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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Friends of Chef Tel Recipes Tell All

One of the most important things that we can share -- whether it be a prominent chef, or a self-taught chef, is the love of food. It is the universal make-up that people world wide share. My most recent endeavors to share my own unique recipes is through social networking, and by friends that I have encountered by way of Pinterest.

If anyone has any suggestions or links to share, I have included a link to connect with me through my Pinterest food board. I am in the process to create a Google Foodie Hangout, in addition to share other recipes on my blog -- as I continue correspond with other Blog owners who wish to spread the good news about their unique creations.

I hope you foodie lovers will enjoy interacting with one another, and collaborate to pick the best recipes to showcase in 2017. Anyone who has any ideas on how to share their recipes on social networking -- feel free to contact me via Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, or email, all email correspondence through my blog follows Google's strict rules of engagement.

Resource Link: https://www.pinterest.com/savageboyy7/chef-tel-recipes/

Photo Credit: Alfonso Coley

Holiday Recipes: Caribbean Shrimp Salad

Serves 4 to 6


Caribbean Shrimp Salad

1 pound of frozen or fresh shrimp, deveined and cleaned
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette
2 whole plantains (also known as Jamaican bananas)
6 roma tomatoes
1 ½ Spanish red onion
1 bag of Caesar seasoned croutons
1 5oz. bag of Good Sense orange cranberry almondine (the product may contain raisins, honey toasted almonds, cranberries, and a good source of Beta Carotene)
1 navel orange
1 bag or pound of fresh spinach
2 16oz. bottles of Caesar dressing


1. Stove top range should be set at medium, place an even amount of canola or regular oil to cooking pan, place skinned plantain in pan. Plantain can be sliced down the middle or in quarters. Turn plantains over several times until golden brown – cooking time will be 5 to 7 minutes. Remove plantain from cooking pan, place on paper towels to drain off excess oil.

2. Stove top range should be set at low heat. Spray cooking pan with Pam or canola oil non-stick spray, let pan heat for 2 minutes, and add shrimp to cooking pan. Shrimp should be sautéed for 6 to 10 minutes, squeeze 1 ½ of navel orange juice over shrimp, turn or lift pan repeatedly to ensure even cooking of juices.

3. Place clean and rinsed off fresh spinach in large salad bowl, add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette to spinach leaves – saturate and stir in vinaigrette.

4. Add sliced roma tomatoes, Spanish onion, shrimp, top off with a small handful of cranberry almondine. Add desired amount of Caesar dressing, do not overwhelm with too much of the dressing due to the balsamic vinaigrette that has been added.

5. Top off Caribbean Shrimp Salad with Caesar or seasoned croutons. Place the plantain on a side dish along with two thin slices of navel oranges. While enjoying the appetizing salad, the navel orange can be squeezed on the plantain to give your taste buds an ultimate tantalizing sensation.  

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Photo Credit: Yomi Yomi -- 2007, September -- Wikimedia Creative 2.0 Commons

Friday, March 10, 2017

Healthy Weight Recipes: Skillet Shrimp Gumbo Recipes


6 Servings

½ cup of Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend
2 cups of fresh or frozen okra
1 ½ pound of medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 garlic cloves or 3 tablespoons of Spice World crushed garlic
½ cup of chopped scallions
1 ½ teaspoon of iodized salt
1 ½ tablespoon of ground pepper
2 ½ cups of spring water
1 can of whole tomatoes
8 drops of Texas Pete hot sauce
2 drops of Tabasco hot sauce
2 whole bay leaves
1 cup of cooked rice
1 ½ tablespoon of Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning blend
1 ½ cup of finely chopped celery
1 ½ cup of finely chopped Spanish onion

Skillet Shrimp Gumbo Recipes


1. Turn stove top burner on medium heat, add Smart Balance butter blend to cooking pan, bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so that okra can cook thoroughly. Add the shrimp, garlic, iodized salt, scallions, and pepper; simmer ingredients for 5 additional minutes.

2. Begin to add spring water, tomatoes, and bay leaves to cooking pan; cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in Tabasco sauce and Texas Pete hot sauce, remove bay leaf before returning lid to frying pan.

