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torrancememorial.org PULSE | 11 E verybody knows that September can be the hottest month in Southern California. "It still feels like summer," says Torrance Memorial Medical Center's executive chef Sam Sellona, CDM, CFPP. Sellona, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, chose the ingredients for his Chilled Verde Cucumber, Granny Smith Apple and Cilantro Soup for their cooling and hydrating properties as well as their tart and sweet contrasts. "Cucumber is high in water content and helps keep you hydrated, and it also helps flush out toxins," Sellona explains. "e Granny Smith apple has a nice tart flavor as well as natural fibers and antioxidants. e apple also works to cleanse your body and helps you feel refreshed. e Greek yogurt is creamy and tart, of course. And the cilantro adds a nice SoCal flavor. (Sellona says you can substitute mint for the cilantro, and you can reduce either by half for a less "herby" flavor.) Sellona likes this soup because it's an alternative to gazpacho. "Everyone has their favorite version of gazpacho," he explains. He considers this variation a kind of party soup. "I made it for one of our VIP events and got very positive feedback. My boss loved it too." CHILLED VERDE CUCUMBER, GRANNY SMITH APPLE & CILANTRO SOUP Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain 1 tablespoon white onion, minced 1 garlic clove, minced 1 English cucumber, chopped, skin on 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped, cored, skin on 4 ounces cilantro, chopped, about ¼ cup 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil juice of 1 fresh lime salt & white pepper to taste Directions: 1. Place all of the ingredients except salt and pepper into blender. 2. Blend until smooth in texture. Season to taste. 3. Refrigerate immediately and chill soup to 40°. Note: Garnish with finely diced cucumbers and chopped cilantro. To reduce fat content, use ½ tablespoon of olive oil. JUST CHILL HYDRATE AND RELAX WITH THIS NO-COOK SOUP H E A LT H L I N KS S ometimes being in the right place at the right time really pays off. Torrance Memorial Medical Center Warehouse workers Eduardo Flores-Barraza and Roberto Ybarra were waiting in their truck for the light to change at the intersection of Medical Center Drive and Lomita Boulevard when they noticed a van stopped in the middle of traffic, smoke coming from underneath. "Roberto jumped out and took off toward the van, and I watched as he and an off-duty policeman got the man out of the van," says Flores-Barraza. "As soon as I got the green, I parked and assisted them. e man was disoriented and frightened. We walked him to the sidewalk, where he caught his breath and used my phone to call his wife." e man was worried that he was late for a doctor's appointment. Ybarra and Flores-Barraza helped calm the man, called 911 and waited until the Torrance Fire Department arrived. e two men have been awarded Torrance Memorial's "e Reason Is You" award for their heroic act. LOCAL HEROES GOOD SAMARITANS WIN "THE REASON IS YOU" AWARD Clay Zachry, Phil Cutler, Romulo Bonilla, Bill Larson, Roland Roman, Roberto Ybarra, Eduardo Flores-Barraza, Ronald Padilla, Cindy Kassotis and Marco Miranda.

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