Sunday, February 17, 2013

Good Health Articles - February 17, 2013


For a healthy heart, stick to butter


How to Read Food Packaging: Part 1 - Follow the links at the end to see the other parts of the story.



Lunches and Dinners - February 17, 2013

I have been lax in posting these this week! I took the pictures and they've just been languishing on my desktop! So, here are some of this week's lunches and dinners!

February 13 - Lunch
This salami is so good. It is not overly spicy, but just right. I actually had 5 slices and 5 crackers.

February 16 - Lunch
The same salami, but on Mestemacher whole rye and almond bread with lots of butter. So yum!

February 17 - Dinner
Tonight's dinner was so good! Cornish game hen with Trader Joe's Dukkah nut & spice blend! I love that blend! Ate half the bird; will have the rest for lunch tomorrow. We also had dates stuffed with Bellwether Farms Créme Fraiche and pecans. Mmmmm.

Vinegar Oven Cleaner Recipe

I found this recipe for cleaning your oven without harsh poisons: Make Your Own Inexpensive Natural Oven Cleaner
So, I'm giving it a try on our nasty oven and broiler. I love using the broiler, but it was starting to 'smoke', it had gotten so filthy!
Following the directions, I got together all the ingredients.

1 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner's liquid Peppermint Castile Soap
1 1/2 cup baking soda
2-4 drops lavender essential oil (you can use any scent you like, or none at all)
1/4 cup organic white vinegar (you can also use apple cider vinegar)
Water, as needed to make a “paintable” but thick paste
Mixed them in a bowl, and used a basting brush to 'paint' the oven! Looks messy, doesn't it! ;)
I'll let all of that set for a few hours before wiping it off. Hopefully, it will all be sparkly!
Well, I think it worked pretty well since the oven and broiler were so filthy to begin with. I left most of it overnight. It may take a couple more pastings to get the oven door and the shelves really clean, though. And, there are still a few areas on the broiler pan to work on. But, I am happy with it. I'll use this recipe again.