3. Add rice to a large bowl, cover rice with gumbo – serve immediately.

Photo Credit: jeffrey w. -- via flickr -- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics

Undeniably, diabetics have special needs – not like that of most healthy people; needs that have to be attended to properly. Each and every person living with diabetes – must learn to be disciplined and educate their self in their pursuit to live a long and healthy life. For persons living with diabetes there are many wonderful products that cater to the well-being of diabetic’s health, nutrition and overall well being.

Before using any nutritional or health-aid supplements – always consult your physician to make sure that they are approved before making a decision on your own.

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Natural Sugar Substitutes. It has come to no surprise that unnatural artificial sugar substitutes have many side effects that can cause severe damage to those individuals whom suffer with diabetes. The best healthy and natural sugar substitutes for diabetics are Sugar in the Raw (grown in Hawaii), Piloncillo, Private Selection Organic Sugar, Healthy organic sugar, Sun Crystals (a blend of naturally sweet stevia – the stevia leaf and pure cane sugar), truvia (Erythritol is a natural sweetener, it is found in fruits and pears).

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Diabetic Foot care. The majority of diabetics are aware that maintaining everyday foot care is essential to overall good health. Diabetic Basics has formulated a product that soothes the feet, kills germs, absorbs moisture, the powder can be sprinkled inside of shoes to give the ultimate germ killing comfort.
Shopping Resource: www.healthyfeetstore.com

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Creative Diabetic Gift Baskets. Most Americans and people world-wide that suffer with diabetes – will come to appreciate and welcome a variety of care packages that are provided by FindGift.com. The gift baskets are filled with “sugar free items, Virginia peanuts, Brie cheese spread, crackers, seasoned pretzels, cheese wafers, pistachios, some delicious sugar free candies and cookies.” The varieties include; Diabetic Get Well Gift Basket, Sugar Free Snacker Gift Basket, Sugar Free Bountiful Gourmet Gift Basket, Gourmet Sugar Free Healthy Gift Basket, and the Happy Birthday Sugar Free Gourmet Gift Basket. The prices range from $32.00 to $84.99. Shopping Resource: www.findgift.com

Healthy Gift Ideas for Diabetics: Home Spa Themed Alternatives. A day or evening of relaxation may include using sea salts, mineral salts, natural lavender bubble baths, lavender bath soaps, goat milk bubble bath, goat milk bathing soap, rose petal bubble bath, Dr. Teals Herbal/Mineral Bath. Many of these products can now be found at many well-known and established retail markets. There are many local independent health food stores throughout the continental United States that offer a wide variety of therapeutic foot-care products to help aid in diabetic foot care.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Healthy Drink Recipes: Favorable Juice Drinks for All the Seasons

For each mother and father who is looking for alternative healthy drinks – there are many resources available when it comes to incorporating a healthy juice alternative. American families can choose a healthy way to serve wholesome and nutritional healthy drinks without the addition of unwanted additives – that have become a part of our mainstream society.

Not only does cranberry juice fight off many infections, but these little berries offer a stream of powerful antioxidants for growing children and adults who seek optimum health. You can never get enough of these natural flavonoids, cut the unwanted sugar by adding concentrated cranberry juice and lemons as an alternative to laboratory infused juice drinks that contain a variety of unnatural compounds.

Serves 4 to 6


Add 1 gallon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (preferably 5 lemons)
2 oz. of Tree of Life cranberry concentrate or any 100% bottle of cranberry concentrate
1 ½ slice of lemon wedges
Frosted glasses are optional


1. Mix 2oz. of favorite cranberry concentrate to 1 gallon of freshly squeezed lemon aid juice

2. Shake thoroughly, place in refrigerator for 1 or 2 hours, serve with chilled glass and slice of lemon

This juice drink is a healthy alternative to drinks that are filled with sugar, splenda, and other sugar substitutes. Always treat yourself and your family to the best of what the earth has to offer.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Guilt Free Gourmet Recipes to Die For: Blackened Chilean Sea Bass with Black Beans

Ingredients and Directions

Finely chop 1 ½ Spanish red onion, can use minced garlic or chop garlic if preferred-will need 1 tablespoon of minced or chopped garlic.
Add 2 cans of Goya black beans to pot; add Goya pimento regular seasoning to beans, add remaining ingredients-bring to boil for 2 minutes, stir while boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Add ½ cup of white cooking wine to unseasoned sea bass.
Season bass with a few generous shakes of Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning; also add a few sprinkles of thyme, oregano and parsley.
Add 2 to 3 salted butter chips on top of bass.
Pan Broil sea bass at 475 on medium level in oven for 20 minutes, during 10 minutes of cooking time you will need to add 1/3 of water to pan or rack as wine sauce will evaporate.

