Delcious White Bean Soup

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I found this recipe on FaceBook The other day and thought it looked quite good,so I read the recipe and I like to keep things simple and easy. I have cooked the good old fashion way for many years, but in my more mature days I like to keep it simple and for the most part I have several followers that are learning to cook and I think if you are learning start simple and get comfortable with food handling and adding flavor. That will get one comfortable and all comes much easier and if you work you really don’t want to come home and be in the kitchen all night. This is a recipe you could throw it all in the crock pot and cook if you wanted to. But I wanted to build some good flavors while it cooked. So here is my recipe The ingredients are basically the same, but cooking is different.

Recipe:

1/2 slice country ham or a ham hock if you prefer

1 pound dried white beans

3/4 cup chopped carrots

3/4 cup chopped celery

3/4 cup chopped onions

1/2 tsp. thyme

1 clove   garlic or more if you like or add garlic powder (All optional)

salt and pepper

Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to pan you will cook your beans in and add the sliced ham and cook slightly to flavor your beans

add water or chicken broth if you like ( I used water)

because there is a lot of flavor going on in that pan. add water to 4 inches above the beans and let cook on med to med lo heat until begins to tender. If your veggies are not chopped now is the time to do so. add 1 tbsp. oil to skillet and add chopped veggies and cook until almost tender and add to the beans and add all spices and cook on med low until everything is tender and you are ready to enjoy. I am adding fried cornbread to my meal tonight and a wedge of sweet onion and a big glass of sweet tea, after all I am from the south.

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Mary’s Caramel Yummy Cake/ Brown Butter Glaze

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This is one yummy to the tummy goodness. I had a Duncan Hines Caramel cake mix that I wanted to use, so this is what I come up with. Hope you will try it and like as much as we do. It is especially good while it is warm.

Recipe:

1 Duncan Hines Caramel cake mix,

1 can coconut/pecan icing ( like for a german chocolate cake)

3/4 cup cooking oil

4 eggs

1/4 cup +  1 tbsp. sour cream

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and the can coconut pecan frosting,

beat for just a few minutes to combine all well and batter is smooth, Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan

Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees for 15 minutes and turn oven down to 335 degrees and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Glaze:

1/2 stick pure butter melted and cooked until butter browns,

add 2 tbsp. milk

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

dash salt to off set the sweetness

Drizzle over warm cake. Enjoy!!!

That what’s cooking in my country kitchen today, come back soon and have a wonderful day.

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What ‘s in your Green Tea

By Dr. Mercola

From mercola.com

Green tea, prized for many generations in China, Japan and even Britain, has made a name for itself in the US, where many now drink it daily due to its many associated health benefits.

However, while green tea is recognized as an abundant source of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin polyphenol, and other antioxidants, not all green teas are created equal.

If you’re drinking green tea hoping to increase your antioxidant levels, you should know that some green tea brands contain very little antioxidants, while others may contain significant amounts of lead.

One Variety of Tea Tested Contained Almost No EGCG

EGCG is easily the most talked-about green tea compound. As one of the most powerful antioxidants known, the health benefits of EGCG include a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, glaucoma, high cholesterol and more. Several studies have also found that EGCG can improve exercise performance, increase fat oxidation, and may help prevent obesity, as it’s known to have a regulatory effect on fat metabolism.

If you drink green tea, you probably assume you’re getting a healthful dose of EGCG with each cup, but new research shows that’s not necessarily the case. An analysis of the strength and purity of more than 20 green tea products by ConsumerLab.com found that EGCG levels in bottled green tea can range from just 4 milligrams (mg) per cup to 47 mg, while brewable green tea (from tea bags, loose tea or a K-cup) contained levels ranging from 25 mg to 86 mg per serving.1

One variety, bottled Diet Snapple Green Tea, reportedly contained almost no EGCG, while Honest Tea Green Tea with Honey contained only about 60 percent of the 190 mg of catechins claimed on the label.2 Added sugars or artificial sweeteners were also common in the bottled tea brands.

