Monthly Archives: January 2012

Oil Shopping Guide

Quality Unsaturated Vegetable Oils There is much confusion and misinformation about what constitutes a quality vegetable oil. But it’s really pretty simple to make a healthy choice, and it starts with looking for the words “unrefined” or “extra virgin” on the label. All other vegetable oils are refined. But reading a label isn’t enough, because the terms “pure,” “natural,” “cold pressed,” “unrefined” and (olive oil excepted) “extra virgin” are not federally regulated. So manufacturers making these claims on the label could in fact be selling you a refined… Continue Reading

Pot Liquor

For the sheer fun of it, please join me for a toast. Let’s pull out the pot liquor (or pot likker), chink-chink our glasses and aspire that all beings might be well nourished. Even teetotalers can freely and joyfully imbibe this liquor. It’s the sweet and nutrient dense liquid that remains in the pot after you’ve cooked vegetables. Don’t toss that flavorful nectar. Pour it into a tumbler and bottoms up! While the liquid from steamed or blanched vegetables is watery, not so with the remaining elixir from… Continue Reading

Homemade Ghee Recipe

It is critical to use unsalted butter to make ghee; and for the most flavorful result, use cultured butter. Organic Valley and some—but not all—European-Style butters are both cultured and unsalted. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled but requires increased cooking time. Makes about 2 cups 1 pound cultured, unsalted organic butter Place the butter in a heavy quart saucepan and melt over medium heat, do not cover the pot. When the butter starts foaming, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered and undisturbed for about 30 –… Continue Reading

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis and colitis are major problems. Here’s why. Imagine a small scrape or irritation on your forearm. Normally, it mends by itself. However, if further insulted and unattended, it may become inflamed. If the inflammation spreads it may degenerate to a life-threatening situation. The lining of a healthy bowel is, like our skin, able to overcome minor irritations from hard to digest substances. However, if a sensitive spot develops and if it is continuously insulted, it becomes chronically irritated. This is IBS… Continue Reading


The pearly white giant radish, daikon, is a remarkable healing food. It aids digestion, is a weight loss remedy, cleanses the blood, promotes energy circulation and increases the metabolic rate. It contains diuretics, decongestants and the digestive enzymes diastase, amylase and esterase. This makes daikon a primary ingredient in a variety of home remedies.  Regular use of daikon helps prevent the common cold, flu and respiratory infections. Daikon treats hangovers, sore throats, colds and edema, and it helps the kidneys and decongest the lungs. This restorative vegetable also has… Continue Reading

Green Beans, Boiled

When you find really fresh green beans, buy them on the spot and put the water on to boil. Refrigerated beans  quickly lose their flavor and oomph. If the beans are less than fresh, you may wish to sauté them with an onion or use them in a soup or casserole where other veggies will shore up their somewhat compromised flavor. Pick through the beans and discard any that are withered, bulging or discolored. Allow 1½ pounds of beans for 4 people. Remove and discard the stem end of the beans. Cut… Continue Reading

Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ghee, or pure butterfat, looks like liquid gold and is the most soothing and delicious ingredient imaginable. I lavish ghee in sautéed and baked goods as it enriches the flavors of both sweet and savory foods. I’ll detail why its such a healing food below and here’s the Homemade Ghee Recipe link so that you can make your own. It is amazing how quality foods that are especially delicious are also superior medicinal foods. This premier Indian Ayurvedic ingredient contains butyric acid, a fatty acid with antiviral and… Continue Reading

Five Daikon Tonics

Here are five great daikon kitchen remedies for  asthma, bronchitis, cold relief, indigestion and weight loss.  The medicinal properties of daikon are impressive. And as you’ll see below, subtle preparation differences create different results. For example, when using daikon juice for asthma add ginger and don’t boil it. But for chronic bronchitis, bring the juice just to the boil and do not add ginger. Asthma Remedy  1 cup daikon juice 2 tablespoons fresh ginger juice Honey to taste Finely grate daikon and press it with your fingertips; it yields… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong with Wheat?

Nothing’s wrong with wheat or any whole food. That they’ve nurtured countless generations for eons proves their value. Plus, they’re versatile and many of our favorite and most tasty foods contain wheat.  So what’s the fuss? The answer is not about the wheat or another allergen; rather it’s about your digestive system. If you’re not fully assimilating any food and if you continue eating it, then you’re inviting trouble. It can become a personal toxin, compromise your immune system and eventually lead to an autoimmune disease. And you… Continue Reading

Traditional Bone Broth (Gelatin)

There’s good reason why a traditional chicken soup is fondly dubbed “grandma’s penicillin.”  A soup, broth or stock made with bones combats the flu by strengthening the immune system. It’s a classic protein-rich energy tonic that increases endurance and provides important nutrients. It’s no wonder that cooks world-wide and through the centuries have regarded silky, gelatinous, bone stock as an essential ingredient for savory dishes. If you suffer from digestive issues, aim to use this elixir daily to effectively support your healing. Bone stock strengthens the gastrointestinal tract, veins,… Continue Reading

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