Holiday Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanutbutter Fudge(Thanksgiving 2010)

I am very picky about fudge. I want it to be creamy, but hold its shape well, I want the ingredients fresh, real, and meltingly delicious.

I prefer homemade to commercial fudge, anytime.

We came a cross a recipe that has the magic ingredient of turning out well every time. Some people don’t care for fudge that isn’t chocolate, but this peanut butter variety has a chocolate topcoat that provides just enough to make it extra delicious.

I invite you you try this recipe for peanut butter fudge and see if doesn’t draw raves from all your holiday guests, and from your family all through the year.

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

This smooth , golden peanut butter fudge is topped with melted chocolate, borrowing from your favorite chocolate-peanut butter candy. It's all the better because there is much more of the peanut butter flavor and the chocolate is extra rich. 
                                   

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks margarine or butter
  • 2 cups confectioner sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Melt margarine in a double boiler.
  • Pour over confectioner sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. 
  • Mix well. Pour into pan. 
  • Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler until there are no lumps and spread over fudge. 
  • Refrigerate until hard (about 45 minutes). 
  • Tip: Do not let the chocolate get too hard or it will crack when you cut it. Score it when halfway hardened.

Notes

I like to use natural peanut butter that doesn't have any hydrogenated fats.
*Confectioners sugar is the same as "powdered sugar" or (as the English call it) "icing sugar".

Step 8

Double boilers are a must when melting chocolate.

The double boiler keeps delicate ingredients from burning. For chocolate this is imperative, since even a hint of burning ruins the texture and flavor of chocolate.

Berard 22574 French Olive-Wood Handcrafted Cook’s Spoon, 12 Inch

I have olive wood cooking spoons and they are the best! Makes cooking a real pleasure. I started using them about seven years ago. The wood is finely grained and smooth, a wonderful contrast to many of the wooden spoons I was used to, previously. They would get rough and their texture would hold onto the cooking ingredients instead of slipping off.

For stirring the fudge, this type of utensil works like a dream.

Cardamom Rolls

Alternate Recipe for Cardamom Rolls

Course: Bread
Servings: 16 rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for buttering pans
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 1/2 cups flour plus more for kneading
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 4 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • /4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water (about 110°). Let sit until foamy bubbles form on surface, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup butter in a pan over low heat and let cool just until warm. Let remaining 1/2 cup butter soften in a warm place until spreadable.
  • To the yeast, add melted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 4 1/2 cups flour, and salt. Stir or mix in a standing mixer with a dough hook until smooth, 5 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • utter two 9-in. cake pans. When dough has doubled, punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 2-ft. square, spread with softened butter, and sprinkle with brown sugar and cardamom. Roll dough into a log, pinching the seam to seal. Cut log into 16 pieces and arrange, cut sides up, in a single layer in cake pans. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make glaze: Whisk together 1/4 cup milk and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a small bowl. Remove rolls from pans and drizzle with half of this thin glaze. Add remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar to remaining glaze and drizzle over rolls. Serve warm.

National Cherry Dessert Day and Sour Cherries

red cherries

Among the more obscure nationally proclaimed holidays, were you aware of the day set aside to celebrate cherry desserts? Well there is one! For most of us, that means the tart fruits of the sour cherry tree, the  Prunus cerasus. The pie cherry has been consumed since prehistoric times. The earliest record of the cultivated cherry is recorded as having been brought to Rome by Lucius Licinius Lucullus from northeastern Anatolia, the country now known as Turkey.

Romans introduced cherries into Britain before the 1st century AD, where they became very popular in the time of Henry VIII.

the sour cherry tree
Botanical details of the sour cherry tree.

In America, Massachusetts colonists planted the first sour cherry, ‘Kentish Red’, and they have since become a much loved fruit here. That variety of cherry tree may even have been the one in the famous legend of George Washington, who knows?

Whatever its history, it is the flavor that assures ongoing popularity, and reigns supreme in every type of dessert. For your own celebration, whether on the official day or not, some well loved recipes are included in this post along with the surprising health benefits and a bit of trivia about the fruits themselves.

May 26

It’s a National Holiday for Tart Pie Cherries in Desserts

Even though cherries seasonally ripen in June, the Presidents Day holiday gives February the honor of being named “National Cherry Month”.

luscious cherries
They are tart, or sour, cherries from the tree Prunus cerasus. Their tartness makes them preeminent for the flavor they give baked goodies like cherry pie, cobblers, and other well loved recipes we remember from our mothers and grandmother’s kitchens.

While sweet cherries, from the Prunus avium tree, are best chosen for fresh eating, nothing beats a pie cherry for any recipe that calls for cherries for cooking.

Pie cherries with their tart and tangy taste create the zing that ignites a plain fruit pie into a memorable sweet summer surprise of flavor. Just the right contrast to the flaky crust of a home baked pie, or the biscuit topping of a cobbler.

Those “down home” desserts are only two of the ways you can use pie cherries to give your table a treat in the early summer month of June, or during other times of the year if you freeze or preserve the the cherries.

Tart Cherries Have Health Benefits

Health benefits of pie cherries include the fact that they have anti-oxidants.

 

  1. * Promotes circulation
  2. * May help you sleep better due to the melatonin content
  3. * Helps relieve migraine headaches
  4. * Helps prevent free radical damage
  5. * Helps you heal faster from muscle related sports injuries

 

Facts about Pie Cherries

Life's story on cherries

 

  • Pie cherries keep their bright red color when cooked, naturally
  • Sour cherries, like the sweet, are picked ripe
  • Look for cherries that are plump and brightly colored, cherries do not ripen off the tree.
  • Store in the refrigerator and rinse just before using
  • Cherries are highly perishable: Their shelf life is about four days in the refrigerator.
  • Cherries can be frozen
  • They may reduce the risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.
  • 20 cherries a day might keep the gout away.

Of course there are even more cherry facts:

Cherries are one of the foods least often associated with food allergies according to World’s Healthiest Foods.

Findings on Remedying Gout

They are good for preventing gout. It is said, “six cherries a day” will keep the gout away, and it is certainly a delicious remedy to try. Research indicates that cherries have urate lowering properties. Uric acid crystal buildup is indicated in the onset of gout. (This is not medical advice, but information about the research results on the benefits of tart cherries).

More Reason to Love the Tartness

Tart cherries have fewer calories and more beta-carotene than sweet cherries

dessert cherries

Additional Health Benefits

Tart cherries are loaded with antioxidants that are believed to relieve the pain of arthritis and gout and help fight cancer and heart disease.

At more than 12,000 ORAC units per hundred grams of fruit, cherries have a higher antioxidant capacity than grapes, oranges, plums, raspberries and strawberries combined.

They’re also especially high in the antioxidant melatonin, which may help prevent or reduce brain deterioration associated with aging. And to top it off, they’re high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. [1]

Did you know? Dried cherries are made from the tart cherry variety. They have iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate, vitamin C and beta-carotene, as well as some melatonin- which is a hormone important biologically.

The Celebrated Pie Cherry

  • Most tart cherries are grown in the state of Michigan in the USA. Traverse City, Michigan is called the “Cherry Capital of the World” and is host to the National Cherry Festival.
  • In Australia, the New South Wales town of Young is called the “Cherry Capital of Australia” and hosts the National Cherry Festival of Australia.
  • Fun Facts About Cherries: Cherry pits have been found in Stone Age caves.
  • Thomas Jefferson, grew cherries on his plantation at Monticello

Harvest Season

Tart cherries ripen two or three weeks after sweet cherries. Look for them in mid to late July.

The Dessert Side of the Story

Desserts are made of this
Cherries are good for you, but all that cream, sugar, and pastry? Maybe not so much… but the taste!
Besides pie, cobbler, or cherry dump cake, how can you fix this fruit as a dessert? Healthier choices to enjoy as desserts.

    Try cherries

  • with yogurt
  • with sherbet or gelato
  • baked into oatmeal

Because of their tartness, most people will want to sweeten them, which makes them ideal for desserts.

classic latticed pie
classic latticed pie

Prepare Your Pie Cherries with Professional Quality Cherry Pitter

During the season when stone fruits are available, you may be buying fresh produce. In order to use them in desserts, it is necessary to remove the pits. If you have ever tried this, you know how much a kitchen gadget makes all the difference.

If you are going to pit lots of cherries this is a professional style of machine to make the job easy. Highly rated and recommended.

