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Should You Soak Dried Beans?

February 13, 2018

Adding beans to your meal is a great way to boost nutrition.

We’ve all been taught to soak dried beans before cooking them. After all, the digestibility of them improves, or at least that’s what we’ve been taught. More recently, people have jumped on the don’t-soak-your-beans bandwagon. To soak or not to soak? That’s the fundamental question of cooking legumes. What’s a cook to do? I thought I’d add my two cents to the pulse predicament.

“Why not just buy canned beans and avoid the whole dilemma altogether?” you may be wondering. After all, they’re convenient and you can just toss them in your meal. Considering that dried beans are roughly one-third the cost of canned beans and are not exposed to can liners that usually contain bi…

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Cinnamon

January 19, 2018

Cinnamon gives foods and beverages a healthy and delicious boost.

Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of cinnamon on fresh apple pie or atop a chai latte?  It’s just one of those spices that tastes fantastic.  But taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon.  Here are 10 more reasons to love this super spice:

1. Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike.  That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods.

2. It reduces LDL cholesterol levels.  LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol.  Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

3. It has natural anti-infectious compounds.  In studies, cinnamon has been effe…

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14 Ways to Cook with Essential Oils

November 3, 2017

The Miracle Healing Power of Your Body

November 2, 2017
autumn fruits and vegetables
It's time to re-frame health and healing. We have all been taught that health is the absence of a disease or syndrome (syndrome actually just means a collection of symptoms for which the cause is unknown). We're given diagnoses that reflect symptoms or diseased tissue, not an explanation as to what caused the health condition in the first place. Bronchitis, for example, is inflammation of the bronchial tubes. But what causes it?
 
Or consider the many technical names given to illnesses. Why does this matter? It matters because technical-sounding names distract us from the fact that we still don't know what caused our particular health problems...or better yet, how we might …

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#WhyIWrite

October 20, 2017

The Cultured Cook recipe book by international bestselling author Michelle Schoffro CookToday is National Day of Writing. Because #WhyIWrite is trending on Twitter I thought I'd share my story. One day a man who was like a second father to me was rushed to the hospital for an emergency bypass. No one told me about his health ordeal but I awoke from a terrifying nightmare in which he grabbed his heart, fell onto the floor dying, reaching out his hand to me. When I called his home asking if he was okay, the woman who answered the phone barked at me "who told you?" I said no one. I had dreamt it.

Ron was in the hospital six hours away so I immediately got in my car and started driving, even though I knew he would be recovering (I hoped) from surgery and unable to see anyone. Te…

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