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Now Herb This!

Let me ask the question? What do you know about herbs? yes, they are plants, and most are green, and we all know that line in the song, "parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyme", and they can be used to really bring a meal together.
but what do we really know about herbs and cooking? And do you know the difference between and herb and a spice?
we know cilantro is good in mexican cooking, and basil is good in italian cooking. we all know how to make sage butter but how do you use it?
I am starting a series. the first part is on cooking with herbs, and the second part is healing with herbs.

The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs

21 Days

The 21 day diet

Did you know that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit? So in terms of lifestyle changes one needs all the help you can get.

In order to add regular exercise into your day, or change your eating habits you have to practice. Oh, I know some people seem to success at this right away, and others of us plod along, not sure what to do first in teams of lifestyle changes

Well you need a plan. You need to be taught how.

I never understood why I was holding on to a bunch of old Weight Watchers magazines, until I realized that each of those magazines has a 3-day eating plan. Well if you put 7 of those together, you have 21 days.

Support groups are good, if you don’t want to pay the fee at Weight Watchers, there is a great program at Spark people. They have menus, exercise plans, and different discussion groups to join, depending on your situation. Check it out.

I know it is hard. Hang in. Don’t give up. And ask for help



Been too Long and Happy St. Pat's Day

Book of Irish Recipes is a great link to find really good Irish recipes for the upcoming holiday. I find it facinating that all our major celebrations are centered around food.

I am always looking for new recipes to try, and different groups to join when it comes to cooking and and life n the kitchen. While looking for St. Patrick's Day recipes, I found these at one of sites I belong to.
If fact, Allrecipes is a nice website in general. It's almost like a social netwrk for foodies.
You just have to create a free account, and start posting recipes. It's always interesting to see how others cook, and how they rate your recipes.

Of course being of Irish decent I do love things Irish. I just have never gotten used to Irish Beer.

Well enjoy the holiday. Don't drink too much "Green Beer"!


Irish BreakfastSUBMITTED BY: jenn

You could face anything after this hearty breakfast of eggs, mushrooms and…

Did you know that a split Chicken breast looks Like a Heart?

Ah, the romance, the seduction, the impact of Valentine's Day. and yes, here it is again. What is your favorite Valentine's meal? Do you cook at home or go out?

 I searched the web and found these yummy recipes for you to enjoy.  Happy eating everyone.
If you are not going out why don't you can tear yourselves away from the Olympic games, here is a simple menu to warm you heart and soul.

First course is a small hearts of romaine salad,
Second course orange glazed chhicken with green beans, and rice pilaf
and the third, and fun:
frost it your self cupcakes.

First things first; the cupcakes: From

Chocolate Cupcakes:

1/2 cup (50 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water1 1/3 cups (175 grams) all purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar2 large eggs2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
4 ounces (1…

If you Love Chocolate (Humor)

It being Valentines day, I though I'd write a chocolate poem for you.

Sing this to the aria from Carmen - Habanera. This is my first attempt at food humor. If it stinks, oh well. Ganache was not invented on the first try either. :`)

If you love chocolate like I love chocolate.
dark and sweet, and rich like wine.
Ribbons so lovely gananche so smooth
you'd be a fat pig anyway.

If you love chocolate like I love chocolate
silky smooth running down my thighs.
you with the skicky face I can't deny
what's that mess bubbling on my stove

Oh chocolate bliss how divine
you send lovely chills down my spine
a dollup here a droplet there.
soon you will have chocolate everywhere

If you love chocolate like I love chocolate.
dark and sweet, and rich like wine.
Ribbons so lovely gananche so smooth
you'd be a fat pig anyway.

Oh my chocolate oh my dear
won't you come on over and lick the spoon
cookies here and crumbs over there
soon you'll be a big fat pig anyway.

Ok, so …

A funny Side to Chef

Are you having one of those days?

A day when you want to tear out your hair? The soufflé fell, the cookies burned, you made a delicious pork roast only to find out your dinner guests are vegetarians?

Take a few minutes gather yourself. Throw away those burnt cookies and laugh.

Well, let’s step into the way back machine to a simpler time. Yes, those of us who remember, when we choose to remember the sillier side of life.

For those of you that don’t know, The Muppets were on TV in the late 70’s Jim Henson originally created The Muppets to teach children on the popular Sesame Street. He later went on to create his own production company, and one of those was an early prime time feature called the Muppet Show.