Fun for Cherry Dessert Day

Wear a cherry patterned apron, bake a cherry pie or make some quick and easy cherry cobbler to celebrate the day.
May 26

photo by Rusty Clark
Cherry cobbler | photo by Rusty Clark

 

 

Alternative Cherry Pitter Choice
Leifheit 37200 Cherry Pitter with Stone Catcher Container | Cherry Stone Remover Tool

Leifheit 37200 Cherry Pitter with Stone Catcher Container | Cherry Stone Remover Tool

A cherry is a fruit with a hard seed pit which must be removed before using the cherries in baked goods. There are a number of types of gadgets to do the job, which is important to own if you have a large number of cherries to prepare.

 

Cherry Delight Cake

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine- melted
  • 1 egg -beaten
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart or "pie" cherries- lightly drained reserve 1 cup juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts -walnut | pecans | or hazelnuts

Cherry Sauce (see recipe)

  • 1 cup cherry juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a medium-size bowl, combine butter or margarine, egg, sour cherries, almond extract, and nuts: add to flour mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, in an ungreased 9-inch square pan 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cut into squares.

Prepare Cherry Sauce.

  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cherry juice, cornstarch, sugar, almond extract, and butter or margarine
  • Cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Serve the Cherry Delight Cake with Hot Cherry Sauce and whipped cream.

 

February is…

National Cherry Month

A Look at the Harvest

Cherry Cobbler, Classic Recipe

National Cherry Cobbler Day is on May 17th, just in case you wondered.

History Fact About Cobblers

“The earliest meaning of the word “cobbler” refers to one who makes (or “cobbles”) shoes. Sometime later, “to cobble” came to mean “to put together clumsily or roughly” (American Heritage Dictionary).

This second meaning is most likely the origin of the name of fruit-based dessert known as “cobbler,” in which the ingredients are thrown together with little of the precision required to make a classic fruit pie. Cobblers are thus easy to make.” – The Dictionary of Americanisms

Cherry Cobbler, Classic Recipe

Cherry cobbler is like an easy, messy cherry pie, but that yummy topping soaking in the juices is what makes it such a well beloved dessert cousin of the cherry pie.
 Emeril uses cinnamon, but I suggest experimenting with mace or cardamom - two spices that complement the cherry flavor extremely well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry dessert
Servings: 625

Ingredients

FILLING

  • 6 cups tart red cherries pitted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

TOPPING

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a saucepan combine filling ingredients and cook, stirring until bubbling and thickened. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish.
  • Meanwhile, stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until it is crumbly. Mix together egg and milk. Add to flour mixture and stir with a fork just until combined.
  • Drop topping by tablespoonfuls onto filling. Bake for 25 minutes until browned and bubbly.

Cherry Chipotle Spinach with Cashews

Eat Healthy

Use this salad with the menu of roast chicken and get rave reviews.

Cherry Chipotle Spinach with Cashews

When you want the salad to be something special, serve this.

Ingredients

Cherry vinaigrette

  • 7 fl. oz. seasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ cup cherry concentrate
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 oz. minced shallots
  • 2 ¼ tsp. chipotle pepper in adobo sauce pureed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 ¼ cups oil

Salad Ingredients

  • 8 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup red apples diced
  • 1 cup Mandarin oranges
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ cup cashew pieces

Instructions

Cherry vinaigrette

  • Blend all ingredients except oil. Slowly add oil and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Combine ingredients and toss.

Creamy Lemon Turkey Casserole

Turkey: Jeremy Keith on Flickr

Cooking, eating, entertaining, having a good time… it’s why I collect recipes and share them. Plus I’m half Hungarian.

Get Out Your Casserole Dish and Bake This Tonight

Casserole baked in an old style Pyrex baking dish.

My Family’s Favorite Comfort Casserole

Many years ago, a dear friend sent over a meal after I had given birth to my second son. It could be frozen for later or eaten that night.

Indescribably delicious to this nursing mother, whose appetite was ravenous!

When I asked for the recipe, was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was. Consisting of just a few common ingredients, it can be thrown together and simply heated through: a home cooked meal with almost instant preparation time.

This turkey dish became a staple at my house, a favorite of all my children, and a company dish as well. I passed on the kindness when I, in turn, made this dish for the families with new arrivals in the following years.

It is the kind of meal where an addition of a simple salad, some steamed green beans, and a homey apple pie for dessert is just about the perfect All American meal.

Vary It

You can also use this as a base for variations. Try adding some chopped, cooked onion, some steamed broccoli florets, or steamed medley of vegetables.

Serve it over mashed potatoes or stuffing, if you don’t care for noodles, or make it with the addition of rice and some sautéed garlic. There are many ways to vary this, but my favorite has always been its yummy, basic self.

Delicious with Chicken, too.

This is the perfect dish for sharing, as well as good comfort food for your family on a winter’s evening. As if that weren’t enough, it is the ideal way to use up leftover turkey from the Thanksgiving feast.

If you were wondering what to take to the potluck or wanted a good recipe for a buffet repast, start with this easy, economical, casserole dish.

Try Any Poultry

Not just for turkey- it is equally delicious with chicken.

Family Style, From Oven To Table

Corningware French White III Oval Casserole with Glass Cover, 1.5-Quart
Corningware French White III Oval Casserole with Glass Cover, 1.5-Quart

Use a good looking casserole dish to serve what is sure to become one of your favorite recipe. This white covered dish is a classic, making any food look great on the table or buffet.

I’ve used Corningware for years and they keep their good looks and work hard for you family cooks! Easy to clean, and bake up a casserole in superb style.

This is the baking dish I would use for Lemony Turkey Casserole.

What I Love About This Recipe

  • It is easy.
  • It tastes delicious.
  • It uses economical ingredients.
  • Everybody has loved it.
  • You can make it for two or for twenty.
  • You can choose what to serve it with: noodles rice, over toast, with potatoes.
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and diced turkey meat
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1/2 pint of sour cream
  • Juice of one fresh lemon (about 3-4 T)
  • 1 package Ritz crackers
  • zest of lemon, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix the soup, lemon juice, optional lemon zest, and sour cream in a large bowl; add cooked turkey.
  2. Pour into oven-proof casserole dish.
  3. Crumble Ritz crackers (I use a rolling pin to crush them) and cover the top of the turkey mixture.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until heated throughout in a moderate oven. Heat at 325 degrees F.
  5. Serve over cooked noodles.
  6. Tips:
  7. Medium width egg noodle is good for getting the sauce along with the turkey in delicious forkfuls.
  8. Healthier substitutions for condensed soup include making a “white sauce” with chicken broth base.
  9. Thin down and create more sauce with a splash of milk before adding to the chicken.
  10. More calories? Pour a bit of melted butter over the cracker crumbs.
  11. Directions for white sauce if you find the condensed soup too processed for your taste. Good substitution for Cream of Chicken soup.

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Suggested Variation and Sidedishes

Because this is a favorite of my family, I plan to freeze some ahead for the busy week before Christmas. It is an ideal casserole to make ahead and have ready to pull out of a freezer and heat up in the oven on a busy evening. Add some green beans or a salad, cook up noodles, and it is all ready in about 30 minutes.

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Sometimes I use the zest from the lemon to add a little more lemon flavor, and will often reduce the amount of sour cream and add a little milk to make a lighter sauce. This is a very forgiving recipe, and the sour cream could be completely replaced by yogurt for a much lighter version.

Elegant Buffet Dish for a Crowd

Like I said, this is good enough to serve for company buffets and get togethers. It looks special when served in sleek buffet dishes. The recipe is easily doubled for plenty of home-cooked goodness!
Cuisinart 7BSR-28 Stainless 11-Inch Round Buffet ServersCuisinart Stainless 11-Inch Round Buffet Servers

Because this recipe is ideal to make in large quantities to serve a crowd, this server is the ideal way to keep it warm. It is an exceptionally elegant way to serve the humble casserole.

Turkey with Trimmings for a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast

About Me:Cooking, eating, entertaining, having a good time… it’s why I collect recipes and share them. Plus I’m half Hungarian- that explains alot.

Make a Traditional Stuffed Roast Turkey With All The Trimmings

A finely roasted turkey
A finely roasted turkey

You may love ham, or roast chicken, or goose for your holiday dinner, but there is something wonderful and satisfying about the traditional Roast Turkey Dinner that makes it a favorite and traditional repast for the winter holidays.

For one thing, a whole roasted turkey can feed a crowd, and for another it is versatile in how it is served.
all the trimmings
But it is not just about the meat… the entire meal is full of comfort and good memories, it is what we like to call “the trimmings”. For some that is cornbread, either as a bread or making the dressing. The stuffing, or dressing is all important.

There might be a side of cranberries in some way. I like relish, for some it is a jelly, for others cranberries might be included some other ingenious way. And Pies, plural! Pumpkin, Apple, and others traditionally round out a calorie packed meal.

The Best Turkey Roasting Gear

The best thing in many of American minds might be the many ways we use the leftovers from our Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy! Or as the French may say “bon appetit“.