Every 5 minutes-scoop wine sauce from cooking pan to pour on top of bass to ensure tenderness and proper browning of herbs.

After sea bass is ready to serve, squeeze ½ lemon juice on surface of bass and serve immediately.

Tip for soon to be at home chefs, cast iron skillets and cookware will give the best results when pan broiling sea bass.

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Photo Credit: Karen via flickr 2010 -- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Guilt Free Gourmet Recipes to Die For: Pan Broiled Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Ingredients and Directions

Serves 2

Before preparing wings, soak chicken in iodized salt for 1 to 2 hours. After soaking time, place chicken in colander, rinse thoroughly for 5 minutes, while rinsing rub off salt and let drain for 15 minutes.

1. Pour a generous amount of Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce over both sides of wings.

2. Add a generous amount of Mrs. Dash salt free lemon pepper seasoning to both sides of wings.

3. Add a generous amount of McCormick salt free all purpose herb seasoning to both sides of wings.

4. Add a few shakes of Goya seasoning to both sides of wings.

5. Place wings in pan, add 1 & ½ cup of water to pan, add an additional ½ cup of teriyaki sauce to pan.

6. Preheat oven on pan broil setting to 375 degrees for 2 minutes before adding wings to oven. Next, place wings in oven at medium rack height from pan broil coils.

7. Pan Broil one side for 20 minutes, turn wings over and pan broil for 20 minutes, and add another ½ cup of water after 40 minutes of cooking time.

8. In between cooking-baste or saturate wings with sauce 2 to 3 times every 10 to 15 minutes.

9. Turn wings over for final time, increase oven temperature to 450 degrees for 8 minutes, after time has expired-remove wings immediately. Pour remaining teriyaki sauce over wings. Top with a piece of lemon or orange slice, and serve.

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Photo Credit: AlekhyaaDas -- 6/2015 -- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Mountain Baked Potato


Serves 8

8 king size Idaho or regular baking potatoes
2 one pound packages of bacon
1 16oz. jar of pasteurized process cheese sauce
1 16oz. package of sharp cheese
2 11oz. bags of frozen broccoli florets


1. Separate bacon slices and place on two baking pans, place in oven and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, turn several times to ensure bacon is thoroughly cooked. Drain grease from pan and place bacon on paper towels to drain off excess grease. Chop bacon into finely grated pieces, place in bowl and cover until needed to top off

 2. Place 8 potatoes in oven, set temperature at 450 degrees, bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Turn potatoes four times to ensure an even bake.

3. Place both 11oz. bags of broccoli into medium cooking pot, bring to boil for 10 minutes. Drain broccoli in colander and immediately remove potatoes from oven.

4. Slice potatoes in half – top with a healthy portion of pasteurized cheese.

5. Add chopped bacon, then top off with broccoli florets, add a liberal amount of sharp shredded cheese and cracked pepper or add garlic herb dipping spices to complete topping.

6. Place potatoes back in oven for 5 to 8 minutes, serve immediately.

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Photo Credit: Alfonso Coley

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Red, White and Blue Clams Casino Seafood Lovers Dish

Serves 6 to 8


2 dozen cherry-stone clams
2tbls of olive oil
1tbls 50/50 smart balance butter blend
½ cup finely minced Spanish onion
¼ cup finely chopped green pepper
2 fresh peeled garlic cloves or spice world chopped garlic
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
4 slices cooked crispy bacon/crumpled
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2tbls grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped parsley
Liberal amount of paprika
Small amount of olive oil to taste


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2. Thoroughly rinse and scrub clams, discard any that are open. Place clams on a baking sheet and bake until the shells open, remove meat from shell. Finely chop clams, discard one half shells.

