Adam Rozen knows a thing or two about matching food with beverages. How about matching flavored coated peanuts with different craft beers? With so many types of beers out in the market nowadays the old days of flavorless lagers and ales are a thing of the past. With that so is the salted chips and walnuts you get served at the bar. Adam knows that people want to have something great and tasty and not bland and dry to munch on while having their favorite beer. Nuts for Drinks is the first ever, premium baked and specially coated peanut snack that pairs perfectly with your favorite alcoholic beverages. Find out how he came with the idea and put it to good use. Judging by his success so far in pleasing people’s palate, you will not want to miss this week’s episode. It will whet your appetite and make you thirsty all at the same time!
Cheryl Esposito welcomes Geneen Roth, bestselling author of Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything; and Lost and Found: One Woman’s Story of Losing Her Money & Finding Her Life. How do you know when enough is enough? Geneen Roth has spent her adult life trying to discern the ways we are enough, have enough, get enough, give enough. Her exploration started with her relationship with food, which led her to know the real struggle: the battle with her self worth. Geneen became the go-to guru in helping others discover life-limiting beliefs & behaviors. Her success was big. So, imagine her surprise when Geneen discovered that there was more to that story…and it was about money. Â Turns out, the patterns of belief and behavior she had transformed about food, were alive and well when it came to abundance. Her story includes Bernie Madoff, and leads her to deeply understand the concept of being & having enough. “Enough is not an amount…it’s a relationship with what you already have.” Join Cheryl Esposito & Geneen Roth for Stumbling on Happiness: Enough IS Enough!
âI value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.â Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)
Are you attracting birds to your backyard? In the past few months, I have received numerous emails and calls from readers literally around the world asking questions about our flying friends. Many people have indicated that the bird population has increased in their landscaping, with some gardeners enjoying first time visitors.
Robins, sparrows, hummingbirds, crows, red tailed hawks, quail, mourning doves, jays, owls, chickadees, wrens, bushtits, mockingbirds, thrashers, robins, yellow warblers, finches, larks, wrens, orioles, blackbirds, tanagers, and many other species are calling Lamorinda home.
This past week I adopted a one winged cockatiel named Spunky. He and I immediately bonded as he spawned the impetus to write about the benefits of birds. Â Although Iâm a novice at identifying many of these wonderful creatures, birds have always fascinated and entertained me as Iâve watched quail with their newly hatched covey convening on my lawn, or the robins annually lay eggs in the wreath on my back door. This year the airspace around my home is particularly jammed with crows cawing. I thought I was experiencing a remake of âThe Birdsâ recently when a convention of turkey vultures and crows assembled on my rooftop. I snapped a photo of two before jumping into my car for safety as twenty other buzzards landed.
How long have birds been on the planet? In 1859 Bavaria fossils were found dating to 140 million years ago that suggested that modern birds evolved from a feathered ancestor, Archaeopteryx, similar to a dinosaur. The size of a crow, Archaeopteryx is the probable ancestor of over 9,000 species of birds.
The appeal of birds in our backyards is numerous. While watching their antics and enjoying their beautiful plumage as well as their melodious song is intriguing, the grand dividend for gardeners is their free assistance as garden helpers. Birds are constantly turning over leaves, scratching in mulch, or flitting from bush to tree finding their meal of insects we never see. Birds such as flycatchers and swallows decimate flying pests. Seed-eating birds will glean 95% of the weed seed that grows every season. Â When we welcome birds to our backyards, we are creating a home landscape that will naturally ward off diseases and pests. Bacteria and spores struggle to survive as our gardens become more organic creating a natural balance between pests and plants.
Here are ways to maintain flocks flying as your personal aerial garden rescue crew.
1. WATER: A water feature is a magnet for birds, especially in the hot summer months when water is scarce. Add birdbaths, ponds, and fountains for them to bathe, drink, and even forage. Birds can hear the sound of running water from great distances.
2. SHELTER: Birds need to be protected from the whims of Mother Nature. Many birds love brush piles that offer cover. They search for nest building areas and will find your birdhouses, especially those placed in sites that mimic natural surroundings. Some birds, like wrens, will reside nightly in a birdhouse to keep warm and safe. Install roosting boxes and shelves. Â If you already have birdhouse, keep them clean. As Miguel de Cervantes wrote âNever look for this yearâs birds in last yearâs nests.â
3. FOOD: Birdfeeders offer a birds-eye view of their acrobatic displays. Plus, supplementing their meals could be the difference between life and death. Include seed, suet, fruit, nuts, and nectar for the hummingbirds. In the winter, make sure to continue feeding. If you plan to stop feeding your birds, slowly wean them so as not to cut off their food supply.
