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Apples and Cream Pancake

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Apples ‘n’ Cream Pancake Recipe

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup heavy cream ( healthier for you than milk)

2 eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 to 2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled apples

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

 

Directions

In a small bowl, combine milk, eggs, flour and salt. Beat until smooth. Heat a cast-iron or ovenproof skillet in at 450° oven until hot. Add butter to the skillet; spread over entire bottom. Pour in batter; bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, combine sugar and cream cheese. Blend in sour cream and vanilla. Fill pancake with 3/4 cup cream cheese mixture and top with apples. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture over apples and sprinkle with nuts. Cut into wedges and serve immediately. Yield: 4-6 servings.

 

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Cider Mushroom Brisket

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Cider Mushroom Brisket Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 fresh beef brisket (6 pounds)

2 jars (12 ounces each) mushroom gravy

1 cup apple cider or juice

1 envelope onion mushroom soup mix

1/3 cup crushed gingersnap cookies

 

Directions

Cut brisket into thirds; place in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the gravy, cider, soup mix and cookie crumbs; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

Thinly slice meat across the grain. Skim fat from cooking juices; thicken if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.

 

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Slow Cooked Pot Roast

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Slow-Cooked Pot Roast Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 large sweet onion, chopped

1 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms

1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast (3 pounds)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup dry red wine or beef broth

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons cold water

 

Directions

Place onion and mushrooms in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Rub roast with salt and pepper; cut in half and place over onion mixture. In a small bowl, combine the wine, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until gravy is thickened. Yield: 6 servings.

 

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Nutmeg

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Nutmeg

 

What a great spice to add to your recipes this Autumn.

 

Nutmeg is a fragrant medicinal spice that has been used

therapeutically for thousands of years. Nutmeg is rich in antioxidants and

vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, and beta carotene. It also is an excellent

source of minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Nutmeg

contains anti-depressant, anti-fungal, and digestive properties that are highly

beneficial for the neurological, cognitive, immune, and digestive systems.

Nutmeg is commonly used for abdomen pain, liver and spleen disorders, gas,

diarrhea, and general weakness. A pinch of fresh ground nutmeg in a teaspoon or

two of raw honey is a wonderful natural remedy for nausea, indigestion, and

gastritis. It is also great for kidney infections and for helping to dissolve

kidney stones. Nutmeg oil contains several health promoting compounds including

myrsiticin, safrole, and eugnol. It is known to be good for supporting the

adrenal glands and can help support the nervous system to overcome neuralgia,

chronic fatigue, exhaustion, and frigidity. Nutmeg oil is also used topically

for toothache relief and to support circulation thereby aiding muscles, joints,

arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. Nutmeg oil is also known to be an effective

remedy for menstrual cramps and can be massaged over the abdomen during times

of pain and discomfort. Nutmeg powder is a wonderful addition to smoothies,

teas, soups, and stews. Consider purchasing whole nutmeg kernels and grating

them fresh for a nutritional and medicinally superior powder. Nutmeg can be found

in the spice section of your local grocery and health food store.

pic:  nutmeg bean still on bush

 

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The Best Way to Keep Healthy this Winter

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The Best Way to Keep Healthy This Winter

 

Keep Healthy all Winter Long!

Adults bring their fingers to their faces about 16 times per hour, says Chuck Gerba PhD and professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His studies have found that as many as 80 percent of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. That makes hand-washing incredibly important, especially during sick season. In fact, according to Gerba, “Hand washing is the most effective way to reduce your risk of colds and diarrhea, usually by 90 to 50 percent.”

But researchers have been debating the best hand washing techniques for years. Are sanitizers a good idea? Should you dry with a paper towel or a hand dryer. Here are the study-proven techniques and approaches that will guarantee peak protection all winter long.

Soap or Sanitizer?

Bottles of hand sanitizers are everywhere these days, but soap and water may be your best bet when it comes to fighting viruses. In a recent study conducted in a health-care setting, hand sanitizers were linked to a greater risk of noroviruses, a highly infectious virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. In the study, 53 percent of facilities using sanitizers had confirmed outbreaks while only 18 percent of those using soap and water did. The reason? Noroviruses are somewhat more resistant to drying, which is how hand sanitizers work. Hand sanitizers don’t remove dirt as well as soap does. Dirt is Germs!

To send germs packing, run your hands under warm water and scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, then dry thoroughly.

Rings on – or – off?

Many women tend to take off their rings before washing their hands, thinking they will get their skin cleaner that way. But this strategy can backfire, particularly if the ring is places on a counter in a public bathroom.

Hard surfaces, especially stainless steel, can transmit microbes that cause illnesses. Putting your ring back onto a clean finger can deposit the bugs back onto your skin. Dr. Robart says “I recommend leaving the rings on and moving them slightly to get underneath them when washing.”

It is important to scrub diamond rings especially well, a recent study in the International Journal of Oral Science found that stone settings harbored more germs than simple metal bands.

Paper towels -or- air dry?

If you have a choice between drying with hot air or paper towel, go for the towel. The physical act of drying your hands with a paper towel removes a significant number of germs that remain after washing.

Public bathroom providers prefer air dryers because there is less mess. But as a user, towels are better. Also, I would recommend that you use a towel to open the bathroom door especially on the way out, protecting you from the last few users who did not wash properly.

If a public bathroom offers only air dryers, rub your hands under the dryer vigorously until they feel completely dry, then use a few pieces of toilet paper or Kleenex to grab the door on the way out with.

I wrote about this before, do you remember if children should use hand sanitizers or not?

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