Peppery Roasted Almonds

  Internet is alive with a blog post and website extolling the virtues of eating almonds. If you could believe everything that you read, almonds can do everything from curing cancer to reversing heart disease.  The almond is a nutritionally dense food and a good source of riboflavin and niacin, vitamin E, and the essential minerals…

White Tiger: The Color of Controversy

Originally posted on Doc Antle's Tiger Tales:
Royal White Bengal Tiger ©Rare Species Fund White Tigers are NOT Genetically Defective There is no evidence of a genetic defect inherent in the white color variant of the Royal White Bengal Tiger, notwithstanding the erroneous claims to the contrary by the Humane Society of the United States…

Palm Oil: Heart of Darkness

Originally posted on Doc Antle's Tiger Tales:
©Rare Species Fund The Horror of Palm Oil Production Fires raging across much of Borneo and Sumatra devour vast amounts of Indonesian rainforest. These fires which are now out of control, are believed to have been set intentionally by companies seeking to clear land for the lucrative…

Erika’s Chocolate Chocolate Shortbread Pecan Pie

I love pecan pie. I hate corn syrup.  Most pecan pie recipes use the loathsome ingredient, an unholy union for sure, and that is a situation that we can no longer in good conscience tolerate. What is corn syrup?  It’s a tacky, syrupy substance made from corn starch and contains maltose and  higher oligosaccharides, depending on…

Great Expectations

I accidentally bought a stallion in December.  Not just any horse, he’s the kind of horse that little girls ride in their dreams at night.  I wake up in the morning counting down the minutes before I can ride him again. I am a student of dressage, and I train with close friends of more than a dozen years now, Kim…

Spumoni Drop Cookies

Spumoni (from spuma, meaning foam), is an Italian flavor of ice cream containing chocolate, fruits (usually cherries) and nuts (typically pistachio).  Like Neapolitan ice cream, it is created in layers, and it is very popular in countries with large Italian populations such as the US and Argentina.  (I am a US citizen of Argentine descent, so…

Honey Orange Cake with Honey Cream Mascarpone Frosting with Orange Essence

Honey is a magical, sweet and healthy food made by bees using the nectar of flowers.   Humans have been collecting honey for at least 8,000 years, as depicted in ancient cave drawings in Valencia, Spain.  The ancient Egyptians, Eurasians, Indians, Chinese, Romans and Mayans all cooked with honey.  The Hindus believed it to be…

Divine, Sublime Chicken with Lemon, Cream and Sage

I was going to try to regale you with the history of milk consumption that coincides with the Neolithic Period, but that would just be an obnoxious show, detracting from the truth of this blog:  this recipe is unbelievably, off the hook, incredibly delicious.  Ridiculous.  The best chicken recipe I’ve ever tasted.  It is an…

If I Could Save Time in a Bottle

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.” ― Carl Sandburg Today is a special day.  The light of my life celebrates her nineteenth birthday. It is such a cliche to ask where the time has gone.  Last week,…

Clarity

“Fish,” he said, “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea I fractured my ankle in October.  I had an unrelated surgery in May.  I did not ride. I did not run. I did not exercise at all…

Grain Free Cheese Bread

I have the unlucky genetics to be a borderline diabetic. Fortunately, I have never been obese and I am able to control my blood sugar completely through diet and exercise, which has added benefits to my blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress level. One of the biggest challenges of eating to keep my blood sugar on…