I hope you will love the tips and my family recipes for your own great holiday roast turkey meal.

  1. The main thing for a moist turkeyis to roast slowly and keep those juice sealed in.
  2. Covered pans, injected marinade or butter, roasting bags, all are ways to serve that one single purpose.
  3. The most important thing is to cook thoroughly, and that is why a thermometer is handy.

Turkey Tips

vintage thanksgiving

How to Keep it Moist, Keep it Flavorful

  • remove the neck and giblets from the inside of the turkey!
  • baste the roasting turkey often
  • make small slices in the skin and insert butter
  • rub the entire carcass with oil or butter
  • salt the inner carcass before stuffing
  • insert the stuffing loosely, but fill the inside, don’t forget the flap under the tail
  • tent the turkey with foil or cover

What is Basting?

Using broth or meat juices to bathe the cooking roast. A baster or pastry brush is used to distribute the liquids over the meat.

How do you brine?

Mix brine made of stock, salt, sugar, and desired flavorings. Use turkey size oven roasting bag, place turkey and brine inside, and marinate in the refrigerator. Rinse,pat dry, and roast on cooking day. Full directions,recipe, and illustrations, here.

What is Poultry Seasoning?

A combination of ground spices that enhance poultry dishes, usually sage, rosemary, thyme, pepper, and some other spices.

You can buy it in a jar, or you can make your own, or buy it from Amazon. Almost every grocery sells it with the other spices. Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends Poultry Magic

Thawing Time

Time Required to Thaw a Turkey Inside a Refrigerator

8 to 12 lbs. …. 2 to 3 Days

13 to 16 lbs. …. 3 to 4 Days

17 to 20 lbs. …. 4 to 5 Days

21 to 24 lbs. …. 5 to 6 Days

Cooking Times

Weight of Bird
Roasting Time (Unstuffed)
Roasting Time (Stuffed)
10 to 18 pounds
3 to 3-1/2 hours
3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours
18 to 22 pounds
3-1/2 to 4 hours
4-1/2 to 5 hours
22 to 24 pounds
4 to 4-1/2 hours
5 to 5-1/2 hours
24 to 29 pounds
4-1/2 to 5 hours
5-1/2 to 6-1/4 hours
Use a cooking thermometer for best results

Buy a USDA-approved Grade-A turkey. Young turkeys, from 4 to 7 months old, are most tender..

My poultry choices are bolded, but you may want to choose one of the other modes of dressed poultry.

Choices for turkeys to roast are:

  • fresh or frozen
  • basted or un-basted
  • organic, natural, free-range, minimally processed, or kosher
  • un-stuffed or pre-stuffed
  • tom turkey or hen turkey

When feeding a large group (like when everyone and extra guests come to my house) I purchase a large Tom turkey.

Today I usually buy a hen turkey of about 12-14 pounds.

Simple Roast Turkey

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lbs Hen Turkey
  • 1 48 oz large can chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to rub inside and outside the turkey
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

Instructions

  • Thaw turkey if necessary.
  • Rinse, inside and out, and then pat dry. salt inside and rub out side with salt.
  • Gently separate the skin from the meat in several places on the breast and towards the back (tailend) of the turkey and along the legs. Insert butter or oil. Try to not tear skin. I cut very small slits in the skin and insert lumps of butter; some people rub melted butter or oil under the loosened skin. 
  • Rub outside of bird with poultry spices and salt and pepper.
  • Fill with stuffing.
  • Put turkey uncovered in a hot ,475° F, oven for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 300-325° F, add broth to the turkey and pan.Then baste, and cover the turkey for its long roast. Baste often by lifting cover and using baster to squeeze the cooking juices over the roasting turkey
  • Roast for number of hours recommended for your size turkey and whether or not it has stuffing.
  • When skin is crisp and brown, and turkey meat thoroughly cooked (only thermometer can be precisely accurate, but if the leg is loose when wiggled that plus time cooked at the proper temperature can be indications)
  • Cooking without stuffing may mean you can use lower temperatures and shorter cooking times.

Notes

Stuffing, basting, and covering are all ways to completely cook and keep meat moist at the same time. Brine marinating is also one method for keeping the meat moist. Many cooks rely on a meat thermometer to insure the turkey is fully cooked.

Keep Your Turkey Moist

Whether you brine or baste, tent, or wrap in parchment, the point is to keep the turkey meat moist.


 

Simple Roast Turkey

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lbs Hen Turkey
  • 1 48 oz large can chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to rub inside and outside the turkey
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

Instructions

  • Thaw turkey if necessary.
  • Rinse, inside and out, and then pat dry. salt inside and rub out side with salt.
  • Gently separate the skin from the meat in several places on the breast and towards the back (tailend) of the turkey and along the legs. Insert butter or oil. Try to not tear skin. I cut very small slits in the skin and insert lumps of butter; some people rub melted butter or oil under the loosened skin. 
  • Rub outside of bird with poultry spices and salt and pepper.
  • Fill with stuffing.
  • Put turkey uncovered in a hot ,475° F, oven for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 300-325° F, add broth to the turkey and pan.Then baste, and cover the turkey for its long roast. Baste often by lifting cover and using baster to squeeze the cooking juices over the roasting turkey
  • Roast for number of hours recommended for your size turkey and whether or not it has stuffing.
  • When skin is crisp and brown, and turkey meat thoroughly cooked (only thermometer can be precisely accurate, but if the leg is loose when wiggled that plus time cooked at the proper temperature can be indications)
  • Cooking without stuffing may mean you can use lower temperatures and shorter cooking times.

Notes

Stuffing, basting, and covering are all ways to completely cook and keep meat moist at the same time. Brine marinating is also one method for keeping the meat moist. Many cooks rely on a meat thermometer to insure the turkey is fully cooked.

Seared Green Beans

My favorite way to serve green beans is to get fancy whole beans in the frozen section, cook them until just done (never overcook!), then douse them with a good Italian flavored dressing like Wishbone or House Italian. Sprinkle with blanched almonds if you want a bit of window dressing.

For those who wish something more je ne sais pas, try this recipe from the folks at NPR.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or peanut oil
  • 1 pound trimmed whole green beans
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced or crushed garlic
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Place a large, deep skillet or wok over medium heat. After about two minutes, add the oil, and swirl to coat the pan.
  2. Turn the heat to high, and wait another 30 seconds or so, then add the green beans and a big pinch of salt.
  3. Cook over high heat, shaking the pan and/or using tongs to turn and move the beans so they cook quickly and evenly.
  4. After about 3 minutes, take a taste test and see if the beans are done to your liking. They should be relatively crunchy, but you get to decide. If you like them cooked a little more, keep going until they’re your kind of tender.
  5. Sprinkle in the garlic and some red pepper flakes, and cook for just a minute longer. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

vintage thanksgiving

Simple Roast Turkey

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lbs Hen Turkey
  • 1 48 oz large can chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to rub inside and outside the turkey
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

Instructions

  • Thaw turkey if necessary.
  • Rinse, inside and out, and then pat dry. salt inside and rub out side with salt.
  • Gently separate the skin from the meat in several places on the breast and towards the back (tailend) of the turkey and along the legs. Insert butter or oil. Try to not tear skin. I cut very small slits in the skin and insert lumps of butter; some people rub melted butter or oil under the loosened skin. 
  • Rub outside of bird with poultry spices and salt and pepper.
  • Fill with stuffing.
  • Put turkey uncovered in a hot ,475° F, oven for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 300-325° F, add broth to the turkey and pan.Then baste, and cover the turkey for its long roast. Baste often by lifting cover and using baster to squeeze the cooking juices over the roasting turkey
  • Roast for number of hours recommended for your size turkey and whether or not it has stuffing.
  • When skin is crisp and brown, and turkey meat thoroughly cooked (only thermometer can be precisely accurate, but if the leg is loose when wiggled that plus time cooked at the proper temperature can be indications)
  • Cooking without stuffing may mean you can use lower temperatures and shorter cooking times.

