Skin and Tonic

Essential oils have been used in beauty rituals way back in “ancient times” and are still found in many skincare products…for everything from dry skin to the signs of aging…especially as  alternatives to skincare products that contain processed ingredients, harsh chemicals, and lots of other ingredients that any normal person has trouble pronouncing, much lessContinue reading “Skin and Tonic”

Making the Perfect Pancakes

A towering stack of freshly made pancakes have been a classic breakfast treat for generations…not only for breakfast, one of our family’s favorite meals for dinner is breakfast. Pancakes are also relatively cheap to make…consisting of ingredients that most of us keep stocked anyway—such as flour, eggs, milk, and butter. The perfect pancakes are light andContinue reading “Making the Perfect Pancakes”

Making the Perfect Baked Cod

Ever since my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I have tried not only to add antioxidants to our diet, but also choose foods that supposedly are diabetic-friendly. The perfect baked cod is has a mild taste and is smothered with with the perfect amounts of butter and lemon juice,     *********** Ingredients ¼C meltedContinue reading “Making the Perfect Baked Cod”

Making the Perfect Fried Catfish

I grew up two hours from the town of Belzoni, Mississippi…the “Catfish Capital of the World” and spent so much time both fishing for and eating catfish.   So trust me, fried catfish was a frequent meal at our house…(as well as all sorts of “critters” that you can’t find in your local grocery store) IfContinue reading “Making the Perfect Fried Catfish”

Making the Perfect Eggplant Parmesan

The perfect Eggplant Parmesan boasts of perfectly cooked eggplant slices perfectly layered with the perfect amounts of mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, and tomato sauce….the ultimate comfort food of Italian cuisine…wonderfully cheesy and tomato-y without weighing you down with too much water or oil.     *********** Ingredients 2 large eggplants 1tsp salt 1/4C olive oil 1tsp minced garlicContinue reading “Making the Perfect Eggplant Parmesan”

Eggplant…The How

Eggplant has slightly bitter flavor and spongy texture that many people say that they don’t care for, but how many of these people have had eggplant dishes that have been prepared so that the eggplant becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor…so that the eggplant absorbs cooking fats and sauces to enhance itsContinue reading “Eggplant…The How”

Making the Perfect Chowder

Soups are the ultimate comfort food at this time of year…so taking another tangent on our journey up the Raw Foods Pyramid…let’s look on the scoop about soup…starting with chowder.   Chowder is a soup that has been enjoyed as far back as 250 years ago when it was first made aboard ships and eaten withContinue reading “Making the Perfect Chowder”

Making the Perfect Chili

The perfect chili will depend on your own person preferences…beans, not beans…beef of chicken…plain or served as chili dogs… burgers topped with chili… (usually without beans)….chili fries…chili mac…or Frito pie and flavored to perfection…(more on this later)… As we all probably know by now, especially if you live in Texas, chili is a type of spicyContinue reading “Making the Perfect Chili”

Broccoli…The What

Another vegetable with high antioxidant properties is broccoli. Broccoli is the most common member of the family tree called cruciferous vegetables, a family that includes Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, cabbage., collards, kale, mustard greens, and turnip greens. You may hear this family referred to as either the “mustard family” or the “cabbage family.” Broccoli firsts started out asContinue reading “Broccoli…The What”

Making the Perfect Refrigerator Jam

  I have always had the ink/ling to carry on the family tradition of home canning. Growing up, I’ll never forget my grandmothers and my mom standing in the kitchen for hours after hours, days after days making homemade jams and jellies. Yet being a minimalist…and being afraid of the whole canning process, this hasContinue reading “Making the Perfect Refrigerator Jam”