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Gin, Ginger, and Lemongrass

on Wed, 06/24/2009 - 13:30

If you want want to drink a cocktail that is refreshing and (technically) healthy, then go for a gin, ginger, and lemongrass cocktail this summer! Gin was originally brewed as a medicinal liquor. You can make your ginger flavored gin from scratch by infusing your gin with fresh slices of ginger or you can just simply buy a tasty ginger ale brand, mix one part of gin with 3 parts ginger ale, one stick of lemon grass, and a splash of fresh lime juice and you're all set! If you want to make it from scratch:

Chinese Grocery Trip

on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 13:30

I still owe you all a post on nopales which is going to be up tonight, but in the meantime I thought I'd share the pictures from my jaunt with La Donna Tittle (from the cooking show "Cooking With Tittle") to the Chinese grocery store in North Chicago

Hibiscus for Hypertension

on Sat, 05/16/2009 - 10:30

The flower Hibiscus sabdariffa, also known as flor de Jamaica in Spanish, is not only delicious but also incredibly medicinally beneficial. I drank this flower tea growing up in Thailand...

Flor de Jamaica

on Fri, 05/15/2009 - 09:30

I need to get my camera sorted and I'll have the post on flor de Jamaica up today or tomorrow! I also have some great pictures from the Chinese grocery store where I took La Donna Tittle shopping yesterday.

Cooking With Tittle!

on Thu, 05/14/2009 - 12:30

La Donna Tittle's show, "Cooking With Tittle", which we taped in my kitchen in April featuring chili as a medicinal is airing on Thursday May 21st at 7 p.m.

Building with Black Beans

on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 12:30

Some of you may be happy to know that black beans are medicinal in many interesting ways. One of those ways is something I've mentioned here before and will likely keep mentioning, they are good for your blood.

Mexican Grocery

on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 13:30

I ended up only being able to go to two of the three designated markets yesterday, and only one is worth writing about. The Sultan's Market (aka.

Chitown Hunting

on Sat, 05/09/2009 - 16:30

I'm going to be my own truffle pig today and sniff out three grocery stores in Chicago : a massive Korean store, a Mexican produce, and a small Lebanese market. I'm aiming to come back with ingredients from each to write about their medicinal value.

Bloody Beets

on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 18:30

It wasn't a nutrition class or a teacher or even a chef who truly made me lust for beets, but rather the writer Tom Robbins in his book about the quest for immortality in Jitterbug Perfume. I read this wonderful book at some point during college and

Beautiful Beets

on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 16:30

Later this week I'll post about beets. Much like garlic they have a long history in many cultures around the world, medicinally and otherwise (they are used as dye to this day in the Middle East and in India). Check in later.