Pork Chops Braised In Hard Cider

Pork Chops, Braised in hard cider.

Hard Cider is so available these days,and chefs like myself
are creating recipes and methods to enhance our dishes, as
you know apple sauce has always been a compliment to pork,
especially roast pork loin, our older generation would be
insulted if they did not get apple sauce with their pork
roast. They simple say you DO NOT serve pork without apple
sauce. Here is a simple recipe that truly brings out a
unique apple flavor of simple pork chops, when buying pork
chops I like thin cut and bone-in , thick chops are good
but I like to marinade them to ensure they get tender, pork
is not like buying steak cuts, in steak you look for the
fat content called marbling, this fat adds flavor and
tenderness.

Pork Chops Braised in Hard Cider; Makes Four servings

2 Tablespoons of olive oil
4 med onions sliced very thin
3 medium red bell peppers seeded,sliced thin.
1 bay leaf
4 pork chops
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. course black pepper
1 cup of hard cider.

Directions; Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat,
add onions, cook sirring often until golden 4 minutes
brown, add peppers bay leaf cook until peppers are soft.

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. add chops to
pan cook and turn occassionally, until browned on both
sides, add the cider and simmer gently until chops are
cooked, about 8 minutes, remove bay leaf, serve topping
with onions and peppers, and pan juices.

as in any recipe adjust as you like your the cook, be
creative.

Nicely Braised Chop

Grow Your very own HERBS.

Growing your fresh herbs, Start a Herb Garden

You do not need a big back yard to grow herbs, just a cozy spot on the porch or on a window sill,

For many people, this class of herb is the most recognizable and the most useful.
Even those who have never used herbs in their own cooking, know what some
fresh basil can do to a meal . . the difference adding oregano can make in
spaghetti sauce . . .or how some fresh chives can make a baked potato come
to life.
Culinary herbs — also referred to as sweet herbs – are those plants, whether they
be annual, biennial or perennial, that have tender roots or ripe seeds. They also
possess an aromatic flavor and they have a great taste.
As long as humans has been eating, we have been literally spicing up cooking
with herbs. Paleontologists have discovered the ancient Egyptians used herbs
even before the pharaohs ordered the building of the pyramids.
Similarly, the ancient Chinese naturally turned to the plants in their gardens in
order to enhance the flavor and appearance of the meals.
And of course, you need look no further than the Bible to see how herbs were
not only used, but actually prized by many. You’ll find references to taxes/tithes
paid in herbs like mint, cumin, and other herbs deemed valuable at that time.
One particular herb that has really kept its status among cooks as a must-have
down through the centuries is parsley. Others that are little known today are
such herbs as hyssop, rue or horehound exist, which are seldom used daily in our
cooking.
And this is a shame. If mankind in general had kept pace seriously cultivating
some of these herbs, then the flavors of them could have been remarkably
improved throughout history. And would make cooking today even more
exciting.
But mankind’s loss is your gain. Since some herbs are so difficult to find, growing
them yourself is really the only option. And now, you have the wonderfully
thrilling chance of growing these in your own back yard — or even right on your
windowsill.

 

Which Herbs should I grow first? Great Question, before you set out to the nursery, Please read this article!

That’s why I’ve developed what I call my Top Ten List of Herbs to Grow”. These
are not only some of the most commonly used herbs in cooking, they represent
some of the easiest ones to grow. And I’ve also provided with this list, what type
of soil and other essential growing conditions for success.
Colin’s Top 10 culinary herbs.
With this list in hand on your first trip to the nursery, you’re bound to have success
in finding what not only works in your yard but choices that will mesh well with
your taste buds.
1 Basil
Basil is the best herb for making pesto, no question. Basil leaves have a warm
and spicy flavor. You need to only add a small amount of this delightful herb in
such dishes as soups, salads and sauces. Basil is also particular suited, by the
way, to season any dish with tomato flavoring. Don’t hesitate to use basil to
enhance the flavor of your meat, poultry or fish. You can even add it to your
morning breakfast omelet.
You’ll want to start your basil plants early in the spring, preferably in a
greenhouse or a sun-drenched windowsill. Early in the summer transplant this
herb to your garden. Or, if you have the courage, sow basil seeds directly into

her garden early in the spring. Or a good tip is to try your hand at both
methods, just in case those seeds don’t catch.
2. Chives
Who doesn’t love some fresh chives on a hot, newly baked potato? If you’re as
mad about this herb as me (have written a book devoted to chives), then
you’ve already noticed that chives have a mildly onion taste. This makes them
an excellent addition to salads, any egg and cheese dish, cream cheese,
sandwich spreads and sauces. And, oh, by the way, don’t restrict chives to just
the baked potato. Taste how it adds a little zing to your mashed potatoes as
well.
If you plan on growing chives from starter plants, then you’ll want to get these
into your garden in the early spring. And you’ll want to give these plants plenty
of room. My recommendation is to plant them a good 9 to 12 inches from each
other.
If you decide to plant the chives seeds, then plant them in the fall or the spring,
digging down a good half inch and setting the seeds in rows that are spaced
about 12 inches apart.
3. Coriander
Now this is a versatile herb. Its versatility is so great that different parts of this
plant are actually known as different herbs. Grinding the dried seeds to use
them in your meats, like veal, ham or pork? You’re using coriander. Using the
leaves to add to some Indian or Asian dishes? You’re actually using cilantro.
And of course you can use the roots of coriander as well. If you can’t use them
right away, don’t worry you can freeze these. They can be used to flavor soups.
Or chop the roots and serve with avocados. You’ll find this is delicious.
Even a novice herbalist should have no problem growing coriander from seeds.
Sow the seeds in the early spring. Dig a hole about ¼ inch in depth. Plant them
in rows that are just about a foot apart. Once the seedlings appear, you’ll want
to thin them down some, making sure they’re at least 6 inches from the other.
4. Dill
Here’s another herb that you can use both the seeds and the leaves. Both of
these parts have a sharp, slightly bitter taste.
How To Grow a Happy Herb Garden

