A Good Duck

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One of the great things about cooking from scratch is utilizing fresh, wholesome ingredients. Even better is when those ingredients are leftovers from another dish; then you add flavor and goodness as you save money. The only possibly way that gets better if all this happens with duck fat. Here, some leftover skin was rendered down…

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Behind the Smile-Are You at Risk?

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Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear  And it shows them pearly white -Mack the Knife[1]   For decades there’s been a well-known correlation between oral health, periodontal disease and the risk of cardiovascular disease. And of course, the risk for cardiovascular disease is associated with many of the other disabilities and diseases like…

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Here There Be Dragon(fruit)!

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Dragonfruit is a delicious, summertime treat when in season. This is a tremendously  versatile glaze to use on fish (or other proteins). Here, a fresh tuna steak was grilled to perfection and topped with the glaze. This addition brings a sweet heat that screams tropical summer fun.  Simple, easy and delectable! Dragon Fruit Habanero Glaze Ingredients:…

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Mozzarella!

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By request, here’s the recipe we used for some home made mozzarella. It is from a fantastic book Home Cheese Making Recipes by Rikki Carrol 1 gallon fresh, whole milk-do not use ultra-pasteurized 1  1/2 tsp. citric acid, dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water 1/4  tablet rennet, dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water   Heat the milk…

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Beans, Beans…

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Looking for great, easy and delicious summer ideas? Why not mix up the typical salad fare with a hearty three been salad. Beans are a fantastic vegetable protein source and a great source of soluble and  insoluble fiber. By utilizing several varieties you can highlight subtle textural and flavor differences. Combine that with some fresh from…

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Bison-It’s What’s Been for Dinner!

Enjoy Dr. Mike’s article and recipe from this quarter’s Bison World Magazine!  

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Got Crabs? Get Cleaned Up.

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Traditionally, when doctors talk to you about crabs, it’s not a good thing. But then again, I’ve never really been one for tradition. When the soft shells are in; it’s time to fix  them anyway you like’em.  Although not absolutely necessary, and certainly not traditional, it is quite easy  to clean your soft-shell crabs  before you prepare them.   These simple…

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Grilled Peach and Rum Chutney

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  One of the great things about this time of year is taking advantage of summer’s bounty. As the weeks and months march on towards fall there is an ever-changing cornucopia of sumptuous fare to enjoy. With baskets of fresh peaches juicy, ripe and priced to move; recipes featuring their natural sweetness are a must.…

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Buddha, Booze and The Buzz

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The pendulum swings to one extreme. The temperance movement and the personification of alcohol as the root of all evil culminated in the United States in 1920 with the passage of the eighteenth amendment and the introduction of prohibition. Over ten years later in 1933 it was repealed. Over the ensuing decades the perception and…

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GMOs?

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When I am speaking or doing live radio interviews, I invariably get questions about genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Often, there is some confusion to exactly what we mean when we discuss GMOs. Ever since the agricultural revolution thousands of years ago, if not longer, human kind has been selecting plants and animals on the…

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