Overnight Rolls

This is a wonderful recipe taken from the Three Rivers Cookbook.
It’s a fantastic roll to serve as a complement with any holiday  meal.
 
Yields approximately 36 rolls
You’ll Need
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 7 cups flour (approximately)
Directions
 
Mix first three ingredients and let stand 10 minutes.
Blend remaining ingredients and mix with the liquid mixture. 
Let rise until doubled in bulk, knead down and let rise a second time.
Shape into rolls, cover with a cloth and let stand overnight. (Do not refrigerate!)
Bake the next morning at 350˚ until brown, about 15 minutes.
You can freeze the rolls.

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Herbed Goat Cheese Dip

A fabulous holiday appetizer. Celebrate the art of cooking and get creative with your food presentation.

Makes About 1 1/2 Cups

You’ll Need

  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Sundried tomato for garnish

Directions

  • Process goat cheese, oil and yogurt in a food processor until smooth.
  • Transfer to medium bowl.
  • Mix in all herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Chill at least an hour before serving.
  • Garnish with some of the left over green herbs and a diced sun-dried tomato
  • Serve alongside crackers or veggie slices

Healthy Hydration starts with water, but does not end there

As this infographic points out, staying hydrated is so important for so many aspects of your health! From your brain and kidneys to your skin and energy levels, simply keeping hydrated is one of the easiest solutions you can apply for your overall health.

But how much is enough? We have been told that you need AT LEAST 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. This coaching was provided to us by our health establishments and official institutions as “evidence based” advice. Turns out, it was not. Please read this solid review by H Valtin: “Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Really? Is there scientific evidence for 8 x 8“?

That issue speaks to the quantity of fluid. Now let’s talk about the quality of the thing you’re drinking.

Even if you’re not sucking back swimming pools of water each day, you might think that staying hydrated would be a simple matter of including more water in your life. Where it gets confusion is in the plethora of products (and their urgent ad campaigns), from “smart” water to sports drinks, and all of them want to convince you that their product is the one you should buy.

This randomized trial (funded by Coca-Cola, who makes sports drinks) wanted to create a hydration index. This index would show how well drinks can hydrate your body, compared to water.

The data are presented in this graph. Other than the oral rehydration solution (like Pedialyte), the best drink for hydration is actually milk. Yeah, milk. Perhaps because of its associated proteins, the body hydrates better with this than even water itself.

Another interesting point of note here is that the sports drinks (think, Gatorade) that sweaty athletes drink on TV was worse than water for re-hydration!

So the bottom line is that hydration is critically important for your health. You don’t have to drink swimming pools of it every day, and don’t be fooled by the ads about hydration drinks!

Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pine Nuts

This is a unique dish that can make a wonderful side dish! The colors of the dish are quite festive too! Try it and see if you’d like to present it as a holiday side!

You’ll Need
  • 1 ½ pounds Swiss chard (preferably rainbow or red)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (2 ½ ounces)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup water
Directions
  • Tear chard leaves from stems, then coarsely chop stem and leaves separately.
  • Toast pine nuts in oil in a wide 6- to 8-quart heavy pot over moderated heat, stirring constantly, until golden, 1 ½ to 2 minutes, then transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain and season with salt.
  • Cook onion in  remaining oil in pot, stirring occasionally, 1 minute, then add chard stems and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
  • Add raisins and ½ cup water and simmer, covered, until stems are softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add chard leaves and remaining ½ cup water and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until leave are tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with pine nuts.

 

 

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Healthy Drinking? Yes, and here are the healthiest drinks

When listing healthy drinks, first let’s exclude the liquefied salad slurry, where you toss in peanut butter, berries, whatever’s going bad in the veg drawer, and a sprinkle of flax seeds or whatever. Yes, that sludge is actually healthy for you, but peanut butter, flax, and kale are not drinks, they’re foods.

Now that we’re on firm footing, what are the healthiest drinks available. Water is good for hydration, but doesn’t carry nutrition and isn’t even the most hydrating of drinks!

Basically, the healthiest drinks are the ones that you make a tea out of. For example, to make tea you take specific leaves, pour in hot water, which extracts the healthy aspects of the leaves into the water. Then, you drink that.

In other words, you make a tea of the leaves.

The same thing happens with coffee and cocoa. Pour in hot water, allow it to steep and think about itself for a while,  and the healthy parts of each release into the water, and you drink that on chilly days with fuzzy socks on.

It turns out that cocoa and tea (especially green/black teas) have more antioxidants than any other drink, and are crazy healthy for you for that reason. In fact, short-term intake of cocoa and green tea flavanols … affect selected markers of one or more measures of oxidative stress, inflammation or hemostasis in obese adults at risk for insulin resistance. (reference)

And … in 19 randomized clinical trials comprising 1,131 participants, our study suggests that cocoa flavanol intake has favorable effects on select cardiometabolic biomarkers among adults (reference). 

For Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

A 2007 review of studies showed a positive effect of coffee consumption on reducing the risk for AD by ~30% compared to non-coffee drinkers [].

A 2010 review of epidemiological studies involving middle aged adults, associated a daily intake of 3–5 cups of coffee with a risk reduction of 64% [].

Two meta-analyses reported that as coffee consumption increased, disease incidence decreased [].

For Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

As reported here, coffee drinkers were at a 30% lower risk of PD as compared to non-drinkers [], which is consistent with the latest meta-analysis from 2014 and the conclusion that the strongest positive effect (28% lower risk) was observed for the daily intake of 3 cups of coffee [].

Additionally, that analysis demonstrates a linearly dependent correlation between caffeine dose and risk for disease. Daily increase of caffeine consumption by 200 mg resulted in a 17% lower risk for disease.

 

Just keep in mind that many of these studies are correlational only — meaning that people who drink these drinks also have a reduced risk of getting those diseases. But something else may also be going on, so maybe it’s not the coffee, the tea, or the cocoa?

All that said, even persnickety researchers agree that these drinks are probably great for you, and certainly not harmful. So, while we’re waiting on them to make up their minds, we might as well wrap our hands around a steaming cup of yumminess and enjoy!

 

Cancer Awareness Month: Blood

Approximately every 3 minutes one person in the United States (US) is diagnosed with a blood cancer (source: https://bit.ly/2dcsntk). In other words, by the time you finish reading this post, another person will be diagnosed. And if it takes you 9 minutes to read through the “Close Look” below, someone else will have died from Leukemia, Lymphoma, or Myeloma.

These kinds of numbers throw the importance of the issue into sharp relief.

Orange Sweet Potatoes

Give this interesting combination a try. It might just be your crowd pleaser at the Thanksgiving feast.

You’ll Need

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes or yams (about 2 pounds) or substitute one 23 ounce can
  • 6 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel (optional)


Directions

  • If you are not using canned sweet potatoes, you must first peel and boil the sweet potatoes until soft. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  • Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
  • Add sweet potatoes.
  • Stir gently until glazed and hot.

Cancer Awareness Month: Prostate

You’ve probably heard it said, “If you live long enough, you’ll get prostate cancer.” That’s because its onset is at least partially due to increased age, with the average age of diagnosis at 66 years old! (source: https://bit.ly/2krh8jL).

And now that we have a test for it (the PSA), it is detected far more often — even when it is small and still benign (source: https://bit.ly/2RbjAcm). In fact, most men diagnosed with this disease do not die from it. This doesn’t mean it’s not a serious disease because it is, only that context is needed when talking about this particular cancer.