3. Heat 50/50 smart balance butter blend and cooking oil in saute pan. Add chopped garlic, green pepper and onion, saute ingredients until tender. Remove from heat and let cool.

4. Add chopped bacon, bread crumbs, and oregano and Parmesan cheese. Add clams to mixture, mix up all ingredients well.

5. Clam shells that have been saved – begin to fill in clam mixture. Sprinkle parsley and paprika; finally, drizzle with olive oil. Bake Red, White and Blue Clams Casino for 8 minutes, should be golden brown on top. Immediately serve while clam dish hot from the oven.

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Photo Credit: Sheri W. -- Wikimedia Creative Commons -- via Flickr

The Perfect Saint Patrick Grilled Reuben on Toasted Rye

Serves 4 to 6


2Ibs of shaved corn beef or freshly cooked brisket
Kosher sauerkraut
4 barrel dill pickles
1 16oz bottle of 1000 island dressing
1 ½ stick of 50/50 smart balance butter blend
Pam non-stick cooking spray


1. Each grilled Reuben will need to be pan-fried separately when cooking for a family of 4 or 6. Pre-heat cooking frying pans to low heat, immediately spray a generous amount of Pam to each pan. Let cooking pan heat for 10 minutes before adding rye bread.

2. Add rye bread to cooking pan; place a generous amount of shaved corn beef to one slice of bread.

3. Place 3 tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing on top of corn beef.

4. Top off with a generous amount of kosher sauerkraut, immediately place the side down slice of rye bread to the top of the sandwich.

5. Add 1 tablespoon of 50/50 smart balance butter blend to pan, turn up heat to medium and smoothly turn over Reuben. Take spatula and push down of sandwich; also gently hit the top of the bread to give the rye a little breathing before flipping it over.

6. As the Reuben is grilling – make sure that the smart balance butter blend saturates the bottom rye bread to give it the ultimate taste.

7. Total time for grilled Reuben, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove Reuben from pan, slice in half and serve with two slices of dill pickles.

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Photo Credit: jefferyw -- via Wikimedia Creative Commons

Baked Scallops with Orange Spice Sauce

Serves 4 to 6


2 pound of bay scallops
5 tablespoons of chopped scallions
10 tablespoons of Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend
1 ½ navel orange
Mrs. Dash salt-free Southwest Chipotle seasoning blend
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
4 tablespoons chopped parsley

Baked Scallops with Orange Spice Sauce


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Butter a deep casserole dish with some Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend, and place scallops in dish.

3. Set range top to medium heat; add 4 tablespoons of Smart Balance Butter Blend to saute cooking pan. Saute scallions in cooking pan for a one minute or two, and then sprinkle sauce and scallions over scallops.

4. Melt the remaining butter in a separate sauté pan, remove cooking pan from heat and add stir in lemon juice. Begin to pour sauce over both sides of scallops. Cover scallops with Italian bread crumbs on one side only.

5. Bake bay scallops for 15 minutes, during the baking process – saute scallops with remaining sauce for complete tenderness. Serve immediately, garnish with chopped parsley.

Photo Credit: Chef Sean Christopher -- March, 2013 -- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Butter Beans with Smoked Turkey and Wild Rice

Serves 4 to 6


2 cups of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice
1 pound of smoked turkey necks
3 tablespoons of Goya Adobo (all purpose seasoning)
2 tablespoons of Spice World
2 tablespoons of Texas Pete Hot Sauce
2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash (original seasoning blend)
1 ½ Spanish onion – diced into medium pieces
Less than a half of celery stalk chopped into very small pieces
2 bags of Frozen Butter Beans
1 qt. stick of butter


1.  Add 4 cups of water and 1 qt. stick of butter to cooking pot - add rice to pot and turn up heat up to high. When rice begins to boil – immediately reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. 

2.  Rinse off turkey necks under cold running water for several minutes, rub meat in between rinsing – add 8 cups of water to large cooking pot, add turkey necks to pot, turn stove-top heat to high and continue to cook at this temperature for 1 hour.

