A+ Dinner

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Nothing but positive reviews on tonight’s meal, my friends. The words “everything was excellent & perfectly cooked” flowed from the lips of my top critic. I planned a special dinner in honor of my parents’ anniversary that was this last weekend. And because I just like making a big deal out of dinner once in a while. Setting the table with nice dishes, lighting candles, freshly cut flowers, heck – even creating a menu card. Just because it’s fun. Food is delicious! Take the time to really experience your food & enjoy it. I know I did tonight.

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Tonight’s dinner included:

Oven Roasted Herb Chicken with a Lemon-honey Glaze

Sautéed Ginger Carrot Ribbons

Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Lemon Bars with a Ginger Shortbread Crust

A Spicy, Sweet Concoction for Coughs

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08 March 2013

Whenever I get a cold the thing I dislike most about it is the coughing. The coughs that are dry, like a cat’s sand-papery tongue licking your esophagus clean, causing your eyes to water up in discomfort.  Those are the coughs that I detest.

Growing up whenever we caught a cold it  meant regimens of cough medicine during the day & Nyquil. That was the norm, we didn’t know any different. But now that I’m older & my viewpoints on the food industry have changed drastically, I’ve rid my medicine cabinet of all conventional medication apart from ibuprofen. I don’t eat anything I don’t know the ingredients of & when it comes to medicine I am no different. Plus, all those cough medicines tastes awful. I don’t know who thought of those “flavors” but they did a terrible job.

“Good for you” some of you might be cheering.

Or perhaps more are thinking  “You’re crazy to not take medicine & living with the pain, you hippie”.

But this story doesn’t end with my throat being left raw & fragile! I bring you good news! I found something that I am so in love with I needed to share it. A natural, homemade cough suppressant. That tastes GOOD!

It’s hard to believe, I know. But if you’re a health nut like me you’ll be excited when you hear it has both ginger & cayenne in it. Yum! I found the original recipe here on Good Food Matters and it goes a little something like this:

¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar (an organic one, like Bragg’s, is preferred.)
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough.

It’s the only thing I’ll take & it works like a charm. Spicy, and sweet. Along with taking it straight, like to add a tablespoon to 8 oz of hot water & sip on it. The only problem I find in this recipe is that it contains honey, which cannot be given to infants under one year, so in the future – distant future – when I have kids hopefully I’ll have found an alternative recipe to use if a cough should arise.

Please give it a try, my friends & say farewell to scary, mystery ingredient cold medicines.