Hoda’s Healing Spice Blends – Kickstarter

In alignment with the energy of the New Moon, I’ve launched my Healing Spices Kickstarter project.

 

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Hoda’s Healing Spice Blends Kickstarter Project

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Sunset Tomato Salad

Our Cherry, Indigo and Heirloom Hillbilly tomatoes have been so prolific for the past month, it’s been hard to keep up.  Even after loading sacks-full for every visitor, we are left with more than we can eat.

The Hillbilly tomato can reach 2 lbs in weight!  Ours are between 14 – 18 ounces each, and super delicious.

So I’ve been making tomato sauce, tomato soup, salads and stews
 
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This salad uses two varieties of tomato, and is a simple, refreshing accompaniment to almost any main dish.

My Sunset Tomato Salad

  • 1 large Hillbilly or Pineapple Tomato (16 – 20 ozs.)
  • 14 – 16 whole Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 small organic Red Onion, sliced in wings
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    Hillbilly Tomatoes

  • 1 Tbs. sliced organic Mint leaves
  • 2 Tbs. organic Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 small clove organic Garlic mashed with 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 3 Tbs. ev organic Olive Oil

Cut heirloom tomato into bite size chunks.

Combine with onion, cherry tomatoes and mint in a salad bowl.

Shake salad dressing ingredient in a jar, until combined.

Dress salad and toss.  Enjoy with grilled grass-fed kabobs, free range chicken or fish.

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My Sunset Tomato Salad – CUTC

 ~ In good health!

Gratitude… Each Moment’s Lining

Gratitude…

should infuse every breath you take, underline every moment you live, be the period at the end of all words you utter.

There is a way to enter into a view of life which turns on a switch, illuminating what is real from what is transitory and less real.

The following beautiful passage by Henry David Thoreau speaks perfectly to those who wish to awaken and sustain Gratitude in their lives.butterfly

I hope his words weave through your thoughts now and then, as life continues to unfold.

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If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.
 The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man.
 The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.
 I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.
In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.
~~~~ Henry David Thoreau

The Secrets of Sage

Sage

Salvis Officinalis, comes from the Latin salvare, meaning to ‘save’ or ‘cure’.

There is a proverb in an old Italian manuscript that states:Why should he die who has sage in his garden?’

We have the English to thank for the idea of smothering sage in onions and adding it to breads and sausage for stuffing! Who knew.

The English also drank sage tea long before black tea became the choice for this afternoon tradition. I found it very tasty.

Sage Tea

Sage Tea

The Secret?

Several scientific studies show that Sage brightens your mood, rejuvenates your concentration, and sharpens your memory.  Perhaps that’s why a sage is thus named?

Sage extract has also been valuable in alleviating or preventing:

  • Age-related Memory Loss
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and
  • Ulcers

Sage is native to the Mediterranean.  This aromatic plant is easy to grow in many temperate climates, and will attract bees with its lavender flowers.

Clary Sage is the sweet and milder variety, Greek is stronger.  Dried Sage is usually Dalmatian Sage native to Croatia, and is sold rubbed, crushed or powdered.

In Cooking:

Sage goes well in gravies, butters, stuffing, meatloaf, scones, polenta, on pizza, and with fatty fish.. like Salmon.

As a Tea:

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Brewing Sage Tea

Place 6 – 7 medium leaves in 9 oz of water and simmer for 15 minutes.

Storage:

Sage will keep for up to a year kept in an airtight container, and stored in a dark, dry place.

Cherry Chip Almond Cookies, Gluten Free

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Cherry Chip Almond Cookies

Our grape arbor is entwined with thick, lush vines draping down the sides and onto the grass lawn.

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The vines themselves are heavily laden with the sweetest golden grapes we’ve tasted. Last year we let most become raisins, since we had just moved in and were not yet focused on the landscape, and they were amazing.

I think there must easily be over seventy 12″ long bunches waiting to be enjoyed.

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A typical bunch of luscious grapes from our Arbor

Back in the kitchen, it’s time for another summer fruit to take center stage.. Cherries.

These little cookies are so tasty, I have to ask someone to close the container they’re in before I finish them.. because I have no motivation to stop reaching in once again.

The ingredients are of course health supportive, so you can have more than one!

Cherry Chip Almond Cookies

  •  1 ½ Tbs. grass-fed organic Butter (or increase Coconut Oil to 3 ½ Tbs.)
  • 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 c. Pure Maple Syrup or raw Honey
  • 1 hi-Omega3 Egg
  • ¼ tsp. pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp. pure organic Cherry Extract
  • 1 c. + 2 Tbs. blanched Almond Flour
  • 1/3 c. Sorghum or Coconut Flour
  • 2 Tbs. Flax Seeds, freshly ground (opt.)
  • 1 tsp. Xanthan or Guar Gum
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • ¼ c. organic mini Dark Chocolate Chips, or chopped 80% cocoa Chocolate Bar
  • 3 Tbs. fresh organic Cherries, chopped

Preheat oven to 325°.

Line baking sheet with lightly greased parchment paper.

In bowl of a standing mixer (or use hand mixer) whip the butter, coconut oil, syrup/honey, and egg until frothy. Add extracts.

Continue beating on low and add flours, flax, xanthan gum, and salt. Beat on medium until well mixed.

Turn off. Remove bowl from stand and stir in chocolate chips and cherries.

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Make criss-cross pattern with small fork dipped in water

 

Dampen your hands slightly, and roll dough into 12 – 14 balls and place on cookie sheet 2” apart. Press down with tines of a fork in crisscross pattern to 2/3” thickness.

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Cherry Chip Almond Cookies 2/3″ thick

 

Bake for 14 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool on wire rack. Cookies are delightfully chewy.

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Cherry Chip Almond Cookies

~ Cheers! 

Cool Summer Treat – Watermelon Skewers

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Watermelon-cheese skewers

This quick guest offering is inspired by an appetizer served at a hotel in Limassol, Cyprus.

Their version was served as triangles of watermelon which sandwiched triangles of cheese and lettuce wedged in between.

Yesterday I made dinner for my awesome Chiropractor, Dr. M., and his sweet receptionist Margo.

Since it was still around 80 degrees at 7:30pm (down from 100°F), I decided to make these but as skewers, with aged Gouda and Basil.

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cut cheese and basil approx the same size

Tip: Gently punch a hole with the blunt end of the skewers into the middle of each square of cheese before you begin. This prevents them from splitting with you skewer them.

Ingredients:

  • Cool Watermelon cut into cubes
  • Aged Gouda, cut into same size as watermelon, 1/8″ thick at most (you may try Feta if not too crumbly)
  • Fresh organic Basil, cut into squares or triangles to fit cheese

Skewer a watermelon slice, a piece of cheese, a piece of basil leaf, another watermelon cube and one more basil leaf.

Wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Easy, quick, delicious.

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Watermelon-cheese skewers