3.  After 1 hour add all ingredients to cooking pot, reduce heat to medium and cook for an additional 1 hour or until butter beans are tender. Turkey Necks should be tender to the point of meat falling off the bone. In between cooking make sure to skim off excess grease to ensure no grease remains.

4.  Add 2 tablespoons of Wild Rice to bowl and top off with a few shakes of Texas Pete Hot Sauce along with desired amount of Butter Beans and serve immediately. 

Author Note: Recipe ingredients can also be substituted with beef, beef sausage, vegetables, and tomatoes to add uniqueness to this classic soul food dish.

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Photo Credit: Jpatokal -- 10/2007 Wikimedia Creative Commons

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Herb Grilled Lamb Chops and Tasmanian Rib Eye Steak


Serves 10 to 12

1 Separately rinse off 10lbs of regular lamb chop and rib eye with cold water, after rinsing - place meat on tempered glass rack or plates, wipe meat dry with paper towels.

2 Marinade one side rib eyes with Goya Salsita Hot Sauce (Salsa Picante), Tangy Arbol Chiles. Season both sides of rib eyes with a generous amount of Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend (No MSG)

3 Marinade both sides of center cut lamb chops with Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce. Season both sides of chops with Goya pimento and Mrs. Dash Table Blend.

4 Refrigerate meats overnight so that marinade may season meat to perfection.

5 Prepare grill for cooking, after coals are ash hot add meat to rack, during the cooking process continue to use remaining marinade to give meat its ultimate season and tenderness.

Cooking time for medium thick rib eyes will depend on how each family member’s desired temperature is requested.

Center Cut Lamb Chops should be grilled 15 to 20 minutes each side.

Photo Credit: Alfonso Coley

Garlic and Lemon Pepper Grilled Pork Spareribs

Serves 6 to 8


 1 Soak pork spareribs in iodized salt, white vinegar and Spice World Chopped Garlic, refrigerate meat overnight.

2 After 24 hours discard kosher water, do not rinse off spareribs – due to the seasoning and garlic will give the meat a wonderful season and taste.

3 Slice in half 1 lemon, squeeze lemon juice on both sides of rib meat

4 Season both sides of spareribs with Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend and Mrs. Dash Table Blend

5 Lightly season both sides of pork ribs with Goya Seasoning

6 Grill spareribs for 1 hour and 50 minutes, for the optimum cooking experience, close grill to give the ribs a smoke and tender taste. Make sure to open the top vent a few degrees to release some heat – this will ensure the herbs to penetrate the meat down to the bone. Oh.., everyone should know that the sauce is optional.

One of the most important reasons to soak the pork spareribs in iodized salt, the garlic and vinegar removes impurities and old blood from the meat. During the over night soak, the pork meat is purged from any bacteria that may cause intestinal harm. The same can be done for chicken; it is of the utmost importance to presoak these meats to give them an ultimate kosher taste.

 Photo Credit: Alfonso Coley

Monday, March 6, 2017

Receta de pollo a la pimienta de limón asado a la hierba

Sirve de 8 a 10


1. Presoak 3 pollos enteros en sal yodada y ajo picado durante 24 horas. Después de que los pollos hayan empapado durante este período de tiempo, enjuague los pollos durante 5 minutos. Deje que los pollos se vacíen durante 15 minutos, retire toda la carne inerte del pollo y colóquela en un lado para agregarla al plato.

2. Verter uniformemente 1 taza de vino de cocina sobre cada pollo a ambos lados, añadir el condimento de pimiento de Goya a la cavidad interna del pollo, añadir también unos batidos de la mezcla de sazonado de Sra. Dash Southwest Chipotle a la cavidad interna.

3. Sazone cada pollo con una cantidad generosa de condimento de señora Dash Lemon Pepper Herb en ambos lados.

4. Coloque el pollo en el molde de cocción deseado o en el horno de precalentamiento del plato a 375 grados, coloque la vajilla en el bastidor inferior. Gire la temperatura del horno a 350 grados, este será el tiempo de cocción apropiado final.

