Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
By Cal Orey
pizza, cheese, gelato, whole grains, fatty Alaskan fish with herbs, wine water are some of the top 20 superfoods in this new book!
But note, ALL of these foods are found in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet (many versions are available) ranked in 2018 as a top diet in the nation! Keep in mind, some of these superfoods should only be eaten in moderation--and yes, daily activity and drinking water (an essential superfood!) are part of the deal.
Apples, leafy greens, shellfish, yogurt—even ice cream and pasta. The latest scientific studies reveal that many of the classic foods you’ve always loved are superfoods that can supercharge your health! Not only are they delicious, they’re affordable—plus these essential farm-to-table favorites can work with any diet plan, from the balanced Mediterranean Diet to the hunter-gatherer Paleo plan.
With over 50 recipes for both cooked and raw dishes, including smoothies and soups, a detox juice fast and a jump-start pounds-off diet, this down-to-earth guide will show you how to get healthy and stay healthy with body-friendly superfoods.
*Boost your immune system with citrus and nutrient-dense berries, including fresh, frozen, and dried.
*Enjoy the healthy fats in eggs and nuts, including nut butters, to fight inflammation, slow the aging process, and lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
|Mediterranean Pizza, thin crust,|
whole grain, tomatoes,
tomato or pesto sauce, feta cheese
Moderation--1 or 2 slices
*Trade white sugar for antioxidant-rich sweeteners like maple syrup, the newest superfood!
*Create home remedies designed to ease anxiety, improve sleep, boost brainpower and enhance energy.
*Keep your home spotless for kids and pets using eco-friendly superfood-rich formulas.
*Pamper your mind and body with the same food-based treatments that health spas use, including ingredients like seeds and seaweed.
Now you can indulge in a Pesto Pizza or Berry Basil Smoothie, a Chicken Bone Broth or dark chocolate gelato, while chilling with an ancient-oats facial or relaxing in a warm, herb-scented bath. Infused with heartwarming stories and inspiring legends, The Healing Powers of Superfoods will take you to a world of wellness that starts at home with our favorite foods from Mother Nature—enjoyed in a new way with an exciting twist!
* From the back cover of The Healing Powers of Superfoods (Kensington Books, Citadel; Cal Orey) 2019. All rights reserved.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
By Cal OreyIn December 2019, my pre-pandemic trip
Here, an edible flower salad inspired by my Central California cooking mentor Gemma Sciabica, who was dishing up flower dishes like this one back in the twentieth century the way you can do now in the twenty-first century.
Edible Wildflowers and Spinach Salad
1½ cups baby spinach or curly endive, chopped
½ cup feta and herb cheese, crumbled
1 red pepper, roasted, chopped
2 cups arugula, chopped
¼ cup cilantro
4 sprigs thyme, chopped
¾ cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
½ cup seeds (pumpkin or sunflower)
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except the flowers. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk ½ cup olive oil and 2 teaspoons herbal vinegar (a ratio of 3 to 1 for oil and vinegar). Garnish with flowers and sprinkle seeds on top. Drizzle you’re your fave store bought dressing or olive oil and red wine vinegar (3 parts oil, 1-part vinegar). Serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side dish.
Sierra Honey Herby Cornbread Muffins
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup 2% low-fat organic milk
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 brown eggs
½ cup jalapeno pepper, green, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh garlic cloves, minced
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir till mixed. Add milk,
oil, and eggs to the dry mixture. Fold in peppers and garlic.
Pour batter into paper lined muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees
for about 15 to 20 minutes till golden brown. Makes about
10 to 12 medium muffins. Best warm out of the oven. Spread
with a mixture of half European-style butter and honey.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
By Cal Orey
In December 2019, the threat of the novel coronavirus in Asia soon became a sobering reality around the world... So, what will our lives be like in 2021 and 2022?
As the virus spread in
Italy and offshore on cruise ships, we didn’t know of the scope of how the
virus named Covid-19 would affect America. As the virus made its way to nursing
homes in Washington and New York City became the epicenter – people were
to a global pandemic. And then, our lives changed.
