Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Cooking Help for the Single Guy

Sometimes you can spend all day cooking a meal that would be the envy of any great chef just to have it ruined by something as small as the gravy being too thin or the soup too salty. There are tricks around the most common of kitchen gaffs that might help you salvage your meal and your pride.

Salty Soup

You've just made some of the best chicken soup on the face of the earth, but it still needs something. So you add a little salt and take a taste. No, that was definitely not it. Now your soup tastes like a portion of Utah real estate and you have to start over. 'Not really. Peel a good sized potato and add it to the pot. The potato will absorb a lot of the excess salt. This works on 90% of the soups you will ever make, except—ironically—on potato soup.

Too Much Heat

Your eyes are watering and the water you just drank is now steam coming out of your ears. You might have added too much spice... Try adding some hot water and a potato—this might help a bit. If you're making chili or a soup of some sort, try adding more of the other ingredients to help distribute some of the heat. That failing, put "Dante's Peak" on the TV and throw a volcano themed party.

Burned One Too Many Times

Every kitchen should own a wooden spoon. It is critical to have one on hand for soups and sauces. Not only will the wood not scratch the surface of the pots and pans you paid too much money for, but it will save your bacon if the game goes into overtime and you don't stir as often as you should have. The trick to saving burned gravy, soup, etc. is to not scrape up the burned bits. Your gravy is only burned on the bottom. Pour it ever so gently into another pan using the wooden spoon to keep out the caked-on bits in the pan you are pouring from. Add more of whichever liquid the recipe calls for (milk, broth, etc.). Hopefully this will help out. You should have recorded the game or paused the DVR while you were cooking.

Too Thin?

To solve the age-old question of what to do with thin sauce... Conventional wisdom states to either keep cooking it until it thickens (condenses) or to add a little flour. Both take a little more skill than it sounds. What's easier and gets the same result? Pour a glass of cold water and add 2 - 3 heaping spoonfuls of cornstarch. The mixture will have the look of watered down skim milk, but have the magic of Aladdin's lamp. Add a little at a time and allow the cornstarch/water mixture time to heat up. As it heats, it will thicken. Basically, the cornstarch will take on the flavors you are mixing it with, but don't overdo it.

These four tips should help you right along and save you from having to make the same meals over and over again. Remember, these are just like any other kitchen skill, time and practice will perfect these kitchen maneuvers, so be patient. Bon Appetite.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Monday, January 15, 2018

5 Yoga poses to improve your balance


Whether in the metaphorical or physical sense, achieving balance in life is something we all strive for...
Boat pose
In yoga class, we may define good balance as the ability to perform tricky poses (headstands, handstands, forearm stands, etc.), but the real purpose of learning to balance goes far beyond the physical postures we practice on our mats.
In fact, those physical postures are really just a gateway to help us connect to ourselves and our lives on a deeper, more spiritual level. Yoga isn't about mastering each and every pose, but rather about recognizing that every difficult pose you encounter in class is much like every difficult situation you face outside of the studio. The pose itself may be painful, uncomfortable, tricky or unstable, but your body is somehow capable of getting through it — and therefore, so are you.
Yoga teaches us what it means to balance, not by holding a handstand (although doing so is certainly an added perk), but through teaching us to push beyond our comfort zones while also listening to our body and respecting its limits. Balance is not achieved overnight, but rather over the course of time. As we mature in life, and in our yoga practice, we learn what feels good to our bodies and what doesn't: when to back out of a pose, and when to keep pushing; when to be a "strong warrior," and when to be a "happy baby." And that, my friends, is the true meaning of balance.
Keeping in mind that mastering a pose is not nearly as important as what you learn while attempting to do so. Here are five yoga poses to practice to help improve your balance — both on and off your mat.