Don’t Be Afraid to Actually
Use Your Herbs . . .
Using your herbs regularly in cooking has
two distinct advantages. First, of course,
it adds an added dimension to your
cooking that not only will impress you,
but your spouse and even your children.
But using these herbs regularly, you’ll also
be keeping your plants shaped nice and
growing healthy.
If you’re not quite sure what herbs go
with what foods, experiment. Oh, you
could look it up on the web to get all the
“authoritative” answers. But by
experimenting with different herbs in
various dishes, you may hit upon a
combination that’s perfect for you.
A word of advice here though: start small
and then increase. Fresh herbs are much
stronger than those bottled things you
buy in the store. So a little goes a long
way.
Besides, it’s much easier to add more of a
specific herb to a dish.
But if you’re ever in doubt about how
much to use — just use your sense of
sight. When the herb is flecked evenly
throughout your chosen dish, you
probably have enough!
Whether you use it fresh or dried, you’ll  

find it a most tasty addition to fish, meat
and poultry dishes. But don’t be afraid to
add it to salads and soups as well. And
many people use the leaves in potatoes
and even in omelets. Another way to
enjoy the unique taste of dill is to sprinkle
a little on sliced cucumbers for use as a
sandwich filling.
Dill is another easy plant to grow from
seed. Plant your seeds in the early
spring, about ¼ inch deep. You’ll want to
make sure you leave at least 9 inches
between the seeds. Once the seedlings
appear, be sure to thin them, still keeping
them that 9 inches apart.
5. Fennel
If you enjoy fish then you’ll have to try
fresh fennel the next time you create that
delectable sauce for your fish. You can
also use it with pork and veal. Many
people like to use fennel in soups and
salads as well.
The leaves of fennel have a sweet flavor.
The seeds, though, have a sharper flavor
to them.
Want to try your hand at growing fennel
from seeds? It is easy enough to do so.
Plant your seeds in groups of three or four about mid-spring. You’ll dig a small
hole about a ¼ inch deep. Place the seeds about a foot and a half. Once
these grow into seedlings, you’ll want to thin them.

6. Mint

Ah, what would a herb garden be without mint. Mint is an essential herb
whether you plant a culinary herb or medicinal herb garden (or a little of both)

Use the mint leaves to brew into a nice, satisfying hot tea. Or use them to add a
dash of sunshine to cold drinks as well. Mint is also a great garnish. Spearmint,
specifically, is used to make a mint sauce or jelly.
Mint has historically been the spice of choice for anyone who’s preparing lamb.
Sprinkle the dried or fresh leaves over the meat prior to cooking it.
You can start planting your mint in fall or spring. You’ll also have the best results if
you begin with the actual roots of the plants. Plant four- to six-inch pieces of the
root. Make sure they’re about two inches deep and a good 12 inches about.
Then make sure to water these guys well. Check the roots occasionally. They
are quite aggressive. By this, I mean they seem to easily overtake the roots of
neighboring plants. You can easily prevent this by sinking boards or brinks about
one-foot deep around the beds.
You may also take an extra precaution when you first plant them. Plant them in
the garden bed itself, but enclose a plastic bucket with no bottom around it.
That keeps them contained for a specific depth.
7. Parsley
For me, parsley brings back memories of my father. He had parsley planted
everywhere., at the insistence of my mother it must be said. And she used in
everything, but especially in soup.
In addition to soups, parsley makes a great addition to salads, casseroles and
omelets. And of course, it’s an attractive garnish for meat and fish, as well as
any dish that features onions. It is a great herb to have fresh to hand for
garnishing.
If you’re planning on growing the plant from seed, start planting them in midspring
if you want to use the herb in the summer. Plant the seeds in mid-summer
if you want fresh autumn and winter parsley.
Before you plant the seeds, it is a good idea to soak them overnight. When this
plant reaches seedling stage thin the bed out and make sure the plants are
between nine to 10 inches apart.
8. Sage
How To Grow a Happy Herb Garden
If you’ve ever eaten sweet sausage with sage, then you know how awesome
this herb can prove in enhancing a recipe. The dried leaves of the sage plant
are also a traditional addition to the stuffings of chicken and turkey. Many chefs
additionally use sage with lamb and pork as well as a variety of cheese and
omelet dishes.
Sage is another plant that can easily be grown from its seeds. You’ll want to start
planting in the early spring if you plan on doing this. If you prefer, though, you
can be starter plants from your local nursery. If you’re going this route, you can
wait until mid-spring to set these out. Just be sure to plant them about one-foot
apart. And watch out for the beautiful flower.
9. Tarragon
If you think anything like I do, you hear the word tarragon and immediately think
vinegar. And it is indeed a great flavoring for vinegar. Up until now you may
have run to the store to buy your tarragon vinegar. But consider waking up one
morning, picking some tarragon from your garden, placing it in vinegar,
steeping it for two to three weeks and then enjoying your own homemade
tarragon vinegar!
But vinegar is just the start of how this plant can dramatically change your
eating habits, given a little time and experimentation. The leaves of this herb
have a taste that is something akin to anise, which makes it ideal for a variety of
dishes. Try placing the leaves in soups and stews. From there you can
experiment with salads.
But don’t let your use of this versatile herb stop there. Think egg dishes as well as
any type of soft cheese. Let your imagination soar when it comes to your use of
tarragon.
This is another herb that seems to have been made especially to season lamb. If
lamb isn’t your meat of choice you can still enjoy the flavorful benefits of
tarragon with fish, steak and even vegetables.
When you grow this herb though, don’t try to do it from seeds. You just won’t
have great joy. Instead, visit your local nursery and buy some small plants. You’ll
dig and plant these in early spring, making sure they have lots of room to grow.
In this case, give them at least 18 inches from another, these guys get pretty big.