Notes

Stuffing, basting, and covering are all ways to completely cook and keep meat moist at the same time. Brine marinating is also one method for keeping the meat moist. Many cooks rely on a meat thermometer to insure the turkey is fully cooked.

vintage thanksgiving

Simple Roast Turkey

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lbs Hen Turkey
  • 1 48 oz large can chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to rub inside and outside the turkey
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

Instructions

  • Thaw turkey if necessary.
  • Rinse, inside and out, and then pat dry. salt inside and rub out side with salt.
  • Gently separate the skin from the meat in several places on the breast and towards the back (tailend) of the turkey and along the legs. Insert butter or oil. Try to not tear skin. I cut very small slits in the skin and insert lumps of butter; some people rub melted butter or oil under the loosened skin. 
  • Rub outside of bird with poultry spices and salt and pepper.
  • Fill with stuffing.
  • Put turkey uncovered in a hot ,475° F, oven for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 300-325° F, add broth to the turkey and pan.Then baste, and cover the turkey for its long roast. Baste often by lifting cover and using baster to squeeze the cooking juices over the roasting turkey
  • Roast for number of hours recommended for your size turkey and whether or not it has stuffing.
  • When skin is crisp and brown, and turkey meat thoroughly cooked (only thermometer can be precisely accurate, but if the leg is loose when wiggled that plus time cooked at the proper temperature can be indications)
  • Cooking without stuffing may mean you can use lower temperatures and shorter cooking times.

Notes

Stuffing, basting, and covering are all ways to completely cook and keep meat moist at the same time. Brine marinating is also one method for keeping the meat moist. Many cooks rely on a meat thermometer to insure the turkey is fully cooked.

Additional Trimmings for the Menu – Sides for a Roast Turkey

Maybe you like these, or they might be something I always include- more ideas to create a scrumptious Thanksgiving menu.

Simple Roast Turkey

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lbs Hen Turkey
  • 1 48 oz large can chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to rub inside and outside the turkey
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

Instructions

  • Thaw turkey if necessary.
  • Rinse, inside and out, and then pat dry. salt inside and rub out side with salt.
  • Gently separate the skin from the meat in several places on the breast and towards the back (tailend) of the turkey and along the legs. Insert butter or oil. Try to not tear skin. I cut very small slits in the skin and insert lumps of butter; some people rub melted butter or oil under the loosened skin. 
  • Rub outside of bird with poultry spices and salt and pepper.
  • Fill with stuffing.
  • Put turkey uncovered in a hot ,475° F, oven for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 300-325° F, add broth to the turkey and pan.Then baste, and cover the turkey for its long roast. Baste often by lifting cover and using baster to squeeze the cooking juices over the roasting turkey
  • Roast for number of hours recommended for your size turkey and whether or not it has stuffing.
  • When skin is crisp and brown, and turkey meat thoroughly cooked (only thermometer can be precisely accurate, but if the leg is loose when wiggled that plus time cooked at the proper temperature can be indications)
  • Cooking without stuffing may mean you can use lower temperatures and shorter cooking times.

Notes

Stuffing, basting, and covering are all ways to completely cook and keep meat moist at the same time. Brine marinating is also one method for keeping the meat moist. Many cooks rely on a meat thermometer to insure the turkey is fully cooked.

The Side Menu

  • I enjoy a simple (ok,slightly dressed up) green salad
  • Corn bread muffins
  • Corn Pudding
  • White potatoes. Some people can’t imagine their meal without them.
  • Wild rice and mushrooms, goes great with the roast turkey. Can be substituted for bread dressing.

The Complete Thanksgiving Cookbook

How To Roast A Thanksgiving Turkey – Easy directions for great results

https://youtu.be/c7KiP3jcf6o
https://youtu.be/Vi3w-zL2IJY

Utensils You May Need

Use Thermometer Gauges, and a Baster

Roasted meats should be cooked thoroughly. This is important for health reasons, keeping the meat moist and not overcooked, for taste and enjoyment.

Large baster helps keep your roast meat moist. Handy cleaning tools to make sure it is ready for the next use.

Nifty Home Products Non-Stick Gourmet Turkey Lifter

Good old fashioned roaster is simple, economical, and easy to clean. Useful for Thanksgiving turkeys or for family size casseroles.

Turkey Baster
Roasting Pan

 

Fennel and Rosemary Beef Tenderloin, Dinner Holiday Menu

beef tenderloin

Christmas Dinner At My House

christmas dinner

Every year, and it is my hope to continue, it is our tradition to have a big family meal together on Christmas Eve.

We keep certain foods on our menu because they are something that say “Christmas” to us in a special way, but we also change around the menu occasionally to include new dishes for excitement.

I want to share some of the foods we love with you, and the menus we have enjoyed as a family.

Sharing the holiday meal together is one of the most treasured ways we have celebrated Christmas.

Toys break, sweaters get stretched out and worn, games are forgotten in a drawer, but memories of enjoying a special meal stay woven within our hearts. Foods that create a part of a celebration together are an important part of that experience.

Dream Of An Old Time Christmas?

Memorable recipes are a time honored way to create a special experience that combines tradition, nostalgic memories, and fresh new excitement into your celebration.

The act of sitting around a table that is decked out in a beautiful setting is quite an unusual thing for many of us. Making it simple, special, and homey recalls old time ways of gathering family together for a memorable meal.

Eating Our Christmas Dinner

 

pear/pomegranate salad
Our first course fo pear/pomegranate salad.

A Festive Christmas Menu

While it is my favorite for Christmas Eve dinner, consider this meal for special times from New Years Ever to Valentines day, and beyond. Anytime you wish to have something to impress your family and guests.
Simply customize the serving amounts.

So what’s on the menu this year?

  • Fennel and Rosemary Beef Tenderloin
  • German style fingerling potatoes
  • Pear and Pomegranate Salad
  • For Dessert: purchased cream puffs and warm fudge sauce
  • Cardamom Rolls

(The Cardamom roll recipe is long, and it takes some time to make, but it is worth it. I’ve had it online with other Christmas recipes I make….)

Why Choose Beef Tenderloin for the Main Course?

 

Tenderloin is very easy to cook

An expensive cut of meat, but we only have it once a year!
An expensive cut of meat, but we only have it once a year!

An expensive cut of meat, but we only have it once a year!

I know this cut of meat is costly, but if you remember that it is boneless, easy to fix (hard to mess up), and everyone loves it… you might want to consider it as your Christmas dinner menu centerpiece.

It is usually accompanied with a cranberry relish for Christmas, but I sometimes skip that dish , depending on the rest of the menu.

We always have a fruit and a green salad. A side dish of potatoes, sweet potatoes, or noodles is usual; and we always always have the Cardamom rolls that I make only for Christmas Eve.

 

Follow the link for Cardamom Rolls.

Or learn more about the spice, All About Cardamom.

Fennel and Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

This has become our family’s all-time favorite, and the entrée I now make for Christmas dinner. One of the things I like about it is the ease and relatively short cooking time involved.

Fennel and Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

Prep Time10 mins
resting time10 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef roast, holiday entree

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 Tbs fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 tsp. fennel seed ground
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 -1/2- to 3 lb. beef tenderloin roast with excess fat trimmed
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary, fennel seed, salt, and pepper. Stir to make a paste.
  • Pat the beef dry with paper towels and rub the paste all over the surface of the meat. If necessary, tie the roast at 1-1/2-inch intervals.
  • Put the roast on a rack on a small, rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 120 °F for rare, 125 ° to 130 °F for medium rare, or 135 °F for medium, 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, mustard, and lemon juice. Season lightly with salt to taste.
  • Transfer the roast to a carving board (preferably with a well for collecting juices) and let it rest, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes before carving it into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve the beef, passing the mustard sauce at the table.

Notes

I found it difficult to locate the ground fennel, and ended up using a spice grinder to grind up the fennel seeds, myself.
One year, I was able to find containers of Devon cream in the store I used that to replace the crème fraîche. Since then, I located both in my local Whole Foods store.
Crème Fraîche
1 ½ cups whipping cream
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) buttermilk
Combine cream and buttermilk in a jar with tight fitting lid. Shake well for 2 or 3 minutes. Let stand at warm room temperature for at least 24 hours. Refrigerate until ready to use.

How To Cook A Beef Tenderloin

If you have never prepared this roast for a meal before, you may gain confidence from viewing the how-to video.

German-style Fingerling Potatoes

fingerling potatoes
Fingerling potatoes

This is an easy recipe to make, for something a bit more involved, but extremely tasty, try Fine Cooking’s Glazed Fingerling Potato Salad with Pancetta and Warm Mustard Vinaigrette. This was the original recipe I used;  if you have the time it is excellent with the beef.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30-40 minutes

Serves: 6 (6 cups)

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. halved fingerling potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp.olive oil
  • 3 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • a little chopped parsley
  • bacon can be substituted for the prosciutto

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water over medium high heat until almost tender, 5 to 8 minutes, drain.
  2. Sauté prosciutto in oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat until crisp, 5 minutes -or the bacon cut into pieces.
  3. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Return pan back to burner, add vinegar and sugar and simmer until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add potatoes, simmer 4 to 5 minutes, then stir in prosciutto (bacon bits), add parsley, season with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallions.

