5 Star Virgin MaryBy Kim RobinsonIf you like sweet and sour flavors and health drinks, try this one as a good mid-day pick-me-up. It's as
interesting to create as to drink. You will definitely know that you have drank something. Some will
choose to add a jigger of Vodka to this, which would make it a Bloody Mary (named after Queen Mary of
the Massacres). And, there is an interesting debate about spirituality or christianity and the morality of
One school says essentially it could offend your brother and give you a buzz, so don't even partake even
if it's not wrong. The other camp basically says that because Paul recommended it to Timothy as a tonic,
and because Christ (as Mechelzedek) offered it to Abraham, made wine by Mary's request at a wedding,
and consumed it on occasion, then it cannot be "sinful" in its own right. That you can partake but just but
don't get intoxicated. Hmm, I'll just post it as a virgin drink and I'll leave that to the experts to figure out
and let the rest of us know when they're done. Really it's just as good without the booze. If you do choose
to add spirits, please do so responsibly.Quick Veggie PizzaBy Kim RobinsonFun and conveinient can still mean decent for your health, and for you meat lovers this is a recipe that you can tailor to your test, bring on the pepperoni, sausage and anchovies, the sky is the limit!Green Peas with Carrots and VeggiesBy Kim RobinsonOn Butter... When I buy butter I let it soften then blend it with equal amounts of olive oil. This adds good oils in with the bad. I also find that I need less, so it's really like cutting the butter down to 1/3 without sacrificing the taste.
Olive oil should be one of your primary cooking oils. Rich in monounsaturated fat, olive oil also contains phytochemicals that may help lower blood cholesterol levels and protect against cancer. Unlike most vegetable oils, which are very bland, olive oil adds its own delicious flavor to foods.
And here's a fresh herb tip. When I go to the store and see the fresh herbs on sale, I grab up a bunch and take them home. I section them out into sprigs then freeze them in ice cubes made from chicken stock. I then seal the cubes in bags. To use, I just pop the cubes into the pot as needed. Works like a charm.