June 2012 Vol. 13, No. 5
Summertime and soup's on
Soup? In the Summer? Yes, a light summer soup made with fresh veggies can be an excellent heart-healthy meal and you won't even heat up the kitchen. Gazpacho, the classic Spanish tomato soup, was practically invented for summer and it's super-easy to make. I recently tried a recipe that tweaks traditional gazpacho with the addition of watermelon and pineapple juice—unusual but delicious!
- Puree about 1 cup of watermelon, 1 cup of pineapple juice and a tablespoon or so of extra-virgin olive oil.
- Finely chop two medium fresh tomatoes, a cucumber, a small green pepper, a small red onion, a celery stalk, and a couple of cloves of garlic.
- Add a diced, seeded jalapeno pepper, if you wish.
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl and add another cup of diced watermelon, along with 2 or 3 tablespoons of lime juice and 2 or 3 tablespoons of cilantro or parsley.
- Mix thoroughly and season to taste with salt & pepper.
- Chill the soup overnight—it's much better the next day.
It's as simple as that! Great on a hot summer day, served with good, crusty bread (whole grain, of course). Speaking of "good eats," version 2.0 of my little guide to good eats near THI, Gregg's Favorite Healthy Lunches, will be available at our open house. Save the date – July 18 – and stay tuned for more information. — Gregg
Surrounded by greatness
My route to work usually involves taking the Metro train. When I first began working here, I used to watch in awe as the Texas Medical Center buildings passed by swiftly during the 6-minute ride. Last week I realized that most of my time was now spent on my phone either texting, checking my email, or doing something else. And, actually, I continued to do that even after I got off the train. There is nothing wrong with this (unless I trip and fall into a fountain), but I could not help but wonder if I have started to take my surroundings for granted.
Many of the buildings here at TMC have a story behind them. Some buildings have modest beginnings. For example, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital started out as a 7-story building in 1954. As I learn more and more about the history of this extraordinary medical center, my sense of wonder for this place just increases. Maybe I should try a new route once in a while and spend less time on my phone. If you're interested in learning more about what you see every day, we have several books about the history of medicine in Houston (and beyond). — Christina
p.s. For a multimedia view of Texas Heart Institute history, visit the website.
The library welcomes a new team member
Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca Ajtai. I am the new Coordinator of Library Services at the THI Library & LRC. I got married last year to a wonderful man, and we have two cats. We like living in Houston because of the variety of restaurants and events. There's always something fun to do or some new restaurant to try. What drew me to librarianship was my love of organizing, and my love of helping people. I have always been fascinated by science and medicine, and when I entered graduate school I knew I wanted to work in a medical library. I also enjoy gardening, hiking, sewing, writing, and reading, especially poetry. I look forward to meeting you soon! — Rebecca
Is it the media or the messenger?
I was going to tell you about our media collection and other educational software (there is so much to choose from; stop by and see the range of lectures, assessment programs, and surgery videos we have to offer), but I changed my mind after reading everyone else's pieces and seeing how much thought went in to them. Our caring staff and the high level of service they provide to all of you are what the library is about. Sure, we have media, books, journals, and online resources, but our true purpose is connecting you to the quality information you need, no matter what form it comes in. That takes staff like ours who are dedicated to being helpful, and love what they do. So, whether you are unsure of where to start looking or have already tried all the usual sources with no luck, remember that we're here to help out no matter how big or small the challenge may seem. — Sonya
p.s. Even if you don't have a need for information that we can fill, you can come and fill your need for cake at our open house on July 18—all the details in our next E-news!
Mon. through Fri.
7:30 am - 5 pm
Mark your calendar:
Open House on July 18th
Feed your brain this summer!
Take a class with us.
Sonya Fogg, Manager ♦ Rebecca Ajtai, Coordinator of Library Services
Gregg Doty, Library Assistant ♦ Christina Senny, Student Worker
Dr. Patrick J. Hogan, Director
www.texasheart.org/library ♦ 832-355-9560
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