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Mexican Hot Chocolate

My daughter-in-law makes the most delicious Mexican hot chocolate. It’s easy to make. I ‘ve always made hot cocoa, which is not the same as hot chocolate. They look the same in the cup, but hot cocoa is made with powdered unsweetened cocoa and sugar  while  hot chocolate is made with solid chocolate. When it’s Mexican chocolate it has sugar and cinnamon in the chocolate, which is shaped into a bar.   I like to use light vanilla soy milk, but you can use cow milk too. Soy does have some advantages — nutrients, isoflavones, antioxidants and it has more...

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Homemade Whole Wheat Bread with Honey

I make this whole wheat bread based on a recipe from Cook’s magazine. They found that a little rye flour added to the taste. Iv’e had it both ways, and I often make it without the rye. I added ground flaxseed, and I like to use olive oil in my cooking. However, whenever I’m baking I use the extra light olive oil, so baked goods don’t have an olive taste. Extra virgin olive oil has a strong olive taste that can come through in your baking. It just depends how much you like it. Not to be too healthy,...

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Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant

Back to the kitchen cupboard and I’m not mother Hubbard, but I made my own deodorant with coconut oil and baking soda. I’ve used this recipe for a year and it works great for me — no rash or sting or stink. No chemicals too. It’s got to be better for you. Let’s take a look at the two ingredients–   Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (anti-itch) and an analgesic (anti-pain)(Ref). Another benefit — coconut oil is anti-bacterial(Ref). Since bacteria causes the problem that deodorant is trying to prevent, natural coconut oil is a good choice. This is super easy, no mess....

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

There’s not much you can do to improve the fully ripe strawberry — that is unless you dip them in really nice chocolate. What better way to get your antioxidants? And it’s so easy — tastes like candy too — you only need two ingredients and you are justified in eating them all yourself. However, you only get these in strawberries season. And of course, it’s better share (I think). And they taste better than candy. Here’s what you need: 1. Fresh Strawberries 2. Milk Chocolate chips or Dark Chocolate Chips (choose a quality chocolate — Guittard is the same...

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

I don’t quite remember when my mom started to bake these yummy bars — but they are made with oats, brown sugar, peanut butter and of course, chocolate. It’s one of my favorites, and I think it is healthier than a candy bar because of the oats.   Plus, I don’t gain weight when I eat these. If I make a batch in the morning I’m more likely to finish my work. Writing that paper becomes a breeze, tasks are manageable, cleaning up is no longer a chore. I feel like I can deal with anything. Life just seems easier and...

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

You may not think you can combine olive oil and lemons in a cake, but this recipe proves that you can — Lemon Olive Oil Cake. I have a Meyer lemon tree in the yard. I love lemons. And I try to eat local fruits grown in the soil where I live. There’s something about getting the nutrients specific to your area — sort of acclimating. I studied it in an herb course.  “Eat herbs and fruits in the season thereof.” I also believe that olive oil is  better for you than other yummy fats like butter. When I was younger...

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Healthy Cinnamon Rolls

Feel like you need a little comfort food, but want to keep it healthy? Cinnamon rolls are one of America’s favorite feel-good foods.  It’s one of mine too — goes back to my dear sweet mama (and swedish grandma). Make them at home and you can have a healthier version and still get the comfort.  I’ve taken this all-time favorite and improved the nutrition while keeping them yummy. Some of the changes include using unbleached bread flour, whole wheat flour, extra light olive oil, skim milk and honey. And of course, no margarine or hydrogenated fats. Try these healthier...

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Asparagus Skillet Souffle

Looking for a good Brunch recipe or easy light supper? This asparagus and green onion skillet souffle is healthy and easy to make. Choose fresh asparagus spears and snap the cut ends off before slicing. This will remove the more fibrous parts of the stalk. I like to slice mine on the angle and about 1/4 inch in width.  Here’s an interesting side note: Asparagus should always be stored standing upright in a little water, with the buds up, like flowers are arranged in a vase. This will keep them fresh in your refrigerator as well. That’s because asparagus stalks grow straight up out of the ground. If they have been stored or shipped horizontal (flat) the buds may turn up, looking for the light, much like sunflowers. Funny. See these — they must have been stored incorrectly: Asparagus Skillet Souffle 3 eggs1 cup milk¾ cup flour½ tsp salt½ tsp baking powder½ tsp chili powder15 asparagus spears4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, ½ shredded. ½ cut into ½ ” squares5 green onions1 T butter Directions:1.  Preheat the oven to 475℉ . 2.  Place 10 in cast iron skillet in oven. I used my Le Creuset Dutch Oven Pan which I have had for 30 years. I have also used an enamel oval dish. (Don’t use the lid.) 3.  Whisk eggs, add milk and seasonings, whisk until no lumps. Season with black...

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Cream Cheese Pie Crust

This recipe is Russian in ancestry. I got it from my friend whose Grandma was Russian. It has a sweet flavor and is a soft crust that tastes yummy with baked fruit pies. It’s kind of like a cookie dough. I love it with berries or apples. It’s a Cream Cheese Pie Crust that goes well with any fruit. Grandma Sarah’s Cream Cheese Pie Crust (for 2 double crust pies) 1/2 lb butter 1 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 pkg cream cheese 4 -6 Tbsp sour cream 4 cups flour Mix...

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Easter Hot Cross Buns — Recipe

This is one of my favorite Easter traditions — hot cross buns, because of course I like sweets and breads. Hot Cross Buns 2 cups milk, scalded 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup light olive oil 1/4 cup melted butter 2 tsp salt 1/2 cup warm water 3 eggs 4 pkg yeast or 9 tsp. or 3 Tablespoons 1 tsp ground cardamom 2 tsp cinnamon 9 cups white, unbleached bread flour 1-2 cups raisins Scald milk, stir in sugar, honey, oil, butter, salt. Measure warm water, lukewarm to the touch. Add yeast to warm water. Let stand about 5 min. to make sure yeast is active. Pour both mixtures into the mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of flour and mix with dough hook, adding the next 5 cups, one cup at a time while mixing. Let dough kneed in mixer for 10 minutes. Add raisins, mix in. Remove dough from bowl and place in a very large bowl that has been sprayed with Pam or coated with a little olive oil. Cover and let rise until double in bulk. Remove dough, punch down and with a little flour on your hands, form small, golf ball sized rolls, pulling the dough to make a smooth top on each roll. Place on a large cookie sheet, sprayed with Pam. Place the rolls about an inch apart. Let rise again, until...

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