Dandelion Salad 😝 The Bitter Truth

The DANDELION cannot shake its reputation as an obnoxious weed!

Spring is the ultimate season for fresh produce. Dandelion Salad is bright and refreshing, sprinkled with yellow petals. Our veggie-forward salad will awaken your taste buds after winter’s heavy meals.

What is the one of the first BRIGHT YELLOW herbs you see blooming on your lawn? Did you say DANDELION ⁉️ You’re right! First bloom in Spring 🌱 Second bloom in the Fall 🍁🍂 Two times!! Resilient!

Celebrate A Good Life With Dandelion Salad

The Dandelion Is A Herb!

The FDA continues to treat dandelion as a weed. The agency’s official position is that “there is no convincing reason for believing it possesses any therapeutic virtues.” … “’What is a weed?‘” [Ralph Waldo] Emerson wrote. “A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”’ As far as dandelion is concerned, truer words were never penned ” More about dandelions found in Michael Castleman’s book The New Healing Herbs

The Best Way To serve Dandelion Salad

They say “what grows together goes together,” and dandelion greens and strawberries are delicious proof that it’s true. This savory dandelion salad amps up that perfect pairing with a warm balsamic vinaigrette and slow-cooked red onions. A powerhouse of nutrients.

Dandelion Salad – by Clara at 94 yrs young. A wonderful lady!

DANDELION SALAD TIP: Clara picks the small dandelions for her salad. They’re best picked when tender, before the plant blooms, and they can be served raw or cooked. Chef’s TIP: The small, lighter green dandelions are milder than the large, dark green dandelion leaves.

Dandelion Salad

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Medium Red Onion (sliced 1/4-inch thick from tip to root)
10 Ripe Strawberries (sliced)
2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar (divided)
1 bunch Dandelion Greens (about 8 ounces)
½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard ~Optional
add Salt and Pepper
DIRECTIONS
Slow-cook the onions in some olive oil to bring out their natural sweetness.
Macerate the strawberries in a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar while the onions cook.
For the last few minutes of cooking, stir in the rest of the balsamic. Off the heat, stir in a bit of Dijon mustard (or leave out). Voila, your dressing is made!
Toss it all together, and you’re ready to eat.

Relative to the dandelion are varieties of chicory. The cicoria, in Italian, is earthy and bitter. Don’t forget bitter Radicchio, also related to the leafy chicory. Dandelions detoxify the kidneys and liver, reduce swelling, improves vision, and prevent diabetes. Even though it bites you back..its better than a pill! And has anti-viral properties.

The More Bitter..The More Better!

. . . . .coined by Dr. Steven Gundry, a cardiologist, medical researcher, and author ..his mission is to improve health.


. . . . . . . A FIELD OF DREAMS!

Dandelion is An Antioxidant

Antioxidants work to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals. The human body produces free radicals naturally, but they cause harm by accelerating aging or the progression of certain diseases.

Make A Wish And May It Come True!

The dandelion is one of the oldest herbs used for medicine in the the Roman days and as an edible green. ( You can get if free on your untreated lawn). Ask Adelle Davis, the leading nutritional advocate, who changed the American diet.

The first time I heard about Edible Dandelions was from Adelle Davis on the Johnny Carson Show. People laughed when she said you could eat dandelions. A pioneer Of Nutritional Eating, Adelle’s work (defined in her books) helped shape the American Diet towards better nutritional choices! (25 February 1904 – 31 May 1974)

The DANDELION GREENS contains MORE Protein and iron than —> SPINACH!!! They are high in iron, calcium, Vitamins A, C, K and B2 among other vitamins and minerals. and is used for medicine.

Try it once – and you can tell your friends you had dandelion salad! ADDED MEASURE: Sprinkle the yellow flower petals on top of your salad. It is edible too. TIP: Pull the yellow petals off individually. Do not add the rest of the flower -> only the yellow part. Looks like fresh, yellow saffron.

Yes Sweetie –You can eat the flowers!

Current Distribution: Dandelions have been established in the Americas , Australia , and New Zealand amongst many other temperate regions such as Austria , Italy , Poland , and Turkey and throughout the United States. India, for example has largely cultivated the plant to use as a remedy for liver problems.

HAPPY EASTER .. Deviled Egg Chicks 🐣

Classic Deviled Eggs Plus+ Baby Yoda and Dragon Eggs !

We are bringing back the Classics: Deviled Eggs. Here is the 2022 version. Trending avocado and veganaise deviled eggs brings us right into the 21st century. Kids and adults embrace these healthy sides!

In this video, substitute dried black currents for the pepper corn to make the eyes.