Pear and Pomegranate Salad

– Refreshing, Colorful, and Easy

pear pomegranate salad
Pear-Pomegranate salad

This is one of my all time favorites. It is fancy looking with its creamy white pears, ruby red pomegranate seeds, and deep pink syrup sauce, yet quite simple.

Ingredients

  • 3 pears thinly sliced – two red pears and one Asian
  • 1 pomegranate seeded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional)
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • dark green lettuce leaves

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced pears and pomegranate seeds into a bowl.
  2. Toss with lemon juice to coat.
  3. Combine the brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small cup or bowl, then mix into the fruit.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to blend the flavors.
  5. Serve in individual dishes on a bed of lettuce greens, and garnish with a sprinkling of sliced almonds with a sprig of mint
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 20 min

Whole Green Beans – Simply delicious

  • 3/4 lb whole green beans
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain Dijon mustard

Instructions

fancy whole green beans
fancy whole green beans
  1. Fill a bowl with ice water.
  2. Cook beans in a large pot of salted boiling water just until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain beans and transfer to ice water. Drain well in a colander and pat dry.
  3. Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Sauté beans with mustard and salt and pepper to taste, stirring, until heated through, about 4 minutes.

Recipe from Epicurious which is closest to how I make these simple green beans.

Pioneer Woman Talks about Holiday Foods

Some of my best holiday recipes and serving ideas have come from special holiday cookbooks. They are inspirational and come in a wide variety of cuisines to cater to every tradition and taste.

Once I found a set of menus that my family really enjoyed we rotated them through the years. We always seem to have a few things that we can’t do without for our holiday repast… usually the sweet potatoes and Waldorf salad (and of course, my Cardamom rolls).

Christmas Holiday Cookbooks


Christmas Entertaining (Williams-Sonoma)

This is a book of inspirations for all types of holiday meals and party fare. It includes the menus plus the decorating ideas and everything needed to make it a time to remember.

How to decorate the table festively and work plans to make everything happen without a hitch.

Holiday Settings – Festive Table Trimmings

Christmas Oldtime Dinner

Whether it is a few hand-picked pieces or an entire set of china dedicated to the trimmings of the season, it really brightens the table setting to have plates or serving pieces with iconic Christmas trees, bright ribbons, or snow scenes. Spode and Lennox are just a few of the companies which are famous for Yuletide dinnerware designs.

My sister has a complete set of dinnerware for the season, while I tend to pick up bowls and platters from after Christmas sales. They add a cheering note of pretty color to my all-white stoneware. When fixing a special meal like beef tenderloin, this serving ware really showcases the special foods, economically.

Christmas table setting
Christmas table setting

 

Pretty dishes that are perfect for holiday dinners make the table part of the annual tradition. I always loved to see certain cups and dishes that were reserved for special family times on my grandmother’s table.

Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Set a festive table with this fine dinnerware perfect for the Christmas season. Made by one of the best names in fine pottery.

 

Not Christmas Yet?

 

When first writing this, it was far from Christmas time. For Christmas aficionados I know no apologies are necessary. Some people (like me!) are only too delighted for an excuse to plan the upcoming Christmas celebration.

Originally published by Ilona Erwin on 05/10/11

Gingerbread House

Christmastime gingerbread houses

Use this icing recipe to construct Gingerbread house and decorate with candies.

RECIPE FOR ROYAL ICING

Beat together:
1 1/2 cup Warm water
12 Tb. Meringue powder
Add:
4 lb. Powdered sugar
1 tsp. Almond extract

Beat until icing loses it’s shine and stands in peaks.
Beat water and meringue powder until frothy. Add as much p. sugar as necessary. Continue beating until icing stands in peaks. Color as desired.
Icing should not be stiff or house will not hold together as long. Add more water to thin the icing if necessary.
Makes enough for 2-3 houses. Can half recipe.
ROYAL ICING NOTES:
Icing will keep about 2 weeks unrefrigerated or may be stored in fridge for months. Seal very tightly so that it doesn’t harden into lumps. (Tupperware or similar container is very good container)
Requires heavy-duty table mixer*
Any bit of oil will cause this icing to become soupy and unusable.
Icing should not be stiff or GB houses fall apart a lot sooner!
You might want to add 1/4 ts Cream of Tartar for additional icing strength.

Gingerbread

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: German

Ingredients

  • 1 cup solid Crisco Melted
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Light Karo
  • 2 Large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Cloves
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 5 1/2 cups flour to 5 3/4 Flour or - more for very stiff dough

Instructions

  • TO MIX GB DOUGH: Pour melted Crisco into mixer bowl. Let cool slightly; add sugar and Karo, blending well. Add eggs, mixing all until smooth and creamy. Add salt, baking soda and spices into mixture and begin to add flour, just a little at a time. Knead the flour in when dough becomes too stiff for the mixer. DON'T HURRY THIS STEP! Continue adding as much flour as the dough will absorb.
  • TO ROLL OUT DOUGH: Lightly grease baking pans. Roll the dough out, lay pattern pieces on, and cut the desired shapes. Leave a 1" space between each piece so they won't bake together. Remove the excess dough and the pattern pieces.
  • WINDOWS: Must be cut before baking. You can add crushed hard candy for "a stained glass look." Use "sour ball" candies. Crush them with a hammer before unwrapping the pieces. If pieces bake together, cut them apart immediately after removing from oven, while house parts are still hot and soft. Bake house pieces at 375 degrees for 5-8 minutes. Pieces should not brown. Again, slide the cardboard back under the foil to remove the baked house pieces from the oven. Cool on flat surface.

Notes

ASSEMBLY: To "glue" house together
1. Use a very sturdy tray or 2-3 cardboards to set the house on. Cover cardboard with FDA foil or white freezer paper!.
Three 14" round cardboards together work well for this size house.
2. Using #5 tip in decorator bag, back of house first; pipe out icing on each side-edge of back. Stand the back house piece up and place one side at a time against the back of house. Prop with cans of soup, etc, if it doesn't stay firmly together. Or hold it for a few moments, until house feels like it is staying together.
3. Place icing up the front edges of standing sides. Add house front section. Let dry for 10-15 minutes, then add roof and chimney.
4. Decorate with desired candies using royal icing to hold decorations on.
5. Do "landscaping" last. Let dry and store covered away from dust.

Christmas Ornament Cookies

Before baking the cookie, use a straw to punch a hole to tie a string through. Add the string before baking.
"TREES" can be added on the "lawn" made of ice cream cones, decorating tip #67 or 352. While icing is still wet, sprinkle on multi-colored sugar decorations.
Window shutters for the house can be of gingerbread or candies. Sugar wafer cookies also make nice shutters.

Put a Light in It?

A single tiny light bulb on a chord - the type ceramics shops have - can be inserted through a hole in the bottom of the cardboard your house sits on. This hole must be cut before assembly.
*recipes and directions from Dolores Inlow McCann. Her wonderful site is gone, but her helpful hints remain.

Fresh Figs


figs

I love the look of fresh figs, they are sumptuous in look and subtle in color, but it is the luscious taste that is the big attraction.

If you have access to these delights, try them in delicious new ways.

Who doesn’t love pizza? Try Pizza Bianca

From Italian Food Forever.

An appetizer I know I would love to eat.

Caramelized Figs with Crispy Prosciutto, Mascarpone Cheese & Arugula Pesto
Caramelized Figs with Crispy Prosciutto, Mascarpone Cheese & Arugula Pesto
From Fargo Monthly

Try Fargo Monthly’s Caramelized Figs with Crispy Prosciutto, Mascarpone Cheese & Arugula Pesto ? From Chef Eric.

The Moroccan Tea Glass, Symbol Of Arabic Hospitality

tea service

Tea Time, Arabic Style

Tea and Cakes
Berber Hospitality in the Form of Tea, Coffee and Cakes on a Tray
The delicate glasses are beautiful without the tea, but try this staple of Moroccan hospitality for a refreshing taste of mint.

Serve At Your Next Event

Whether you host a Hafla or want to serve a refreshing drink to your friends in an informal get together – the ubiquitous tea served throughout Morocco for all occasions is the perfect way to delight your guests.

In Morocco

It is served to guests, and it is impolite to refuse the offering of this refreshing tea.

 

“Mint tea isn’t just a drink in Morocco. It is a sign of hospitality and friendship and tradition. Because this drink is so popular, it is served all day long, after every meal and with every conversation. Moroccans take great pride in their tea and will often ask a visitor who among their group of friends makes the best cup of mint tea.”
-from recipe contributor ‘Sackville’

This Moroccan tea is served in a small, often decorated, tea glass. People unfamiliar with the Moroccan for of the tea glass are surprised by its small size.

By browsing through some examples of the Moroccan tea glass, let’s find out more of Moroccan tea culture, and the importance of hospitality in the Near East.

