Monthly Archive: July 2017

More Simple Country Pleasures

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Did you ever have a day when the house needed cleaning, clothes washed, and myriad other items to be done, only to spend your day with the little ones instead? I remember my sister, Liz, who had so many kids I lost count. She gave me this priceless advice: “For the kids, a perfect house isn’t …

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Bleached vs Unbleached Flour

  What’s the Difference Between Bleached and Unbleached Flour? One of my readers of my syndicated food column in Community Press Newspapers here in Ohio and Kentucky asked about the difference between bleached and unbleached flour. She also wanted to know if a recipe calls for flour and doesn’t specify the type (like whole wheat, …

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Japanese Forest Bathing: Have you heard of it?

Outdoors Forest Bathing: Stress Relief Techniques from Japan Have you heard of forest bathing? It’s considered to be one of the best stress relief techniques to hit the United States. Developed in Japan in the eighties, the folks in Japan feel forest bathing is essential for preventive health care and natural healing. Forest bathing today …

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Why Fresh Herbs Have More Nutritional Value than Dried

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    I did a presentation the other day on herbs that heal. Marcie, who attended, had this question: Do dry herbs and spices have the same nutritional benefits as their fresh counterparts?   It depends on which herbs and spices (and which nutritional benefits) you’re talking about. Cinnamon  is only consumed in its dried form but …

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Everything you wanted to know about Olive Oils but were afraid to ask!

      Extra Virgin vs “Pure” Olive Oil: what’s the difference? Researching this subject was fascinating to me. When we were in Italy this summer, we had simple salads dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. But the olive oils were extra virgin, estate bottled, cold pressed,  and the balsamic vinegar was the real deal, …

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Simple Pleasures

I picked a bunch of lemon balm and made a pretty bouquet in my Le Creuset pitcher on the herb garden wall.

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Good Egg, Bad Egg

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With our “girls”/chickens laying fresh eggs daily, I don’t need to worry about freshness in the eggs. But if you buy your eggs and they are stored for a while in the refrigerator check the photo out to see if your eggs are fresh. A fresh egg sinks; the older the egg, the more air …

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5 Best Indoor Plants for Air Purification

    No doubt about it, stress is a normal part of life. But there’s good news: stress can be managed in the most basic of ways with a helping hand from Mother Nature. A growing trend for stress relief and wellness is to integrate nature into our everyday lives, both indoors and out. How? …

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Another Yummy Low Fat Potato Soup

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This is from friend and colleague, Joanna Lund, of Healthy Exchanges. Joanna passed away in 2006 I believe. Her recipes are still so popular today. Joanna was a sweet, ultra talented, woman. This is another recipe for Barbara, who was looking for my recipe for low fat potato soup (which I couldn’t find, either!). I …

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Making jam, step by step

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Thanks to the reader who sent me this. Worth sharing. Make a Batch of Homemade Jam, Because Your Toast Only Deserves the Best Eva Kolenko JULY 29, 2015· BY ALISON ROMAN When summer comes around, we try to find ways to make it last forever. So every day this week, we’ll bring you a new guide …

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