This Type of Green Tea Contained the Most Antioxidants

Green tea brewed from loose tea leaves appeared to offer the most potent source of antioxidants like EGCG. One variety, Teavana contained 250 mg of catechins per serving; green tea sold in bags from brands like Lipton and Bigelow contained lower levels, although represented a more cost-effective alternative.

The different tea brands also varied significantly in the amount of caffeine the products contained. While some contained virtually none, others contained 86 mg per serving, which is similar to the amount of caffeine in a regular cup of coffee.

One green tea supplement even contained 130 mg of caffeine in a single capsule, which is more than is found in a cup of coffee! But higher antioxidant levels is only one reason why you may want to choose loose tea over bags…

Some Tea Bags May Leach Hazardous Compounds Into Your Tea

Some tea bags are made with synthetic polymers, such as nylon, thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene. While these compounds have high melting points, the temperature at which the molecules in polymers begin to break down is always lower than the melting point, which could allow the bags to leach compounds of unknown health hazards into your tea when steeped in boiling water.

Paper tea bags are also potentially problematic, as they are frequently treated with epichlorohydrin, which hydrolyzes to 3-MCPD when contact with water occurs. 3-MCPD is a carcinogen associated with food processing that has also been implicated in infertility and suppressed immune function. I recommend purchasing tea from manufacturers who can certify that their tea bags do not contain epichlorohydrin, and avoid plastic tea bags. Alternatively, you can opt for loose tea instead.

Why Your Green Tea Should Come From Japan, Not China

Green tea plants are known to be especially effective at absorbing lead from the soil, which is then taken up into the plant’s leaves. Areas with excessive industrial pollution, such as China (where nearly 90% of the world’s green tea is produced),3 may therefore contain substantial amounts of lead.4

According to the ConsumerLab.com analysis, tea from brands like Lipton and Bigelow contained up to 2.5 micrograms of lead per serving compared to no measurable amounts in Teavana brand, which gets its tea leaves from Japan.

While the lead in the tea leaves is not thought to leach very effectively into the tea you end up drinking, if you’re consuming Matcha green tea, one of my favorites, it’s especially important that it comes from Japan instead of China. Matcha tea contains the entire ground tea leaf, and can contain over 100 times the EGCG provided from regular brewed green tea.

That said, because you’re consuming the entire leaf, you want to be sure it comes from a non-polluted, high-quality source. The best Matcha green tea comes from Japan and is steamed, rather than roasted or pan-fried. As a result, Matcha green tea retains all the nutrient-rich value possible from the tea leaf, without additives or contaminants.

A Word of Warning About Fluoride in Tea

Both black and green teas are naturally high in fluoride, even if organically grown without pesticides. This is because the plant readily absorbs fluoride thorough its root system, including naturally-occurring fluoride in the soil. According to fluoride expert Jeff Green, there are reports of people who have developed crippling skeletal fluorosis from drinking high amounts of iced tea alone.5

If you live in an area with fluoridated drinking water, as the majority of Americans do, then you could be getting a double dose of fluoride when you drink tea. When selecting tea of any kind, it should preferably be organic (to avoid pesticides) and grown in a pristine environment because, as mentioned, tea is known to accumulate fluoride, heavy metals and other toxins from soil and water, so a clean growing environment is essential to producing a pure, high-quality tea.

What Does the Research Say About Drinking Tea?

Although I still believe pure water should make up the majority of your daily fluid intake, high-quality tea has numerous health benefits to offer, which vary by type. In addition to Matcha tea, I personally enjoy Tulsi tea (aka Holy Basil tea), which is a powerful adaptogenic herb that provides important therapeutic benefits. There is also growing evidence that the polyphenols in tea, including EGCG and many others, may be protective against cancer. Beyond this, the beneficial properties in tea have been known to:

  • Neutralize the effects to your body of harmful fats and oils
  • Inhibit bacteria and viruses
  • Improve digestion
  • Protect against oxidation in your brain and liver
  • Help promote healthy gums

Drinking tea has also been linked to:

Improved mental alertness and slowing of brain-cell degeneration Reduced blood pressure Protection against type 2 diabetes
Lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels Lower risk of breast, colon, lung, ovarian and prostate cancers Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Loose-Leaf Tea

