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Ginger Thyme Lemon and Honey Tea for Cold Sufferers

Coughing and nasal congestion are uncomfortable and it can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep. I always make this herbal tea when my family catches cold. Ginger and thyme soothe your throat, and honey coats your throat. Some say that honey is the best remedy for a sore throat and coughing. Thyme, ginger, oregano, sage, lemon and even garlic are all good for colds. You can mix them as you like to make your original tea to fight a cold.

 

Ginger Thyme Lemon Honey Tea - for 2 small cups

What you need

2 cups of water

Thumb size ginger - sliced with or without skin

Several sprigs of Thyme - preferably fresh. dried thyme is OK too

Lemon - 2x slices

Honey - preferably raw and unfiltered for natural vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients

 

How to

1 Start boiling 2 cup of water in a small pan.

2 Slice a piece of ginger thinly and put the pieces in the boiling water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. If you like the strong ginger flavor, you can simmer it longer.

3 Meanwhile, put a slice of lemon and a few sprigs of thyme in each cup.

4 Strain the ginger liquid and pour into each cup.

5 Sweeten with honey.

 

 

Full Bloom Apiaries' delicious wild flower honey is available through our buying club. Their honey is unfiltered and non-pasteurized to preserve the special qualities in it.

 

 

 

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Grow Microgreens at Home During Winter


It’s amazing to see how many different kinds of vegetables grow locally by visiting a winter farmers market. I’ve been sharing a few winter vegetable recipes to encourage eating seasonally and locally as much as possible, but it can be challenging to get enough fresh greens in the middle of winter in Rhode Island. So today, I would like to offer a way to grow some of your food on your own… indoors. Have you ever heard of microgreens? It is exciting to know that microgreens have 4 to 40% more nutrients than mature plants. But before talking about how nutrient-rich microgreens are, I have to explain what they are first.

 

Seeds, sprouts, and microgreens are names of the stages of a plant’s growing process. The plants start as a seed. When you germinate a seed, it starts sprouting a stem in a few days. That is called a sprout. Then, if you wait for a week or two, you’ll see the first sets of two leaves start growing. Those are called microgreens. When the plants go through the microgreens stage, that is when some nutrients, like vitamins C, E, K, and carotenoids, start to peak. You can cut them from just above the growing medium (like soil) and harvest right before eating to get the most nutrients out of them. You see more and more microgreens used at restaurants in small quantities as a garnish. But you can add them to your diet at home too, especially during the winter time, when less fresh seasonal vegetables are available, or for more bio-diversity. If you decide to grow your own microgreens, some of the easier vegetable varieties to grow are, radishes, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. But you can grow almost any seeds into microgreens. Most of them taste like their fully grown counterparts.

 

 

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Eating seasonally and locally in the winter time - Roasted Beets Recipe

 

 

As a part of an “eat locally and seasonally in the winter time” recipe series, I would like to introduce a Roasted Beets recipe. Beets are one of the winter vegetables that are available mostly through fall and winter time. This is a simple recipe that is perfect as a side dish, and also easy to make. If you are lucky and your beets came with greens, they are edible as well! You can cut them up and sauté them like spinach. They taste kind of like spinach too.

 

 

Roasted Beets

- serves 4 - 

 

Ingredients

 

4x medium size beets (3x large)

1 clove garlic crushed

1 Tbs dried marjoram

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How to Spatchcock a Turkey

How to spatchcock a turkey   

It’s almost Thanksgiving! It’s the time for families to get together around a wonderful meal. It might also be a day of hard work for you, if you happen to be the cook of the family. Cooking turkey can take several hours depending on the size, and you have to baste it at regular intervals, etc. Plus there are all the side dishes and dessert(s) to make! Although your hard work will be handsomely rewarded by the delicious meal and the happy faces around the table, you might wish that it took less time and effort to cook the turkey.

 

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