Saturday, December 31, 2011

Diabetes article

steve cooksey's profile photosteve cooksey originally shared this post:
Good Morning!!

This post was my 'nutritional epiphany'.

I had figured out for myself that reducing carbohydrates reduced drugs and insulin. In fact, I weaned off of drugs and insulin before going 'Primal'.

However, when I read this article... it was 'On like Donkey Kong!'.

Subtitled: 'Bite Me ADA' ... INDEED!!

BITE ME, ADA We all know by now that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. We’re seeing words like crisis and runaway all over the news and in the journals.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Cheese Recall - possible Listeria

The MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) is issuing a warning to consumers to avoid consumption of certain cheese and milk products because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogene...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Carrot Juice recipe

I have some organic rainbow carrots that I need to use up. There are black, white and red carrots. And, they are big! Also, a few organic Gala apples. I've been wanting to make carrot juice, but since my juicer died & I can't get a new one yet, I decided to experiment and make juice the old-fashioned way. With my nut milk bag!

2 large organic carrots with tops, sliced
1 organic Gala apple, with skin, sliced
1/4 teaspoon organic maca powder
1/4 teaspoon organic hemp seeds
1 cup organic almond milk
1 cup water
1 drop Blythe Raw Lemongrass Essential Oil

Blend thoroughly in the blender, using liquify on high. Place nut milk bag in pitcher. Pour juice through bag. Squeeze until no more juice comes through. Makes about 2.5 cups of juice.

Sorry, no pictures. I'll have to make this again and take pictures!

Candy Recall - undeclared sulphites

U.B.C Food Distributors of Dearborn, MI is recalling 14.08 ounce (400g) cellophane wrapped, product of Lebanon “Baraka Apricot Candies” food treats because they were found to contain undeclared sulfit...

Green Bean Recall - possible peanut allergen

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is voluntarily recalling Winn-Dixie Brand Italian Green Beans sold in the 14.5 oz can with a UPC code of 2114021236 and a best by date of Sept. 2014, due to a potential for in...

Salt article

My mom was told to stop taking in salt back in the '70s. My whole life practically, she refused added salt on anything. Drives me crazy. I try to sneak salt into her foods. I constantly tell her she needs it. Probably the reason she DOES have HBP & enlarged heart, etc.
Sally Fallon Morell sets the record straight on salt.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturated Fat article

Health Impact News Editor Comment: This short 9 minute video (below) by Dr. Joe Mercola on saturated fats is worth watching. The 50-70% recommendation may or

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cheese Recall - possible Listeria

Kradjian Imp Co, Glendale, CA is recalling 231 Cases, 22Lb / Cs of Cedar brand Tresse Cheese, 16 oz and Cedar brand Shinglish cheese, 16 oz because they have the potential to be contaminated with , ...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Candy Recall - undeclared peanut allergen

Eillien’s Candies, Inc. is recalling Yogurt Raisins, Granola Mix and Cinnamon Granola Mix because they may contain undeclared yogurt covered peanuts. Consumers who are allergic to peanuts may run th...

Bagged Spinach Recall - Possible Salmonella

Avon Heights Mushrooms, in full cooperation with the FDA is recalling certain packages of fresh packaged spinach. The brands include Krisp Pak 1 Ooz bags, Better Brand 10oz.bags, and Avon Heights 4-2....

Candy Recall - Peanut Allergen

Maribel’s Sweets Inc. of New York, is recalling its New York Handbag Collection gourmet chocolate candies because they may contain undeclared peanuts and tree nuts (pistachios). People who have allerg...

Homemade Tortillas recipe

I got this recipe when I was about 10 years old (38 years ago!) In fifth grade, I had Mr. Sotelo's class. Totally bilingual. I loved it. We learned to make tortillas in the class, by hand. I kept the recipe all these years, but haven't made them in years. So, I thought I would adapt it slightly. I'm making the dough in my breadmaker & using my brand new tortilla press! I'm also subbing coconut oil for the lard in the original recipe.

2/3 cup filtered water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
3 cups organic flour

Add all ingredients, in above order, to your breadmaker's pan. Set to dough cycle & start. It is usually 90 minutes total for the mixing and rising of the dough.

After cycle is done, remove ball of dough. Pull off small chunks of dough and roll into smaller balls by hand.
Put small ball onto middle of 7.5-inch cast iron tortilla press between 2 sheets of wax paper (reuse these sheets for each tortilla.) Press down on handle until ball is flattened.

Remove and place on cast iron comal on medium-high heat.
Turn over after about 30 seconds.
Cook for about 30 seconds more. Then stack tortillas between small sheets of wax paper to prevent sticking.
Makes approximately 12 four-inch tortillas.

Cheesecake Recall - undeclared egg allergen

December 20, 2011 - Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on the following three varieties of Price Chopper 24 oz. French Cheesecake from its bakery: Raspberry with UPC 41735-22...

