Year: 2021

Dips for Healthy Snackers: Quick and Easy Recipes

Finding healthy snacks is a challenge. Having basic ingredients on hand makes life much easier. Use lots of herbs, along with spices to kick up the taste of your foods. Lemon and vinegar are great to have on hand. Onion powder, minced onion, garlic, yogurt, canned peas or beans and tomatoes are the basis for quick and easy dips. Serve dips with veggie chips, whole grain crackers, or vegetable dippers.

An easy snack is roasted tomatoes with garlic, basil and olive oil. When tomatoes are soft the skin will peel easily. Mash tomato with the soft garlic and blend juices with oil. Add basil, salt and black pepper to taste. Add yogurt and delete olive oil for a creamy dip.

Arugula has a peppery taste, substitute for spinach. Add minced dry onion, onion powder to yogurt. Add salt and pepper to taste. A jar of pureed artichoke can be added …

Magickal Herbs – The Uses of Frankincense

The Traditional, Herbal and Magickal Uses of Frankincense

Frankincense is the resin from the tree Boswellia Thurferia or Boswellia Carterii that grow on the Somali coast, straight out of the rock. The gum resin is collected from cuts made into the bark, and it is the resin that is known as Frankincense. Common or Folk names for Frankincense include; Incense, Olibans, Olibanum, Olibanus, Gum Thus and Luban.

Traditional Uses of Frankincense

Frankincense has a long history of being used for incense, incense is even one of the folk names for this resin. The Hebrew tradition uses Frankincense in its ceremonial incense, as it is one of the four “sweet scents.” Frankincense was also part of the meet offering and was presented with the shew-bread on the Sabbath. Frankincense was one of the gifts the three wise men presented to the baby Jesus. At the time, Frankincense was rare and extremely …

Professional Chefs

Written by Shirley Parker

Professional chefs have learned their skills working with and for more experienced chefs, as they earned their stripes in the food industry. Chefs of distinction have also undergone training at internationally recognized cooking schools, many of them well established now in the United States and Canada, as well as the traditional schools in European capitals. They work in upscale restaurants, esteemed hospitals, prestigious schools, private homes, and multi-starred hotels.

Full-time chefs may have participated also in educational programs from the Culinary Institute of America that was founded in 1946, or are members of the newer Professional Chefs Association (or similar), offering required courses for certification. Novice chefs can learn professional techniques from reading course books and cookbooks written by known names in the industry. However, certification is still desired before venturing into the commercial arenas.

Even Great Britain, with its long-standing lack of a gustatory …

Red Maeng Da Kratom

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This is one of the most popular strains in the market. It is most preferred compared to the green and white maeng da variety. Additionally, it is very potent and has numerous benefits. It is also known to relieve any chronic pain very fast. This is why it is recommended for people who have arthritis. Interestingly, it is as well considered the best option for people who want to feel energized and motivated.

Some of the characteristics of this strain include;

  • Stimulation
  • Relaxation
  • Duration
  • Euphoria
  • Pain relief

Effects Of Red Maeng Da Kratom

Enhances Mood

Upon consuming this kratom, you will experience euphoria. This kind of effect has been discussed to boost both motivation and focus, especially during the work. It is commonly used by the military, doctors, and other people who need more hours of concentration.


This kratom is a super stimulant, enough to offer you energy the …


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MenuMagic is software for professionals working in the culinary industry, including personal chefs and small-event caterers. The software is not actually purchased but is leased on an annual basis for $189 the first year, and slightly less thereafter. A considerable discount is given to members of USPCA, who also receive access to a large database of recipes.

The lease fee for MenuMagic includes access to tech support by phone and e-mail. Free upgrades during the term of the lease are also included. A trial version of the software can be downloaded first. However, you’ll need a fast modem or cable access, since the download is 13.2 MB in size. The program requires 60 MB of free disk space and at least 64 MB of RAM. As always, 128 MB of RAM is better, or even more, if your PC is already fully loaded. Other requirements are on the website.

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French Press Coffee Makers

French press coffee makers are considered by aficionados to be the best way to make coffee and tea, period. In addition to making excellent brews, these coffee makers are also lovely to look at. These coffee makers are of an ancient design and consist of a pot, a push-strainer, and a lid.

One simply puts coffee grinds or tea leaves in the belly of the pot, covers with boiling water, and steeps. When the coffee or tea has finished steeping, the push strainer is pushed to the bottom of the pot, taking the grounds and leaves with it, and the coffee or tea is then ready for drinking. French press coffee makers make excellent gifts and work equally well for both tea and coffee lovers.

French Press Coffee Makers Offer Style and Substance

French press coffee makers are used by many of the best cafes in Europe. These coffee makers …

Medicinal Herbs: My Personal Experiences

I have been studying herbs and herbal medicine for several years now, with special focus on historical use of medicinal herbs. A great many of our everyday medicines are descended from simple herbal remedies that we have forgotten or laid aside in the interest of commercially prepared and synthetic drugs. For example, willow bark tea, frequently used for headache relief, contains Salicylic Acid from which we now get Aspirin (Thompson). Digitalis, for treating heart conditions, comes from the Foxglove and Quinine, for treating malaria, is from Cinchona, also known as Jesuit's Bark or Peruvian Bark (Thompson). Clove oil was, and still is, used for toothaches. Many of the spices we use in the kitchen including ginger, cloves and cinnamon are antiseptic. The heavy use of spices in food in the days before refrigeration was not so much because the meat was bad at the time of preparation, but because these …

Key to Healthy and a Happy Life

This is the key to get a life that is more healthy and happy:

1. A balanced diet
2. Sports regularly
3. Meditation
4. Enough sleep and the “great sex”
5. Positive Attitude

Why meditation is also included among the 5 main thing is this?

Meditation has been known and applied by our ancestors in the “high Civilization” from the days of yore, for example, the high civilization in Egypt, China, Aztec, December and the Celtics in Europe.

Recently, doctors in a modern hospital and in the United States and Europe such as the VA Hospitals and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals enter the program of meditation as a complementary treatment for patients, clients.

Meditation has been proven in clinical accelerate healing patients. Time meditation, the human brain is in the state of Alpha, and the body to make the program self-healing. Meditation is often considered as a reset button, where all …

Steps to Planning Your First Tea Event

If you and your friends frequent tea rooms why not go one step further and plan your own tea event? You may wait for a special occasion like a marriage, anniversary, retirement, birthday, holiday, but a “just because” gathering with friends is reason enough.

Follow the steps below for planning a memorable tea experience:

Preplan a budget

Although the friends you invite and the congenial social setting you encourage are priceless you do need to think about how much you will spend.

One way you might figure a reasonable budget is to fold a piece of notebook paper in half and list everything you need and want on one side of the paper with matching costs on the other. Then you can go back and circle the musts, cross out the unnecessary, and keep the few items that you think are worth the extra dollars. Play with the items and …