1. Downward facing dog

Downward facing dog
From mountain pose (standing straight up, feet hip-width apart), reach your hands down to the floor, bending your knees if need be. Walk your hands out about 3-4 feet in front of your toes. Pushing into your palms, lift your hips up toward the sky and press back into your heels, pressing them flat into the ground. Keep your gaze toward your legs and continue pressing your chest toward your thighs to create a nice flat back.

2. Dolphin pose

Dolphin pose
From downward facing dog, lower your forearms to the ground and let your head drop further back in between your shoulders. Continue to push your chest towards the tops of your thighs and reach your heels towards the ground, trying to get your feet as flat on the ground as possible. This pose helps prepare and position you for headstand and forearm stand.

3. Warrior III

Warrior III
From a high lunge position, keep your arms lifted overhead as you shift your weight forward, launching off your front leg and raising your back leg straight out behind you. Balancing on your front leg, flex your back toes down towards the ground and try to create one straight line with your body from your fingertips to your head, back and toes, allowing your gaze to remain on the floor, a few inches in front of your supporting foot.

4. Crow pose

Crow pose
Come into squat pose (malasana) with your feet about as wide as your mat, letting your hips sink toward the floor, hands in prayer position at your heart. From squat pose, plant your palms flat on the ground so that your wrists are directly in line under your shoulders. Bend your arms slightly and squeeze your knees in firmly around your elbows or upper arms. Rock your weight forward into your hands, coming up high on your tippy-toes. Pressing firmly into your hands, lift your feet off the ground, allowing your knees to rest on the backs of your upper arms and your body to hover over the ground.

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5. Boat pose

Boat pose
Sitting on the floor with your knees bent, feet planted on the ground, press your palms into your mat a little behind your hips, keeping your fingertips pointing towards your feet.
Boat pose
From here, bend at your elbows and press into your hands as you raise your feet off the ground. Keeping a nice, straight back as you lift through your chest, reach your arms out in front of you towards your feet.
Boat pose
Either stay here, holding with bent knees, or for more of a challenge, extended your legs straight up to the sky, allowing your arms to reach up overhead as well. You may also choose to grab a hold of your big toes with your index and middle fingers, bending the elbows and pulling your chest in closer to your legs.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cranberry Juice Can be Part of a Weight-Friendly Diet

Data shows cranberry juice consumers having lower waist circumferences 
and lower risk of obesity than non-cranberry juice consumers !

- After all the fine holiday feasting, January is that time of year when many
of us delve into the barren wasteland of healthy choices.  You may not be
able to have your cake and eat it too, but you may be able to have your
 cranberry juice as part of a healthy diet!  Data suggests those adults
who drink cranberry juice as part of their daily routine, have a healthy
weight and normal body mass index as compared to non-consumers.
So what is the skinny on cranberry juice and a healthy weight? Drink in data from a study based on National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which examined the association between cranberry juice consumption with macronutrient intake and weight status¹. The study among US adults (19+ years of age), found that compared with non cranberry juice consumers, those who did were found to be leaner and had lower odds of obesity.  The results were similar to those reported for other 100% fruit juices.  While further research is needed, these observations suggest cranberry beverages can be part of a healthy diet.
Fruit juices, including cranberry contain micronutrients and vitamins which can help support and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cranberry juice is especially rich in flavonoids, which are known for their health-promoting benefits.  Despite the ongoing controversy around sugar content in certain beverages and health, research indicates that cranberry juice consumption can be part of an overall health.
Another juicy tidbit is the fact that cranberry juice contains unique compounds that may have health benefits for your whole body, including the urinary tract, stomach and heart.  With this early work as a warm up in regards to cranberry juice and a healthy weight, it's exciting to consider what other benefits the cranberry may be able to provide.
(1 Duffey, KJ, Sutherland LA. 2013. Adult Cranberry Beverage Consumers have Healthier Macronutrient Intakes and Measures of Body Composition Compared to Non-Consumers: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2008. Nutrients, 5: 4938-4949.)
About Ocean SprayOcean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers in the United States, Canada and Chile who have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. Formed in 1930, Ocean Spray is now the world's leading producer of cranberry juices, juice drinks and dried cranberries and is the best-selling brand in the North American bottled juice category.
The Cooperative's cranberries are currently featured in more than a thousand great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 100 countries worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment. For more information visit: or