We quickly were introduced to quarantining in our homes to isolation from friends and family. Cities and towns were shutdown. Stockpiling food was the new normal. It was time to mask up, wash our food and hands – and fear the unknown. At first, going to the doctor, work, restaurants, gym, hair salon and dog groomer were off limits. Only essential services – groceries and medications --were available to us unless we were an essential worker – doctors, police, firefighters and store clerks. Now, more than a year later, welcome to what the future may be like for us now in the Spring of 2021 and into 2022.
Social Distancing: These days, more services are open to people depending on where they live and what tier they’re in to determine what activities are safe. Most businesses – except bars, indoor restaurants, and concerts to large crowded events – are open but capacity is limited. Masking up (now we’re told to double up) is the norm but still countless people do not follow the restriction for political reasons. In 2022, wearing a mask inside most businesses will likely be arequirement as a safety precaution – especially where there are isolatedoutbreaks -- and on all public transportation. (I wrote this article a week before Dr. Fauci's statement was publicized.) And note, some people will continue to stay home, stay safe and keep distancing, especially during outbreaks and when variants are spreading.
Health (Body/Mind): People and doctors adapted to telemedicine. In fact, both patients and healthcare practitioners like the convenience of this high-tech type of appointment. On screen doctors are going to still be used; however, preventive healthcare visits may begin to be more frequent. The downside is post traumatic stress disorder is going to be commonplace. Mental health due to stress, anxiety, and depression due to the pandemic stressors of isolation to losing friends and family, will be more prevalent than ever before. People will seek help through conventional and holistic ways to cope and move forward.
Work from Home: The new work from home or remote working will continue for countless businesses. During the ups and downs of adjusting to the new remote business environment, we’ve learned it is healthier because there is less commuting, cleaner air, and more time for chillaxing. While essential workers will continue to attend the workplace, non-essential workers will stay at home and embrace the new normal.
School Days: Kids, parents, and teachers have all been challenged by dealing with at home schooling or hybrid learning (on and off days at school). By 2022 attending schools will likely be back to normal – but there will be safety precautions for all. Also, for isolated virus outbreaks, at home schooling will be used as needed.
Play Indoors/Outdoors: In 2021 we are still canceling large events, such as sports and music concerts. By 2022, we may find ourselves enjoying crowds once again. However, safety precautions like in other open businesses will be used and accepted. During the next year, probably more than 60 percent of Americans will have been vaccinated but masking up in a crowd will likely still be requested to keep people safer.
Dining Out: Since eating in restaurants is one of the riskiest activities, businesses will be following safety precautions for safety’s sake. But if the virus continues to wane, capacity at eateries may be back to near normal. During the pandemic the surge of home-cooking was a healthful change. People were forced to eat more healthier, immune-boosting, heart-healthy foods and had more control with ingredients and portion sizes. And this trend may last. Also, while gyms have been shut, we have turned to creative at-home workouts which may last.
Travel: Currently, there is talk of “Test Before You Fly” if we want to fly internationally. Showing proof of a negative Covid-19 test is used by some states for domestic travel. Also, some states enforce travelers to quarantine for 14 days. In 2022, the quarantine restriction may be lifted if we show proof of a negative test and/or vaccination. This will vary amongst airlines, states, and countries…Road trips to camping in the great outdoors will still be more common than flying due to changes and rules, much like after 9-11. Cruises will not be as popular as they once were. Hotels will be more popular than motels because they have more of a budget to follow safety precautions. But the hospitality industry will take a long time to recover so most lodging will suffer economic consequences.
While Covid-19 may never disappear – and the variants may present a more contagious and deadly virus -- nobody knows the answer yet. But the odds are that we will continue to fight Covid-19 and new variants.
We will enjoy socializing, sports and cultural events, and traveling by 2022. But note, we will never forget the horrors of the pandemic and loss of lives. And there is the threat for new superbugs that may pay us a visit. The best part? Some people believe there will be a resurgence of activities like the Roaring Twenties and we will do all the things we’ve missed dearly. Yes, life will go on – but it will be a new, guarded world after the relentless coronavirus blindsided us.
