Sunday, March 20, 2011

Is Your Home Healthy? Find out how to protect your family from hidden household dangers.

Hi Followers!

I hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.  It won't be long until Easter and I am busy preparing some wonderful dishes to share with you.  Hopefully I can give you some inspiration and share with you what Easter was like at my house as a child and as I was growing up.  It is a very important holiday in our house.

But today, I want to share something very important with you about making sure your home is safe and healthy.  I have been reading the book, The Healthy Home, by Dr. Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz and learning so much. The Wentz's are a father and son team who have come together to write a book that walks it readers room by room through a typical house, point out surprising health risks that we see everyday.  It has great colorful illustrations and quizzes.  It's really interesting and informative.  I've already made some changes in my own household.  Take two minutes to watch this video that is so interesting and will be a little teaser to the book.

You can also find out more at the website  You can purchase the book on Amazon and they even have it for the Kindle.

Now for us foodies...there is alot of information about safety in the kitchen and helping to get the very best nutritional value out of our foods.  Here is a sample of what you'll find.

Cut Less, Retain More
If you've ever cut up an apple only to have it turn brown in a manner of minutes, you've witnessed the depleting effects oxygen has on fresh produce. By exposing fruits and vegetables to oxygen, you're reducing the nutrient value of the food exponentially. Your taste buds have probably also noticed this -- bags of shredded carrots hardly have any flavor at all, whereas biting into a fresh, whole carrot is a completely different, and more satisfying, experience.

To prevent losing the nutrients in your foods, simply put down the knife. Give your children whole apples in their lunches instead of cutting them up. Skip the cartons of pre-sliced carrots and celery -- cut up your own vegetables for a party tray instead. You'll begin to see that many fruits and vegetables come prepackaged in their own skin, and don't need to be prepared in any way to be enjoyed. And if you must cut up your fruits or vegetables before you eat them, do the cutting right before you plan on eating, and cut larger pieces to prevent exposing too much of the produce to the air. 

And great news.. "One simple rule to remember; The less work you need to do while you're in the kitchen, the more nutrient value your food typically will have...reduce the amount of slicing, dicing, cooking, blending, boiling and peeling.


Cook with Care
How you decide to cook your vegetables will have a big influence on how much of the food's vitamins are retained to feed and fuel your body. Most research supports microwaving, baking, and steaming as the methods that are the least destructive and most efficient at protecting the nutritional content of your food. That's right, microwaving is on the ‘good' list.


In fact, studies show that vitamin C losses from broccoli due to boiling exceeded 30 percent, as opposed to about 20 percent for steaming and less than 10 percent for microwaving. 
                                                      Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: There's the Rub
Chapter 2: The Body Electric!
Chapter 3: Sleepytime
Chapter 4: Let's Get Personal
Chapter 5: Bright, White, and Pearly
Chapter 6: Don't Be a Dope

Kitchen Chapter 7: For the Love of Food
Chapter 8: Let's Get Cooking
Chapter 9: Drink Up!
Living Areas
Chapter 10: Clean Living
Chapter 11: High Tech, High Risk
 Garage and Yard
Chapter 12: Gremlins in the Garage
Chapter 13: Going Green in Your Yard 

So you can see that there is much more than just the cooking part...
Let me know what you think about the book and the web site please.  I would love your feedback.
I was provided a copy of this book, but was not paid to give a review.  The opinions are my own. 

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Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

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