Moroccan Hospitality – Sweet Tea, Flavor, and Flair

photo by Nick Saltmarsh
photo by Nick Saltmarsh

The Moroccan Tea Glass – A small glass serving generous hospitality

The Moroccan tea glass is small compared to the American version.American tea glasses are tall and used for iced tea with lots of ice.

The ritual of this North African country is quite different from the casual sweet iced tea of our culture, and has a tea service all its own. Moroccan tea is served hot in quite small, beautifully decorated, tea glasses. Very collectible.

TO BEGIN YOUR OWN RITUAL

Or perhaps you just want to explore the Arabic culture, in any case you will need:

  • A teapot to brew the tea
  • Glasses to serve the beverage
  • A tray for the drinks and their accompanying sweets

For the tea, itself:

  • Light flavored tea such as green or white
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Boiling water
  • Sugar

“Tea is almost always made in front of the guests so that the tea set and service can be admired. Moroccan teapots have long, curved pouring spouts that allow the tea to be poured into even the tiniest of glasses from a height of 2 or more feet. Moroccans like their tea lightly flavored with herbs. The most popular herbs added to tea are mint, lemon grass, and sometimes orange blossom.

Moroccan Mint Tea is generally made by brewing a gunpowder tea mixed with mint (1 teaspoon tea per cup). Gunpowder tea is Chinese green tea rolled into small pellets, which look like old-fashioned gunpowder. The Chinese call it zucha or pearl tea for the same reason. Rolling the tea leaves into balls helps to preserve the flavor. The offering of a glass of green tea with mint is a symbol of friendship, welcome and hospitality.” -from Emeril Lagasse

Make The Right Tea

Silver Yin Zhen White Tea
Silver Yin Zhen Pearls White Tea by Teavana

Alternatively, try white tea pearls

One of the finest teas, enjoyed on its own or prepared as an ingredient in Moroccan Mint. This is the type that Chef Emeril describes. This is a fine quality tea that will be worthy of your guests, and a comforting cup to enjoy any time of day.

Moroccan Tea is Served

Moroccan mint tea photo by againstthebrilliance
Tea glasses and small metal tea pot
Moroccan Tea is Served Proper tea service consists of the special teapot, the tea glasses, and a footed tray for the tea set. A small clean white towel is used for the handle of the teapot. Perfect pearl tea brewed inside a gracefully shaped Moroccan teapot, and served in colorful tea glasses makes enjoying a refreshing glass of tea into an event.

How to Prepare Moroccan Tea

“Fresh mint leaves and some tea leaves and a LOT of sugar are put in the bottom of the pot, hot water poured on top. After a few minutes of steeping, your hostess will pour some of the tea into a glass, and immediately she will pour it from the glass back into the pot. This is repeated until she feels the tea is perfect. Only then will she serve each of her guests a glass of hot sweet mint tea.”-Reflections from the Fence

Moroccan Mint Tea

mint refreshment
Moroccan Mint Tea

 

Moroccan Culture

It is idyllic to share a pot of mint tea at a small table on the side of the road. It is a ceremonial bonding experience in a private home.

Use Fresh Mint Leaves

fresh spearmint leaves

Start with some fresh mentha leaves

Fresh Mint

Be sure you have fresh mint to make the tea. Although some recipes call for dried mint. Fresh mint will add a lovely green tint, and the flavor is better. Mint plants are surprisingly easy to grow. A pot on the windowsill, or a patch by the back door will provide you with leaves fresh during the growing season and easy to freeze for winter use.

Can Mint Tea Heal You? From pure herbal concoctions to mint infused green teas, there are many ways to enjoy the healthful benefits of the mint plant.

 

Antique, pretty, tea glass
Antique, pretty, tea glass photo by dukpix on Flickr
  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • Yields: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Green Tea leaves, or white tea
  • 1 large handful fresh washed
  • spearmint leaves
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Boil at least 2 cups of water. Rinse a small teapot with about 1/4 cup of the water.
  2. Add the tea leaves and another 1/4 cup boiling water. Swirl the pot to wash and rinse the leaves, and pour out the water.
  3. Add the mint leaves and the sugar, and fill the pot with about 2 cups boiling water. Leave the tea to steep for five minutes or longer, or set the tea pot over medium-low heat and bring the tea to a simmer. Remove from the heat, and allow to steep several minutes more.
  4. Gently stir the tea, pour into small tea glasses and serve.

Serve Your Guests

photo by rieorie
Moroccan tea service photo by rieorie on Flickr

 

Pastries play an important role in Moroccan society because they are an essential complement to mint tea when welcoming guests into your home. -The art of Moroccan cuisine.

Serve and Display – This serving tray is ideal for your tea glasses

Moroccan Tea Tray Serving Cocktail Silver Handmade Fez Large Oval High Quality

Complete your tea service with this silver tray. Lovely way to serve tea and display the decorative glasses or offer the requisite pastries.

Ideas for using your Moroccan Tea Glasses

DECORATIVE COLLECTIBLES HOLD MORE THAN TEA

“Moroccan tea glasses are tiny cups with bright POPS of color. They would look lovely as a flower display at your reception or bridal shower, as a chic dessert presentation or a unique way to light up the room with candles inside.” ` Emmeline Bride

Start Your Collection

…OF THIS DECORATIVE GLASSWARE

When you can’t make up your mind! Harmonious mix of sparkling colors give an eclectic look to your decor.
A very traditional color, Moroccan Red, makes this set of tea glasses a warm addition to any room- for tea or candles, or just to look pretty!
A cobalt blue color with metallic accents is striking. Filigree border with a stylish modern color design.

See How the Tea Is Brewed

– And poured into the tea glass – it is an art.
What panache! This would certainly impress your friends, so learn how to make real Moroccan tea and have fun serving everyone (after a little practice, of course)

Big Bellydance Index of Articles

Aladdin and Arabian Nights

Everything You Wanted to Learn of Bellydance…but didn’t know to ask

Not just movement, but context and culture, a whole array of topics that took off on a magic carpet ride of writing.

The Challenge

Could blogposts derive from one single theme to involve a large number of related articles?
I don’t know if I succeeded combining thirty related posts in numerous categories that will all revolved around the topic of bellydance, but this is the result of my efforts …

Presented now for you:

Explore the spectrum of “Bellydance” from the Middle East, Africa, and its forms throughout the world.This group spans the articles posted on several sites, which were originally published on Squidoo as a group that centered on many aspects of one topic.

The Dance: Baladi, Gypsy, Etc.

Gypsy inspired belly dance outfits
Gypsy inspired belly dance outfits

The entire genre of dance was once, and sometimes still is, called by the French term ‘danse du ventre’ or what we translated into English, the “belly dance”. In Arabic it is called “Raqs sharqi” which describes the performance of a solo dancer, or “Raqs baladi” which is the “dance of the country”. The latter is what we usually refer to as a “folklore dance”, common people dancing for a festive occasion in a regional style.

There are a number of styles of belly dance, and related genres of dance, as well. These include Gypsy, Flamenco, and Baladi of the Middle East.  Blogposts cover the range of this group of dances, to give an idea of how they relate to one another.

Although the origination of the Danse du Ventre Vol is lost in time, it is the Gypsy culture which carried this form of dance to many regions. It was then adopted  into the surrounding culture and itself influenced by regional styles of folk dance.

Gypsy performers often kept it alive by providing festive dance and music during times when authorities clamped down and discouraged dance performances.

Ethnic Expressions of a Danceform: Ethnic Expression, Exercise, Dance!

Gypsy and Flamenco, music and outfits may not make obvious the connection, but movements and an overview bring out a pattern of cultural influence. It makes an opportunity to explore gift ideas, too.

The Costumes

festival performance costume
Festival performance costume

Dressing the Part

As with any theatrical performance, there is stage makeup, costumes, and footwear, as well as props to think about. That is probably one of the most entertaining aspects of learning to belly dance: creating the fun costumes. And for those who just want to dress up, it isn’t hard to create your own costume, if you know the right components.These lenses cover the dress-up part of the belly dance world.

Costuming

On Hubpages, this overview of the different costume styles ranges from demure Baladi, to the classic Egyptian. You can choose authentic details for your chosen style of dance, gain tips on accessorizing or even make your own apparel items.

You Can Bellydance

Don’t doubt that you can learn how to do the basic moves and even advanced techniques from online sources or classes. Learn how.

DIY Costumes for a Bellydancer

Up the ante on your fitness program by exploring what this form of exercise has to offer.

 

Mideast Wares for Belly Dancers

Just to add an exotic note to your wardrobe, or accessorize a performance. Fringed and beaded scarves, dangly earrings, tribal necklaces and more, are items on wishlists of a bellydancer. Come to the Casbah online to seek your own treasures.

