Category Archive: Most Requested Recipes

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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Oh beans!

Green Beans and Cottage Ham

I guess I should be happy the rabbits had a feast eating my Swiss chard instead of nibbling on the row of tender green beans. I would rather lose some chard than several plants of green beans since I know the chard will recover. The green beans? Not so much. Here’s a much requested recipe …

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Over Run with Zucchini? Make Chocolate Zucchini Bread/Cake

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I’ve been a bit behind here since I returned from France. (My son, Jason, is a visiting scholar in Bordeaux this summer, so he took his family over there to live, and I got to visit). There’s so much to tell you, food wise, about France and the other countries we visited. But for now, …

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