-- Cal Orey, M.A. Is an author and journalist. Her books include the Healing Powers Series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, Coffee, Tea, Superfoods, Essential Oils, Herbs and Spices) published by Kensington. (The collection has been featured by the Good Cook Book Club.) Her website is http://www.calorey.com.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
By Cal Orey
Welcome to the Dutch apple pie. This apple pie has roots that go way, way back to the Middle Ages. It is an easy pie to make on a chilly day. It calls for a pie crust, tart apples, and a sugar and spice crumb topping. It’s lighter than a double crust apple pie with ice cream. A Dutch apple pie is a picture perfect, delight during late winter in the mountains. (More Recipes in The Healing Powers of Herbs and Spices: Timeless Treasures for year-round.)
This pie which can be savored warm out of the oven or cold takes me back to a book tour. I joined the man who predicted earthquakes. The Seattle bookstore was packed with his fans, and it was a fun event. After, instead of joining the crowd I escaped to Pike Place Market. I recall ordering a hot latte and slice of Dutch apple pie. While I love traveling to the Pacific Northwest – homesickness for the sierra is common for me when gone.
So, this recipe – a hybrid of a different apple pies I’ve baked for you -- is inspired by the past trip I took to promote earthquake book. The fruit pie is a nostalgic delight paired with Mother Earth’s spices and herbs that are treasures from nature.
Rustic Dutch Apple Pie
1 store bought premium brand pie crust, deep dish
5 -7 Granny Smith apples, peel, core, cut in thin slices
½ sliced lemon juice
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour (I used the self-rising variety)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
½ teaspoon apple pie spice (McCormick)
¾ cup flour (I used the self-rising variety)
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, cold
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thaw frozen crust for 20 minutes. Use a fork and prick holes into the bottom of the pie crust. Brush top of crust with 1 egg white mixed with a few tablespoons water. (This will seal the crust so it’s not soggy.) In a bowl, combine apples, juice, sugars, flour, and spices. Spoon into pie crust. In another bowl, combine flour, sugars, and butter. Mix the ingredients until a crumbly texture. Top the apples. Place pie on foil (cover edges of pie crust) and set on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes or until crust edges are light brown and apples mixture is bubbly and soft. Remove. Let cool. Tip: If you put it into the fridge it guarantees perfect slices when cutting. Top with a dollop of whipped cream. *I sprinkled cinnamon on the whipped cream. You can also add a garnish of fresh mint, rosemary, or thyme.
Recent cameo appearances on Coast-to-Coast AM radio show, dishing on earthquake predictions took me back in time to my connection to the late geologist Jim Berkland. He predicted the ‘89 San Francisco shaker, I penned articles and then his biography. We were regular guests on C2C AM; then I took the reins. This Dutch apple pie is a down-to-earth pie full of yummy aroma. It is comfort food at its best – a timeless treat.
-- Cal Orey, M.A. Is an author and journalist. Her books include
the Healing Powers Series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, Coffee, Tea,
Superfoods, Essential Oils, Herbs and Spices) published by Kensington. (The
collection has been featured by the Good Cook Book Club.) Her website is http://www.calorey.com.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Best Book Reviews for the New Release: Herbs & Spices: Timeless Treasures (I tossed the worst of 'em)
As an author for three decades, I know collecting book reviews, one by one, can be an ego boost or snipe that can send me to bed for half a day. I recall George Elliot's S.O. would hide reviews from her because she was so sensitive. John Steinbeck was upset over the social chaos that followed "Grapes of Wrath." Yes, these two masters influenced my writing and I get their pain when critics speak out. But often, you do please people. Note to self: You cannot please everyone ever...
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Baking moist chocolate brownies from scratch is easy to do. These gooey double chocolate brownies include good heart-healthy ingredients, including cocoa powder, dark chocolate chunks, and walnuts--for American Heart Health Month. Speaking of heart matters, brownies take me back in time of a Tahoe snowy Valentine’s Day…