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Summer Dining Menu and Ideas

We’re all connected with a taste for good food, and eating together is the only way to enjoy it.

Everyone of us who enjoys good food, also believe that food has a deeper meaning than just taste—it’s emotional, challenging and exciting to all senses. Food is an expression of who we are.. 
Cooking is also a way of sharing this with others. Dishes will change with the seasons, but all time favorites are such delights always sure to please.

Smoked Trout over crisp radishGinger Orange Soup with Basil PistouGrilled Fig Salad with Apple Curry Dressing  and Moroccan Mushroom or Chicken or Turkey Meatballs over Quinoa with a lovely, piquant Chimichurri. 
Adding a dessert like Salted Pistachio Bark and Grilled Banana Bread Pudding will round out your meal.
Add a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage to complement your meal.
Use our products to create dishes that are  both full of flavor and healthy goodness.  Your taste buds will experience a decadent feast, while your body gets a heal…

Noise in our minds...

The sound of a bird can stop the noise in our minds. Listen to the songs… The chickadee calling to his friends with a cheerful “chick-a-dee-dee-dee”, the comforting coo of the mourning dove, the resonate hammering of a distant downy woodpecker… Their happy, carefree melodies fill the yard in the early morning light. www.esutras.comLive one day as deliberately as nature. Observe their habits… With a flurry of wings, a blue jay fills his crop and flies off to a nearby branch to finish his meal. A tufted titmouse visits the feeder and, one-by-one, takes a seed back to his favorite perch, creatively holding the seeds with his toes as he cracks them open and enjoys the tasty morsel inside. The evening grosbeak comes to the feeder, calmly perching, eating seed after seed till he’s had his fill. The world is bathed in the hues of nature. Marvel at the colors… The regal red winter plumage of the majestic Cardinal. The brilliant blue darts of color as the Eastern Bluebirds flit to and from the…

Soup ‘em, Spice ‘em, Sprout ‘em! 3 Must-Try Lentil Dishes from Across India

aals are comfort food in virtually every Indian home. And each region in the country has its own favourite way of preparing them. Soup ‘em, spice ‘em or sprout ‘em – but get your daily dose of healthy protein with any of these 10 must-try lentil dishes. Hear that sound? It’s the pressure cooker whistle going off in your own kitchen or in the next door flat. Whatever else there may be for dinner, some kind of daal is certain to make it to the table – be it sambhar or aamti or daal makhni or some new moong recipe your mom just learnt on Khana Khazana. Daals have been on the Indian menu since pre-Harappa days, even before rice and roti made an appearance in the Indian thali. Old texts speak of simple recipes of daals being served to guests as part of celebratory meals — like at the wedding of Chadragupta Maurya with the Greek princess Helen in 303 BC. You’ve probably tasted many varieties of daals – moong, urad, toor, masoor. But if you’ve only tasted them cooked one way, in the style of …

Fast food packaging contains potentially harmful chemicals

Fast food packaging contains potentially harmful chemicalsFirst comprehensive analysis finds more than two dozen toxic highly fluorinated chemicals, including a phased-out substance.   Many Americans, with the start of the New Year, will resolve to cut back on fast food to avoid an overload of fat and calories. Yet, there is another reason to resist the temptation to indulge in fast food. The greaseproof packaging holding your burger and fries may contain potentially harmful fluorinated chemicals that can leach into food, according to a new peer-reviewed study.
In the most comprehensive analysis(link is external) to date on the prevalence of highly fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging in the United States, researchers tested more than 400 samples from 27 fast food chains throughout the country. The samples, consisting of paper wrappers, paperboard, and drink containers, were analyzed for a class of chemicals called PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), also known as PF…