10. Thyme
Yes, thyme is a must grow for any self-respecting herbalist.
Thyme is a great seasoning for just about any meat. Rub the chopped fresh
leaves (you can use dried as well) onto lamb, pork veal or even beef before you
even put them in the oven.
This herb also goes to work for you in various other capacities too Consider
adding it to eggs, or cheese dishes as well as vegetables. And don’t be afraid
to experiment with it on your fish or poultry either. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Once you’ve tried all that though, use thyme as a great seasoning for soups,
stews, stuffings and even rice.
I even know one person who brews her thyme to make tea. She just adds a bit
of rosemary and a sprig of mint to go with it!
You can start this herb from seeds. Sometime in mid-spring make shallow rows
for the seeds about one foot apart. When the thyme seedlings are established,
then you’ll thin them out placing them about six inches from each other.
If you don’t feel up to starting thyme from seeds, you’ll want to plant your
nursery-bought seedlings about mid-spring — again keeping them at least six
inches apart, preferably nine inches if you have the room.

Coffee and it’s Benefits

Coffee Benefits

 

Coffee The World’s Most Popular Drink
 Around the world, only oil is traded more than coffee.
 In the United States and many other countries, coffee is the #1 imported food item.
 In the US, 2 out of every 3 adults report drinking a minimum of 1 cup of coffee every
single day.
 In the United States, 64% of all adults report having at least one cup of coffee everyday
(2015 Gallup Poll). Average consumption is 3.2 cups daily.
 More than 50% of those who drink coffee would skip a shower in order to have time for
coffee (Huffington Post).
 1/4 of all coffee drinkers report they are addicted to the drink, but only 10% have a
desire to cut back (Gallup Poll 2015).
 The International Coffee Organization (ICO) reports that coffee consumption outpaced
its production for two years in a row, with a total worldwide consumption of 151.3
million bags of coffee between the years of 2015 and 2016.
If you’ve ever wondered about where coffee came from or how it was discovered, the
longstanding story relates to the Ethiopian goat
farmer Kaldi. One day he noted that his goats were
dancing in a way that he had never seen before.
He launched an investigation, discovering they had
been snacking on some bright red berries. He tried
some and it had the same effect on him.
As the story goes, a monk later happened upon
them and Kaldi told him about the berries. The
monk saw it as an answer to prayer, as this could assist the monks in staying up through their
evening prayers. The monk later came up with an idea to dry and boil the fruit into a
beverage. It assisted the monks through their prayers, and tasted delicious, too.
While we always talk about coffee beans, the truth of the matter is that coffee really comes
from a seed. It’s the seed of a coffee cherry. We have long referred to them as beans, simply
because they look like beans.

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Simple But wholesome “Fall Soups Recipes”

Simple Fall Soup Recipes

Fall a Grand time of year to being in the a cozy kitchen preparing a hearty warm soup,

Your Home Soup.compressed

Check out these recipes:

winter soups,
split pea soup

Ingredients:
8 cups water
1 pound dried split peas (about 2-1/4 cups)
1 to 2 lb smoked ham
1 med onion
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 or 3 carrots chopped
2 or 3 stalks celery chopped
Heat water and peas to boiling. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat
and cover. Let sit for 1 hour.
Add ham (whole), onion, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until peas are
tender, about 1 hour.
Remove ham and trim meat from bone. (I usually use 1 lb boneless smoked ham)
Cut ham to 1/2 inch pieces. Stir ham, carrots, and celery into soup. Cover
and simmer until veggies are tender, about 45 minutes.
Like I said, it freezes well and is a very convenient side to a sandwich

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cream of broccoli

2 bunches broccoli, stalks removed
2 parsnips, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 large onion, diced
3/4 pound of mushrooms, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups of white wine
1 pint of whipping cream
1 pint of lowfat plain yogurt (or about 2 individual sized tubs)
1 T of dried basil
2 T nutmeg
1 1/2 T Worcestershire sauce
4 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
PREPARATION TIME: about 45 minutes
MAKES: about 20 servings
Put vegetables in BIG pot and cover with wine and water. Bring to a boil
slowly and let simmer until vegetables are soft. Puree (a hand blender is
handy). Add remaining ingredients, stirring while doing so. Let simmer
for a few minutes before eating. Feel free to play around with the
seasonings.