5. Durante el tiempo de cocción, gire los pollos cada 25 minutos, asar el pollo durante el tiempo de horneado para asegurar la ternura óptima del pollo entero. Para dar el pollo asado que el sabor adicional del placer, agrega 3 cuartos de cebollas españolas a la cacerola y agregue 1 taza adicional de agua y ½ taza de vino de cocinar a cada cacerola.

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Photo Credit: Ewan Swigart -- 2010 -- Wikimedia Creative Commons

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How to Make an Arnold Palmer Natural Ice Tea

Serves 8 to 10


8 large Lipton or organic tea bags

10 lemons

2 cups of natural cane turbinado sugar

3 gallons of spring water or drinking water


1. In a large cooking pot bring 1 gallon and a half of spring water or drinking water to a boil, reduce heat to minimum.

2. Slowly stir in 2 cups of natural cane turbinado sugar-stir slowly for three minutes. Remove from burner, do not remove tea bags, cover and let stand for 1 hour.

3. Remove tea bags from pot, stir pot vigorously for 1 minute, pour beverage into 1 gallon plastic or glass container-refrigerate for 2 hours. Pour the remaining ½ gallon tea into another container (this will be used as the first half and half mixture).

4. Slice lemons into halves; squeeze lemon juice into saved ½ gallon tea container. Shake vigorously, refrigerate for 2 hours.

5. Remove beverage containers from refrigerator, mix appropriate 1 ½ sweetened tea to 1 ½ of unsweetened in a 16oz glass garnished with a wedge of lemon. Repeat same steps for guest, family and friends, unused beverage may be mixed together and saved for three to five days. You can also semi freeze the beverage to make a delightful frozen slushy topped with a piece if orange, raspberry or any fruit of your desire.

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 Photo Credit: Evan Swigart -- 2010

Monday, February 27, 2017

Healthy Tips to Fight Insomnia in 2017 and Beyond

Insomnia; known to be a deadly and silent killer, if left untreated this chronic sleep disorder can cause irrefutable damage to the central nervous system.

According to continuous research of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “Insomnia is a condition in which you have trouble falling asleep”. And, also duly noted by the National Institutes of Health, “Long-term insomnia can cause you to feel depressed or irritable; having trouble paying attention; learning and remembering; and not to do your best at the job or at school.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Many well-renowned health advocates have concluded – that most insomnia patients bring on this disorder from instituting many poor health habits – that eventually develop into problematic health issues as time goes on.

Poor sleeping habits can develop from eating dinner or meals one hour before bed time; this is when most people begin to have the most difficult time in falling asleep. Onset insomnia can bring about difficulty in falling asleep due to extra anxiety in ones personal life, undue stress is also the major cause of ill health in American people.

Healthy Tip #1 Incorporate on a daily basis deep breathing techniques while including some type of meditational music. I have provided two links to help aid in meditation and relaxation tips from an old school point of view.

Healthy Tip #2 Time management time to relax, and learning to apply discipline to relax. Stress needs to be completely absorbed in non-stressful activities. Incorporate reading a few passages from a favorite novel or book before retiring. It is well documented from many sources that reading greatly reduces stress, especially induced in a peaceful environment. Healthy tip 1 can be combined with healthy tip 2 – to ensure maximum benefits.

Healthy Tip #3 Discipline leads to repetition. Incorporating the first two healthy tips on a weekly basis for a three month period – will significantly reduce stressors that bring on insomnia and incite sleep disorders.

Healthy Tip #4 Power of Your Mind: View the entire end of day activity as an anchor that you let rest at bay. Visualize and enforce positive energy. Make time each day to take a soothing mineral bath, time to soothe the body also helps aid in a relaxed state of mind. There is nothing more rewarding to fight insomnia than having peace of mind.

Healthy Tip #5 Know when to call it a day – may be the most important aspect of fighting insomnia. Bed time will vary from each individual, but the same principals stated in this article apply to each individual who wants battle and defeat sleep disorders. Aromatherapy placed in the bedroom adds an additional comfort zone, the many known and documented findings/ affects of herbal remedies have been used for centuries worldwide to combat sleep disorders. Same time to bed – equals to a repetitive factor that becomes routine when applied in a well-disciplined fashion.

