A fresh approach to Southern food favorites

A fresh approach to Southern food favorites

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama on March 18, 2015:

100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA - The UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center hosts the 2015 UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, "The Science of Health Disparities: From Social Causes to Personalized Medicine," In its 10th year, the symposium highlights work by undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers in the field of health disparities. The 2015 conference is co-sponsored by three national transdisciplinary collaborative centers for health-disparities research: the Mid-South TCC, focused on the social determinants of health and led by Fouad; the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships - CHAAMPS, led by Selwyn Vickers, M.D., dean of the UAB School of Medicine; and the Gulf States Health Policy Center.

LEPRECHAUN LEAP - Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area prepares for the first ever Leprechaun Leap 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held Saturday, March 21 at The Preserve in Hoover, AL. The run will unite hundreds of Birmingham-area participants to raise funds for Easter Seals services, drive awareness of issues affecting the disability community, and change the lives of individuals and families living with disabilities. Registration for the run is now available at runsignup.com/Race/AL/Birmingham/leprechaunleap.

The day will be a family fun-day with a KidZone sponsored by Covenant Classical Schools and a Children's Imagination Center sponsored by America's First Federal Credit Union. Following the event, participants are invited to enjoy live music provided by Rockstar and Rollin in the Hay. An arts and crafts festival will feature local artists. Food will be provided by way of food trucks, Frio Pops and more. The event is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama and presented by Vecchia.

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Lindsey Shaefer from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the bob cat. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.

SOUTHERN MADE FRESH - In Southern Made Fresh, Tasia Malaksis – everyone's favorite Southern tastemaker – shows you how to entertain and celebrate cooking Southern food with a bright, fresh approach on how-to recreate Southern favorites using the best of local, homegrown produce. Blending old traditions with new flavors, Tasia has created more than 175 easy recipes for you to try your hand at including:

• Whipping up a Mushroom & Green Onion Scramble for a quick weekday breakfast.

• Entertaining with Radish Tea Sandwiches and Vegetable Soup with Pecan Pesto.

• Baking a little something sweet like Rhubarb Galette with Chevre Cream or decadent Peach Fried Pies.

Tasia is the owner of the award-winning and nationally lauded Belle Chevre goat cheese company based in Alabama.

Tasia showed us her ideas for a spring lunch menu with her Shrimp Burgers and peas and radish salad from page 89 of her book. She also offered advice on easy, yet chic ways of entertaining at home, and how easy is it to create simple dishes that turn a lunch date into a special occasion. Tasia loves the South, and Southern Made Fresh celebrates Southern food with a bright, fresh approach – demystifying that Southern food is heavy. In the book, Tasia recreated Southern favorites using the best of our local, homegrown produce.... celebrating the very heart of the South.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Peily Soong from Children's Hospital discusses tips on bike safety and ATVs. Bike helmets should not be optional. Everyone in the family should wear a helmet while riding bikes because so many bike accidents are head injuries. Helmets should be a bright, easy-to-see color, well-ventilated and should have a CPSC or Snell sticker indicating that it's been safety-approved. Helmets should fit well... how do you know? A helmet fits well if it sits level on the head, isn't titled forward or backward, has strong, wide straps that fasten snugly under the chin, and is tight enough so that after it's fastened, no sudden pulling or twisting can move it around. ATVs are heavy - typically 800 pounds, unstable and difficult to control, especially at high speeds. They rollover easily. Children do not have the skills or ability to react appropriately while driving an ATV. No child under the age of 16 should ride an ATV. It is not safe for a child to ride with an adult. Dr. Soong also takes viewer questions about childrens' health issues. For more information, visit ChildrensAL.com.

GOOD DAY GARDENING - Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens' largest annual plant sale fundraiser will be held at Brookwood Village in Birmingham, Ala. on April 10 - 12, 2015. Over 100,000 plants will be available for purchase, most of which have been nurtured by volunteers at The Gardens. More than 7,000 plant enthusiasts attended last year's sale. The Signature Plant for 2015 is Snow Princess® alyssum - Lobularia hybrid. The Spring Plant Sale furthers The Gardens' mission of promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment while providing consumers seasonally appropriate planting advice from experts and satisfaction from supporting a worthwhile cause with each purchase.The public sale will be held Friday from 9 – 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 – 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 – 3 p.m. Admission to the public sale is free. Numerous opportunities to volunteer are available and can be found at bbgardensspringplantsale.com

Tomorrow on Good Day, looking for another Spring Break idea close to home? We check out all that Chattanooga has to offer! A health expert joins us to discuss Tuberculosis and how to get it under control! Learn some great ideas to get your closet in order for spring... in Our House! We introduce you to our Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!