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easy corn chowder

1 medium diced bell pepper
1 large can of creamed corn
1 small can of nibblets corn
2 medium potatoes
1 medium onion
milk
salt and pepper to taste.
In a sauce pan, cook the potatoes and onion in boiling water.
Once cooked, do not drain cooking liquid and add cans of corn, and
continue heating until warm. Put a pad of butter in your bowl, and
ladle in hot soup. Add milk, salt and pepper to taste.
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Vegetable soup;

Start by browning the beef in your soup pot. I use about a pound of
stew beef, cut into bite-sized pieces. Add about 6 cups of water and
1/3 cup of barley, and bring to a low boil. Skim off the scum that
forms, and add various herbs and spices to flavor the broth (hint: use
soy sauce instead of salt if you want a dark-colored broth).
Let this simmer for an hour or so,
then start adding the vegetables:
carrots,
rutabaga,
onion,
celery,
tomatoes.
When the carrots are done, it’s ready
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Vegetable Soup,

Nothing’s easier then making vegetable soup: you don’t even need a recipe.
Just a few hints and tricks…
First of all, you need good base. A chicken broth is a good start. To make
one, buy yourself 30 cents worth of chicken. Let it boil with 2 liters of
water and a little salt for two or three hours. You actually need around 2
or 3 cups of the stuff, depending on how much soup you want to make, and
strong your broth is.
Then buy yourself fresh vegetables: Try patatoes, tomatoes, onions, zucchinis,
mushrooms, spinachs… etc. 5 to 8 different vegetables, not more than that.
Add salt, pepper, garlic and one spice of your choice, like teragoen, origano
or rosemary. Once again, don’t over do it! You want to be able to taste every
ingredient in your soup.
The broth is very important. It’s what brings all the taste together.
Then put the broth and the vegetables in one large cauldron. Add water until
it reaches 2/3 of the cauldron. Add the salt. Set your stove to medium heat
and let leave it alone for a good 3 to 4 hours. You can add water if you find
there’s not enough of it. Add your main spice half an hour before the soup is
done.
There it is! If you wish to add rice or pastas, i suggest you add them already
cooked, within the last hour of cooking.
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Baked Potato soup

This is a rich, but great potato soup.
4 large potatoes
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
1 1/2 quarts of milk
Salt and Pepper
4 green onions
1 cup sour cream
2 cups crisp-cooked, crumbled bacon
5 ounces of grated cheddar cheese
Procedure
Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake the potatoes until for tender.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Slowly blend in flour with a wire
whisk until thoroughly blended. Gradually add milk to the butter-flour
mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in salt and pepper and simmer over
low heat, stirring constantly.
Cut potatoes in half, scoop out the meat and set aside. Chop half the
potato peels and discard the remainder. When milk mixture is very hot,
whisk in potato. Add green onion and potato peels. Whisk well, add
sour cream and crumbled bacon. Heat thoroughly. Add cheese a little
at a time until it is all melted in.
Serve with crusty French Bread and fresh butter. Mucho Goodo!

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french onion soup;

1 1/2 pounds red onions, peeled and halved
1/3 cup margarine or butter
3 cubes beef flavored bouillon
4 cups water
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 ounces Swiss Cheese, or Gruyere
1/4 loaf French bread
– Slice onions, thinly.
– Melt butter in 2 quart Dutch oven.
– Slowly cook onions in butter until lightly browned, about 20 mins.
– Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper to soup. Stir.
– Shred cheese.
– To serve soup, place a think slice of French bread into the bottom
of each individual ovenware serving bowl.
– Ladle soup into bowls. Top with a thick layer of shredded cheese.
– Place under broiler or microwave until cheese melts.
– Serve at once.
to eat.
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POTATO SOUP
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Ingredients:
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2 smoked ham hocks or 3 links of sausage
1/2 gallon water
6 bay leaves
8 medium potatoes, diced
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
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Mix ingredients together and cook about 30 minutes on medium heat. Cut
up potatoes and add to mixture. Cook until potatoes are done. Combine
1/4 cup flour and 1 pint whipping cream and blend until smooth. Add to
the soup mixture. Let simmer until smooth and well blended.
Note: You may want to half this recipe for a smaller amount of soup.

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JARLSBERG CHEESE AND BROCCOLI SOUP

Ingredients:
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1 c. chopped leek
1-2 c. mushrooms, chopped
2-3 T. margarine
1-2 T. flour
3 c. chicken broth
1 bunch broccoli, in florets
1 pint half and half
1 c. shredded Jarlsberg cheese
Instructions:
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Saute leek and mushrooms in margarine till tender. Add flour and heat
one minute more till bubbly. Stir in broth till thick. When heated,
add broccoli. Simmer 20 min. till tender. Add half and half (less if
you want) and cheese. Stir till cheese is all melted. Good with a good
loaf of French bread.