Sprouts Recall - possible salmonella

Green Valley Food Corp. of is recalling 650 cases of "Let's Grow Healthy Together!" Alfalfa Sprouts 5 oz. containers, because the results showed to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism t...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pineapple Plants

Well, I got this idea from +Aarica Langdon on +Blythe Raw Live show a while back. I tried it last month & the poor thing didn't make it. So, I am trying 2 more. These 2 have really good roots already, so hopefully, they will grab hold of the soil well.
Make sure you get a ripe pineapple by pulling on a leaf about an inch up from the top of the pineapple. If it pulls out easily, the fruit is ripe.

To plant the top, all you do is grab hold of the pineapple firmly and twist the top off. Then, pluck the leaves off until about an inch of the base is bare of leaves. You can see all the rootlets near the bottom. Clean out that fleshy section that is protruding from the bottom with your fingers if there is a lot.
Plant it in good potting soil, water thoroughly & hopefully, it will take hold and grow. It takes about 18 months for the plant to mature and bear a new pineapple.

Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries recipe

This is a very easy-to-do treat that I found on Google+ by +Sata Ataie. Here is my step-by-step with pictures while making it.

1 package of fresh, organic strawberries
2 cups organic whole milk yogurt
Rinse the strawberries. Then, cut off the leafy cap.
Rinse again. Then, dry thoroughly.
Roll or dip each berry in the yogurt until covered.
Place dipped berries in glass pan and put in freezer overnight.
(And, don't throw out any leftover yogurt. It's still yummy to eat, it just has a hint of strawberry taste now!)

More Food Shopping

As if it wasn't enough to spend several hundred dollars on food yesterday at the co-op ... I spent a bit more today because we forgot a couple of things yesterday & there were also discounts & sales I couldn't pass up!

I had to mail a few things at the local PO annex in the store down the street. Well, they had a shopping cart full of discounted bananas! And, yes, I bought more. .39c/lb.! Couldn't pass that up. I just put up 3 more bags in the freezer. I would have liked to have bought the whole cartful! Also bought more blackberries (2 for price of 1) & 2 pineapples ($2 ea.!) Kumquats that just came in & the guy had to find the price. I've never had kumquats & have been wanting to try them. Plus, a few veggies for Christmas dinner dressing that we forgot yesterday.

Going to cut up the pineapple & freeze the chunks now. I may try to plant the top of one again. My last try failed. I'm determined to get one to grow!
Then, after lunch, I will be making a snack recipe to share that I saw on Google+ the other day.

Tuna Recall - undeclared soy allergen

As a precautionary measure due to mislabeling, Market Basket is initiating a voluntary recall of its Market Basket Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water 5 oz. product — specifically, only those products ...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Frozen Bananas tip

Do you use a lot of bananas in your smoothies or other recipes? Make sure to check your local co-op for discounted bananas and stock up! I buy several bunches of discounted organic fair trade bananas for .49-.79c/lb. whenever I can. Just because the skin has black spots does not mean the banana inside is no good. Just peel them, then layer them in zippered freezer bag and freeze. Don't stack them on each other inside the bag or they are harder to separate. I try to put them in whole and not in chunks for the same reason.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Popcorn Recall - Undeclared Allergens

Popcorn Palace of Schiller Park, IL, is issuing this statement to alert people with allergies to Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Soy, and Wheat that some of our 1-Gallon Value Bags contain the undeclared in...

Breakfast Smoothie recipe

I threw this smoothie together this morning as an experiment. I get tired of my usual honey/lemon drink as it doesn't really mask the MSM & Vitamin C powders very well. So, I came up with this:

1 organic banana
1 cup frozen organic raspberries
1 cup homemade almond milk (my recipe here:
1/2 teaspoon powdered Vitamin C (about 2000 mg)
1/4 teaspoon powdered MSM (about 1000 mg)
1/4 teaspoon maca powder
10 drops spearmint-flavored astragalus

Blend until smooth.
Sorry, no picture. But, it is bright pink and yummy!

Ground Beef Recall - E. coli contamination

Beef processor Tyson Fresh Meats announced late on Friday afternoon that company officials were recalling 40,948 pounds of ground beef that was shipped to 16

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Whipped Topping Recall - undeclared milk allergen

Ohio Processors, Inc. of London, Ohio announced a voluntarily recall on Instantwhip B/C Topping because the product contains an undeclared milk ingredient (sodium caseinate). People who have an aller...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sweet Potato & Apple Dog Biscuit recipe

I found this recipe here: Whole Foods & adapted it.