Nirvana from Tea

After extracting the delicious aryls, you normally throw out the pomegranate peels, right? You would never spend money to buy a 'peel powder' ...right? So did I, until I discovered their potential to help keep you healthy and happy. During the late nineties scientists discovered the health benefits from the discarded part of this extremely beneficial fruit. So before you start tossing away what might be the best part of pomegranates, here are some key benefits to convince you otherwise. 4 Benefits of Pomegranate Peels 1. They’re a Great Tool to Fight Heart Diseases Pomegranate peels are loaded with antioxidants. As their name might imply, antioxidants are extremely effective at eliminating oxidation from LDL cholesterol. If your LDL cholesterol accumulates too much oxidization, it will eventually wreak havoc in your cardiovascular system, leaving you vulnerable to most heart diseases. When it comes to antioxidants, I’ve felt that you can never get enough, especially if they c…

Why Does Microwaving Water Result in Such Lousy Tea?

NO Microwave for Good Tea!! - Why? Because a proper cup of black tea must be made with water that’s come to a rolling boil. A kettle is designed to heat water evenly to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat at the bottom of the kettle—whether from a heating element embedded in an electric device or from a burner on the stove—creates a natural convection current: The hot water rises and the cool water falls in a cyclical fashion, which uniformly heats the contents of the kettle to a boil (at which point an electric kettle clicks off or a stove top kettle whistles). But microwaves don’t heat water evenly, so the boiling process is difficult to control. Microwave ovens shoot tiny waves into the liquid at random locations, causing the water molecules at those points to vibrate rapidly. If the water isn’t heated for long enough, the result is isolated pockets of very hot or boiling water amid a larger body of water that’s cooler. Why is water temperature so important to good-tasting tea? When tea le…

Easter Macaroons - My Way!

This past weekend I decided to give baking a try with Easter coming up I thought I would practice a recipe on the day..... Lucky me i picked the right one! Macaroons are amazingly delicious and often are  Macaroons originated in Italy and are the coconut- and often chocolate-covered flour-less cookies that also include egg whites, sugar and ground almonds.  But, feel free to add different ingredients for a modern day twist.  
two cups of coconut flakes
tsp of honey
1 add coconut sugar
1 egg
1 can condensed milk


Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. ...With a spoon, scoop up about 2 Tablespoons of the dough and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Form the cookies into the shape of a bird nest. Press down the center with your thumb.Bake cookies for 17 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and press your…

When I eat Doughnuts - Coley's are the ones i WANT

I had the pleasure of meeting an awesome celebrity chef this past weekend.
Nicole Coley, aka, Coley, a professionally trained chef, recipe developer, TV host and food writer.
http://coleycooks.com/
Of course we talked and talked and talked.
But then the one item, I am certain that I will be making and eating are these amazing doughnuts!

Feast your eyes, then print out
Recipe below ---

Meyer Lemon Baked Doughnuts For The Doughnuts 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet) 1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided 1/4 cup plus 1/2 cup warm (but not hot) milk, divided 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for brushing 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 2 1/2 cups flour, plus more as needed For The Meyer Lemon Glaze 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice 2 tablespoons whole milk 1/4 teaspoon cardamom pinch of salt 1 tablespoon melted butter 2 cups powdered sugar Instructions 1 In large bowl or…

Calcium calcium and more calcium .....

Calcium builds strong osteoporosis-resistant bones. But most people don’t know that getting enough of this mineral also helps keep blood pressure in check, improves cholesterol numbers, makes preeclampsia in pregnancy less likely, reduces the risk of colon cancer, and helps with weight maintenance. So you can see, it’s essential you get enough calcium—but what’s the best way? 
While there are many rich sources of calcium, the most important thing when evaluating your options is to understand how much of it is actually absorbed and used by the body.The National Academy of Sciences recommends 1,000 mg daily for people ages 19 to 50 and 1,200 mg daily over age 51. Food first: Eat your calcium-packed favoritesDairy: Dairy products are the go-to food for calcium, in fact they supply 72% of the calcium for the average person. Being a milk drinker instantly ups calcium intake; surveys find that milk drinkers get 80% more calcium in their diet compared to non-milk-drinkers.Nondairy: Calcium-fo…

