Spice It Up! Boosting Your Health with Ginger

Ginger is sometimes used with cinnamon, but this zesty spice can certainly hold its own. Ginger plants have a rhizome, or a stem that grows horizontally under the ground, and this is the part of the plant that is edible. Like many spices, ginger dates back many centuries as a medicinal spice, primarily to treat gastrointestinal…

Outdoor cooking

A few words on barbecue grills and outdoor cooking I have been cooking outdoors on barbecue grills for years. Over the years, I have learned a few things about outdoor cooking, and the numerous grills available. I’d like a to share these ideas. There are 4 grills to use on a regular basis: 1) A standard gas grill…

Back to Basics: Drying Vegetables 3

Back to Basics: Drying Vegetables 3 Storing Store containers of dried vegetables in a dry, cool, and dark place. Low storage temperatures extend the shelf life of the dried product. Check vegetables occasionally to insure that moisture has not been reabsorbed. If moisture occurs, reheat the food to 150 °F for 15 minutes, then cool and reseal. If there is…

Try this Cauliflower Trick Instead of Mashed Potatoes

Perhaps you are not big into the “low-carb” movement, but if you have a family member with diabetes or are a diabetic by yourself, simply include more “Super Foods” into your regular meals, here’s a quick and easy way to use cauliflower instead of potatoes with a big meaty meal.  Since cauliflower packs a bigger nutritional punch,…

Spice It Up! Boosting Your Health with Black Pepper

Often taken for granted, black pepper (Piper nigrum) is probably one of the most common seasonings used on food and in cooking. It is a pungent spice that comes from the pepper plant, a tropical vine that develops berries known as peppercorns. These peppercorns can be purchased either preground or whole for use in a…

Spice It Up! Boosting Your Health with Nutmeg

What is Nutmeg, Anyway? Nutmeg trees actually produce two spices: nutmeg and mace. The trees, which can grow as tall as 66 feet, are native to the Banda Islands of Indonesia and are part of the “Spice Islands.” Nutmeg is from the seed kernel of the nutmeg fruit, which looks like an apricot, and mace…

Spice It Up! Boosting Your Health with Cinamon

Surfing the web for ideas, I saw that Amy Campbell has just finished writing an article on dietary supplements and diabetes, and it got me also thinking about how certain spices and herbs (including those that we frequently use in cooking) can play a role in our health.  She never really gave much thought to…

A schedule for drying food

My dear followers, I have made a schedule for drying food: 1 – Vegetable > 2 – Preparation > 3 – Pretreatment > 4 – Approximate Drying Times (hours) > 5 – Test for Dryness 1 – Beans, lima and other fresh shelled > 2 – Shell.  > 3 – Choose one: Steam 10 to…

Back to Basics: Drying Vegetables 2

Back to Basics: Drying Vegetables 2 Drying Drying in the kitchen oven or in a dehydrator is recommended; however, you can use sun drying under proper conditions. Arrange the pre-treated vegetable pieces on drying trays in a thin layer, leaving a little space between pieces for air circulation. Dry pieces of similar size on the same tray. Successful drying depends on…

The Mediterranean Pantry

The Mediterranean Pantry You’ve likely already heard about the Mediterranean Diet, considered by many physicians and nutritionists as the healthiest diet in the world. Not surprisingly it’s quite similar to a diabetic diet-featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, breads, fish, and small amount of very lean meats. Recently New York Times columnist Jane Brody wrote about the…