Join Go Red! & RoleMommy for a Real Moms Roundtable

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Go Red For Women presents the Real Moms Roundtable on June 10th in Greenwich
Real Talk with Traci E. Alexander will focus on real stories, real issues and real life

Car pools, meetings, work, family commitments, household responsibilities, social events and community activities. All of these and more fill the “to do” lists of moms throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Life keeps getting busier and because women are often the busiest members of the family, they often put their own health needs on the back burner. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement encourages every mom to take some time out for herself and feel good about doing it.
For a very special treat, the Go Red For Women movement in Westchester and Fairfield Counties presents the Real Moms Roundtable. Moderated by award-winning journalist, communications specialist and mother of two Traci E. Alexander, the Real Moms Roundtable will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 10th at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT. Ladies, grab your girlfriends and be a part of this timely conversation with other remarkable moms like you! No topic is off limits. The Real Moms Roundtable will cover family, careers, relationships and health issues. Basically, our distinguished panel will cover everything from the boardroom to the bedroom and everything in between. Alexander will lead the panel through Real Talk on such topics as “Real Mom Spotlights: How Does She Do It?”, “Real Mom-tras: Common Mom-sense & Words to Thrive By” and “Real Mom Confessions–the Good, the Bad & the Excuses.” Reservations are required and may be made by calling Alissa Maglaras at 914-640-3275 or emailing her at Alissa.Maglaras@heart.org. Please RSVP by June 7th.
Our dynamic panel includes Terry Starr and Bradi Nathan, co-founders of MYWorkButterfly.com, Beth Feldman, founder ofRoleMommy.com, Michelle Crecca, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Webster Bank, Martha Bryce, an inspirational mother living with heart disease, and Dr. Janet Taylor, psychiatrist, Lluminari expert and contributor on NBC’s “Today.” Moderator Traci E. Alexander is the Founder and President of Mz. Mom, LLC, a network for professional women. Mz. Mom, LLC is the place where working women can share their adventures as they strive to strike a balance between career and motherhood.
Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national movement that captures the energy, passion and the spirit power of women to band together and speak out against a silent killer. Designed to celebrate the power and authentic voice of women, their influence and strength in numbers, Go Red For Women is gaining momentum as more and more leaders are lending their voice to the American Heart Association’s call for action and change.
Too many women die each year because they are unaware that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in Connecticut and New York State. One in three women suffers in silence, and almost one woman dies every minute of this largely preventable disease. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With its “Speak Up to Save Lives” call-to-action, Go Red encourages everyone to bring a voice to this silent killer of women.
You can choose to speak up for others by adding your dynamic voice to the American Heart Association’s call for action and change. You can listen to what your heart is telling you, support the Go Red movement and spread the word to your friends and your community about making the right personal choices and taking heart-healthy, live-saving action. You can make a dramatic statement by joining us at the Real Moms Roundtable at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on June 10th. You will connect and network with peers, hear inspiring stories from incredible working moms, learn essential skills to juggle all that’s on your plate and find happiness, fulfillment and peace of mind in all of your roles. Sometimes, “Going Red” is all about taking time out for you and feeling good about it.
Go Red For Women, powered by the American Heart Association’s research, educates and connects millions of women of all ages. www.GoRedForWomen.org is the number one online destination where women can learn how to make heart-healthy choices every day. Research shows that women who “Go Red” are more likely to make healthy choices.
Go Red For Women is sponsored nationally by Macy’s and Merck and locally by Stamford Hospital. Media Sponsors include 4 New York, Telemundo 47, MyWorkButterfly.com and WHUD-FM. Sun Products Corporation is the Real Women’s Series Sponsor.
About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc and locally by Stamford Hospital.
About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.

Save Money with These Yummy Memorial Day Recipes

IMG_8308.JPGWhile I may not be the mom who cooks dinner every single night for my family, what I do quite well is entertain. From Thanksgiving, to Passover to birthday parties, to holiday barbecues, when it comes to festive occasions, I’m usually the one who nods her head and shrugs her shoulders when my husband has decided to invite 25 people over for a barbecue. The problem is, over the years, I have spent a bundle ordering pre-made items that I could have actually prepared myself!
Thanks to Chef Kim, of the Daymon Resource Center and her colleague Andrew Woltmann, I got the chance to sample a delectable gourmet spread of Private Brand food at the recent SVMoms blogger event held at Tribeca Cinemas in NYC. On the menu: stuffed small red potatoes topped with shrimp; beef tenderloin tartlets with plum sauce; mini Napoleons with eggplant cream, and spinach and feta mini soufflés, crudite with dip and baked brie with rosemary, almonds and cherries. And where did all these mouth watering items come from…Stop & Shop and Costco!
Plus, we were also treated to snacks provided by 7 Eleven. My personal fave: the chocolate covered pretzels, smoked almonds, and the Swiss trail mix – all easy and inexpensive items to add to any party menu!
So now that you know the inside secret on saving money this Memorial Day – here are Chef Kim’s incredible recipes that’ll knock the socks off all your guests…unless of course they’re wearing sandals!
briewithcherries.jpgBaked Brie with Rosemary, Almond & Cherries