Choosing high-quality tea is extremely important. As the ConsumerLab.com analysis showed, the type of tea you purchase can make all the difference in the amount of beneficial antioxidants it contains, with loose-leaf teas appearing to provide the most. There is an art to brewing tea using loose tea leaves, but once you find your “sweet spot” you may never go back to bagged tea again. Here are a few simple guidelines for making the “perfect” cup of tea:

  • Bring water to a boil in a tea kettle (avoid using a non-stick pot, as this can release harmful chemicals when heated)
  • Preheat your teapot or cup to prevent the water from cooling too quickly when transferred. Simply add a small amount of boiling water to the pot or tea up that you’re going to steep the tea in. Ceramic and porcelain retain heat well. Then cover the pot or cup with a lid. Add a tea cozy if you have one, or drape with a towel. Let stand until warm, then pour out the water
  • Put the tea into an infuser, strainer, or add loose into the tea pot. Steeping without an infuser or strainer will produce a more flavorful tea. Start with one heaped teaspoon per cup of tea, or follow the instructions on the tea package. The robustness of the flavor can be tweaked by using more or less tea
  • Add boiling water. Use the correct amount for the amount of tea you added (i.e. for four teaspoons of tea, add four cups of water). The ideal water temperature varies based on the type of tea being steeped:
    • White or green teas (full leaf): Well below boiling (170-185°F or 76-85°C). Once the water has been brought to a boil, remove from heat and let the water cool for about 30 seconds for white tea and 60 seconds for green tea before pouring it over the leaves
    • Oolongs (full leaf): 185-210°F or 85-98°C
    • Black teas (full leaf) and Pu-erhs: Full rolling boil (212°F or 100°C)
  • Cover the pot with a cozy or towel and let steep. Follow steeping instructions on the package. If there are none, here are some general steeping guidelines. Taste frequently as you want it to be flavorful but not bitter:
    • Oolong teas: 4-7 minutes
    • Black teas: 3-5 minutes
    • Green teas: 2-3 minutes
  • Once the desired flavor has been achieved you need to remove the strainer or infuser. If you’re using loose leaves, pour the tea through a strainer into your cup and any leftover into another vessel (cover with a cozy to retain the heat)

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Fresh Orange Cake

Preheat oven to 350

1 box yellow cake

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and mix well ( forget the directions on box.)

This is all the ingredients you need.

Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan

and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.

Frosting

Before frosting squeeze fresh orange juice over cake

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

4 tbsp. orang juice and zest of 1/2 orange

mix together and when cake is cool frost as desired

I add 1 tbsp. orange marmalade to mine for extra yumminess

Enjoy

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Rotel Chicken

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This is a delicious meal all on it’s own or add a salad. It is another easy and simple meal.

Rotel Chicken
3-4 boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
1 can Rotel, any variety. I use original.
1 8 ounce brick Cream Cheese
1 can Black or Cannellini Beans, drained
1 can Fiesta Corn, drained

3 /4 cup chicken broth
Place chicken in crock pot, pour can of Rotel over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or as long as 5. When ready use fork to break chicken into bite sized pieces, add cream cheese, beans, and corn, gently stir. Turn crock pot down to warm heat, cover and serve over rice or with tortilla chips. This will keep on warm in crock pot for up to 4 hours. That whats in my kitchen today, hope you will try it and enjoy. Don’t forget to like this page while you are here. Please come back to visit again soon

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My Grandma’s Lemon Soda Pound Cake

This I have to make, I love cakes and love baking cakes. This sounds delightful

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Nothing is certain but death and taxes, right?

False. At least, that’s my opinion.

There are some things in life that you just know, no matter what happens, that you will always, always ALWAYS be able to depend on.

Things besides death and taxes.

They may be good. They may be bad. But they’re a sure thing regardless.

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I’ll start out with a positive: my sisters. My sisters are as dependable and certain as death and taxes.

Except in a good way.

I know that no matter what happens, no matter where I am or what I’m doing or going through, I can always depend on those two. They’re my best friends in the entire world. There’s nothing I can’t talk about, share with, or ask them for. They’re always there for me. They’re not going anywhere

Theoretically could I cheat and avoid death and taxes? Sure.