Hope these healthy tips bring sweet dreams and tranquility for 2017 and beyond.

Resources and Help Link:

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Photo Credit: Andre Schmucki 2016

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cómo hacer los huesos del cuello del cerdo con la salsa casera de Brown y las patatas blancas

Esta receta ha estado en mi familia durante tres generaciones, es una receta secreta que me gustaría compartir con todos los que disfruta de la creación de una comida abundante, satisfactoria, para el hogar. Esta receta requiere mucho tiempo para prepararse, sería aconsejable seguir cada paso que presento aquí - para disfrutar y salvador en la preparación de esta receta de comida del alma. En general; Esta receta es una tradición de larga data basada en la comunidad afroamericana y caribeña, que ahora se ha convertido en un elemento básico de la cocina americana tradicional.

Sirve de 10 a 12

1. Presoak 3lbs de huesos frescos del cuello de cerdo por 1 hora en agua salada yodada. Retire los huesos del cuello del agua, enjuague bien con agua tibia para eliminar los sedimentos y grasas inertes de la carne. Después de que la carne se haya enjuagado y limpiado apropiadamente, agregue 10 tazas de agua a la olla grande, lleve a ebullición y agregue los huesos del cuello a la olla.

2. Deje que los huesos del cuello se hervan sin cubrir durante 1 hora, antes de reducir al mínimo de calor, desnatase el exceso de grasa varias veces antes de colocar la tapa en la olla.

3. Cocine los huesos del cuello durante otra hora.

4. Mientras los huesos del cuello están cocinando, pelar y cortar 6 patatas blancas enteras en mitades o trozos.

5. Después de que los huesos del cuello hayan hervido a fuego lento durante una hora adicional, deje de cocinar, deje reposar durante 15 minutos.

6. Retire los huesos del cuello de la olla, deseche el agua, se necesitará agua fresca para reiniciar el último proceso de cocción. Lleve a ebullición 10 tazas de agua dulce, agregar los huesos del cuello a la olla.

7. Agregue las papas pre-cortadas y 1 ½ lonchas de español (cebolla roja) a la olla, agregue una generosa cantidad de mezcla de sazonada sin sel Dash.

8. Añadir 2 cucharadas de condimento de Adobo Goya

9. Agregue la salsa picante de Texas Pete (use la discreción a su gusto)

10. Añadir 1 cucharada de tomillo y orégano

11. Agregue 2 cucharadas de ajo del mundo de las especias

12. Agregue 1 cucharadita de almidón de maíz, agregue 1 cucharada de harina

13. Agregue todos los ingredientes para reducir el fuego y dejar hervir a fuego lento durante 1 y ½ hora. Durante la etapa final de la cocción, enjuague el exceso de grasa, no debe haber ningún rastro de grasa de carne visible. Elija la carne con un tenedor, si la carne es tierna, casi se cae del hueso - entonces esta deliciosa receta de comida del alma está lista para servir.

Photo Credit: Alfonso Coley -- Placa de huesos de cuello bien hechos antes de añadir a la olla

How to Make Pork Neck Bones with Homemade Brown Gravy and White Potatoes

This recipe has been in my family for three generations, it is a secret recipe that I would like to share with everyone whom enjoys creating a hearty, fulfilling, down-home, soul food meal. This recipe is time consuming to prepare, it would be well advised to follow each step I present herein – to enjoy and savior in the preparation of this soul food recipe. Overall; this recipe is a long standing tradition based in the African-American and Caribbean community, which has now become a staple of the traditional American cuisine.

Serves 10 to 12

1.  Presoak 3lbs of fresh pork neck bones for 1 hour in iodized salt water. Remove neck bones from water, rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove sediments and fatty inert from meat. After meat has been rinsed and cleaned properly, add 10 cups of water to large pot, bring to a boil, and add neck bones to pot.

2.  Let neck bones boil uncovered for 1 hour, before reducing to minimum heat, skim excess grease several times before placing lid on cooking pot.

3.  Simmer neck bones for another hour.

4. While neck bones are cooking, peel and cut 6 whole white potatoes into halves or chunks.

5. After neck bones have simmered for an additional hour, stop cooking, let stand for 15 minutes.

6. Remove neck bones from pot, discard water, fresh water will be needed to re-start the last cooking process. Bring to a boil 10 cups of fresh water, add neck bones to pot.