Serves 4-6
2 T chopped fresh rosemary

2 T chopped slivered almonds

2 T honey

1 brie cheese round

8 fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
crackers (of your choice)
Preheat oven to 400F. In a small bowl, combine rosemary and almonds. With a pastry brush (or knife), coat the sides of the brie with honey and dip into rosemary-almond mixture, pressing. Place brie on a sheet pan. Brush the top with honey and sprinkle with the remaining herb mixture. Place in oven and bake 20 minutes. Remove brie from oven and top with chopped cherries. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes until brie is soft when cut. Serve with crackers.
5 19 meat things.jpgBeef Tenderloin Tartlets w/Plum Sauce
Yields 24
12 slices of thin white bread
Butter or spray for mini-muffin pans
4 tbsp of chicken pate
1 tsp thyme
1/3 cup rare deli beef slices cut into small pieces
2 tbsp plum sauce
Remove the crust from the bread and roll out each slice very thin. Cut two 3-inch circles from each slice, press into prepared mini-muffin tins. Bake @ 370° for 7 minutes for until golden brown. ( Can be kept at room temp for 2 days)
Fill each baked tartlet with ½ tsp of chicken pate, sprinkle with dried thyme, drape with a small piece of beef tenderloin over the top and spoon on ¼ tsp of plum sauce.
5 19 eggplant things.jpgMiniature Napoleons with Eggplant Crème

Yields: 12 Miniature Napoleons
Roasted Vegetables

4 Plum Tomatoes, sliced thickly (between 1/4″ and 1/2″)

1 Zucchini, sliced thickly

12 Cremini or Button Mushroom Caps, de-stemmed and brushed clean

Tamari or Soy Sauce

Salt

Pepper

Basil
Oregano
Parsley & Garlic Powder

Spray Oil
Eggplant Crème

2 Eggplants

2/3 Cup Raw
Unsalted Cashews

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Basil
Oregano & Garlic Powder

2ish Tbs Oil

Garnish

Basil

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar
Slice the tomatoes and zucchini and place them on baking sheet.
Spray or brush vegetables with oil to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the veggies almost look dehydrated.
Place the mushrooms on the same baking sheet, upside-down. Fill the centers with a little tamari, no more than 1 tsp.
Spray them thoroughly with spray-oil and bake for 30 minutes, or until tender, at 300º F. Remove and let cool with the other veggies.
While the vegetables are baking peel & cube the eggplant and place them on top of a towel or paper plate. You can microwave the eggplant on high for about 8 minutes, until the eggplant is soft and the paper towels or plate have absorbed a lot of the moisture this will prevent the eggplant from absorbing so much oil while cooking. Or just roast until most of the moisture is absorbed.
Sauté eggplant for 5-10 minutes over medium-high heat, until very soft and browned. Pure the eggplant with the salt, cashews, herbs and garlic and process for several minutes until VERY smooth. You may need to add a little liquid if you over prepared the eggplant. You can use heavy cream if you are not vegan or a little veggie stock. The texture should be smooth, not liquidy.
Season to taste, if needed, then place the eggplant crème in a piping bag or a plastic baggie with one of the corners cut off.
To Assemble

Pipe a little dab of eggplant crème on the plate where you want the napoleon to be. This will act as an anchor.
Place a tomato on top of the anchor, and pipe a small dab of eggplant crème on the top.
Add a slice of zucchini, then another layer of eggplant cream. Top with an upside-down mushroom cap, and place a dab of eggplant crème where the stem was.
For garnish, add a s basil-leaf crown. Put a thin layer of olive oil in the bottom of the dish, surrounding the napoleons and dribble a few drops of balsamic vinegar on the olive oil. Serve warm or at room temperature.
5 19 potatoes.jpgStuffed Small Red Potatoes topped w/Shrimp
Yields 40
1 ½ lb Small red bliss potatoes, about 20
40 cooked shrimp, w/tails
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt & pepper to taste
½ c Cream Cheese
½ c Sour Cream
4 slices of crispy crumbled bacon
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 tsp chives, minced
Green onions, tops, sliced thin
Boil red bliss potatoes just until tender, do not overcook. Shock in ice water bath. Slice potatoes in ½ using a melon baller leaving a thin lining. Cut a slice off the bottom of the potato so it can stand on its own.
Marinate shrimp for at least 3 hours or overnight in oil, salt, pepper & thyme.
Combine Cream cheese, sour cream, bacon, salt, pepper & chives and spoon into potatoes and top w/ shrimp, tail up. Garnish with onion tops.