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NATONAL BLUEBERRY POPOVER DAY

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NATIONAL BLUEBERRY POPOVER DAY

What better way to start March 10th than with National Blueberry Popover Day? Popovers are airy rolls that puff up when baked, popping over the edge of the tin. They are light and crispy on the outside while the insides are warm and often hollow. They can be filled with custards, creams, and fruits for a sweet treat, especially blueberries.   

Popovers are similar to Yorkshire pudding and can also be served with savory combinations.

Most popover recipes are made using mostly eggs, milk, flour and salt. When making popovers, using eggs and milk that are at room temperature produces the best result. The resulting batter is thin but has enough air it that when it bakes the steam expands the batter, causing it to puff up and pop over the tin. The egg proteins help the pastry hold its shape and eventually the crust turns flaky and golden.

** 1850 – The oldest known reference to popovers in a letter of E.E. Stuart.

** 1876 – The first cookbook with a popover recipe was Practical Cooking by M.N. Henderson.


Perhaps blueberries and popovers seem a bit trifling, though quite tasty. On a bit more serious note, we have:

WORLD KIDNEY DAY

World Kidney Day on the second Thursday in March sets out each year to create increased awareness about kidney care.

Our kidneys are vital to our everyday health, and many health issues contribute to Chronic Kidney Disease. Preventative measures help to reduce our risks and improve outcomes.

Several health conditions impact our kidneys. These are just a few:

  • Diabetes is one of the leading causes of kidney failure.
  • High blood pressure weakens blood vessels, including the ones in the kidneys.
  • High Cholesterol impacts how well the kidneys work and can also lead to high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Anorexia Nervosa causes chronic kidney disease due to the lack of a healthy balance of water, electrolytes, and salt in the body.
  • Lupus causes your immune system to attack parts of your body. It sometimes impacts the kidneys, too.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease causes cysts to grow inside the kidneys.

Early Chronic Kidney Disease usually has no symptoms, so early detection is essential. Educating medical professionals, identifying high-risk populations, and increasing donor programs are some of the key objectives of reducing Chronic Kidney Disease.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldKidneyDay

  • If you’re on a medication regimen that requires testing of your kidney function on a regular schedule, be sure to follow your physician’s instructions.
  • Learn about conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that increase the risk for Chronic Kidney Disease.
  • Find out if kidney diseases run in your family and update your medical records with your family physician.
  • Volunteer to support those receiving dialysis.
  • Attend a seminar or screening at a local clinic.
  • Learn about donor programs and consider becoming a donor.
  • Learn more by visiting www.worldkidneyday.org


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