Classic Deviled Eggs

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or veganaise)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or Keens mustard powder)
1 Teaspoon of butter
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste
Optional: 1 to 2 dashes Tabasco sauce, to taste (cayenne pepper/ chili powder)
Garnish: Paprika & Chives
Whole fresh chives, for garnish
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Gently place room temperature eggs in boiling water and boil for 10 minutes. Remove and place in ice cold water.
  2. Prep the eggs:

    Peel the cooled eggs. Slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter. Slice a small amount of white from the bottom of the egg to steady the egg half -if you need it.

  3. Make the filling:

    Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, soft butter, salt, pepper OPTIONAL: Add heat – tobasco, cayenne pepper, etc.. Add more mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream as necessary to get to the creamy consistency you want.

  4. Pipe or spoon mixture into egg white halves:

    Pipe through a piping bag (star tip) or simply use a spoon to put the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.

FAMILY FUN in the kitchen!

Suggestion: Poppy Seeds, Black Sesame Seeds, Dried Currents ( in place of pepper corns), Celery, Red, Yellow, Green Peppers And Black Olives For Decoration.

Recipe start 1/3 into the video -One version of Yoda Deviled eggs ..and a good one!

You can make these Deviled Egg “Chicks” with your kids.
Add dill, wheat grass, chives or curly parsley for CRAZY looking hair.

Use your imagination with veggies and herbs to dress up your egg-y chicks!

EGGS are a great food to include in family meals. They are an inexpensive form of protein and they contain fat, which is essential for brain development in little ones. Try Greek yogurt [ or half mayo and half yogurt or sour cream] instead of 100% mayonnaise. Other healthy additions are spinach purée, mashed sweet potatoes, beets and avocado!

What are Organic Eggs? These eggs use chickens that are fed no animal byproducts and do not live in cages.

VARIATIONS

PICKLED TURMERIC -DEVILED EGGS

To get the yellow eggs, PICKLE cooked and peeled eggs in a jar with of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water and 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder for 1 hour or overnight. Add 1/4 tsp of turmeric and a dash of cumin ( 1/8 tsp) to the recipe when you mix the yolks. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Pickled BEET JUICE – Deviled Eggs

Peel The cooked eggs and marinated in beet juice & vinegar (half and half) for all 6 eggs for 3 hours or overnight. I have made these eggs and they have a very small hint of vinegar. If I make pickled beets, I always save the juice for my pickled eggs.

Dragon Eggs….GOLD MEDAL WINNER! 🥇

DRAGON (Deviled) Eggs – No Mayo!

My favourite way to make deviled eggs is to substitute the mayo with 1/2 large or one small avocado plus about one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to prevent the avocado from turning brown too quickly. Avocado will start to brown (oxidize) after it is exposed to air. Serve immediately. The result is a gorgeous colour, and it tastes delicious. I call them Green Dragon Eggs instead of Deviled Eggs.

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, dragon eggs are a hit! Get your kids involved to help make Harry Potter’s Dragon Eggs! You can read “Philosopher’s Stone” together ~when Hagrid won a dragon’s egg from a stranger he met down at the Hog’s Head pub in Hogsmeade. Great fun!

For adults: Sriracha and cayenne pepper will put fire 🔥 in your mouth! ♥️ Red gel adds a flaming colour! 🔥

FOOD TIP: Mayo-less deviled eggs are perfect for guests with raw egg allergies. VEGANAISE or AVOCADOS cream up the yolks. Boil or steam eggs with a tablespoon of vinegar or baking soda for best results. Peas and mint adds another dimension to the eggs. Natural dragon dyes: beet juice & blueberry juice. Add 1 tsp. of juice to the yolk mixture. For lighter shades, adding water to the beet juice gives a lighter pinkish color; same for blueberries.

How do you like My Easter Baskets (Stabilize the eggs by cutting a small slit at the bottom of the cooked egg before placing on the platter)

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Mushroom Soup – Boosts Immune System

This mushroom soup is my very favorite soup! If you want a healthy life, mushrooms will elevate you! Skip the supplement aisle and pick up some mushrooms. An all-natural multivitamin and an antioxidant to fight viruses and a plethora of other age related ailments makes mushrooms a super food. A good reason to add mushrooms to your daily diet. The earthy, beef flavour of mushrooms is a favorite for vegans and an addition to Keto diets. Why is this mushroom soup so splendid? The answer is the porcini mushroom.
Porcini mushrooms are tops in — F-L-A-V-O-R 🌶️ T-O-W-N .

Lady Kathy


Lady Kathy spent summers in Italy eating fresh fish & olives. She helped pick the large porcini mushrooms in the Italian alps for various dishes. Reminiscent of her childhood, Lady Kathy’s Porcini/ Mushroom Soup is a little bit of Heaven on earth!