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BROCCOLI-CHEESE SOUP
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Ingredients:
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1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli
1 pint half-and-half (that’s half milk, half cream for the non-US
people, or substitute to your liking)
2 cups water
1 pound pasteurized process cheese spread (like Velveeta)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup cornstarch (cornflour) mixed with 1 cup cold water
Instructions:
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Steam broccoli until tender (can cook in microwave on high power, 6
minutes per pound). Place half-and-half and water in the top of a
double boiler. Add cheese (cut in pieces), salt and pepper. Heat until
all the cheese is melted. Add broccoli. Mix cornstarch and water in a
small bowl. Stir into the cheese mixture in the double boiler, and heat
over simmering water until soup thickens. Makes 10 1 cup servings.

 

Recipe of the Week ! Fish and more fish

         Here each Friday I will Post a new but simple home style recipe.

Make them Spicey

 

 

Dress it up anyway you like

 

 

 

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On my Last post I got a nice request for more Fish Recipes, so here goes!

Grilled Herb Shrimp
Ingredients 4 mid-sized shrimp
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 teaspoons of kosher salt
1/4 cup of minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

Step 1: Mix the fresh basil, dry and Dijon mustard, and pepper in a small bowl. Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Step 2: Marinate the shrimps in the mixture for about an hour, at which point they are ready for grilling.
Use an adequate number of coals on the grill, so as not to overcook or undercook the shrimp.
Before placing the shrimp, brush the grill with oil to avoid sticking.
Step 3: Grill them for just one and a half minutes on each side. Serve.

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Tuna Fish Grilled with Herbs
Ingredients 1 tuna, preferably a slab piece, extracted at the lower part of the fish
1 tablespoon of melted butter
4 strips of lemon rind
6 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon of hot pepper flakes
Pepper and salt to taste

How to prepare

Step 1: Before cooking, heat the cooking appliance to a high degree.
Step 2: Sprinkle the seasonings on both sides of your tuna. On a pan, put oil, garlic, thyme, lemon rind and juice, and the pepper flakes. Place the tuna on the pan and coat it evenly all round.
Step 3: Take the tuna out of the mixture, put in butter, and then put the pan aside for melting.
Step 4: When using a broiler, broil a distance of two inches from heat; leave the opening unclosed throughout. Cook one side for three minutes then turn and cook the other for two minutes. If using a gas or charcoal grill, put the tuna on the grill; no distance is taken into consideration. Ensure that the fatty side is at the bottom. Turn often for about six minutes.
Step 5: Place the tuna in the marinade. Coat the dish and serve in thin slices.

Just because I am not a big fish eater, does not mean everyone does, In fact I get many calls for fish recipes.Enjoy

Best Made Sauces, Spice up your Meals

This Sauce originally came to our attention from Argentina, it is used as a marinade, and as a salsa during your meal, adds zest to any dish but great.

Argentina  Chimichurri

A Well Blended Version

 

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients
1 bunch flat leaf parsley
8 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 lemon wedge ( juice of)
1 tablespoon diced red onion
1 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions
Pulse parsley in processor to chop.
Add remaining ingredients and blend.
Separate sauce into equal parts.
(Use half for basting or marinade).
(Use other half for table service).

 

 

 

 

 

10 Whole Foods You Should Eat And Why

 

 

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Their Characteristics
Readily Available
Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease
High In Phytonutrients & Antioxidants
Excellent Sources Of Vitamins, Minerals And Fiber
Low In Calories

veggies

  Boost Your Nutrient Intake Today!

Mushrooms
Loaded with nutrients and low in calories.
Meaty and filling can substitute for a main dish and cut 400 calories from a meal.
Great source of B vitamins, selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, copper, and vitamin D.

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Apples
Contain soluble fiber to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
Vitamin C to help the body form connective tissue and keep the capillaries and blood vessels healthy.

Blueberries
Packed with phytonutrients to prevent heart disease, some cancers and diabetes.
Promote healthy aging and improve short-term memory.
Excellent source of vitamin C and fiber.

Salmon
Packed with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Helps to prevent sudden cardiac death and lowers triglyceride levels.
Quality protein that is low in cholesterol and saturated fat.

Sweet Potato
High in antioxidant beta carotene that slows the aging process and can reduce the risk of some specific cancers.
Fat-free and relatively low in calories.

Broccoli

Excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber.
Low in calories.

broccoli

 

Cashews
Good for heart health.
Contain healthy monounsaturated fats that reduce triglyceride levels.
Copper for skin and hair health.
Magnesium for flexibility of bones and joints.
High in disease preventing antioxidants.
Protect from Macular degeneration.

Lemons
One lemon has 100% of daily vitamin C requirements that increases “good” HDL cholesterol and helps to strengthen bones.
Flavonoids that inhibit growth of cancer cells and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Spinach
Rich in vitamins A, C and Folate.
Boosts immunity.
Great source of magnesium.
Provides beta carotene and lutein linked to anti-aging and prevention of vision related diseases.

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Red Beans
Fantastic source of iron, potassium and phosphorus.
Great source of low fat protein and fiber.

Superfoods for good Health

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Superfoods for Super Skin

It’s been said we are what we eat, and that sentiment definitely holds true when it comes to our skin.  It’s our body’s biggest organ, and it deserves all the nutritional TLC we can give it. So take a look at what you’ve been feeding yourself, and therefore feeding your skin. 

