Asthma – Identifying And Taming Triggers

Even before asthma is diagnosed, many people who have asthma can recognize triggers that set off their breathing problems. Certain triggers are obvious — being around animals, exercising, or coming down with a cold or virus. It makes sense that things that stimulate inflammation, such as allergies, can make asthma symptoms worse. Identifying Your Triggers Finding some triggers may take a bit of detective work. If you don’t know what triggers your asthma, think about your past few asthma attacks: What were you doing at the time of a flare-up? Did you just finish vacuuming or raking leaves? Were you…

Alleviating Arthritic Pain with Herbs, Part I

Few headlines strip a magazine off store shelves faster than “New Arthritis Cure Found”. The phrase “Arthritis Cure Formula” on bottles containing herbal supplements provides similar selling power to the manufacturers of such products. Why is this so? What is it about arthritis that has so many who suffer from it grasping for whatever relief might be out there? The reason, quite simply, is that arthritis hurts. And people, in general, don’t like pain. And arthritis pain is always present, affecting every aspect of its sufferers’ lives. And-contrary to some advertising claims-there is no cure, which leaves people always scrambling…

Acupuncture and Fertility

Outlined below is some of the evidence gleaned from recent studies in the area of fertility and acupuncture. Acupuncture has become widely recognized as an effective treatment for fertility issues such as unsuccessful attempts to get pregnant, polycystic ovary syndrome, male infertility, etc. Acupuncture can be used on its own or in conjunction with orthodox reproductive medicine (assisted reproduction – see IVF below). In one study acupuncture was shown to be as effective as fertility drugs at assisting pregnancy; [The numbers in square brackets refer to references below]. In other clinical trials comparing acupuncture to drug or hormonal treatments, acupuncture…

Recipes with cider that you should try

Apple spinach salad & crispy almonds: A perfect salad for the day when you want the meal to taste like you had hours to spend in the kitchen but you had only 20 minutes. It takes 4 to 5 minutes and it makes everyone ask, “What did you do to these almonds?” Spinach tossed with grilled chicken or pulled from a rotisserie chicken; it all comes together with dressing and almonds that are candied like a brittle. Yield: 6-8 Servings 1/4 cup minced shallot or red onion 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar 2 tablespoons black sesame…

Pork Chops With Apples And Cider

There are some culinary combinations that cannot be improved upon, and apples and pork is surely one of them. This recipe calls for pan-frying boneless pork chops and serving them with butter-browned apples and a Normandy-style sauce made with cider and cream. It makes for a perfect cold-weather meal. Serve with Tieton Dry, Sparkling Perry or Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Cider Yields: 4 to 6 servings For the Spiced Salt ¼teaspoon black peppercorns 3cloves 4 allspice berries 2 tablespoons roughly chopped sage 1 and 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt For the Pork and Sauce 6 boneless pork chops, 4 ounces each,…

Best pizza toppings from the Mediterranean

We just got back from traveling in the South of France, and as you’d expect, the food was fantastic. One of the most enjoyable parts of our trip was visiting the fantastic food markets. Each town has its own market day, and some have a market every day but Sunday. The Saturday market in the town of Arles is one of the best in the area. And there’s a permanent market in Antibes that’s open every day but Sunday. The restaurants here serve lots of fresh seafood and other ingredients that you find in the market — vegetables, herbs, and…

Apple and Blueberry Cider Recipe

Apple and blueberry cider is a delicious diversion from a more mainstream cider recipe that will slake any thirst and delight the drinkers palate with its unique flavour. Sweetening is optional though I do recommend it as it enhances the berry flavour of the cider.   Ingredients: 4 litres (One Gallon) Apple Juice 100-200 grams (3 1/2 – 7 ounces) fresh or frozen blueberries One Red Apple Variety (eg Delicious), cored, peeled and diced One Campden Tablet OR 1/10 level teaspoon Sodium Metabisulfite 80g (3oz) Lactose OR 2g (1 teaspoon) wine sweeter (optional) Cider Yeast Method:   Sterilise your cider…

Pizza Universal Food

Tips for making Pizza at home In earlier days, Pizza certainly was one that was most accepted. It continues to be one of the best-loved foods because of its mouth watery taste. In every country of the world, you can easily find restaurants that serve pizza. Pizza has adapted to most societies and is available in varying flavors around the globe, from Italy reaching distant places like Gujarat’s Pizza on the Rock and Boyne City’s BC Pizza. Nowadays, Pizza has become an international trend. And rightly this has happened because whatever region you live in, pizza has made its presence…

The best dessert is pizza

Pizzas are traditionally associated with savory dishes, and thinking of a dessert pizza is rather unusual for some people. Yet there is an abundance of dessert pizza recipes, and the variety of toppings is amazing. People who have a sweet tooth will definitely be spoiled for choice with desserts of the pizza type offered on a regular basis. There is a long list of delectable names of dessert pizzas: banana split and pineapple brownie pizza; pizza with grilled fruit and cream cheese; pizza with ricotta, plums, apricots and peanuts; layered pizza with pears, apricot preserves, granola and ricotta; pizza with…

A Translation of the Most Common Italian Ingredients

Italian cooking isn’t hard. It’s actually rather fresh and simple. But if you don’t speak fluent Italian, it can be rather hard to read some of the best recipes. Occasionally you will be asked for an ingredient that you may know under a different name.    So in this post, we listed the most common Italian cooking ingredients with their English translations. We also add descriptions of the ingredient. In some cases, we even list where the ingredients are from.   A   Acciuga, Acciuughe or also Alice: Anchovies. These are also generally purchased under either oil or salt.  Aceto:…