There are many clips available on and you can rent them from Netflix.

Today’s inspiration is brought to you by the Swedish Chef! Sometimes weird things start happening in your mind when you’re thinking about what to say, or write about.

What this actually has to do…

Are we Allergic?

Something very serious in the food world is popping up more and more, and that is food related allergies. Allergies are quite serious. Some can lead to some even death.

Allergy symptoms can be very mild ranging from a runny nose and gas to anaphylactic shook and even death. Did you that sluggishness your feeling or the mild depression has also been linked to food allergies?
Why is this happening? I think part of it is due to the genetic manipulation of our food supply. Yes science can benefit us in some ways, but it can also make us sicker.

A few years ago a friend told me about a study where food scientists were combining a small amount of fish DNA into a tomato breed. There purpose was to introduce something "natural" into the tomato to make it the skin more resilient in transport.
We know that there are growth hormones and antibiotics in chicken, eggs, milk, and beef.Granted not all products contain these, but some do.

So what can you do about this? Research on the bran…

Wierd Food Combo: How to make them work

Would you ever put Chocolate on Tomatoes? Or Ants? Grasshoppers? Or how about putting cheese on Okra? Would you dip your French fries in chocolate pudding or mayonnaise? Do you know people who put hot sauce on, oh say, everything?

Try mixing Teriyaki sauce, Soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire and olive oil. It makes a good marinade for beef and pork.

Back to the Chocolate and tomatoes: Heard of Mole sauce. It is fantastic on chicken. Sometimes this is how a really great recipe is created. We have all experienced it, we're chewing and tasting, chewing, and wondering to ourselves why the food tastes the way it does. You are trying to determine what is that?

Sometimes one must experiment in order to come up with just the right… zing.
Cheese on okra- When I was growing up it was the only way to get me to eat it. I would mix okra, onion tomato, turkey, and cheese. Cook it all together, and have it like a stew. Yes, my family and friends thought I was nuts.

I did go throu…


a bug is the biggest lie we know!

Oh, My! Look, its Breakfast!

Alton Brown is one of my favorite FoodTV celebs. I have a video about breakfast. and whew... what a production.

"Alton Brown takes on the challenge of teaching us how to make breakfast for ourself...Perhaps he can teach us how to properly wash our clothes? Well..maybe another episode!"

I Feel Like Chicken Tonight

I love pasta. It is so easy. this recipe is easy and nice and garlicky. yum!

Grilled Chicken Penne Al Fresco

1 BULB garlic
2 C grape or cherry tomatoes
3 C uncooked mezze penne pasta
3 C chicken broth
3/4 C dry white wine such as Chardonnay (OR an addition 3/4 C chicken broth)
1/2 tsp each salt & pepper (I'll plan to bring my grinders that has our salt & peper)
1 1/4 C lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1 oz Parmesan cheese (block)
3 chicken breasts-grilled.

1. Spray Deep Covered Baker w/ Olive oil using Kitchen Spritzer. Slice garlic into baker using Garlic Slicer. Add tomatoes. Cover; microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to burst, stirring after 2 minutes. Crush tomatoes using Mix 'N Chop. Add pasta, broth, wine, salt and black pepper.

2. Return baker to microwave; cover & microwave on HIGH 16-18 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring after 10 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsely mince basil with Kitchen shears. Reserve 2 Tbsp for garnish. Grate chee…

Brisket Love

Hello again
bringing you another great recipe from the web :-)

When the weather turns cold like now in January sometimes all you want is comfort food. And if you are like me that means meat and potatoes.

Even Mrs. Wolowitz knows how to make a great brisket. You know Howard’s mother. The Big Bang Theory. If you know anything about briskets, you know they need to be cooked low and slow in order for them to be tender. (Maybe that’s one of the reasons why Howard never left home.) I digress…

This one is easy. All you need is a small 2 pound brisket, rice, beans, and some vegetables. You can even make chili out of the leftovers.

This is my version of a cowboy brisket cooked slowly in my favorite crock pot.

Layer the bottom of the crock with corn and chili beans. then add half a sliced tomato.
slice 1/2 an onion 1/2 a green pepper, and 2 cloves of garlic.
add salt and pepper to one side of the brisket, place it in the crock on top of the vegetavbles. Salt and pepper the other side. add s…