Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Desserts

What are you making this Holiday ?

I will be making the third batch of cookies this weekend since the last two were done when I was working at a catering gig AND mom was feeling like rumballindulgence might help her get her mind off being without dad, so that might get done as well. The weather has already presented us with difficulties in terms of getting out and about for a bunch of ingredients the pantry was stocked with.

I want some ideas for cakes instead of cookies, got any ? All I ask is that the recipes do not need bleached white refined sugar but can use raw fine granulated cane sugar and no artificial dyes or color additives.

Thanks . . . Happy Holidays

Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Basics & some foodies . . . yummy !

Royal Dansk Luxury Chocolate WaferA cracker/cookie ;  Cookie additives ; Harvey

Nutcracker dance with me ; Cinnamon ; Arborio ; another Cookie additive ; Chili ;

a BitterSweet ; L'Chaim ; Greener 4 Christmas ; Rankin/Bass *BEST ; PoppyseedPotica

Drummer Boy ; a Mini ; Domino ; Polvo Para hornear ; Smoked ; Bonati ; Ginger ;

Perfect Gourmet ; Biscuits ; DiSaronna ; remove Negative energies ; Almonds 4 baking

Well those highlighted (click your mouse over each word to take you) words above should hold you over till about the 27th, enjoy your consumption !

'till next time, erica~ the enlightenment advisor, wishing you a Merry Christmas !

Monday, December 3, 2012

Almost ready for the Xmas ham ?

After indulging on rich fatty foods like stuffing with oysters, mashed potatoes with butter & gravy, turkey and its skin, and all the other rich desserts and fixings, I am NOT ready for a Xmas ham (I don't like smoked meat of any kind really) or any other poultry for at least another month !

However Xmas is not a month away but only less than three weeks away and I must get myself prepared. The foods I will want to indulge in should be healthy but delicious so in order to keep fat content down to a bare minimum, my family and I are using the heck out of our three crockpots ! The slow-cooking method is always the best for me as I cook enough in the catering business, why do a whole lot of cooking on the home-front, right ?

There are 1000's of excellent recipes for slow-cookers and with the plethora of ingredients you can put into the cooker, one can really enjoy a three course meal !

Whats your favorite holiday recipe that can be cooked in a slow-cooker ?

'till next time,
erica~ the enlightenment advisor

Friday, November 23, 2012

Post-Thanksgiving Turkey makings

are probably something everybody needs as there is a mound of leftover turkey meat, white and dark meats alike. Do you freeze remians, reinvent, or just donate as is ? Well that depends as the whole re-do of the actual feast 11/22 can be achieved very nicely the next day at brunch or later that evening, but three full days well thats pushing it.

1) If you dice both of the meats together, add some kernel canned corn, diced celery and chicken stock served with homemade dumplings, its like Thanksgiving all over again, only different.

2) Shred the turkey and add barbecue sauce, serve on buns with melted Jarslburg swiss slices

3) Finely chop the turkey, spoon in mayo, curry, and a hint of cinnamon for a cool dip or sandwich spread

4) Be creative--add your own here:

'till next time,
erica~ the enlightenment advisor

Monday, July 2, 2012

INDEPENDENCE DAY & RAW-wing it before the 4th of July Cookouts

I figure if you are going to eat alot of barbecued goodies over this two day INDEPENDENCE DAY holiday coming up in the middle of the week, no less and go figure, you might want to start tonight with raw foods till the big day. 

So far since Saturday, I started earlier than you will, I have only had three cooked items of food and the rest was toasted (raisin bread with whole fruit jam), or embraced with milk (cereal), or intervened by a peeler (garlic had a thicker rind on it this time as did the avocadoes) and tossed into other vegetables. I did eat some smoked salmon locks and unsmoked raw delicious locks since I worked a gig today where this was served. I know when we have those steaks from WALMART locally purchased I want to be good and cleansed and ready for that digestive process, which on my slender frame is a doozie !

INDEPENDENCE DAY is about alot of really good food brought to one location, or several if you have friends in different areas or scattered families, but really good food is set out at these celebration get-together feasts. I am guessing there will be dozens of different of the most favorite food group--carbohydrate salads-- like potato, pasta and rice. Cold or hot most likely the former, you get your energy from eating these with luscious sauces or oils mixed in to season and perfectly flavor the starches used and abused in todays American diet. I am sure there will be an array of fresh fruits like blueberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes and strawberries. Eat tons of those they are VERY VERY good for the body.