The jewelry is a distinctive folkloric style that often comes into fashion. It creates a Bohemian artistic touch no matter when it is invoked for a special occasion.

 

Dance Performance Ready

Arabic makeup for eyes
Arabic makeup for eyes

The art of decorating your face and body when dressing up to perform bellydance is part of the fun.

Tattoos

You don’t really have to dance to enjoy the practice of using makeup techniques to enhance your eyes or use henna tattoo designs. Or learn about tattoos. Sometimes it is just something you want to do 🙂

Pretty Feet

Pretty feet and hands are something every woman can relate to, but are part of the performer’s whole look. Learn how to give yourself a pedicure.

Makeup

Kim Kardashian popularized this look for many years, but it is a classic eye makeup for important Middle eastern events. Weddings, ance performances, anytime a truly dramatic effect is desired.

Near Eastern Music

Bellydance Instruments and Music
Some of the instruments include:

  • The Arabic flute: ney
  • The middle eastern violin: rebab, rababa, rabab
  • The oud, Arabic lute
  • The oriental piano:  qanoun
  • Drums: bendir, deff and tar
  • Mizmar, zurna
  • Tar, dutar, sitar, shashtar, tambour
  • Santoor
stringed instrument
Stringed Instrument

Read more about many of them, here.

 

Moroccan Decor

Bring the luxurious feel of a Moroccan hideaway into your home. Create a complete interior or just add some touches of exotica with ideas for a Moroccan bathroom or bedroom.

Moroccan Bedroom Oasis

It isn’t just one color scheme or look, but it is gorgeous. Soft textures, rich colors, delirious array of fascinating pattern and fabrics combine in a way that makes you feel pampered.

The Moroccan Bath

moroccan bathExtending the invitation to relax and indulge yourself, this styling of one of your most important rooms of self-care is full of beautiful tile looks, rich detail, and simple comfort.

Serving Mint Tea in Moroccan Glasses

These jewel like tea glasses are perfect for serving Mint tea, but what other uses may they have? Beautiful for weddings, for home decor, and because they delight the eye. A sampling of colors and types and more recipes for refreshing tea.

Orientalism in Art Media

The Middle Eastern Culture – Exotic Sounds, Smells, and Flavors

Loving the food and spices of this region.

The Hafla is a “get together” that combines music, food, and dancing- just for the sheer joy of it. I include some recipes in that article.

 

Mint Tea, Ubiquitous Hospitality

Everywhere throughout the Arab world, mint tea is a sign of hospitality. If you ever wanted to make it authentically, and serve it with panache, this post is for you.

Chicken Tonight Recipes

A wide range of recipes using roast chicken including delicious regional fare from this part of the world. 10 meal possibilities,

Middle Eastern Roast Chicken Variation – unique Moroccan flavor

 

Have A Middle-Eastern Hafla Event

This page on Hubpages, has recipes and ideas for throwing a memorable potluck party.

Extend your repertoire with an exceptional cookbook. The flavors are glorious and cooking this way is easier than you think.

Middle Eastern Cookbook One of the joys of this region is its spices, and the distinctive cuisines. It is gaining popularity and is very often a healthy choice. Whether you get a complete cookbook or simply try one of my favorite recipes, do try to sample this style of cooking.

Cardamom

You may not be familiar with this warming spice, but if you are I bet it is a favorite. Discover more about this ingredient in many exotic cuisines.

Turmeric For Health

By now almost everyone is discovering the health secrets of this golden spice.

turmeric and other spices
turmeric and other spices

If you are holding a Hafla event, you may want to stock on some of these baskets to display Belly dance videos, or present your stock of zills. Perhaps use a basket for holding thank you gifts for your guests.
Or as a bread basket for rolls.

Belly Dance Videos!

– Illustrating the many facets of belly dance

Each blogpost has a number of videos to illustrate Middle Eastern dance and culture. there is also a feature of Hollywood vignettes from films.

In the Movies

It went to the movies and highlighted some favorite films of the past. It has had its own popularity in the Middle East.

Make Your Workouts Fun

Loads of workouts featuring this style of dance are available from all sorts of experts. Find online videos or purchase those you love for in-home workouts. Great alternative to taking classes, if that’s what you prefer.

Halloween Costumes

halloween outfit
Typical halloween outfit for women.

Everyone likes to dress up, that is one of the perks of belly dancing. So it isn’t surprising that a favorite Halloween costume would be one with an Arabian Nights theme.

The costuming articles listed in this index are mainly about creating authentic belly dance costumes: the type that real Oriental dance performers actually use.

In completing a Squidoo quest for a Halloween costume lens, I made this one which conforms to the theme of Middle Eastern topics.

Caveat: But remember that Halloween costumes are necessarily much more simple to make, or if purchased, are much less expensive in terms of time and materials and workmanship.

The price will reflect that and I wouldn’t recommend these costumes for the rigors of a belly dance performance, but they sure are fun for a costume party! They are less expensive by far and made of less expensive materials and workmanship- like any other Halloween dress-up purchase. You can get the best of both better quality and cost savings by following the DIY ideas.

The large number of men’s costume ideas in the Halloween lens will serve to costume the male guests at Hafla events, etc.

1001 Arabian Nights Halloween Costumes

Johnny Depp as a pirateWhat do Johnny Depp’s Pirate look and the Arabian Nights have in common? Find out and get some fabulous costume ideas for the next Halloween Party.ideas

How to put the look together, D-I-Y costume pattern links and pictures, costumes for different characters including both male and female versions of Arabian Nights inspired looks.

Makeup  ideas and accessory inspirations for a complete guide to creating your own star performance .

Musical Marrakesh Adventure

Listen to these intriguing sounds and immerse in the exotic sight before you travel on your magic carpet.

Recipes With Health Giving Turmeric

Start Using Turmeric Today For Brain Benefits

 Source: nutritionfacts.org
Source: nutritionfacts.org

If you have read about the health benefits of Turmeric, then the idea of increasing your cooking repertoire to include more of this golden spice into your diet is a priority. The world cuisines that traditionally value the flavor of this spice provide a wide number of new dishes to try.

Spices can aid your health.

Where Can I Find Recipes That Call For Turmeric?

East Indian Foods

Indian cuisine is a highly developed and distinctive one, so it is easy to find lots of recipes of all types. Start looking at the Yellow curries, since the spice gives foods a nice golden yellow color.

Curcuma longa is grown in mainly in India which is another reason to begin our journey of discovery in the foods of this part of the world.

Indonesian Recipes

Less well known, but greatly loved by many who try it, Indonesian foods often are made with the addition of curry powder. They have their own version of curries, as do Thai foods.

North African Foods

Another richly flavored trove of foods that include the flavorings we are looking for; plus this is another fabulous regional cooking.

Health Food Stores

The well known health properties of certain spices inspire cookbooks that are geared towards an aim of wellness. Those cookbooks are often stocked in health food stores. Check to see if they have a bookshelf of cookbooks that contain recipes for teas and drinks, as well as other ways to include more of an ingredient like this.

Be Experimental With Old Favorites

Love egg salad? Chili? Macaroni and potato dishes? Try adding some healthful spices to those old standbys. You might like them even better with some of the zing that you have added.

Be Sure To Try The Curry Egg Casserole

On this page, the egg and curry dish is easy, tasty, and is great with added turmeric. So healthy if you add side dishes of fresh and cooked fruits and veggies, all on top of a mound of rice.

For British Tastes

The British developed a taste for many of the Eastern spices when they became familiar with the cuisine of their colonies. They also have sizable populations of people with Indian and Pakistani heritage. If you love a British menu, try the menu of many sorts of recipes including Turmeric.

Indian Food Finds Favor

Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook's Guide to Traditional Favorites
Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook’s Guide to Traditional Favorites

More and more people are discovering the delicious flavors of India.

Part of the good news story on this is the way spices are used in the daily dishes of this world cuisine.

Turmeric is strongly represented in many dishes. I love the flavors of Indian food and especially the home cooking of this book.

As one reviewer said, If you have room for only “one go-to book for Indian home cooking on your shelf…this is it”.

A new cuisine can seem daunting with its unfamiliar spices and ingredients, but starting simple with a collection like this is the way to enrich your diet and your repertoire.

  • BBC – Food – Turmeric recipes
    A bright yellow spice that comes from the rhizome of a plant in the ginger family. It is sometimes available fresh, but is usually sold dried and…

Tip:

WHEN MAKING CURRIES, CONSIDER ADDING MORE TURMERIC TO THE READY MADE CURRY POWDER.