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Pineapple Poke Cake

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This cake is delightful, it is moist and light with pineapple, vanilla, pudding all the good stuff.

Start With

9/13 Pan greased and floured

1 box yellow cake mix ( without the pudding)

4 eggs

2/3 cup butter

1 cup milk

Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake 25 to 30 min. or until done.

Take out of oven and let cool for a few min. and then with the end of a wooden spoon poke holes in cake all way down and across.

1 can crushed pineapple

2/3 cup sugar

Mix this together and  spoon onto cake

Mix 1 lg. box instant vanilla pudding with 3 cups cold milk and add on top of the pineapple.

Place in refrigerator and chill and add cool whip and enjoy. Thanks for coming by for a visit ,don’t forget to like my page. Please come again.

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Country Braised Pork Chops

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6 boneless pork chops

Salt and pepper pork chops.

In very hot iron skillet brown pork chops on both sides and take out let rest, now add

1 chopped onion and 1clove minced  (or more if you like)

Sauté chopped onions and 1 clove garlic which has been minced,

to the skillet add a few splashes of red wine vinegar to deglaze and get all the goodness of bottom of skillet

Add chops back to skillet and add enough beef broth or water to come 1/2 way of your chops. Cover the skillet tightly so steam won’t escape and bake in oven heated at 350 and bake 30 minutes then turn oven down to 300 degrees and bake until fork tender or you can turn oven to 250 and cook even slower for very very tender chops. This also is good prepared the same way cooked in a crock pot, I love the crock pot method for boneless skinless cuts of meat ,because of the tenderness.  Oven works good on low heat

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Health Benefits of Lemons

This information was copied from ambitionhealth.com

Lemon water is a simple and surprisingly healthy internal cleanser to start your day with. I certainly noticed a difference myself when I first started having the juice of a whole lemon in water first thing in the morning. I really like the way the sharp taste wakes you up and gets you going.

Some resources say that it’s good to have it in warm or even hot water. I suppose in this way you could use it as a healthier replacement for your morning coffee, but I personally prefer it in room temperature filtered water. It’s best to not have it in chilled water though as this can be a bit of a shock to your digestive system when you’ve only just woken up.

It’s also far better to use real lemon juice rather than lemon juice concentrate as these products usually contain sulfites, a preservative some people have a negative reaction to. Natural enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins are also likely to be lost in the manufacturing process so go for real lemons for the most benefits.

Quick and Simple Lemon Juice in Water

  • Grab a lemon.
  • Squeeze it in a citrus juicer like this.
  • Remove the seeds and pour water over the juicer to get as much of the lemon as possible.
  • Then pour it into a glass and drink it straight down.

There are a lot of health benefits associated with fresh lemon water with 12 of the best listed ahead. With a little practice you can make it up in under a minute so there’s no good excuse not to give it a try.

12 Good Reasons to Drink Lemon Water

1. Fresh lemon water, especially first thing in the morning, can help relieve or prevent digestive problems like bloating, intestinal gas and heartburn and stimulate better digestion in general.

2. Lemons are antiseptic and have a powerful cleansing effect on you liver, kidneys and blood. An overworked liver in particular has an influence on how good you feel so having a simple way to cleanse it each morning can make a big difference to your daily energy over time.

3. Lemon water in the morning is a great way to get a good portion of your essential daily vitamin C. They are also a good source of folate and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium.

4. The high mineral content of lemons makes them alkalizing to the body, despite their citric acid. It’s actually not the acid content of a food outside the body that determines whether it will have an acid or alkaline effect, but rather the way it is metabolized during digestion that counts.

5. Lemon water assist in elimination and will help prevent either extremes of constipation or diarrhea. Another good reason to have them first thing in the morning.

6. Drinking lemon water is even said to be good for improving your skin. The high vitamin C content would help here, but the overall cleansing, detoxifying, antibiotic and antioxidant effects are likely to be even more important.