There will be desserts ah so many tempting desserts, but don't worry drink the lemon water or lime water (reverse osmosis and filtered if you will please) with your appetizers and entree, and by the time dessert is served, you can indulge as you haven't overloaded the stomach with too much of any of the foodgroups, being able to enjoy many samples of various foods.

If wanting to lose real weight don't cook with the olive oil, drizzle it on the starch or vegetable or even game/meat/poultry on the grill products moments before serving as heating alters the beneficial properties of the waste-slimming elements, known as enzymes and vitamins.

Those starches don't have to be swimming in sauce either; in fact floating gently atop a reduction is the trick. But I'll have to get back to you on the proper way to make a sauce a reduction so you can enjoy but remain or get slimmer ...

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your backyard barbecues or park grilling experiences this INDEPENDENCE DAY holiday celebration falling in the middle of the week in July of 2012 !

'till next time,
erica~the enlightenment advisor

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So what was served this Fathers Day...

at your home, community center, country club or outdoor tent wherever you made dad all or at least some of his favorite appetizers, entrees, hot and cold salads, and delicious desserts ? I would like to know as maybe me and all the contributors would then get together and have an internet cookbook created ? Yes or no but still share the menu.

'till next time, erica~ the enlightenment advisor

Thursday, June 14, 2012

There are FAR TOO MANY children under the age of three suffering from some sort of neurological imbalance both chemically-induced and DNA-ordained. It is just like a regular human to not step up, educate ourselves from as many sources, complain to the correct department, boycott the purchase of product if we have to, demonstrating our ACTIVE not passive concern for those a**es who are more cost-efficient than health-conscious-- but many don't even raise a whimper.
These children are not the ones who should suffer the next generation of children born into a petroleum-based continuance for neurological distrubance may fester the very worst of illnesses, for what ? . . .

If we want to be healthier individuals, start the smallest child in your household with good foods and the rest will come running as she or he will be easy to get along with, proper weight-distributed, assembled in the appropriate mental-physical order and a role-model for exploration into the great unknown where foods make you the ALL you can be.

Thank you for reading, 'till next time this is erica~ the enlightenment advisor

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Food Pricing & the American Diet: drive to end hunger dot org . . .

"6 million senior Americans are facing the threat of hunger" according to Rachel Ray (rather starvation and complete lack of nutritional value from what is available) but NOT because of low income . . . it is due to food prices are TOO HIGH everywhere. As far as the organization, it is built on compassion and offers hope with the good intention of feeding the hungry. I read the organization with regular advertising and promotion, does help 100's of senior Americans get some food. Rachel Ray seems to stands behind the program and concept with enthusiasm as you can catch the advertisement between late-night programming on channels like SoapNet, LMN and I think Hallmark.

No matter how positive the whole thing seems, wouldn't it just be more fair to just lower food prices ALL over the United States and make sure the quality is 9.o to 9.9 on a scale of 1-10 ? If the foodstuffs being accepted by the organisation are cheap canned goods with high sodium, or processed foods with harmful additives for color and taste and freshness enhancement, or even low grade dried goods equally synthesized with preservatives and high contents of sodium, gluten, high fructose corn syrup, Monosodium glutamate, added sulfites, and ???, why give it to a senior citizen whose body is already compromised ?

I know Rachel Ray and all the followers are meaning well in their donation drives, community fundraisers and care reach outs-- but the real problem is the FDA and our government who dictates how much or how little a product is supposed to be worth, charged, taxed, etc. After the manufactured item gets transported to 100's of storewide locations, that storeowner can make or break his own flow of business. In fact, once in the distributors & merchants hands, rules change, and what is a usual or customary rate is now tripled so an even larger profit may be gained from sellling it quickly. How are seniors besides anyone else on a low-income budget supposed to eat healthy daily or at least have a partially nutritious meal every week, if $100.oo buys under 15 items, mostly staples not meats or dairy (usually higher in stores)?

I figure if we point out to our local grocery store owners that what you wish to see is not happening so you will find a place that serves what you need, less expensively and your local grocer will begin fearing an overstock and no customer situation, in panic things can change. We need to eat healthy. We all don't make the same $$ as everyone else. We all should be given across the nation the healthy opportunity to purchase what we want and need with what we have, affordably.

For example: do not charge for naturally-rising breads and pastries made without synthesized partially hydrogenated oils, loads of fat even those lab-created trans fats, nearly $4.oo as loaves of bread serve several purposes for families of more than 3. Make the bread that is not full of preservatives and autolyzed yadda yadda, inexpensive like under $2.oo I really believe it is not that difficult to make a stand against the practices of your local grocery, as local attention begins to attract mass attention and soon ALL grocery chains and agricultural suppliers will be able to pay for what they sell and when they sell it, not have a guilty conscious to go home with. When the owner is faced with the over-stocked and no customers syndrome, we the people have done something right to promote real change, real quick.

