Book Review: The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams

Cholesterol too high? Take a pill. Blood pressure too high? Take a pill. Got a cold coming on? Take a pill. So many pills cannot possibly be good for us.

Modern medicine has an answer for just about everything. But at what cost to your health?

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health by Susan Hess and Tina Sams provides you some simple, relatively inexpensive ways to help you stay healthy.

This book is a step-by-step guide to eating in such a way that you give your body what it needs to heal itself.

You don’t need to replace your doctor or other health care provider, unless that is your goal. You can help yourself feel better by following the recipes in this cookbook.

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook takes the idea of Chinese medicine and makes it easy to understand and easy to follow. You won’t need a lot of fancy herbs or other ingredients. You probably have just about everything you need to follow most of these recipes right now.

This book tells you what equipment you need to get started. Most modern kitchens have all of it or, at least, most of it anyway.

By following these easy recipes, you will give your body what it needs to feel better and healthier.

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Book Review: Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch

Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch

Let’s face it, there is no one, perfect diet.  We hear so much about keto diets now but, what is a keto diet and how will it help? Keto in 30 Minutes: 100 No-Stress Ketogenic Diet Recipes to Keep You on Track by Jen Fisch will answer many of your questions.

This book takes the time to explain what a keto diet is and what it isn’t.  Did you know that certain vegetarian dishes can be a part of a keto diet?

Evidently, the keto diet was intended to help with epilepsy.  It has also been used to help with Parkinson’s Disease. The thing is, you should never start a diet of any type without discussing it with your doctor, nutritionist and/or other medical professional.

This book answers the question, “How do I know I am in keto?”  

You will learn about the proper kitchen tools to make following a keto diet easier and about exercise, as well.

This is probably something a diabetic wants to shy away from but, for many others, the keto diet may just be what you are looking for.  

Keto in 30 Minutes delivers just what it promises. That is keto meals that are quick and easy to prepare without a lot of fuss and muss.

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Book Review: Kid Chef Every Day: The Easy Cookbook for Foodie Kids by Colleen Kennedy

Kid Chef Every Day: The Easy Cookbook for Foodie Kids by Colleen Kennedy

If you are a preteen and want to learn how to impress your friends by feeding them fancy dishes, you can learn how to do that with the book Kid Chef Every Day: The Easy Cookbook for Foodie Kids by Colleen Kennedy.

Even if you don’t know how to boil water, you can learn how to make amazing food with this book.

Kid Chef Every Day is really a course in pretty much everything you need to know when it comes to cooking.  If you don’t know a saucepan from a spatula, this book will teach you.

There are some great instructions for any beginning cook.  No one wants those early failures most of us had when we were learning how to cook. The first time I tried to make gravy, even the dog wouldn’t eat it. The first time Suzanne made it, you could slice it.

But, you can avoid those problems if you follow these directions step-by-step.  There are even directions on how to follow the directions for making the perfect dish every time.

Parents, you can help your older kids take some of the work off of you when you buy your kids the Kid Chef line of books.  You can be sure your kids have the skills they need to handle themselves in the kitchen and make you a wonderful meal.

Kid Chef Every Day makes the perfect gift for any time of the year.  

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Book Review: 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

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300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

Our family is mostly Irish. Therefore, we love anything to do with a potato. This is why 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh was such a great book for us.

Not only are there all kinds of easy to follow recipes in this book, there are also a lot of “fun facts” about the potato. There is sort or a Ripley’s Believe It Or Else” section in the front of the book where readers are treated to some little known facts about the potato.

These recipes are easy to follow with a good bit of detail for each recipe. It makes following the steps so easy even a husband could follow them.

We think you will love 300 Best Potato Recipes like we do. We give it all five stars and a slab of bacon.

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Book Review: Gut Health Diet for Beginners: A 7-Day Plan to Heal Your Gut and Boost Digestive Health by Kitty Martone

Gut Health Diet for Beginners: A 7-Day Plan to Heal Your Gut and Boost Digestive Health by Kitty Martone

You have probably said many times over, “I just have a gut feeling”. The thing is, you are not that far off. By now you have heard all about keeping your gut healthy and why.

Gut Health Diet for Beginners: A 7-Day Plan to Heal Your Gut and Boost Digestive Health by Kitty Martone will help you understand a little more about keeping your gut healthy.

This book is easy to follow and understand.  It has many mouth-watering recipes, including Shrimp Scampi and how to make it or a chicken alternative to it, as if you would want to make that substitution!

We think that Gut Health will make a great Christmas, or anytime, gift for just about anyone on your gift list.

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Super Simple Pecan Pie

Super Simple Pecan Pie

 

Super-Simple-Pecan-Pie_8794_webIngredients

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups pecan halves or pieces
1 frozen deep dish pie crust

 

 

Preheat oven to 375°F, with cookie sheet in the oven.

Mix the first five ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until well blended.  You can use an electric mixer on medium speed or mix by hand with a whisk. Add in the pecans and pour the mixture into the crust.

Place the filled pie crust onto the preheated cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then cover crust edge with strips of foil. This will help to prevent burning the rim of the crust. Bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until center is set.

Cool for 30 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving. Refrigerate any leftover pie.   

Book Review: 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi

5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi

Many of us are looking for easy recipes that are easy to cook and tasty at the same time.  5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook: Easy Dinners from Your Skillet, Dutch Oven, Sheet Pan & More by Linda Kurniadi has that.

The recipes in this book are simple to follow.  There is a quick explanation at the beginning of the book to tell readers what they should always have on hand to make simple, five ingredient recipes without breaking the budget.

Most of these recipes are awesome.  There is even a recipe for my favorite, Broccoli Cheese soup. How great is that?

We give 5-Ingredient One Pot Cookbook all five stars and you will, too. We think it will make a wonderful Christmas present any busy person on your Christmas gift list.

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Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

Quick-and-Easy-Chocolate-Cake_2522_Crop_webDry Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

 

Wet Ingredients

2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup boiling water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grease and flour cake pan. I used a 13x9x2. If you’d like a two layer round cake, use 2 9-inch round pans instead.

Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

To the same bowl, add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer.

Add the boiling water and mix well. The batter will not be as firm as your typical cake batter. It will be rather runny.

Pour evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until the cake tests done with a toothpick and the edges are pulling away from the pan.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and place onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Frost with your favorite frosting.