If a live tree is something you choose to have in your house during the holiday season, taking it down to sail off to the big Tree Farm in the Sky can be bittersweet. In prior years, I have had a tiny artificial tree and whenever I take it down, it’s made less sad with the promise of “See ya next year!” This year was my family’s first adventure in the land of live trees and taking it down just seems so final. No “See ya later... Read more
By Bridget Welch, LMT
Many people avoid gluten because of food sensitivities, but others are chosing to eat gluten free for a healthier diet. Though many of us know people who have slimmed down when they cut gluten out of their diet, avoiding gluten alone does not guarantee weight loss. The best results come when the diet is done right.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and related species of grain, like rye and barley that creates the elasticity in dough. How does it affect the body? For people with Celiac disease or other sensitivities to wheat, gluten can cause digestive... Read more
Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, you name it. If it falls in the month of December, I’m game! December 21st is the Winter Solstice, which marks the first day of winter. In my mixed faith background household, this secular cause for celebration has been a fun new addition to my family’s winter holiday repertoire. And what celebration is... Read more
Chris Terrell, CSCS, ND
Cold and flu season is upon us. It’s important to have certain foods on hand for the minute you start feeling run down. Here are some of my favorite foods and beverages for when I am feeling under the weather.
I love to drink hot tea throughout the year, but especially during the colder months. A cup of hot tea is not only warming and revitalizing, but it can... Read more
Goose Island has outdone themselves with their Bourbon County Brand series. All three; Stout, Coffee Stout, and Barleywine are limited release beers so we will only have them for a short time. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! These three beers also have a few other things in common. They were all bourbon barrel aged, they all weigh in at over 10% ABV, and they all scored a perfect 100 on beeradvocate.com. As if the news couldn’t get any better, these guys will also cellar well for up to five years! You simply have to taste these brews to believe how good they actually are, although I... Read more
By Sandy Beck
The first time I tasted curry was a snowy Christmas Eve in London. Behind fish and chips, Indian curry just might be the national dish of Britain. Served with soft chapatti bread, basmati rice, mango chutney and a (warm) pint of Guinness, this colorful, spicy spread warmed me down to my toes.
In fact, Brits have been eating curry since the 18th century when locals in Madras, India (now Chennai), prepared traditional Indian dishes for British merchants. When they returned home, along with cotton, silk, indigo dye, tea and opium, the East India Company... Read more
This Thanksgiving, folks the world over can participate in a once in a lifetime holiday so bring out your turkey shaped menorah (as some call, the menurkey) and get ready to eat some pie. That’s right folks. This Thursday is the only time in your life Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will collide into the wondrous holiday that is Thankgivikah! Be you Jewish, Christian, atheist, agnostic or [fill in the blank], tomorrow is a great opportunity to celebrate two... Read more
If there’s one thing the local citrus season means in our house it’s “candied satsuma and lemon peel time”! A few years ago after our pantry was flooded with dozens of delicious locally grown satsumas, I wanted to see if there is something we could do with all the peels... Read more
By Gretchen Hein
Lauren, co-owner of Southern Craft Creamery couldn’t answer the phone at the appointed time for our interview, she was up to her elbows in fresh cream and about to begin her day’s work—making ice cream. Lauren and her husband Zach make up Southern Craft Creamery, located in Marianna, Florida. They create flavors such as Roasted Banana with Salted Peanuts, Salted Dark... Read more
I love Thanksgiving with a hungry, starving, "why don't I have a piece of pumpkin pie in front of me right now?!" passion. Delicious food, time with family and friends, fond memories being made. What is there not to love?! As a vegan, I could see though how this might... Read more