Toaster Oven Jambalaya

This jambalaya was adapted from a recipe found on the Internet. The original recipe calls for a Dutch oven; since I have neither a Dutch oven nor a conventional oven, I have made adjustments for the equipment that I do have. I used a toaster oven and a round glass casserole dish that is 9″ … Read more

Chicken and Skinny Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup uses Lipton Soup Secrets. I know that Lipton makes one with bits of chicken, but why use that if you can add your own juicy meat and vegetables? I usually use the product called Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth, but if you’d like, you can try the one with extra … Read more

Huauzontle Recipe

Huauzontle is a Mexican vegetable, that somewhat resembles broccoli although the stems and flowers are much thinner. Huauzontle is typically prepared in a manner similar to spinach or broccoli although I like the above method much better. Try it if you can find it:-) Ingredients: A handful of huauzontles (see description below) 5 chiles guajillo … Read more

Do Garlic Pills Cure Diverticulitis?

Because I write about health topics, I get a lot of spam emails from people who want to sell me magic pills that cure diseases. Today I got one from somebody who said that garlic pills can cure diverticulitis. Let’s examine that claim. In order to cure diverticulitis, a pill would have to do one … Read more

Parsley for Bad Breath

A number of herbs have been used to treat bad breath, but parsley for bad breath is probably the most common herbal home remedy of all. Petroselinum crispum, a plant native to southern Europe and Asia, is cultivated all over the world: it has made it’s way into virtually every cuisine. For some, the flavor, … Read more

History of Ketchup

Ketchup dates back as far as 1600 AD when sailors traveling to China discovered a sauce made of soy or oysters called ‘ketsiap’. This version quickly changed ingredients to include mushrooms, anchovies, shallots, and lemon peel. Then in the late 1700’s tomato ketchup appeared in Nova Scotia and began the transformation to today’s sweet tomato … Read more

Alternative Toothache Pain Remedy

In treating toothache pain, the dentist’s advice is always the best. However, if you do not have enough budget for a professional service, you can always look for out-of-the-ordinary solution that won’t sacrifice your finances while addressing your problem. These alternative remedies may or may not give you the instant relief that you need depending … Read more