off to Sheila Nevins and John Hoffman at HBO for this brave and important program.
This morning, I read a review of sorts in the Los Angeles Times. The writer said that:
“…mostly tells us what we already know. Sodas, juice, sugary breakfast cereals, fast food and most processed snack foods are bad for us, their proliferation corresponding historically with the national weight gain.”
This is the crux of the problem. We DON’T already know this. Yes, many people talk about it, but the facts are not clear and present on every American’s mind. Most people still feed their babies fruit juice because they believe that it is healthy. The fast food industry is still booming and we are as fat and sick as ever. The message is clearly not out there. And, the Los Angeles Times writer does a disservice to her community by assuming that it is. Please tune in and do your part in spreading the word.
Last night we had a few friends over for pizza. If you haven’t had a pizza party before, I recommend it. Take some time before hand and prepare the ingredients and par-bake the pizza skins. When your guests arrive all you need to do is assemble, pop them in the oven and eat. Add a few appetizers and plenty of wine and it’s a very casual evening and a lot of delicious fun.
- Pizza Skin
- Small Hunk Gorgonzola Cheese
- 3-4 Pieces of Bacon or Pancetta
- 1 Onion, sliced
- Olive Oil
- Chef’s Knife
- Pizza Peel
- Pizza Stone
- Large, Heavy Sauté Pan
- In the pan, sauté the bacon in a little olive oil until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
- Add a little more olive oil and the sliced onions. Cook over medium to medium low heat for about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally so the onions don’t stick to the pan. Salt about 10 minutes in.
- Chop the bacon into bits or bite sized pieces.
- Layer cheese, onion and bacon on pizza skin and bake for 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.