4. PLANTS: Plant evergreens, vines, shrubs, annuals, and perennials. Birds especially enjoy fruit bearing trees like peach, plum, apricot, and elderberry as well as seed bearing plants like Blackeyed Susan, cosmos, and sunflowers. Hummingbirds are attracted to red, deep-throated flowers with nectar. Include scarlet trumpet vine in your yard. Native species including mustard, wild pea, poppy, shooting star, milkweed, larkspur, lupine, columbine, anemone, bleeding heart, and verbena will draw hummingbirds, butterflies, and seed and insect eating birds to your backyard.
Take care of your birds and they will take care of your garden. Life is for the birds!
Cynthia Brianâs Mid Month Garden Tips
GRILL your fresh-picked eggplant, corn, watermelon, and peppers on the barbecue. Brush with olive oil and garlic, sprinkle with salt and sage or cilantro.
PICK pears and Asian pears. Slice up into salads or eat then fresh off the tree.
DIVIDE bearded iris. When iris rhizomes are crowded, they will not bloom. Use a sharp shovel to slice through the rhizomes, then re-plant in other areas or share with friends. Even small pieces will grow into plants.
SUCCESSION plant arugula, lettuce, carrots, beans, and beets for crops that will continue to feed you through fall.
ENJOY the birds. They are favorite friends of our landscapes providing entertainment, pest control, and nature nurture.
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This reality is a huge perpetrator of the lies of obesity, and itâs why so many people are frustrated with diets, the so called âexpertsâ, themselves and their bodies.
Could you be unknowingly functioning from some of these lies?Â Here are three of the many lies you may have bought.
Lie number 1.
Our bodies are unconsciousness objects that should bend to our will.Â What if your body IS actually conscious?Â What if it knows what is best for it?Â The idea that we should âhave dominionâ over our bodies springs from religious tenants that tell us we are far greater than our bodies, as well as the earth and the animal kingdom.Â Does that seem heavy or light to you?Â How much of a superior attitude do you have to take to believe that? Has that attitude ever worked for you?
Once we actually acknowledge that our bodies are consciousness, all kinds of new possibilities open up.Â Â Partnering with our bodies, instead of trying to lord it over them, takes us from the place of antagonism to a space of cooperation. Â Can we over ride our bodies and their knowing? Â Absolutely, though the results are seldom what we think they should be and the results seldom last.
What if you honored your body rather than exercised power over it?Â How much could that change for you?
Lie number 2.
The experts know more than you do about how you should treat your body.Â Why should anyone know more about whatâs good for your body than you?Â Doesnât the idea of imposing someone elseâs regime on your body seem a little ludicrous?Â Most of us were taught early on that we canât trust ourselves to know what we know, and we should always trust the âexpertsâ.Â This insures that we will be able to be controlled, and that we will never step into the communion thatâs possible with our bodies.Â What if you were willing to begin to know what was true for you, which includes the capacity to communicate with and listen to your body?Â What if you became your own âexpert?
Lie number 3
Curing obesityÂ requires will power.Â Willpower is a highly touted concept in this reality but letâs take a closer look at what it actually entails. The idea implies that we should come to a decision, then impose it with what amounts to force, effort and violence on ourselves or our bodies.Â Notice thereâs no question in âwillpowerâ, nor is there any possibility of change.Â How well do you respond when someone tries to force something on you?Â If youâre like most of us, forcing creates a huge amount of resistance and a kind of âto heck with youâ attitude!Â Using will power also necessitates us overriding and cutting off our knowing, if it contradicts what we have already decided we should do.Â If you use will power in connection with your body, what are the chances your body is apt to do what you want it to do? Probably slim to none!Â All that will power does is to set up resistance and reaction and a battle.Â Are you willing to let go of will power in favor of question and knowing?
These are just three of the may lies that this reality perpetrates about obesity.Â Are you interested in learning more?
Access Consciousness is presenting a groundbreaking tele-series on the Lies Of Obesity. Could exposing these lies create a totally different way for all of us to relate to and work with our bodies?Â What if the failure to change what goes on with our bodies has little to do with what we eat and how much we exercise or donât exercise? Gary Douglas, the founder of Access Consciousness and Donnielle Carter, co-author of Right Body For You, have assisted thousands of people in successfully changing their relationships with their bodies from one of force and antagonism to one of joyful cooperation and communion.