7.  Add pre-cut potatoes and 1 ½ finely sliced Spanish (red-onion) to pot, add a generous amount of salt-free Mrs. Dash seasoning blend.

8.  Add 2 tablespoons of Goya Adobo seasoning

9.  Add Texas Pete hot sauce (use discretion-to your liking)

10. Add 1 tablespoon of thyme and oregano

11.  Add 2 tablespoons of Spice-World Garlic

12. Add 1 teaspoon of corn starch, add 1 tablespoon of flour

13. Stir in all ingredients reduce heat and let simmer for 1 and ½ hour. During the final stage of the cooking, skim excess grease, there should be no trace of meat grease visible. Pick meat with fork, if meat is tender, almost falling off the bone – then this delightful soul food recipe is ready to serve.

Photo Credit: Alfonso Coley -- Showing two neck bones well done before adding to the pot

Come fare italiano Pomodori verdi fritti

Serve 6-8

2 chili di pomodori verdi
6 fette di provolone
Meno di 1 ½ padella piena di olio di canola di cottura (sarà necessario ripetere l'operazione 2 volte se la cottura per un gruppo più grande)
briciole di pane italiano
1 cucchiaio di Goya Adobo pepe condimento
Migliori uova di 2 uova sbattute, Terra
1 cucchiaio di basilico

Come fare Pomodori verdi

1. Pomodori verdi devono essere tagliati in quarti di media; questo dà il pomodoro la migliore consistenza frittura.

2. Aggiungere 1 tazza di pangrattato italiani a ciotola mescolare, mettere le uova sbattute a parte, girare fuochi superiore a 1 quarto sotto fuoco medio, e aggiungere olio di canola di cottura della vaschetta.

3. Stagione entrambi i lati di pomodori verdi con basilico, aggiungere 1 cucchiaio di Goya Adobo condimento per la pastella di uova.

4. Dip nei pomodori verdi in uovo battitore uno alla volta, rotolare entrambi i lati nel pangrattato italiani, e subito aggiungere i pomodori in cucina padella. Girare il calore fino a medio, e friggere pan per 10 a 12 minuti, girare pomodori verdi 2 volte per dargli quel tessuto marrone dorato.

5. Top i pomodori verdi con una fetta moderata di provolone, lasciate sciogliere sulla parte superiore del pomodoro, mentre ancora in padella. Rimuovere immediatamente dalla padella, mettere i pomodori su un tovagliolo di carta per drenare l'olio in eccesso e servite subito con un bicchiere di zinfandel rosso o bianco.

Photo Credit: Andy Melton 2008 -- Wikimedia Commons

How To Make Italian Fried Green Tomatoes

Serves 6 to 8

2 pounds of green tomatoes
6 slices of provolone cheese
Less than 1 ½ pan filled with canola cooking (will need to repeat this step 2 times if cooking for a larger group)
Italian bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of Goya Adobo pepper seasoning
2 Egg Land’s Best eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon of sweet basil

How to Make Green Tomatoes

1. Green tomatoes should be sliced into medium quarters; this gives the tomato the best frying consistency.

2. Add 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs to mixing bowl, place beaten eggs aside, turn stove top burner to 1 quarter below medium heat, and add canola oil to cooking pan.

3. Season both sides of green tomatoes with sweet basil, add 1 tablespoon of Goya Adobo seasoning to egg batter.

4. Dip in green tomatoes in egg batter one at a time, roll both sides in Italian bread crumbs, and immediately add tomatoes into cooking frying pan. Turn heat up to medium, and pan fry for 10 to 12 minutes, turn over green tomatoes 2 times to give it that golden brown texture.

5. Top off green tomatoes with a moderate slice of provolone cheese, let melt on top of tomato while still in frying pan. Remove immediately from frying pan, place tomatoes on a paper towel to drain off excess oil and serve right away with a glass of red or white zinfandel. 

how to make italian fried green tomatoes

Photo Credit: Andy Melton 2008 -- Wikimedia Commons