The bottom line is you have to decide on a plan of action if in your local grocery store $200.oo cannot buy an entire month's worth of healthy non chemically added colors (dyes), high sodium and sugars, and not processed foods, then COMPLAIN !!! I mean it, this is not fair nor right even for the not working, but for the hard-working day in and day out, no matter what industry, a steak should not be $18.oo, a bag of chicken wings should not be $8.oo for less than 2lbs AND a cantaloupe, bag of cherries, satchel of nuts, or grapefruit even out of season should be no more than $1.oo - $2.oo !

'thank you for listening, reading and acting out your frustration regarding food pricing and the American diet.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

APPLES: Good for you but . . .

if you are prone to bronchial sensitivity, if a certain fungicide is used in commercial orchards, that apple you are about to eat could exacerbate a bronchial episode. This is an important issue on a very healthy food that if your wonderful government would stop coating it with a nasty synthetic fungicide so the consumer who wants the nutrients in it can get sick, is no laughing matter.

"An apple a day" is harder to come by if the enzymes cannot even be metabolized because what is outside affects the person about to ingest it. Who can you complain to and will you ? Are you concerned that a number of bronchitis outbreaks are due to environmental agents DOCUMENTED as having detrimental affects to particular body systems but used anyway ?

In my food research and what stuff affects me bad or good, I learned about different afflictions seemingly brought on by the alteration of natural food stuffs such as the fungicide control placed on commercial orchards. The disease is referred to as 'apple pickers disease', a real common affliction apple growers have to be weary of. Why ? Can't they just grow apples on trees and let mother nature and the bugs do their course ?

Nope, the government likes to think they are making the BEST decisions possible and obviously has the nations individual interest in mind. What do you think ?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Food is a source of info, an avenue worth exploring

The avenue of food is one that most people take seriously due in part to the famous slogan, 'you are what you eat'. It is one I travel on with exuberance and caution due to a diet that manifested in a few health problems over the course of four decades. I am slender yet still rather healthy looking when I see myself in a mirror. Some males who prefer a larger more curvaceous woman might not appreciate the super-slimness, yet I take stock in what I am rather than what they want me to be.

I attribute most of my slimness to only eating when hungry, cutting out all refined processed foods specifically those loaded with msg (monosodium glutamate --bad reaction to this but thats a separate blog post) or white refined sugar. I also cut out heavy liquors and add a red wine usually a bottle lasting 3 months. Our family keeps the pantry stocked with legummes, nuts, and no hazardous chemical-added canned goods while the fridge is stocked (when affordable) with fresh veggies, a variety of cheeses, breads, no more lunchmeats, and fruit. You might find some dessert item home made or as close to healthy, store purchased.

Our food is what makes or breaks us during the time we are up and functioning with the rest of the chaos in the world. So it is important to travel the avenue with some sense behind what goes in the alimentary canal. My mother, bless her heart, is very ingredient-conscious now since I have been researching heavily the influences on our brain and overall development psychologically when looking at what we eat and how much is used or abused by the body system. The addition of hazardous artificial colorings or texturing improvements are DANGEROUS. Our food as well as our local grocery stores are being scrutinized more directly as we as consumers should not tolerate unsafe foodstuffs.

All in all one should factor in bloodtypes, bodytypes and ability to metabolize effectively so that what you eat that is safe, nutritious and delicious is right for you exclusively. No person is really exactly the same in value obtained from the food they eat although similars Like-minded individuals compatible with one another tend to navigate to a palatte of mutual yumminess !

Food is supposed to be nutritious and delicious--never say can't be both until you have experimented with different raw spices and fresh produce ! I get to assist in some of the menu preparing and when I do a fusion of exotic and simple combine and the bland becomes wonderful. If bitter sets you off with greens, add a little raw cane sugar or beet juice and WOW the veggies that Popeye ate besides spinach are to just fall over and beg for . . .

So travel with me through these blogposts of foodies on an avenue of exploration into why, when, where and what is it about the food we eat that makes us so unique !
sharing the light,
miss erica hidvegi,
the Enlightenment Advisor

Some good foodies 4 YOU !

Sunday, May 6, 2012

June 17th Father's DAY Gift Ideas

In Honor of Father's Day just 20+ days away . . .

and thank you for buying !