One the most important components of skin health is vitamin A, and probably one of the best sources of it is low-fat dairy products. It could be said the health of our skin depends on vitamin A. Low-fat yogurt is not only high in vitamin A, but also acidophilus, the “live” bacteria that is good for intestinal health. Turns out, it may also have an impact on the skin, since it aids in digestion.  Other good sources of vitamin A include cod liver oil, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy vegetables, and fortified breakfast cereals.

It’s important to also make sure you’re eating foods rich in antioxidants, such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums. The benefits of these foods for healthy skin are plentiful. The antioxidants and other phytochemicals in these fruits can protect the skin cells, so there is less chance for damage.  This in turn guards against premature aging, and keeps skin looking younger longer.  Other fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants include artichokes, black, red, and pinto beans, prunes, and pecans.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are essential to your skin. Include salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.  EFAs keep cell membranes healthy, and allow nutrients to pass through.

We also need healthy oils, which contain more than essential fatty acids. Eating good-quality oils helps keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall.  Look for oils that are cold pressed, such as olive or extra virgin oil.  We only need about two tablespoons a day of healthy oils, so use wisely.

Selenium plays an important role in the health of skin cells. Turn to foods like Whole-wheat bread, muffins, and cereals; turkey, tuna and brazil nuts for this important nutrient.  Recent studies show that if selenium levels are high, even skin damaged by the sun may only suffer minimal, if any, damage.

Choosing the whole grain versions of complex carbohydrates can have a significant effect on insulin levels. Processed and refined sugars can cause inflammation that may ultimately be linked to skin break outs.

Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, and it protects the membrane of the cell. It may even help prevent or reduce skin cancer risks.  

Water plays such an important role in your overall health, and it has a profound effect on your skin’s health as well.  Well-hydrated skin is healthy and young-looking.  It also helps move the toxins out of your system so they have less chance to do damage.

 

 

               Superfoods for a Healthy Prostate

 

The prostate gland has a reputation as a health destroyer.  Hypertrophy of the prostate gland, which affects nearly every elderly male, strangles the urethra.  This troublesome condition makes urination difficult and increases the risk of bladder infections and kidney damage. However, there are many superfoods that may already be a part of your everyday diet that can help thwart the onset of prostate problems. 

 

Tomatoes, watermelons, red grapefruit, papaya and red berries are all great sources of lycopene, a health-promoting plant pigment known for its cancer-battling ability.  It also promotes a strong immune system and helps support prostate health in men.  Though fresh are always an excellent option, the lycopene in cooked tomatoes is actually absorbed more readily by the body.  It’s also your ally in the battle against heart disease. 

 

Quercetin, a flavonoid that forms the backbone of many other flavonoids, may have positive effects in combating or helping to prevent many different types of cancer, including prostate. It also acts as an antihistamine and has anti-inflammatory properties, which may be helpful in relieving the pain of an inflamed prostate.

 

Foods rich in quercetin include apples, black & green tea, onions, raspberries, red wine, red grapes, citrus fruits, broccoli & other leafy green vegetables, and cherries. Quercetin can also be found in honey and sap, including the type from eucalyptus and tea tree flowers.

 

It’s important to remember to get a healthy balance of foods to keep your prostate healthy, including antioxidants, vitamin E from nuts and seeds, and drink plenty of clear fluids to help flush the bladder.  Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods.  Keeping your weight in check will also help maintain a healthy prostate. 

 

Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Dripper By Housewares Solutions + Bonus Coffee Scoop With Built In Bag Clip

Price: $10.97
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Product Description
Product Features

Choose your own brew or mixture of brews while you save money and save the environment at the same time.

“Arrived yesterday, fresh coffee today, Love it!”

For a cup-a-day drinker, a year’s worth of disposable cups costs more than $300. That’s why we’ve designed this premium stainless steel pour over coffee dripper only for coffee lovers to let coffee drinkers use their own coffee and tailor it to their taste

Benefits

• Makes 1 – 4 cups of coffee
• Great gift for the coffee enthusiast
• Includes a free coffee scoop with built-in bag clip, adding more value to your purchase

Very Versatile
• Designed to fit on most cups, mugs, thermoses, small pots, and even carafes
• Simply adjust the strength of your coffee by using different blends or grinds

Money Saver!!
• Unlike disposable filters, you will save the most and limit trash
• You can also use your own coffee and tailor it to your taste for premium rich brewing performances

Non-Slip Stand
• The non-slip stand is built into the coffee dripper for convenience.

Lifetime Money Back Guarantee
• You’re going to love this pour over coffee maker
• If for any reason you don’t like it, you can ask for refund

Easy to use and clean
• This brewing method is as quick and easy as automatic brewing machines and can easily be cleaned
• Just place it in your dishwasher or rinse well with hot water after brewing

Unique Design
• No more grounds ending up in your cup with our reusable double layer mesh coffee filter
• BPA Free and non-toxic, this reusable filter is fantastic for making 1 – 4 cups of coffee

Click “Add to Cart” and start enjoying your coffee the way you like today.