The Rarest Pasta In The World - "Su filindeu" 300 year secret from Italy

Away from its famed cerulean seas, Sardinia’s craggy interior is a twisting maze of deep chasms and impenetrable massifs that shelter some of Europe’s most ancient traditions. Residents here still speak Sardo, the closest living form of Latin.  Grandmothers gaze warily at outsiders from under embroidered veils. And, in a modest apartment in the town of Nuoro, a slight 62-year-old named Paola Abraini wakes up every day at 7 am to begin making su filindeu – the rarest pasta in the world. 
In fact, there are only two other women on the planet who still know how to make it: Abraini’s niece and her sister-in-law, both of whom live in this far-flung town clinging to the slopes of Monte Ortobene. No one can remember how or why the women in Nuoro started preparing su filindeu (whose name means “the threads of God”), but for more than 300 years, the recipe and technique have only been passed down through the women in Abraini’s family – each of whom have guarded it tightly before teaching it to…

Black Pepper - the most AMAZING spice from India

Black Pepper, Organic Tellicherry Malabar (Piper nigrum) Whole black peppercorns, are the fabled Tellicherry Malabar variety. An essential spice to have in the kitchen and, at one time, literally worth their weight in gold. The tiny, dried fruits were considered so valuable that they were used as currency in some parts of India, where they were referred to as “black gold.” Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant from the Piperaceae family and is used as both a spice and a medicine. The chemical piperine, which is present in black pepper, causes the spiciness. It is native to Kerala, the southern state of India. Since ancient times, black pepper is one of the most widely traded spices in the world. It is not considered a seasonal plant and is therefore available throughout the year. When dried, this plant-derived spice is referred to as a peppercorn, and is then ground into a powder to be put on food to add flavor and spice. Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is…

Cupuassu - Raw Wild White Cocoa Nibs from the Amazon..Eat one of these little beans, and you are getting a concentrated source of anti-oxidants +

Eat one of these little beans, and you are getting a concentrated source of anti-oxidants, magnesium, chromium and vitamin C. More than any other food around and way better than popping a synthetic supplement or pill.

Produced at – no higher than 115 F temperature, raw cocoa nibs WITHOUT the bitter and just as healthy! Found in the depths of Amazon jungle, this exquisite bean is prized as a snack, a delicacy, a cocoa (chocolate) craving fixer and a super food all at once.
Medicinal Uses: Cupuassuhas a rich history of medicinal applications, and 16th century texts from post-European contact describe nearly 100 tonic benefits/uses aside from a food. 
The fermented, dried seeds are considered an aphrodisiac, and for this purpose it was revered by the Maya and Aztec.
Like chocolate.Cupuassuis known to promote positive thinking and feelings of love for its unique chemical and nutritive composition which promotes a certain amorous and energetic brain activity (attributed to the psychoactive alk…

1 oz of Coconut Oil BOOSTS your Brain. Now proven. Must be real virgin coconut oil....

Research is paying closer attention to coconut oil’s ability to boost brain function significantly with just a single 40 ml. dose.This is highly interesting especially in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and it shows great promise. eSutras Organics Coconut Oil  Extra Virgin, Raw, Organic, Coconut oil. And its Paleo. One of the smartest choices of good fat you can add to your diet is organic virgin coconut oil. Yes, organic virgin coconut oil.How does it taste?: Distinctly Fresh Coconut. Delicious taste. Great aroma Benefits? • Too many. Please read below.• You got to have at least ONE jar. However, as of this writing, its use to stave off early signs of dementia or treating already existing Alzheimer’s disease is still being studied with the results coming mid-2017.  So, it looks good, looks promising but we still have to wait. I can tell you though, that I notice improved mental clarity when I regularly use coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of my favorite oils to use in the kitchen or f…