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Drink to your Health this January, National Hot Tea Month

Tea Council of the USA Celebrates with Second Annual IndividualiTEA Sweepstakes

- The holidays may be over but there's still much to celebrate this January with National Hot Tea Month and the third annual National Hot Tea Day on January 12, 2018. The Tea Council of the USA encourages tea-lovers across the nation to take this opportuniTEA to share the unique ways they like to enjoy their cuppa. Whether you prefer tea steeped in tradition, brewed to perfection or with the spice just right, the Tea Council wants you to express your #IndividualiTEA through the second annual photo sharing sweepstakes. Entering is easy as 1-2-tea! Share your photo or video on Twitter using the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil for a chance to win $500 and a year's supply of tea.

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world next to water. An ancient beverage nearly 5,000 years old, tea has become an American staple, with over 158 million Americans drinking tea every day.
As you reach for a hot beverage this winter to warm you up, take tea to heart this January, National Hot Tea Month. This annual holiday is the perfect way to start the New Year, from its health benefits and cultural origins, to its diverse flavors and calming qualities.
Black, Green, Oolong and White teas all stem from the same plant, a warm-weather evergreen named Camellia sinensis. So grab your favorite cup and enjoy the many health benefits of true teas in honor of National Hot Tea Day on January 12th:
  • Tea is a refreshing beverage that contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar. It is virtually calorie-free, and helps maintain hydration.
  • Tea flavonoids may help increase metabolism and fat oxidation and improve blood sugar control. Tea catechins (a type of flavonoid) may also provide modest shifts in metabolism that may promote weight loss and maintenance.
  • Drinking tea may strengthen the immune system. Tea contains a component called theanine that can help the body ward off infection and disease.
  • Tea drinking is associated with improved cardiovascular health. Research has associated tea drinking with a reduced risk for hypertension, stroke and hardening of the arteries.
  • Studies have shown that drinking tea may improve mental clarity, mood and work performance.
  • Tea may provide protection against several types of cancers, including digestive, skin, lung, prostate, breast and ovarian cancers.
"With increased research studies, we're finding even more ways drinking tea contributes to our health," says Peter Goggi, president of the Tea Council of the U.S.A. "National Hot Tea Day and month are the perfect time for everyone to enjoy tea, reap the health benefits and enter the IndividualiTEA sweepstakes for a chance to win."
If you enjoy brewing tea to perfection, and want to take it to another level, don't be afraid to cook with tea and liven up your plate with something new. Every blend of tea provides a unique flavor and personality. Tea can enhance your favorite meals and desserts. Think of tea as a spice that can open up a new world of culinary possibiliTEAs.
And don't forget to enter the Tea Council of the USA's IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes for a chance to win $500 and a year's supply of tea. Learn more about the rules here.
About the Tea Council of the USA:The Tea Council of the USA is a non-profit association that was formed in 1950 as a joint partnership between tea packers, importers and allied industries within the United States, and the major tea producing countries. It functions as the promotional arm of the tea industry with a primary goal of increasing overall awareness of tea by providing information about its many positive attributes. One of the Council's primary objectives is the dissemination of key scientific findings about tea to the public. The Tea Council does this in several ways including: funding scientific meetings to bring tea researchers from around the world together to share key information and identify next steps for future research projects; and working with health organizations and international scientists to disseminate information about potential positive health effects of tea consumption on a public level.
Media Contact:
Shruti Shah
Pollock Communications

SOURCE The Tea Council of the USA 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon dish detergent
1 cup water
1 piece aluminum foil

1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dish-washing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
4. According to, "this works well for gold-filled, brass, German (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.".