What if the kingpin of all of this had to do with judgment? Donnielle says:Â âWhen I see a person whoâs obese I never see them covered with fat, I see them covered with judgment.â She goes on to say: âAnyone who is judging their body (and who doesnât?) is actually being abusive to it.âÂ Itâs this judgment (abuse) that sets up the estrangement between ourselves and our bodies.
Whether itâs aboutÂ gaining enormous amounts of weight or our bodies breaking down, learning how to stop judging our bodies creates a completely different possibility.
What if obesity isnât difficult to change?Â What if gorging on judgment is more of a killer than gorging on food?
Are you interested in a new paradigm that will give you the tools and information to successfully alter how your body shows up?
What if your body could be your best friend? This tele-series is for anyone who has an issues with their body, and will invite you to all of the magic your body can be!
Addressing The Lies Of Obesity begins December 16.Â Click here to sign up.
Gary Douglas, Dr Dain Heer and Ricky Williams discussed a totally different perspective on obesity on theÂ Voice America Empowerment Channel Show.Â For more information visit our Access Consciousness Blog.
Hey Young Chefs! Today, I made Pesto Pizza Muffins. Itâs a super simple recipe, perfect for an appetizer, small lunch or snack. Itâs perfect for kid parties too!
Hope you enjoy the tutorial!
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Hereâs the recipe Pesto Pizza Muffins Ingredients:
1 English muffin, halved
1 tbsp. ready-made pesto
1 tbsp. marinara sauce or pizza sauce
1/4 c. mozzarrella cheese
4 slices pepperoni
Directions: Spread pesto on top of English muffin. Spread marinara sauce on top of pesto. Sprinkle cheese. Top with pepperoni. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and edges of muffin and pepperoni are crisp. Serves 1-2 Cool kids cook so get creative in the kitchen! Bon Appetit!
Join Kid Chef Eliana on “Cool Kids Cook!” Get creative in the kitchen and find the foodie in you. Discover cuisine from around the world, cooking techniques, interviews with top chefs, and of course, recipes by Kid Chef Eliana. You’ll be cooking in no time! Bon Appetit! Her mission is to educate and encourage kids to become culinary explorers. As Eliana always says, âCool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!âCool Kids Cook can be heard live every Monday at 4 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel. Listen on the Voiceamerica Kids Channel: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2120/cool-kids-cook
Kid Chef Eliana recently celebrated her 1st VoiceAmerica Kids Network Birthday! For her anniversary show she interviewed world renowned food icon, Chef Paul Prudhomme. Chef Paul Prudhomme is an internationally recognized name in the culinary industry. He is a television star, a cookbook author, a restaurateur, and a spice mogul. He has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native Louisiana into the international spotlight and continues to push the limits by creating exciting and new American and international dishes. Chef Paul learned the importance of using the freshest ingredients while cooking at his motherâs side and continues to use only earthâs finest harvests. Chef Paul was always adventurous. His strong curiosity of life and cultural customs motivated him to leave Louisiana in his early 20âs and travel across the United States to experience every culinary environment possible. From an Indian reservation all the way to the finest, five-star restaurant, Chef Paul learned to love, appreciate and blend the flavors of his younger years with those of many other cultures.
For more on the interview, listen on demand here!
12 year old Kid Chef Eliana, host of the show ‘Cool Kids Cook‘ on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel, grew up in a family of cooks. With grandparents from Cajun Louisiana, the Philippines, Cuba, and Honduras, Elianaâs recipes have international flair. She loves traveling and spending time in the kitchen with her family. Eliana says, âCooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.â Elianaâs first cookbook, âEliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kidsâ was released in October 2010. She is awaiting the publication of her second cookbook, âCool Kids Cook: Louisiana.â
At ten years old, Kid Chef Eliana was chosen as one of 13 Latinos profiled in a museum exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She is featured in a book called The Parentsâ Guide to Raising CEO Kids by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook. She has been a guest chef on Eyewitness Morning News on WWL-TV in New Orleans and has cooked with Celebrity Chef John Besh. She was a featured chef at the New Orleans Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Book Festival. She does numerous media appearances, cooking demonstrations, and book signings.
In the future, Eliana plans to design cookware for kids, create a line of spices, and host her own TV cooking show. She also wants to teach kids that good food is more than chicken nuggets and French fries. Her motto is, âCool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!â