Beef Curry

Curried Beef
Source: Wikipedia Commons

Entree’s

Considered As One Of The Tastiest Dishes In The World

Widen Your Culinary Horizons

The North African Kitchen: Regional Recipes and Stories

The North African Kitchen: Regional Recipes and Stories

We can add more Turmeric into our cooking if we try out recipes from those cuisines that traditionally included the spice. Indian, North African, and others often are flavored with it.

Besides adding certain ingredients, the flavorful dishes of this region are exotic enough to be something different, but full of delightful tastes that we will soon find comforting and filling. That means it won’t be just a one time recipe or two- you will be making some of these marvelous flavors as a new part of your cooking repetoire, and add to your health while doing it.

Try It In Egg Dishes

egg salad sandwiches
Source: Season With Spice blog

Easy, Fast, Egg Curry Casserole

This is my standby for a busy day.

Egg Curry Casserole

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 slice mild cheese Muenster is good
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 1/2 pint dairy sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons curry or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Layer buttered casserole dish with cheese slices.
  • In small bowl mix egg whites, sour cream, milk, and spices until well blended.
  • Evenly space the yolks of the egg over the cheese (unbroken). Then pour egg white and sour cream mixture carefully around the yolks.
  • Bake at 350 until set, about 30-45 minutes. Serve over toast with condiments.
Serve It With:

I like a side of green vegetable… steamed broccoli is my usual choice, although a salad of leafy green or kale would go nicely. Chopped cucumber salad could also be a refreshing summertime choice.

The bowls to accompany the curried eggs are according to what appeals most to you. A dab of Chutney really adds wonderful flavor to all ingredients.

Suggested side bowls:

Chopped fresh tomato
Coconut flakes
Chutney
Chopped Peanuts
Banana slices
Mango chunks
Green onion

Tips For Cooking With Turmeric

  • Add a pinch to oil in pan before sautéing.
  • Use turmeric in acidic recipes: tomato-based dishes, dressings with vinegars, lemon juice.
  • Protect your spices from light damage: keep in a dark place.
  • Add to your grilling marinades; Turmeric inhibits carcinogens.

What should I look for when buying this spice?

Remember to use black pepper with tumeric for better absorption. any fresh spice is the best.

You can look for non-GMO types. Organic or Kosher are also other designations.

Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder, 1 lb.
Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder, 1 lb. Bulk

Not a Cure-all

Use additions of herbs and spices as healthy supplements to your diet, don’t expect them to be cure-alls.

It Does Have Health Benefits

Make A Tea with It

Side Dishes

 Stain Warning

Cleaning:

Turmeric can stain. Careful of your clothes and counters when cooking with it.

*Try equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing soap to clean.

Spice Up Your Life: The Benefits Of Turmeric And More

Why I Added Turmeric To My Diet

The news for me is eating more spices for the health benefits.

I Started Taking “Spice Pills”

I haven’t been aging as well as I’d hoped.

High blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, and eye problems have been plaguing me for the last decade. The medications I must take have had side effects. As a result, I have been trying to find the alternative solutions for these problems.

After seeing a late night episode of Dr. Oz with guest Dr. Weil, I was convinced that I should add turmeric to my diet, not just in the curries I already enjoy, but in supplement form.

World Flavors for Health

From the spice market
From the spice market

Turmeric …And?

Turmeric is best absorbed along with black pepper, and barberry is also helpful. A pill that combines them is convenient. I decided to add this to the vitamins and fish oil capsules I’m already taking.

More Spice For More Life

But diet is much more than pills, and I wanted a “whole life” regimen that would hold the line against the ravages of aging.

I found that Italian spices are especially helpful, too. Oregano, thyme, garlic, marjoram and others. It doesn’t seem so hard to improve health and nutrition when you just need to make your foods more flavorful. This is in addition to the extra amounts I am adding through the standardized supplements I am now taking.

It makes sense to explore Indian, Mediterranean, and similar cuisines that incorporate healthful herbs and spices. Now that researchers have found to them to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, you will want recipes that bring them to your table.

The more research is coming out which touts the benefits of spice for health, the more I am convinced that nutrition is an important building block to better aging. Of course that is along with exercise, and a creative, social lifestyle. Don’t forget adding a good nights sleep to the list!

Turmeric Comes From A Plant Rhizome

 Licensed under Creative Commons
Licensed under Creative Commons

What Supplements For What Health Benefit?

Blood Pressure

  • Turmeric
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Barberry

Anti-Aging

  • Sage
  • Marjoram
  • Ginger
  • Jamaican Allspice
  • Rosemary

Arthritis

  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Tumeric
  • Cayenne
  • Black Pepper
  • Ginger

Brain Health

  • Turmeric
  • Holy Basil
  • Cloves
  • Rosemary

Spice Up Your Brain

What Helps Your Brain Health?

Everyone wants better brain health, but most of us don’t bother to change our eating habits to improve. It sometimes takes the toll of age and health problems to finally jumpstart our motivation. That isn’t necessary.

Many of the dietary changes we make can increase our energy and help us function better, plus they can make food taste better. That is the beautiful thing about using these flavorings to aid our wellbeing. Our taste buds are happier!

Which spices are good for the brain and why?

TURMERIC

This has curcumin which will improve memory and reduce plaques in the brain.

THYME

Its volatile oils increase the levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which protects against dementia.

ROSEMARY

This will help against free-radical damage in the brain, it increases circulation in the brain. “Rosemary for remembrance” takes on new meaning.

SAGE

Cumin and sage have dementia-fighting power. It boosts brain performance, is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.

Reduce Inflammation

New Chapter Zyflamend Whole Body, with Turmeric and Ginger - 120 ct
New Chapter Zyflamend Whole Body, with Turmeric and Ginger – 120 ct

Zyflamend is a product made by the New Chapter company. Many reviewers applaud its effect on their joint pain.

I bought it since it combines numerous helpful herbs and spices into one capsule. According to the information on the box it contains:

  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Holy Basil
  • Organic Green Tea
  • Hu Zhang
  • Chinese goldthread
  • Barberry
  • Organic Oregano
  • Chinese Skullcap

After reading the list of which spices and herbs are best for anti-aging and blood pressure regulation you can see why I chose this particular supplement.

What do you think of Jamie Lee Curtis in the Activia commercials?

About Turmeric

Turmeric was used in Ayervedic medicine for centuries to treat infections, wounds, respiratory problems, colds, and liver disease.

It is known as “Indian Saffron” due to its beautiful golden yellow color. Grown from the plant Curcuma longa, which is a member of the Ginger family. The spice is made from the rhizome (underground stem food storage).

The turmeric rhizome is dried and then ground into the yellow powder which is commonly sold in grocery stores.

The taste of this spice is described as a “slightly acrid, yet sweet”, and I would call it a warming, aromatic flavor, with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

Curcumin, the principle constituent of turmeric, reduces the body’s levels of inflammatory enzymes COX-2 and LOX.

  • Studies show curcumin may reduce inflammation in the body. Curcumin is a compound in turmeric.
  • Black pepper has anti-bacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ginger is an inhibitor of COX-2, an enzyme that makes prostaglandins which cause inflammation.
  • Cloves, which Dr. Mercola describes as “cinnamon on steroids” is good for many things including reducing inflammation.
  • Spices are thermogenic, meaning they naturally increase your metabolism.

Inflammation and Why It Harms

Chronic inflammation has been seen to be the root of many of the health problems of heart disease, arthritis, and even some cancers.

Do You Have Chronic Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation speeds aging; it is a factor in Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis.

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury, but when there is a persistent problem, it becomes chronic. This long lasting immune response can be very damaging to our bodies.

Beneficial Supplements

Blood Pressure
Brain Health
Anti-Aging
Turmeric
Turmeric
Turmeric
Garlic
Thyme
Sage
Cardamom
Rosemary
Ginger
Oregano
Sage
Cloves

Interesting Study On Real Benefits Of Spices

Read More About The Good Effects Of Spices

The Road To Better Health

Since I just started taking Zyflamend I can’t report yet on what it is doing for me. I chose that particular product because it combines several spices together for the health benefits I am looking for, including the fact that black pepper increases the efficacy of Turmeric.

It becomes a good idea to reduce the number of pills when you want to become regular about adding them to your plan for better aging and well being.

The addition of more of these food flavors through new recipes and capsule supplements are just one of the changes I am making to my lifestyle, but one of the simpler ones.

Diet has been my biggest challenge, since up until my late forties I never had to consider it for my health! Spices are hopefully going to help me eat more of what is better for me and cut down on the carbs and sugars that I love.

Turmeric Flower
Turmeric Flower

Purchase Easily Online

Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric Root Powder, 1 lb.
New Chapter Zyflamend Whole Body, with Turmeric and Ginger – 120 ct

Dr.Oz Weighs In

© 2014 Ilona Erwin