  • PRECISION LASER-CUT FILTER + BONUS COFFEE SCOOP WITH BUILT IN BAG CLIP - Makes 1 - 4 cups of coffee. No more grounds ending up in your cup with our reusable double mesh coffee filter. Unlike disposable paper filters which rob your coffee of essential oils and nutrients, this is made of BPA free 18/8 (304) stainless steel, which allows the coffee oils to flow through for a richer, better tasting coffee. Includes a free coffee scoop with built-in bag clip, adding more value to your purchase.
  • EASY TO USE AND CLEAN - Brewing fresh coffee with our pour over coffee maker could not be easier. Never buy or discard another coffee filter again. The built in stand is designed to fit on most cups, mugs, thermoses, small pots, and even carafes. This brewing method is as quick and easy as automatic brewing machines and can easily be cleaned. Just place it in your dishwasher or rinse well with hot water after brewing.
  • REUSABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY - Our coffee dripper provides a cost effective way to brew your favorite coffee while saving the environment. Reduce the number of prefilled cups thrown into the garbage. No need to buy paper filters that create waste and reduce the taste of your coffee by absorbing all the essential oils and nutrients.
  • PORTABLE, LIGHT WEIGHT AND GREAT FOR GROUP CAMPING - It is easy to pack and carry which makes it ideal for camping. It is also light weight, very sturdy and fits well over small camp pots. This pour over coffee dripper can be used for one or more persons. Housewares Solutions pour over coffee dripper is an excellent choice if you are looking for a fast, easy, inexpensive, yet tasty way to brew coffee on your upcoming weeklong camping vacation.
  • 100% LIFETIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - Features Medical/100% Food-Grade (BPA free/lead free) construction, and excellent water dispersion system. The flat bottom makes it easy to fill with fresh ground coffee or your favorite coffee. You'll save the most and limit trash with our stainless steel pour over coffee dripper. However, if you are not happy with it, feel free to return it and get your money back.

Housewares Solutions 2 Refillable/Reusable Carafe K Cup Filters for Keurig 2.0, K200, K300, K400, K500 Series of Brewing Machines

Price: $11.99
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Product Description
Product Features

Choose your own brew or mixture of brews while you save money and save the environment at the same time.

“Arrived yesterday, fresh coffee today, Love it!”

For a cup-a-day drinker, a year’s worth of Carafe Cups costs more than $300. That’s why we’ve designed Our Reusable Coffee and Tea Filters to let coffee drinkers use their own coffee and tailor it to their taste.

Benefits

• Great gift for the coffee enthusiast

Very Versatile
• Can be used for coffee, tea and hot chocolate
• Simply adjust the strength of your coffee by using different blends or grinds

 Money Saver!!
• You’ll save the most and limit trash with our reusable Carafe KCups
• You can also use your own coffee and tailor it to your taste

No need to mess with clicks or hacks for Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 Brewers
• Our Reusable Carafe KCups are compatible with 2.0 Models

Lifetime Money Back Guarantee
• You’re going to love our reusable Carafe KCups
• If for any reason you don’t like them, you can ask for refund

Easy to use and clean
• Comprises between ease of use of Carafe KCups, and benefits of a reusable option
• Our reusable Carafe pods are very reliable

Uniquely Designed
• Designed to ensure that the DRM system on the machine read the cup and surpass the sensor
• Just fill and place it in your machine, then brew normally

Click “Add to Cart” and start enjoying your coffee the way you like today.

  • COMPATIBLE WITH KEURIG 2.0 - K200, K250, K300, K350, K360, K400, K450, K460, K500, K550, K560. Brew your favorite coffee without any error code or modification needed. Lower your costs, double your value and increase your personal choices.
  • DURABLE AND EASY TO USE - Designed for longevity and function, our reusable Carafe KCup is made from the best quality 18/8 stainless steel micro mesh filter to ensure premium quality design. Lid with silicone O-Ring for a snug fit and plastic specifically designed to resist high temperatures
  • 2-PIECES REUSABLE COFFEE AND TEA FILTERS - Brews all Carafe Sizes: 2-3 cups, 3-4 cups, 4-5 cups. Provides a cost effective way to brew your favorite coffee while saving the environment. Reduce the number of prefilled cups thrown into the garbage today and save over 90% compared to disposable pods and expensive Carafe packs
  • USE TEA, HOT CHOCOLATE, HOT WATER, HOT COCOA AND OTHER INFUSIONS INSIDE YOUR KEURIG MACHINE - No more buying expensive Carafe KCups. Easily control the brew strength without messing with clicks or hacks for Keurig 2.0 Brewers
  • 100% LIFETIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - Features Medical/100% Food-Grade (BPA free/lead free) construction, and excellent water dispersion system. The flat bottom makes it easy to fill with fresh ground coffee or your favorite coffee. Simply fill it with your coffee of choice, place it in your machine and brew normally

2 Pack – SimpleHouseware 16oz Amber Glass Spray Bottles with Chalk Labels

Price: $9.97
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Product Description
Product Features

• Perfect for aromatherapy(essential oil blends)
• Endless usage for spraying plant like succulents or herbs, home linen spray for ironing, hair moisturizing spray, non-toxic bug spray, pet sprays for fleas or odor, natural air freshener for the house, floor or carpet cleaner, window solution spray, cosmetic face moisturizer, bathroom deodorizer, and homemade skin and beauty recipes and etc.

