Food & Wine
Health and Happiness
Wallet Sized Organic Shopper's guide
A guide about the pesticides in produce that can help choose when to buy organic, if you can't afford buy organic all of the time. www.foodnews.org also check out: www.ewg.org
Iron Rich Foods - Beating Anemia during Pregnancy
Pick your favorites
Lean red meats, including beef, pork, lamb
Seafood - Check which fish and shellfish are best to eat during your pregnancy
Beans, including black, pinto, soy beans, kidney, lima, navy and lentils
Iron fortified whole grains, including rice, cereals, breads and pasta
Greens, including collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens
Vegetables, including broccoli, Swiss chard, asparagus, parsley, watercress, Brussel sprouts
Chicken and turkey
Dried fruits like raisins, prunes, dates and apricots
Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron so pair iron rich foods with citrus fruits.
Staple Foods / Spices / Beverages to have on Hand in your kitchen
Canned tomatoes, Marinara sauce, frozen fruit, Soy or regular Milk, Eggs, Cream cheese, shredded cheese, slicing cheese, canned beans (kidney, black, pinto, garbanzo, lentil); dried beans (if you have more time), carrots, onions, peppers, potatoes, herbs, frozen chicken breasts and thighs, pork, beef round, ground beef or turkey or both, chicken beef or veggie broth, frozen corn, spinach, green beans, peas, Brussel sprouts, crackers, bread, pizza dough, flour, sugar, butter, pasta, jarred tapenades, jarred bruschetta sauces, Dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pesto sauce, parmesan cheese. For Beverages: Soda selection, club soda, sparkling water, water, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beer, vodka, Orange Juice, Lemonade.
Cabernet Scores 90pts! "A beautiful Cab showcasing flamboyant cassis, cocoa and smoky oak flavors, enhanced by firm, sweetly ripe tannins and a touch of oak. It’s delicious, but has enough firmness and complexity to make it noteworthy." Cinnabar 2003 Mercury Rising (a Bordeaux-style red blend) is just delightful as well
Leasingham Shiraz "Bin 61" South Australia 2002
One of our favorite $20-26 reds out there. No headaches, smooth, not acidic. Just overall delightful to drink. Great Value.
This is one drinkable Chardonnay and for under $10 it's hard to beat. Costco sells the Hess Chardonnay for $7, but most other stores we've found it to be closer to $10.
This extraordinary wine from Lebanon was originally created by Gaston Hochar in the cellars of the old 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. In 1984, the respected wine magazine Decanter named Serge Hochar the first ever "Wine Man of the Year" for his extraordinary achievements, determination and dedication to producing wines during the difficult years of the Lebanese Civil War. The 1995 red is one of my personal favorites. Not many cases were made and the quality of the wine is just excellent. It seems chocolaty to the palate. A big wine. And the Ch?eau Musar White I found to be terribly interesting and unique - though reviews at InfoMiss are mixed on the White. http://www.chateaumusar.com.lb/english/home.aspx
Get A Wine Broker!
Wine brokers can suggest to you the perfect wine every time. No more buying horrible wines that cost you a lot of money to see if you like it. A good wine broker will get wines from select wineries - perhaps wineries that others do not have access to commercially.
In the under $20 range we love:
Cinnabar Mercury Rising ($18)
Leasingham Cabernet Bin 56 ($18)
Leasingham Shiraz ($24)
A nice bottle of Prosecco would be a fun holiday gift. Prosecco is a sparkling wine from Venice Italy. Very refreshing and not the headaches that champagne can induce. Barone Ciani Bassetti Prosecco V.S.A.Q. if you can find it. ($25) Andrew Adam Vineyards 2003 Pinot Gris ($25)
Food / Meal Delivery
My husband has always said a proper kitchen remodel would only consist of the addition of a telephone jack. I agree. Since we started using Sunfare, we have decided to forgo the major kitchen remodel. Rather, we have purged our kitchen of the items that didn't receive much use and that we hope we will never need again.
We get three, 5 course meals a week for 98 dollars. Our family is well fed through the week and into the weekend by what we choose from Sunfare.
We're technology people and would rather spend the free time with each other and the kiddo's - we will never go back to regular cooking. It's just not effective for us. And we save on the kitchen remodel which can now be scaled back considerably. http://www.Sunfare.com
Research has also shown that 1-2 cups of quality coffee may lower your risk of colon cancer by up to 25 percent and may help prevent cirrhosis of the liver, Parkinson's disease, skin cancer, and gallstones.
Brewed coffee has been found to have 3 to 4 times the amount of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants as green tea.
Further coffee can even prevent cavities.
Caffeine in coffee has been shown to decrease muscle pain and augment the pain-relieving capability of other drugs, alleviate asthma symptoms and boost athletic endurance and performance as well as heightening alertness and lifting mood.
What’s moderate? Most doctors will agree that 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day can be considered moderate consumption. More at: www.ProfessorHouse.com
Rum, lime, soda water, sugar, mint, ice and a couple of drops of Angostura and you have a splendid Mojito like you might find in Havana.