Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

The dough for these cookies can be made in 10 minutes. Chill dough for 2 hours while you go do something else. These are my favorite thumbprint cookies because they are baked at 275F for 30 minutes then filled with jam and baked at 325F for 10 more minutes which makes a crumbly cookie that melts in your mouth. I think the seedless raspberry jam is so good in this cookie. Make a batch soon.
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Black Pepper Parmesan Biscotti

Black Pepper and Parmesan Biscotti
Black Pepper and Parmesan Biscotti

If you’ve never tried a savory biscotti you are in for a treat. Perfect served with a little wine and cheese. Great with a salad or served with a bowl of soup. The cracked black pepper and Parmesan cheese make a great flavor combination. Your house will smell so wonderful as these are baking. Once they have cooled off enough to be sliced, should you give in to temptation and take a bite you will want more. And that’s okay. These are even good soft. The second bake is what makes the biscotti crunchy. 
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Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
Belgian Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Here in Central California strawberries are abundant in April. Within a short distance you can find farm stands that sell berries picked just hours before you purchase them. I like making Belgian waffles for Sunday brunch. When I have lots of strawberries I make strawberry syrup.

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Very Berry Smoothie

Very Berry Smoothie
Very Berry Smoothie

The aisle with the flavored syrups always catches my attention at a local Middle Eastern food store. There are so many kinds. I finally decided it was time to try one. The raspberry syrup seemed like a good choice as I have been wanting to make a smoothie with the frozen berries I have in the freezer. This morning I opened up the bottle and poured a little onto a spoon to sample it. Yum. The flavor was an intense blast of raspberries. Super sweet. This smoothie is also good as an instant dessert. Blend it up just before you need it. 

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Kale Chips

Make your own kale chips with your dehydrator. Season to your liking.

Here’s a recipe to get you started

You’ll need 1 bunch of kale washed and the stems removed.

 I used the fluffy kind of kale. You don’t need to dry the kale.

Place in a huge bowl. Set aside.

 

Place the following in a Vitamix blender:

1 cup raw cashew pieces

3 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Juice of ½ lemon

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup filtered water

Turn the blender to high and puree the contents.

Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired.

It will look watery.

Pour over the kale and toss to blend the sauce.

Place kale leaves on trays with the Teflon liners.

Place in dehydrator – leaving a space between trays so they will fit.

It will take 4 trays.

 

Turn temp to 115 degrees

Dry for about 13 hours

Test for crispness. Not done? Dry longer.

When done – let cool completely- then place kale chips in an airtight container.

Oil Pulling and Reverse Osmosis Water

Oil pulling is the practice of “pulling” oil through your teeth and gums. It is centuries old. Not only does it improve your oral health it detoxifies and heals your whole body.  Here’s the link to Amazon: for Dr. Bruce Fife’s book, Oil Pulling Therapy   amzn.to/1IyaorN On an empty stomach put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes then spit it out in the trash. DON’T SWALLOW THE OIL AFTER PULLING !!!! Rinse your mouth out with water and spit this out in the sink. The best time to do this is first thing in the morning. Once you have done this go ahead and brush your teeth. This really works. I went to my dentist for my six month cleaning and he remarked that I hardly had any tartar to clean. My teeth were clean and my gums looked great. You can do this before each meal if you want. Just have an empty stomach. Note that the oil will be solid in cooler temps and a clear liquid in warmer temps.

 

Our mouths reflect the health inside our bodies. The mouth is part of the digestive tract. Your mouth can reveal evidence of chronic illness. Disease influences the type of bacteria that grow in the mouth. There are millions of bacteria in your mouth feeding on what you just ate. They thrive on a diet of sugar and carbohydrates. The bacteria releases its acid waste into your mouth which you then swallow. This acid erodes the enamel and causes tooth decay. No matter how often you brush your teeth this has only a minimal effect on reducing the bacteria population. Saliva contains antibodies that help control certain pathogenic organisms but they don’t kill all of them. Bacteria also causes bad breath.

All disease starts in the mouth. Hundreds of billions of microscopic organisms inhabit our mouths and digestive tracts. There are bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.  Some are beneficial and some are not. Our mouths provide an easy entryway into the bloodstream. This can lead to a multitude of health problems.

Read Dr. Bruce Fife’s book Oil Pulling Therapy for more information.

Most commercial toothpaste contains fluoride ( which has health risks) and various chemicals. The abrasive action of the toothbrush alone is adequate enough to scour off dental plaque. You don’t need commercial toothpaste.

Make your own toothpaste. From Bruce Fife’s book Oil Pulling Therapy:

Toothpaste

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

2-4 drops peppermint oil

½ teaspoon xylitol (optional)

Mix it all together and put into a small storage container with a lid. It will look liquidly. No need to refrigerate.

Baking soda neutralizes acids and maintains proper ph. The glycerin holds the other ingredients together and tones down the salty taste of the baking soda. Amazon has the ingredients you’ll need.

 

 

 

 

 

FLUORIDE

Which brings me to the topic of Fluoride. Make sure your drinking water does not contain fluoride. This causes all kinds of health problems. Reverse osmosis filtered water is a better choice than tap water.

We bought five – five gallon water jugs that have a spigot.

 

You don’t need to flip over the water jug onto a stand you just sit it on your kitchen counter next to the sink. Use for drinking and cooking. We get our water from a store that has several large tanks that treat the water. Its only 25 cents per 5 gal jug. Cut down on water bottle waste and save money. You don’t need a water delivery service. Just go pick up your own water when you need it. Look in the phone book under reverse osmosis water to find a location that sells this water.

Read more about the dangers of fluoride at : Weston A. Price Foundation: bit.ly/1LJQMBD

Plant Based Protein Shake

Sometimes you just want a snack or a meal replacement. Costco has a wonderful organic plant based protein powder. It’s huge – 2.74 pounds. Its non GMO, non dairy, non soy, non gluten and non lactose. The flavor is creamy chocolate fudge. And it’s $30. It has 3g net carbs, no added sugar, 5g organic fiber and 21g protein. It mixes up smooth and the taste is great.  You could also mix it in the blender with some frozen berries and coconut water.

Get Some Sun

Those who spend their time indoors need to get 20 minutes of sun every day. The best time for this is before noon and after 5:00 pm. Especially if you wear glasses. Take off your glasses, close your eyes and look up at the sun turning your head slowly left to right. Look down if the sun is too intense. This is a good way to get vitamin D.