3/4 cup cooked plain mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups Bob's Red Mill Stone Ground Whole Wheat flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup fine cornmeal (masa harina)
1/4 cup finely chopped organic mint
1 organic Gala apple, peeled, cored and grated

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together sweet potatoes and broth. Add flour, cornmeal, mint and apples and stir until combined. Knead the dough a few times until it holds together. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until about 1/4-inch thick. Use (2-inch to 4-inch) cookie cutters to cut out treats. Transfer to baking sheets. Bake until dried and just slightly golden on the bottoms, 25 to 30 minutes. Turn oven down to lowest setting (mine only goes down to 170F) for about 30 minutes if you have gas; or, turn electric oven off, leave oven door ajar and let the treats cool and dry out in the oven for 1 to 2 hours. Can also be dried out in the dehydrator overnight. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week or freeze for longer storage. This recipe made 35 two-inch bone-shaped cookies.
These are also people-friendly treats. ;)

 My mint was getting a bit dry, so had to use it fast! Made extra broth, in case the dough was too dry. Gave the rest to Nikky, mixed in her kibble.
Ready for the oven!
 The finished product!
And, it's a winner!

Celery Seed Recall - possible salmonella

Organic Celery Seed Recall:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Crockpot Pepper Chicken recipe

I found this recipe on AllRecipes & adapted it.

2 organic whole chicken breasts (WITH skin & bones)
1 organic red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 can organic crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup organic Italian dressing
1 organic heirloom yellow Roma-style tomato, sliced

Place all ingredients in crock-pot. Cook on high for one hour, then set to low for 4 hours.

 My red pepper was previously frozen, so is a bit wrinkly & I forgot to put the yellow tomato in the picture ...
After 1 hour on high, I turned it down to low to cook the rest of the day. Love that bright yellow tomato. I should have saved some seeds ...

One hour to go and this is smelling delicious! Can't wait for dinner!


Dinner was great! Here's the result. This recipe fed 2 humans, 1 large kitten and 1 small dog.

Raw Milk article

What's so bad about raw milk? Maybe it's just coincidence or maybe it's just my imagination, but it seems that since Farmageddon was released, the heat has been turned up against raw milk....

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baked Apple Recipe

I found this recipe on AllRecipes & adapted it a bit.

1 organic Gala apple, cored, sliced, peeled
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons organic flour
1/8 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic raisins
1 Tablespoon + 2 3/4 teaspoons chopped organic walnuts
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic whole milk
Organic pasture butter or organic coconut oil

Grease small 2 3/4 cup casserole dish with butter or coconut oil. In a small bowl, mix apple, flour, sugar, spices, raisins & nuts. Pour mixture in casserole. Pour milk over all. Bake in 350F oven for 45 minutes.
Served 2.

Beef Heart & Exercise!

I am thrilled to say that I found some beef heart this morning! I asked again at my local co-op & the butcher said he thought there was some in the freezer. He found it, but then he couldn't find a price on it. But, then he said I could have it all! Three beef hearts for free! Fantastic! And, they look really good. Have to partially thaw them to separate, though ...

And, in other news, I got some good exercise in after lunch.
3.9 miles
15.08 minutes
245 calories burned
1 chapter of Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11) read
40 jumps
6 calories burned
Other exercises - 20 reps of each exercise.
Worn out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I just bought a tortilla press on eBay! I've wanted one for a while. I get tired of paying so much for tortillas when I learned how to make them when I was 12. I just hate kneading dough. So, I'll knead it in my breadmaker & then press in the tortilla press! I can't wait to get it! I still have the recipe I learned on, but I want to try lots of others. I love flavored tortillas & those with unusual grains (like spelt.) Anyone have links to good tortilla recipes?

Ravioli Recall - undeclared soy allergen

Rising Moon Organics® today issued a voluntary recall of Rising Moon Organics Mediterranean Garlic & Herb Ravioli, a frozen product, because of an incorrect back label on some packages. This misl...

Candy Recall - Metal Contamination

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: WINN), is voluntarily recalling Sunrise Assorted Flavor Gummy Bears sold in the self-serve bulk area of select store produce departments between November 14 and Decemb...

Wednesday Exercises

Well, another day, some exercises!
4.3 miles
10.41 minutes
209 calories burned
Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11) one chapter read

40 jumps
5 calories burned

I'll be doing my other exercises throughout the day. I had to run to the post office this morning. And, air my car tires up, so didn't get them all done this morning!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Afternoon Exercises!

Got into doing my exercises late today. Usually, I try to do at least the exercycle in the morning, but didn't get to it today. So, I did them all when I got home from work.
Of course, I read another chapter of Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11) while riding the exercycle:
19.2 mph
3.3 miles
10.25 minutes
159 calories burned
Then I did all my other exercises. Even burned another 25 calories on the trampoline. (I need to start getting the readings on that meter, too! I usually forget about it ...) And, I doubled up on my other exercises again. I had been doing 5 reps on each thing for the longest time. The other day, I went up to 10; today I did 20 on each! I'm worn out!

Monday, December 12, 2011