LADY KATHY'S Mushroom Soup

  • Servings: 5-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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INGREDIENTS
DEHYDRATED Porcini mushrooms: 10 pieces (a handful) of dried porcini mushroom

FOR THE SOUP:
500 gm ( 2 cups) brown (cremini) mushrooms, washed and quartered
10 parsley (half bunch)
10 cilantro (half bunch)
1 red onion chopped
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp. quinoa (heaping)
3 tbsp. Olive oil
Salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
REHYDRATE Porcini Mushrooms
In a 500 ml (2 cups) measuring cup add the dried porcini and pour 400 ml (14 oz.) boiling water over the mushrooms. Let it stand for 30 mins. The porcini will relax and the trapped sand will fall to the bottom of the cup. After the porcini has cooled, take the porcini slices out of the measuring cup and place them in a 15/20 cm (6″ – 8″) diameter sieve. Rinse them under gently running water to make sure no sand is present on the slices -if needed.

SOUP:

  1. In a medium size sauce pot put olive oil, onion, clove garlic, and sauté until onion turns golden.
  2. Add cremini mushrooms, parsley, cilantro, and 700 ml ( 3 cups) water. Get it to a light boil. Throw out the clove of garlic.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. quinoa, salt and pepper, continue simmering.
  4. Throw the rinsed porcini slices into the simmering soup.
  5. Line the sieve with cheesecloth or 2 sheets of paper towel. Hold it above the pot. Pour the porcini water slowly into the lined sieve so it drips into the soup. Leave the last half inch of water with the debris (if any) in the measuring cup and discard it.
  6. Simmer for 15 mins
  7. With a smaller sieve -or slotted spoon- take out the vegetables etc. and put into a food processor with bit of soup and purée.
  8. Pour purée back into the rest of the soup and stir.

What are Porcini Mushrooms?

A rich, heady, meaty mushroom with a deeper and nuttier flavor than white, button mushrooms. Sold both fresh and dried, porcini mushrooms are prized in Italian and French cuisine. They vary in size from a medium to jumbo sizes – depending on the richness of the soil. These popular mushrooms (also known as king bolete or cèpe in French) are grown naturally in pine forests at the base of trees. Some of the porcini mushrooms may have white spots on them. That is a natural coloring from the skins of the mushrooms. It is not mold and is perfectly safe to eat. Note: Porcini, meaning “piglet” in Italian. Are you thinking truffles? I did not know that porcini mushrooms are regulated by the Italian gov’t, the same as truffles.

Cremini Mushrooms

Cremini mushrooms are small- to medium-sized brown mushrooms that have an earthy, mild taste. While the difference in taste between white button mushrooms and creminis is small, some people find the flavor of creminis to be richer and more appealing.

Mushroom BENEFITS:

Bonus: Aid In Weight Loss Programs! Mushrooms keep a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut and is associated with a strong immune system. Research suggests that turkey tail mushrooms may enhance gut health as it contains prebiotics that feed and nourish the good bacteria in your gut .

FOOD TIP: Shiitake mushrooms are a good substitute for porcini mushrooms.(less earthy but similar meaty texture). A garlic farmer once told me that fresh is best-dried is second best. Microwaving and grilling are the best ways to cook mushrooms without slashing their antioxidant power. Complimentary additions to the soup are garlic, shallots, celery and roasted chestnuts.

Dried Mushrooms

Freezer friendly Mushroom soup is loaded with protein and fiber. Low in saturated fat, gluten free and easy to digest. Make a batch and freeze a few individual servings for an easy cup of soup!!

Thai Basil Stir Fry #For Lovers💘

A chef romanced his girlfriend with this delicious stir fry; Romance with Jason Rosso; see “4 Senses” TV show S1.E4 [watch the video] My favorite stir fry came directly from a food cart owner in the orient. “When I’m in the ‘Dog house’ out comes the Thai Basil Stir fry” ..and all is well again!”

Food For Romance

Rice Noodles is the best compliment to this Thai Basil Stir Fry. You will not find this recipe anywhere else on the Internet, except on the cooking show 4 Senses” TV show S1.E4 . YUM! 💗

Would you like to stir in more romance?

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Couple conflicts may have built up the kind of frustration that a box of chocolates can’t eliminate. In order to stir in generous amounts of romance, we need to remedy the source of frustration with positive change. No couple is immune to conflict. Release your inner peace-maker. read more

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‘Romantic’ Thai Basil Stir Fry 💗

Chop, Sauté and Serve!

