October 2011

October 2011 posts

Surgical precision and painted pumpkins

Forget 'will it blend' - you should be asking, can my robot paint a pumpkin? (It can!)

Dr. Kristen Austin, OB/GYN (obstetrics and gynecology) physician at Swedish/Issaquah paints a Jack-O-Lantern on a miniature pumpkin using the da Vinci robot to demonstrate how this device gives surgeons greater surgical precision and dexterity over existing approaches.

If you've been wondering what the setup looks like in the OR, here are a few behind the scenes photo from our video shoot:

Cioppino Shrimp

 It may sound like a lot of garlic, but you’ll be surprised at how mild the garlic flavor is when prepared this way. For a more hearty meal, serve over whole wheat pasta. If you don’t cook with wine, substitute chicken or vegetable broth. Serves 4. 


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed (optional but delicious)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 12 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pound pink shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta


  1. Heat oil in large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and garlic until golden. Add wine, scraping up any browned bits from the pan.
  2. Add peppers, carrots, celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs and spices, and pepper. Cover pan tightly and simmer slowly for 20 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp to pan, cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes, or until shrimp turns pink. Be careful not to overcook at this step so that the shrimp remains juicy.
  4. While cioppino is cooking, boil whole wheat pasta. Serve cioppino over pasta if desired.

Per serving, without pasta: 257 calories, 24 gm protein, 22 gm carbohydrate, 4 gm fat, 1 gm sat fat, 3 gm mono, 173 mg cholesterol, 6 gm fiber, 324 mg sodium

Per serving, with 2 ounces pasta: 448 calories, 31 gm protein, 64 gm carbohydrates, 5 gm fat, 1 gm sat fat, 3 gm mono, 173 mg cholesterol 7 gm fiber, 327 mg sodium

THE SEASONED COOK Although shellfish has dietary cholesterol, it has almost no saturated fat, which is the culprit for raising your cholesterol.

Cinnamon Maple Granola

At last, a breakfast that’s quick, economical, healthy, and promises to satisfy the entire family. Our master granola recipe becomes the foundation for an array of breakfast ideas. Just add fresh or dried fruit and nonfat yogurt or milk. We love this recipe so much that we make batches and give it for gifts (makes 16 servings).


  • cooking spray
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, such as canola
  • ½ cup maple syrup, honey or cane syrup
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted nuts such as walnut pieces, slivered blanched almonds
  • 1 cup seeds such as flax, hulled pumpkin, sunflower
  • 5 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly spray 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oil and maple syrup with nuts, seeds, grains and spices. Stir well and spread thinly onto baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes and stir mixture. Continue baking another 10-15 minutes until mixture is crispy and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an air-tight container for about 12 weeks or in freezer for 1 month.

Per ½ cup serving: 270 calories, 7g protein, 27g carbohydrate, 16g fat, 2g sat fat, 8g mono fat, 0mg cholesterol, 4g fiber, 3mg sodium

The Seasoned Cook Combine grains, seeds, nuts, fruits and spices to your family’s liking. Note that while this recipe is higher in fat, it’s the healthier fats. Pack portions for snacks on the go.

Cilantro Salsa over Shrimp Fried Rice

We get questions about how to use fresh herbs in place of high sodium condiments. Try this salsa with the freshness of cilantro and mint and the bite of the pepper and onion. It’s the perfect way to jazz up an old standard like shrimp fried rice. Serves 4. 



  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • Pinch white pepper


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients, pulsing 4 to 5 times.
  2. Let rest 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Use within a couple of days for the brightest flavor.

Shrimp Fried Rice


  • 2½ cups cooked and cooled long-grain brown rice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • oil spray
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ pound small raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups diced colorful vegetables (e.g. red bell pepper, green peas, baby bok choy, carrots)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  1. Fork through cold rice to separate clumps. Bring wok or heavy pan to medium heat, add oil spray, and scramble eggs until lightly set. Remove and set aside.
  2. Return wok to the burner, bringing to medium-high heat, then add oil and let heat. Stir-fry onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes to wilt onions. Add shrimp, vegetables, and oyster sauce, and broth. Stir-fry another 3 minutes. Add rice and mix well.
  3. Return eggs to the wok and season with green onions, white pepper and sesame oil. Serve with salsa.

Per serving: 304 calories, 14g protein, 46g carbohydrates, 8g fat, 1g sat fat, 4g mono fat, 89 mg cholesterol, 8g fiber, 346mg sodium

The Seasoned Cook This is a perfect dish for using up all those little bits of leftover rice you’ve been saving in the freezer. (It’s always easier to cook with cold rice.) This recipe also works well with diced barbecued pork, chicken, or beef. For curry lovers, add 2 teaspoons of curry powder into the sauce mixture. Hoisin sauce and oyster sauce are available in the Asian isle of most grocery stores. 

Swedish Introduces Specialty Dental Care for Low-Income Adults to Get Free Help from Volunteer Dentists and Community Contributors

SEATTLE, Oct. 21, 2011 – Swedish this month added adult specialty dental care to the extensive list of free services available to low-income uninsured and underinsured patients at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic (SCSC). This is the only specialty clinic of it kind in the Puget Sound area.

Staffed by local volunteer dentists and oral surgeons from the Seattle-King County Dental Society, the dental clinic focuses on complex specialty care. The focus is starting first with difficult tooth extractions and plans to add root canals in the future. The clinic has three fully outfitted dental surgery and treatment rooms paid for by community grants and the Swedish Foundation.

Newly Formed Partnership with Swedish Neuroscience Institute will Bolster Stroke-Care Services for People Who Live and Work on Whidbey Island

Baby Physics

As parents, we want to do everything we can to help our children be happy, healthy, smart, and successful to give them the best chance at being happy, healthy, smart, successful adults. Especially with a first baby, we tend to listen to all sorts of sources, family, friends, and even marketing to find out what we should do and buy.

Retail stores will try to sell you tons of stuff and we often times will buy it because we don’t want to look like we don’t know what we’re doing. So, we buy the toys that have flashing lights with buttons that play Mozart, and the ones that teach infants higher math because we think we should. After you spend all the money and get the present back home, all your child wants to do is play with the box. How frustrating is that? The parents end up spending more time with the toy trying to entice the child to come play. Why do babies love playing in boxes?

This is what I call Baby Physics. They’re ‘real world’ items. They can crawl in and out. Toys can disappear only to reappear again. The sides and corners are planes and angles. Just like playing with ...

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