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12/16/09 12:53 A

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Ewww... there went my gag reflex!
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I'm just saying... Kelley


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12/16/09 12:31 A

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sounds yucky

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12/15/09 7:52 P

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I don't know what is worse garlic powder or vinegar. As a kid I once got a big bowl of and added butter milk. THAT was a surprise!

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12/15/09 1:38 P

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Wow! He sounds like a real pro!

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12/15/09 12:51 P

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Garlic hot chocolate? Yikes!

My dad once poured himself what he thought was a tall glass of apple cider, but it was apple cider VINEGAR! :O Imagine taking a gulp of THAT!

DH does most of the cooking around here, and he uses all kinds of spices. It was great when we had our herb garden this summer, but now we only have a few things (sage, chives, rosemary, stevia, spicy oregano) planted in containers inside. So, I know he is currently using more packaged stuff. He is a big fan of turmeric in things like soup and beans, and I know he puts ground cardamom and cinnamon in the whole wheat bread. It's not a real strong flavor, but his bread really is the best! And when he adds spices to beans or soup, he will first heat them up in a little bit of coconut oil, which really releases the flavors, before he adds them to the main dish. And that coconut oil - it can add a really rich, almost meaty, flavor to meatless dishes. Add just a Tbsp. to a bowl of chili or soup, and you'll see what I mean!

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12/12/09 7:00 P

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12/12/09 2:02 P

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OMG Loren, YIKES! That reminded me of the time my husband put a heaping teaspoonful of garlic powder in his hot chocolate thinking it was malt powder. He said he smelled something garlicky but thought it was something I was cooking. He actually put the cup to his lips and took a little swig!! He got a shock!!

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12/12/09 8:00 A

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I add some cinnamon to my yogurt everyday. One day I grabbed the cloves instead. Now that was a lot of flavor :).

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12/11/09 9:27 P

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Cinnamon is absolutely one of my favorites. I put it in so many things from my coffee to a pot of beans. It always makes things luscious. Good in hot chocolate too. I just sprinkled a bunch on some spaghetti squash; so yummy!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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12/11/09 9:08 P

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garlic, onion, season salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, lemon, vinegar, veggie broth,

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12/11/09 8:57 P

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I like to keep it simple. Sea salt, balsamic vinegar, flax seed, agave nectar, honey, and CINNAMON! Love cinnamon.

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12/11/09 5:33 P

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Thanks for bringing up the organic piece Laura. That's a very important issue when purchasing any soy product. Most all soy products that aren't labeled "organic" are GMO (for those who might not know)

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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emoticon Tamari!?
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Edited by: MR.NET1 at: 12/11/2009 (16:58)
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12/11/09 2:57 P

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I use tamari as well and love it. You can find it at whole foods as well as the sea salt.

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I saw some organic tamari at my grocery store. I will read the label...

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12/11/09 12:49 P

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I like all the things that have been mentioned and I also use a lot of salt. WHAT!!! SALT?!!! Yup, salt. HOWEVER, the salt I use is NOT your average grocery store variety table salt. I do not use that because of its extremely unbalanced mineral load. Sodium, without the potassium and other trace minerals is a very bad deal for our bodies. That is why salt has gotten such a bad rap. (Like so many other perfectly fine foods that have been ruined through cheap manufacturing processes) We are told by the so called diet authorities that we need to get the salt out of our diets but really, it's the BAD salt we need to get out.

My salt of choice is Celtic Kosher Sea Salt. There are other types of good salt but I really am stuck on this one. Once you taste it you will notice a MAJOR difference in taste from the old table salt you might be use to.

I also boost up flavor with wine and I like tamari and shoyu (true) and miso. I won't use Bragg's because, just like conventional soy sauce, it is made with unfermented soybeans. Even on their website they don't answer the question, "What is the difference between liquid aminos and regular soysauce"? with anything but "It doesn't have salt or preservatives". So what would make it a better choice than a good soy sauce ("shoyu")? None that I can see. If you are on a severely salt restricted diet then you shouldn't have Bragg's either. Though no salt is ADDED, there is naturally occurring salt in the soybeans. My guess is that is is concentrated in the manufacturing process and that gives it its salty taste. It's just like diabetics that can't have fruit juice because it has naturally occurring sugar. If you are on a gluten-free diet then you shouldn't eat most soy sauces as they have wheat in them.

There is also a confusion in the labeling of "shoyu", "tamari" and "soy sauce". Always read the ingredient labels!

As I have stated before on this team unfermented soy is NOT a healthy choice.

I just go on and on because I want to stimulate everyone to read labels AND do a little research about any packaged, commercially sold products. Know what you are eating. We've got the internet here and there's a lot to find. Here's some helpful webpages on this subject:
www.care2.com/greenliving/tamari-sho
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tamari-shoyu-soy-sauce.html#

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www.edenfoods.com/store/product_deta
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12/11/09 11:23 A

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Mine would be amino braggs, flavors everything, flax meal, walnuts, flax oil and red wine vinegar.

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I have a lime pepper salt I bought from Costco that is my "go to" spice. Great for rice, meats and veggies.

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12/11/09 9:34 A

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My absolute favorite is cinnamon. I already had some with breakfast today! I also love cilantro, red pepper flakes, jalepeno, garlic, and of course...ONIONS!!!

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Got this in my INBOX today...

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How have you kept (or added) flavor without adding fat or calories?

You tell me yours and I'll tell you mine…

I have quite the arsenal of low-fat, low-calorie flavor enhancers.

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