Tips for making the perfect cup of hot chocolate

Swiss Dark Chocolate

By Cat, Feb 6, 2019 (image, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

I found a very interesting article on making hot chocolate in today’s Daily Inter Lake, originally from the Star Tribune in St. Paul Minnesota, by Rick Nelson (1). While making note of the ingredients is important, I found his tips to be even more helpful. Perhaps you will too.

See also: 1. Beverages Menu; 2. Chocolate (About); 3. Raw Milk: A Real, Natural & Perfect Food; 4. Problems of Commercial & Ultra-Pasteurized Milk

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How to detox glyphosate (Roundup) from your body


By Cat, Feb 4, 2019; updated Feb 8, 2019 (image from Organic Consumer’s Association, used with permission)

I am strongly opposed to use of the plant-killer glyphosate, because of the harm it does to our bodies from intake of GMO foods, and from its use as a desiccant before harvesting grain crops. Also because of the harm it does to our soil and environment.

Now I have some good news: you can detox your body from glyphosate, using several methods. This article is mainly about using a simple daily dose of glycine (an amino acid) to detox, and how to test for glyphosate levels in your body.

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Zinc deficiency: How to test zinc levels at home

By Cat, Feb 3, 2019 

Zinc is an essential mineral, but many of us – especially vegetarians – do not have sufficient levels. To find out if you have deficiency, take a simple test at home using an aqueous solution of zinc sulfate. I first took this test when I was living in Portland in the late 1990s, on a visit to my MD who practiced natural healing methods. My levels were indeed low, so he recommended adding a chelated zinc supplement.

I recently got an email from Dr. Jockers that included a link to more information about this zinc taste test (1). Read on for my notes. Continue reading

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Epsom Salt Soak Recipe

Epsom salt container

By Cat, Feb 2019 (image, right, from (5))

Epsom salt – magnesium sulfate – has many uses in natural healthcare, but my favorite is for soaks – bath soak, finger/hand soak, foot soak, and so on.

Note that Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is not the same as table or Kosher salt (sodium chloride).

Soaks are helpful for (reference 1, or as noted):

  • Skin infections (1,4)
  • Sore muscles (2)
  • Joint pain (such as arthritis)
  • Bruises and sprains
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition that makes your muscles, ligaments, and tendons hurt, and causes tender points throughout your body
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Insomnia
  • Psoriasis, a disease that causes red, itchy, scaly skin
  • Soreness from diarrhea during chemotherapy
  • Sunburn pain and redness
  • Tired, swollen feet

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Apple Cider Vinegar Gargles for Sore Throat

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

By Cat, Jan 28, 2019; Photo, right, from Global Healing Center (4)

Apple cider vinegar has been in the news lately because of its lowering affect on blood sugar, but it’s important to note this is not its only health benefit. See my post: Apple Cider Vinegar’s Many Health Benefits (About).

A sore throat can be an indicator of a respiratory viral infection getting a foothold, so in addition to using one of these ACV remedies, I highly recommend taking an antiviral tincture for respiratory viruses, such as the Lomatium complex at Bigfork’s Swan Valley Herbs.

A salt gargle, or Sage & Thyme Gargle or Tea can also be helpful.

Organic raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) – with the Mother –  is well-known for its antimicrobial properties. Here are a few gargle options, repeating several times a day. Note: Don’t swallow the mixture, and rinse your mouth each time after gargling.  And drink plenty of fluids especially lukewarm water throughout the day.

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EMFs and the damage they cause

By Cat, Jan 2019

EMFs (electro-magnetic fields) are a controversial topic  regarding the damage to human health that they may cause, especially as the digital world is growing exponentially. Just what is an electro-magnetic field?

It is a combination of an electric field and a magnetic field produced by electrically-charged moving objects such as electrons. EMFs can be produced by (examples):

  • electric wiring in your home;
  • your cell phone, computer, radio, television;
  • your microwave oven;
  • smart meters (for your electricity usage);
  • radio and cell towers;
  • and so on….

We are exposed to EMFs wherever we are and every moment of our lives. They can have very negative effects on our bodies and our health, and there is serious concern that in our digital age, EMFs may be our undoing. For more on this, see two of Dr. Allen Christianson’s emails on this topic as copied below.

I also include several links by Dr. Mercola on the topic of EMFs, and a documentary on the dangers of smart meters. Continue reading

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Greek Style Sauteed Veggies

Green Beans

by Cat, Dec 2018 (photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

This year for Christmas Day dinner I wanted to go Greek, and do a roast leg of lamb with my lamb spice rub. But what veggies to serve with it? Since green beans are a frequent side dish for Christmas Day dinner, I decided to start with that, and add other Mediterranean veggies: artichoke, zucchini, spinach or other greens, and of course garlic and onion, sautéed.

It was delicious! and especially great with lamb. Read on for my recipe.

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Whey Protein Smoothies

Fresh whey, from cheese-making

For more than 20 years, I’ve been making a smoothie every morning. For the protein, I originally used a soy protein powder, but I developed a food sensitivity to it, so I switched to a whey protein powder. But I developed a sensitivity to that, and to all the others I tried. I realized the problem was the high temperature used to dehydrate the protein substance into a powder; that heat denatures the protein resulting in changes in the 3-D structure of the amino acid chain, so that the protein was no longer recognized as “safe” by my immune system. e

What was I to do? I switched to a combo of cottage cheese and whole coddled egg for the protein. Then one day I spotted something new on my grocer’s shelf: Bob’s Red Mill Whey Protein Powder. Bob’s Red Mill is a company I knew well from my years living in Portland – a company that takes pride in not denaturing its products, nor adding questionable ingredients. I’d been using their sweet dairy whey as a sugar substitute for years without any sensitivity issues because it is processed at low temperatures. So I grabbed a bag of the protein powder and added it to my smoothie. Wonderful! no sensitivity issues! And delicious, too.

See their great smoothie and shakes recipes on their website (BobsRedMill (dot) com; disguised for security)

So here’s a collection of their recipes (1) from my latest bag of their whey protein powder, adapted slightly for my needs. Give one a try!

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Tom and Jerry Holiday Beverage

Tom and Jerry Bowl Set

By Cat, Dec 30, 2018; photo, right, from ebay (3)

During the 1950s and early 1960s, my parents owned Al’s Bar in downtown Bigfork, Montana. There were three bars in our tiny village, and at Christmas, all served a popular beverage to celebrate the Christmas holiday: Tom and Jerry. But each bar’s recipe was a bit different. Ours was the only bar that used a traditional serving set that included a beautiful big white glass bowl and matching mugs that said “Tom and Jerry” in Christmas-red color on the sides (similar to those in the photo, right).

Each customer got his/her first mug-full for free each year. Dad was quite proud of the liquor mix recipe he created, and Mom was equally proud of her batter that she had to mix up several times each day throughout the month of December. And I got to lick the beaters.

For an interesting video about a bar in Great Falls Montana that still serves Tom and Jerrys, check out KBZK’s video (1).

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Baked Trout

Rainbow Trout

By Cat, Dec 5, 2018 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

During the winter it is hard to find fresh wild-caught fish like salmon, so I sometimes cook a fresh trout such as rainbow or steelhead. Unfortunately these are usually farm raised, so I only do it once a month. Tonight I felt like doing something different with a good looking steelhead fillet piece (about 5 oz), rather than looking it stove-top in my cast iron pan. It’s quite cold outside so I want to bake it, to warm my kitchen.

I came up with my own recipe, using several on (1) for ideas. It serves one, but can be easily multiplied to serve a crowd.

See also: Fish and Seafood Menu

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