7. Limonoid glucosides are an interesting flavonoid compound present in lemons that some research has shown may have anti-carcinogenic properties. Its protective effect also seems to last much longer in the body than most other natural anti-cancer compounds.

8. Lemon water helps your liver to produce more bile to aid in the digestion of fats. This makes them particularly beneficial if you’re planning a big breakfast fry up after a heavy night. And realistically, the nutrients in lemon are far more likely to help clear your head than greasy and potentially dangerous sausages or bacon.

9. The antibacterial properties of lemon can help in curing a throat infection. If you have a sore throat you could make a warm lemon drink to sip every couple of hours. That said, if you are having a lemon water every morning you’re probably unlikely to get one in the first place. Personally, I can’t remember ever having a throat infection since I started regularly having fresh lemon water first thing.

10. Lemon water is also thought to decrease the amount of mucus and phlegm produced in the body. If you’re drinking cow’s milk often (a big culprit in mucus production) then lemon water each morning may help to lessen mucus levels in your body.

11. Many weight loss resources cite the benefits of lemon water and its citric acid in fat burning. I’d be cautious of too many miracle claims – you’ll still need to avoid the kind of foods that make you fat, get some good exercise and ideally change your meal frequency to one that improves weight loss potential – but lemon water is certainly a beneficial addition to any body fat reduction plan.

12. Lemon water is great first thing in the morning to reduce bad breath. The high antioxidant and antibiotic compounds may also help reduce body odor over time. There really are a lot of good reasons to start your day with the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon in a glass of water.

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How To Prepare Lemon Water

Lemon Water Precautions

A few precautions to go along with all the lemon water benefits.

To start with, citrus seeds are not good for you. While one or two won’t hurt, it’s best not to swallow or particularly chew them. If you use a citrus juicer with slots to catch them just leave them in the strainer. If any do make it through then the smaller ones will usually float and are easy to remove with a teaspoon, while the larger ones can be left at the bottom of the glass.

Try to avoid having sugar, honey (unless it’s local raw or manuka honey), maple syrup or other sweeteners with your lemon water as the simple sugars will reduce the benefits.

If you don’t like the sharp citrus tang then just shot it down quickly and you’ll barely taste it.

That said, what’s with our obsession with everything having to be sweetened? The human palate is designed to enjoy a variety of different flavors and tastes. Ayurvedic medicine for instance, recognizes the importance of having a range of different tastes in your diet to maintain both physical and emotional balance.

Some people are also concerned about the citric acid in lemons having a sensitizing effect on their tooth enamel. Personally, I haven’t noticed any problem with this but it would make sense not to let the lemon water linger in your mouth and just drink it straight down.

I tend to follow my glass of lemon water with another glass of plain water and swirl it around a bit to wash my mouth clean. If you’re concerned about this another option could be to use a straw to sip it so less comes into contact with your teeth. It’s also probably best to wait half an hour before brushing your teeth. To see why see this page on how to stop your teeth from going yellow.

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Conclusion

Having a glass of fresh lemon water first thing in the morning can have a lot of health benefits. Even the busiest person should be able to find the time for this simple step to better health and energy, especially if you have a super juicer like this one.

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As with any new habit, I’d suggest trying it for at least two weeks every morning and see how it is making you feel. I’d love to hear your thoughts and results in the comments below.

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The Best Tuna Patties I Ever Made

I love tuna patties. These look so old school in that skillet

Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly

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Mix four 5 ounce cans of albacore tuna in water that have been drained, in a large bowl.

Mix a sprinkling of Mrs Dash lemon pepper, and a sprinkling of garlic powder and sea salt to your taste in with the tuna mixture.
IF you can find World Market California Garlic and Sea Salt Seasoning; use that. You’ll have a lot of other uses for that when you get it.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and add one and a half cups of Jiffy Baking Mix and stir till mixed.

(Take a stainless steel half cup ice cream scoop with a lever that dumps the ice cream in your bowl), don’t know how else to describe it, and spray with nonstick spray like Emeril LaGasse.

Portion out 4 tuna patties with the large ice cream scoop, into the hot oil. 4 WILL FIT IN A SYANDARD SIZE SKILLET.
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