Thai Basil Stir Fry #For Lovers

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 red onion (+ 1 scallion optional)
  • 2-3 oz of stock
  • 1 oz. white wine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz. (2 tbsp) sesame oil
  • 1 can of coconut milk – combined with 2 oz soy sauce, 2 oz fish sauce, 1 tbsp. chilli flakes
  • 1 thumb ginger diced (about 2 inches long)
  • 1 lime – sliced into quarters
  • 1 chicken breast (cubed)
  • 10 shrimp – de-veined, de-shelled – leave shell on the tip of the shrimp
  • Medium – Wide rice noodles (cooked) – enough for 2 people
  • 8-10 fresh basil leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Crack an egg into the hot oil and scramble it for 20 seconds
  2. Add cubed chicken –mix until color starts to change
  3. Add julienne sliced carrots, pepper & red onion
  4. Add diced ginger
  5. Add 1 oz white wine (to steam)
  6. Add 1 oz of stock ( add other 2 oz. later, if dish is too dry)
  7. Add coconut sauce mixture (see ingredient list)
  8. Bring to a boil and mix to ensure chicken is done.
  9. Add cooked rice noodles –mix well for 2 minutes.
  10. Add shrimp –cook lightly until done.
  11. Add chopped basil (and chopped scallion) as your topping -yum!

The immersion of flavors begins with sesame oil, and ends with a finale of fresh basil and lime!

DISH, FLAVORTOWN! , BASIL, SESAME OIL, MAKES THIS DISH FOR LOVERS !!!

VARIATIONS

This dish was added to the menu at Milestones in Ontario, Canada by cupid’s Chef Jason Rosso. They added a drizzle of peanut sauce. All you need is add 2-3 tablespoons unsalted unsweetened creamy peanut butter to 1/3 of the coconut milk mixture and pour on top. Hot jalapino peppers sliced in rings is another addition that gives heat, or, 1 hotter Serrano chili, seeded and sliced. SUBSTITUTION: The recipe calls for chili flakes. They are not common in all regions. I used red pepper flakes. You can use chili powder if you wish, or a combination of both.

Stir In Romance – by Karin Vagiste

Karin Vagiste, Mediator, Author & Producer

AWARDS AND HONORS: (1) International Award of Excellence for her Peace-Building Strategies as a Mediator during her time at the Attorney General’s ADR Office. [ New York, USA]
(2) National Award of Excellence from AMTEC, (Association of Media and Technology in Educational Communications), for her Educational Programs. [Canada]
EDUCATION: Windsor University, Faculty of Law, Advanced Mediation Specialization. York University, HONOURS BFA; and The University of Toronto B.ED. www.lowerstress.me

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Continuation of 💗 Stir in Romance 💗

No matter how nasty your dispute may be, it can mark the beginning of positive change. No couple is The blame game is all too common with couples, so before you begin peace talks, there are two ground rules that you and your partner need to agree on. First agree to listen to each other respectfully, that includes without judging what is said. Certain negative habits are hard to break, so to ensure a much smoother resolution of your problem, here’s the next ground rule. If either one of you feels criticized or put down in some way, then agree to gently remind the other person that you’ve both agreed to keep your conversation nice.

Every problem-solving conversation involves asking questions, but when under stress it’s hard to know which questions to ask. Too many talks end up in fights because questions are accusatory in nature. The next series of questions are a shortened and simplified version of the mediation questions that a professional mediator would ask. These questions provide a solid conversation guide for your peace talks.

The first question may seem unnecessary because you believe you already know how your partner sees the conflict. But the truth is that we don’t see things as they really are, we see things as we are. We all have filters that distort reality to some degree. So, question number one is, how do you see our conflict? When they finish talking, ask if there is anything else they’d like to add. Now wait patiently for their reply … count to ten or bite your tongue. What you hear next just might surprise you. You will also share your view of the conflict. Next explore what is important to each of you about this troublesome issue. Dig a little deeper and find out why this is important. If frustrations build, take a short break by excusing yourself to go for a glass of water or visit the washroom.

Here are the remaining questions. What do you need in order to solve our problem? What underlying interests are connected to your need? For example, if someone needs privacy, their underlying, or supporting interests might be to study a new language and meditate. Write up a list of these supporting interests. When you compare your interests explore where some of your interests overlap with their interests. Do take into consideration even remotely similar interests. This overlap area is known as common ground. It marks a wonderful shift, because you no longer feel like adversaries. You see each other as allies moving in the same direction together.                              

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Create ways to address the requirements of your common interests first. Then explore a number of ways to meet needs. In the last phase you agree on a solution. If stalemate should occur in your peace talks, select the relevant questions from the twenty-two questions that are outlined in FIRST AID FOR STRESS, which can be ordered from http://www.lowerstress.me These questions serve to redirect your stressed-out, exhausted emotions into a productive collaboration. You will find some brain-teaser questions to lighten the mood. Laughter helps clear the air of any tension and is the shortest distance between two people.

Celebrate your glorious breakthrough to a resolution. There’s no need for a big celebration … just buying matching mugs will do. Your relationship has become stronger and the good news is that future disputes will not appear as daunting. And best of all, peace of mind leads to a joyous heart that that can arouse robust, romantic unions.

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