You Asked, I Listened! I am thrilled to announce that the cookbook version of Prenatal Possibilities has begun. Thanks to the help of an amazing literary agent, I was able to partner with an amazing publisher and production is underway. I’m excited for the work ahead and thank all of you for your support and encouragement.
I admit I was surprised when one of my followers reached out to me directly and asked me for this specific recipe. Turns out she has always been a fan of liver and that her grandmother and mother would make it for her family. When she was diagnosed with anemia during pregnancy, her mother told her to eat more liver. Liver is high in essential vitamins, minerals, and protein so it has been a time-honored food recommended for pregnant women. One problem: most people do not know how to make it. Need a simple way to make it? I have the ideal recipe.
Most people dislike the earthy, ferrous taste of liver or its texture. It can be bitter and can become rubbery or chewy if it’s cooked too long. This recipe cuts through the bitter taste by soaking the pieces of sliced liver in milk prior to cooking. The slices cook faster and more completely than cooking a whole piece of liver and the sweet onions caramelize to provide another layer of texture and flavor. Liver isn’t for everyone, but if you’re craving its unique taste, this is the recipe to try!
Liver and Onions
- 2 pounds beef liver, sliced
- 1 ½ cups milk (low fat, 2% or whole cow’s milk)
- ¼ cup butter or margarine, divided
- 2 large yellow or Vidalia onions, peeled and sliced into rings
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Rinse the liver slices under cold water then place in a medium bowl. Cover the liver slices with milk and allow to sit for at least one hour.
- In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Saute the onion rings until soft. Remove the onions and turn off the heat.
- Put the flour in a shallow dish and season with the salt and pepper. Sift with a fork to combine.
- Drain the milk from the liver slices and discard it. Shake off the excess milk from the liver slices. Dredge the liver slices in the flour.
- Heat the skillet over medium high heat. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet. Place the flour-coated liver slices in the skillet and cook until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.
- Add the onions back to the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cook an additional 2 minutes. The liver slices should be lightly pink on the inside.
- Remove from heat and serve with boiled potatoes or a green vegetable.
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Pregnancy is time of infinite possibilities. There is an incredible sense of excitement, anxiety and anticipation about the future baby (or babies!) who will arrive and what a woman will be like as a Mother. More importantly, pregnancy is a time of inquiry, exploration, and discovery as women begin to learn more about their bodies, abilities, and potential. Pregnancy, then, is a time to learn and develop new habits and skills to promote health and well-being both during pregnancy and for the future.
The internet and the availability of information has been both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, there are reputable sources available on the internet that provide factual information for women who seek answers to questions about health or pregnancy. The reputable sources, however, are few. There is too much inaccurate information available from sources who are neither reputable nor experienced. Further, there is minimal surveillance or monitoring of what is posted or by whom. A majority of the information, then, is either based on personal experience, folklore, myth, or inaccurate information that is repeated through different sources.
As a nurse midwife, I have spent countless hours listening to, and being with, women. I have heard their questions and provided them with answers that helped to make informed decisions about their pregnancies, care, or health choices. My intent is to do the same here: provide the most up to date information about nutrition, health issues, or trends surrounding pregnancy and women’s general well-being. My goal is to empower women with information to make informed choices and provide them tools or resources to develop healthy lifestyle habits that will stay with them far past pregnancy. Ultimately, I strive to create a culture of informed women who share healthy lifestyle choices with their children, families and other women.
This site is not just for pregnant women. I welcome men, teens, non-pregnant women, the families, friends and coworkers of pregnant women or women seeking to become pregnant to review my content and ask questions. It “takes a village” to raise a child but I believe it takes a network of friends and family to support and encourage women to rise to their full potential. One of the most powerful ways to empower women, then, is with information and education.
There are a host of websites, blogs, links, and resources available for pregnant women. What sets me apart from the others is that I come from a clinical and scientific background. I have been a nurse for close to three decades and a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) for almost two decades. I have worked in diverse settings and had the privilege to meet, care for, and interact with the most dynamic, interesting, and insightful women. Possessing a PhD in nursing, I am a scientist at heart. I have a voracious appetite for research- both performing it and evaluating it. I get excited by innovations and advances in science, medicine, nursing, and midwifery. Moreover, I have learned how to take the most complex scientific data and explain it in a way that is concise and understandable. Research and scientific advances are only valuable if they make sense to, and are applied within, the population it is intended for.
I made a promise to the women who allowed me into their most intimate moments physically, emotionally and spiritually: to honor those precious interactions by sharing what I learned from each of them with other women or families who would benefit from the lessons that, together, we co-created. I make a similar promise here: To empower women and the significant people in their worlds with the most accurate, current information that will promote health, wellness, informed choices, and safety during the prenatal period and beyond. Join me on this journey. The possibilities are endless!
~Paul Quinn, PhD, CNM Prenatal Possibilities
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