  • Empty Spray Bottles for Essential Oils, Cleaning Products, or Aromatherapy
  • Durable Black Trigger Sprayer w/ Mist and Stream Settings
  • UV Protection & Dishwasher Safe
  • Reusable Chalk Labels Help Identify Contents in the Bottle
  • Two Caps to Store Without Nozzle, Great Size to Avoid Constant Refills

Holstein Housewares HF-09008G Fun Empanada Maker – Green

Price: $11.73
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Product Description
Product Features

The Holstein Housewares Empanada Maker makes 2 healthy empanadas in just a few minutes. This Empanada Maker will spice up any luncheon or dinner affair and making your child’s lunch just became quick and easy while still providing a hearty, healthy and delicious meal. With 3 easy steps you can have your favorite empanadas ready to enjoy. Simply take your dough, fill it with your favorite filling, place it in the maker and allow them to cook. The Empanada Maker has a non-stick coating that makes for easy clean up, non-slip feet for stability on tables and countertops, and an upright space-saving storage feature to maximize the use of your kitchen space. The innovative design of the Empanada Maker not only simplifies life in the kitchen but it allows you to cook empanadas with no oil or oven.

  • Easy to use Empanada Maker takes the hassle out of frying
  • No more frying, a healthy alternative for creating delicious empanadas in only a few minutes
  • Cooking plates have a non-stick coating for easy cleaning and cooking
  • Includes a handy indicator light and a feature for wrapping electrical cord for a clutter free kitchen
  • Keep the maker closed while operating with a built-in safety lock in the handle

Bethany Housewares 781 Krumkake Mix 16 oz

Price: $10.59
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Product Features

Krumkake Mix from Bethany Housewares. What’s the holidays without krumkake? Why struggle with your recipe when you can have delicious krumkake by simply adding a few eggs and some butter. Go ahead try it! Mix makes 40 – 5inch krumkake.

  • Great taste and very easy batter to work with
  • Mix makes 40 - 5" krumkakes just add butter and eggs
  • Net weight 16oz

Signature Housewares Dual Pet Bowl Stand, Extra Small

Price: $9.99
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Product Description
Product Features

This sturdy, black metal stand holds your pet’s food and water bowls, elevating them for more comfortable feeding and keeping them from wandering when your pet is really digging in. Lifting pet bowls off the floor also makes for easier cleaning under and around the feeding area. Designed for cats and small dogs, the stand accommodates two 5-inch bowls, also available from Signature in a range of fun and colorful designs. These stands are specifically made for Signature Housewares bowls and for other manufacturers be sure to measure carefully

  • Sturdy stand holds food and water bowls for your pet
  • Constructed of black metal; made for Signature Housewares bowls, measure carefully for other manufacturers pet bowls
  • Opening for the bowl to fit into is 4.75-Inch in diameter, for bowl to actually sit in the stand as planned it would either need to slope outward or have a lip that is 4.75-Inch in diameter so it could rest on the metal stand
  • Plastic feet protect floors helps keep pet bowls from wandering
  • Elevates bowls for comfortable feeding and easier cleaning of feeding area. Description:Extra Small - 2 3/4"H

Better Houseware Item 34880 2-Piece Folding Dish Rack and Drain Board Set, White

Price: $22.76
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Product Features

White Folding Dish Rack and Drain Board Set perfect for those that love to cook and those that love to eat. Holds 23 dinner plates and separate holders for glasses and mugs also accommodates stemware. Additional shelf for accessories, pot and pans.

  • Space saving: folds when not in use
  • Energy efficient-fast drying
  • Made of durable coated steel and plastic
  • Folding Dish Rack Set---Item No: 34880----Size: 18 x 12.25 x 10.75

Aroma Housewares ASP-137 3-Quart/10-inch 3-in-1 Super Pot with Grill Plate, White/Black

Price: $29.90
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Product Description
Product Features

It’s a grill. It’s a slow cooker. It’s a food steamer. It’s the Grillet! And it’s all these and so much more! The Aroma Grillet3-in-1 Indoor Grillet is the hero of home cooking. Sizzling steaks. One-pot wonders. Healthy steamed meals. Prepare all this and more with the turn of a knob. Aroma takes the “cook” out of home cooking – turning kitchen time into your time! Help the kids with homework, get creative at play time or pick up that novel you’ve been waiting to dive into. All while delivering hot, hearty and healthy meals the entire family will love. Bring outdoor flavors in with its ridged grill surface which achieves great grilled flavor inside your kitchen. The deep cooking pot with tempered glass lid is perfect for simmering or slow cooking pot roast, chili, fondue, soups and more! Or choose an even healthier cooking option and steam meat and vegetables on the raised grill surface. The removable temperature control probe sets up to 450F, heating quickly and evenly thanks to the cast aluminum cooking pot. And when the cooking is done, the nonstick cooking pot, cool-touch housing and tempered glass lid all remove for easy cleanup in the dishwasher.

  • Large, 10" grill
  • Deep, large capacity 3-quart pot
  • Produces great grilled flavor in any weather
  • Raised grill surface allows fat to drip away as food cooks
  • Great for grilling, slow cooking, steaming, simmering and serving
  • Easy-to-clean, dishwasher safe nonelectric parts