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My summer skin favorites!

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I am ”kukui” for Alba’s Hawaiian line of bath and body products!  The passion fruit body wash gets your skin deliciously cleaned and supple, and the sugar body scrub is divine to use all over to exfoliate your skin.  The two products I am head over hills in love with are the kukui nut oil and the kukui body cream…OMG!  Your skin will be beautifully drenched and sun-kissed and perfect for those bare-skinned looks.  Oooh and the smell is so  divine, think sweet tropical/sugar cookies.   Mmmm….You can find it cheap at Vitacost.  Hello glowing summer vacation skin!

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Kerrygold Irish grassfed butter

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My absolute favorite butter, hands down.  The richness and golden creaminess of this butter cannot be beat – made from grassfed cows.  This, my friend, is butter supreme!

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“Butter…It is all good!” The grassfed difference.

I know you are probably trying to reconcile the idea of “butter” and “good” being in the same sentence. We have been told lots of stories on the woes of butter and what it will do to you. I thought the same thing, until I was educated on what is the real culprit behind obesity, cancer, inflammation, diabetes, etc, and it is not what you think. I think everyone succumbs to a certain philosophy when it comes to overall healthy eating, and I hope the one you choose is based on research and not what the SAD diet dictates to you (standard American diet). If you study disease trends in the eastern world, alot of them road on the coat tails of the western diet being introduced. My philosophy is that fruits, vegetables, grassfed meats and dairy are good for me. I believe in the tenets of the Mediterranean, Paleolithic, low carbohydrate, and vegetarian way of eating. I believe in the science of food and how it works in synergy with other foods.

So what did I learn? I learned that eggs are good for you, the yolk is good for brain health. I learned that “sugar” is the culprit behind obesity, cancer, diabetes, rather than the scapegoat guy, “butter.” I learned the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed when it comes to meats and dairy. Our bodies need good fats for energy on a cellular level, and grassfed butter is a good fat! It is loaded with omega-3s, has cancer fighting CLA, and is more nutrient dense. One look at grassfed butter versus grainfed and you will note the deeper yellow color and smooth texture. One taste, and you will definitely note the superior quality of what a supreme butter experience should be.

I love Kerrygold brand of butter and cheeses, products from cows in Ireland fed off of beautiful green pastures. Their products are top quality, and the Dubliner cheese will knock your socks off. It tastes like a cross between cheddar and parmesan, and can be used in a variety of ways. For the best deals, you can find both at Sam’s Club or Costco rather inexpensive. It is so concentrated in flavor that you will find you don’t have to use much to impart that little something extra in your dishes. You can also find Kerrygold products in your local grocery stores.

Attached is an article for you to enjoy on the “grassfed” difference which I found most interesting. And remember, everything does taste better with grassfed butter…See you next time!

Eat Wild – Health Benefits.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A tale of two butters…

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Can you tell which butter came from grassfed cows, and which one came from grainfed?  Take the challenge and comment below. Find out the answer in Thursday’s blog…”A tale of two butters.”

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Doing summer meals light, and right!

Summer is here, and I am stumped over what to fix that is quick, wholesomely delicious, and requires little effort.  Eating fresh whole foods requires a lot of forethought when it comes to quick accessible meals for the family. It is hot, and who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I tend to crave a lot of cold dishes, salads, grilled foods during the summer months, so I make full use of my weekends either hitting up the farmer’s market or grilling up some yummy foods.  Today, I would like to share a few quick summer recipes and shortcuts to keep your fridge stocked with wonderful meals that you can build on through the week.

 

1.  Grilled chicken breasts.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and load the grill up.  I cook just until nice and juicy, let rest, and then I leave some pieces whole, dice some up to use later in week for cobb salads, and slice some in strips for a quick fajita style burrito.

 

2.  Mini sweet peppers.  I love taking mini sweet peppers, deseeding them, and grilling them up on a fajita pan on the grill.  I then can use these for my chicken fajitas, put in a wonderful breakfast frittata, or puree and add to some chicken stock for a quick pepper soup. 

 

3.  Corn on the cob.  The time and price is right for corn on the cob, and I adore grilled corn, or fresh corn salad.  Unshell the ears of corn, rub mayonnaise, and grated parmesan cheese on the ears, sprinkle with paprika and a little salt, wrap in foil, and grill.  When they are a little charred, you will have the most delectable piece of corn you have ever tasted.  And don’t forget fried corn!  Cut corn off the cobb, scraping off the cobb for juices, add flour or cornstarch dissolved in water, butter, salt and pepper, and cook down in a pan with extra butter, stirring occasionally.  Pair this with some turnip greens, fried okra and green tomatoes, and some fresh tomatoes wih vidalia onions, and you are eating like a country king!

 

4.  Salads.  I like to buy romaine hearts, cut up in salad shreds, add sliced cucumber, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, and croutons.  I make a huge bowl of salad, and then for the next couple of days build off it by adding grilled chicken, dried cherries, coconut, pineapples, grilled steak, whatever I am in the mood for.  The neat thing is one salad can turn into a multitude of meals just by dressing it different each meal or complementing it with a main dish, like spaghetti or lasagna. 

 

5.  Fruits.  Keep a nice fruit salad on hand.  Cut up fresh cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries, add honey, lime juice, lime zest, and mint leaves, and you have an outstanding fruit salad.  Keep in air tight cups in the fridge and the more it marinates, the better it gets! 

 

6.  Quiche.  Who does not like a wonderful egg quiche?  Paula Deen has a recipe for spinach bacon quiche that is smack dab good!  Bake a couple, and you have a satisfying breakfast along with fruit salad, or a light summer lunch served with a salad.  And please don’t forget to keep a nice brewed pitcher of iced tea on hand.  Nothing says summer like sitting under a shade tree drinking tea 🙂

 

Have fun whipping up some great summer delights, that are light and healthy.  Cook ahead, so you can enjoy some time outdoors.  Take full advantage of summer’s bounty.  I think I hear a lemon meringue pie calling me 😉 

 

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“One busy Bee!”

Thank you all who follow my blog. I have been one busy bee “preparing the table” for clients…which is a good thing! Just popping in to show some love, and let you know that I can’t wait to chat with you in my next blog post on Wednesday. Have a delicious day!

Yours truly,

The Prepared Table 73

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Celtic Sea Salt. Good to me and for me :-)

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”You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.  You make me happy, when skies are gray.  You’ll never know dear, how much I love you.  Please don’t take my sea salt away.” Lol!

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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