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  • How To Get The Best Taste From Herbs

    Article by Sandy Y.

    How Much To Use:
    Gourmet cookery is achieved when you figure ¼ teaspoon dried herbs for each four servings. This the measure for the famous “pinch” of herbs and spices.
    How To Use:
    Before adding the measured amount of the herb, crush it in the palm of one hand, using the fingertips of your other hand. This permits the speedy release of the flavor.
    When To Use:
    Here is a secret of culinary chefs: cooked foods are flattered (there include stews, soups, sauce) if you add the selected herbs during the last hour of cooking. Raw foods (such as salad dressing, fruits, vegetables, raw juices) are enhanced if you add the selected herbs as long before serving as possible. Give raw foods plenty of time to “marry” the herbal flavors and become supercharged with wondrous taste.
    When Herbs Should Not Be Used:
    Be selective. Just one herb course to a meal is sufficient. A meal in which every dish is herb-treated can become a disaster. So even though several herbs do go well together, be sparing.
    Which Herbs To Be Used:
    Consult the Select-an-Herb Chart to find the appropriate herbs for specific dishes. Of course, the final decision lies with your own taste! Seasoning with herbs is an expressive culinary art. You are the artist. To try a new herb adventure, crush a bit of it. Let it warm in your palm. Sniff it. Taste it. If it is delicate, be adventurously bold. If it is strong and pungent, proceed with caution.
    How To Store Herbs:
    When you buy a new container of dried herbs, they are supposedly full strength. The longer you keep them on your shelf (it should be room temperature), after you have broken the seal and exposed the, to air, the weaker they become. So keep the lid tightly packed. Buy herbs in small quantities. They do not improve with age. Keep in small, air-tight containers such as jars or cans. Do not expose them to air any longer than necessary. Open only at the moment of using and speedily close tightly. If you open the lid and do not detect any fresh, strong aroma, it means the potency has evaporated and taste-healing powers have likewise been diminished. You would do well to discard the, and replace with a fresh purchase.
    How To Avoid Herb Specks In Food:
    Flecks of herbs may sometimes add appeal in proffered dishes; other times, they tend to look unappetizing. To have a blear dish that has the flavor of herbs but none of the flecks, prepare an herb packet. Place selected herbs in a little cheesecloth bag and insert it during cooking time. Remove before serving. For raw foods, insert the same bag and let the aroma steep into the dish. Remove before serving.
    How To Get “Instant Flavor” From Herbs
    So many cooks are hurrying at the last minute. If you have to prepare some speedy dish and time precludes long steeping of herbs, here’s a gourmet trick to bring out “instant flavor” from herbs. Select the desired herb and let stand in a few drops of water (or oil or a drop of milk) about 30 to 45 minutes. The herbs must not float in this liquid but merely be dampened! Drain before using. This releases the flavor and it has an instantaneous reaction in the foods being “herb kissed.” For even faster reaction, for a “Jet Herb Flavor” tip, tie the selected herbs in a little cloth packet. Plunge into boiling hot water for five seconds, then dip into ice-cold water for another five seconds. Shake off excess water and then use.

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  • What evidence is there for “nirvana” (liberation from death / rebirth cycle) in Buddhism?

    Question by Tr: What evidence is there for “nirvana” (liberation from death / rebirth cycle) in Buddhism?
    Buddhists believe that somehow a person’s actions in this life has an effect on whether he/she is freed from being endlessly reborn again (reincarnation).

    What is the scientific evidence for this? In other words how, scientifically, can a person use their “karma” to influence exactly whether or not they are reborn again and as what??

    Or is this whole nirvana idea to be taken by “faith” alone?

    Best answer:

    Answer by Electr-Amish
    so I have to be good to die forever? or be bad to live again? I like Buddism, but that can be picked apart in too many ways

    I don’t get it

    What do you think? Answer below!

  • Propagating Herbs From Cuttings

    Many people will either increase the amount of herbs in their herb garden by either dividing existing herbs, buying new seedlings, or starting their herbs from seeds that they have either collected or purchased.  Not all herbs are easily divided, however.  Rosemary and lavender can be rather difficult, for instance.  Buying new seedlings can be rather costly if you are looking for a lot of different herbs.  Finally, starting herbs from seeds can be a rather tricky undertaking.  Many herbs just take too long to germinate; and some herbs, like rosemary, might germinate and then again might not.  There are also other herbs, such as sage, that do not always grow true from seed. Another method of propagation that you can use that is really not that difficult is by taking soft stem cuttings and rooting them.

    Step 1:  Select a healthy plant from which you wish to take your cutting.

    Step 2:  Cut a section from a stem tip 5-6 inches long.  You should make the cut on a slant right below a leaf node.

    Step 3:  Strip away the leaves from the bottom of the cutting.  Also remove any flowers and/or seeds.

    Step 4:  Dip the end of the cutting in a rooting hormone.

    Step 5:  Stick the end of the cutting in a moist potting soil.

    Step 6:  Place a clear plastic over the cutting making a dome.  (The plastic helps to reduce evaporation and creates a mini greenhouse.)

    Step 7:  Set the cutting(s) in a warm, bright area.

    Step 8:  Check the cuttings every 2 weeks.  (Most cuttings will take root within 2-3 weeks, but times can vary for different herbs.)  Spritz well with water using a spray bottle if the soil begins to dry out.

    Step 9:  Transplant your cuttings into a larger pot (about 3 inches) once the roots have developed (about one-inch long).

    Step 10:  When the roots begin to poke out of the bottom of the 3-inch pot, you can safely transplant your herb(s) into the garden.


    •Herbs that respond well to this method of propagation include:  lavender, rosemary, scented geranium, and sage.

    •If you are unsure whether your cutting is developing a root system, just give it a slight tug.  If it resists, then roots are forming.  Do this about 2 weeks after placing in the potting mix.  (Also you might notice new growth forming.  Another sure sign that your cuttings are taking root.)


    •Most soft tip cuttings can be taken in the early spring; however, check the information for particular herbs.  For example, soft tip cuttings can be taken from sage in the late spring or early summer.  (I must be honest, however, I take cuttings whenever the spirit moves me.)

    Written by Dena Bolton

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  • How to Make Sun Tea & Essense Water with Fresh Herbs from your Garden

    John from shares with you how he makes Sun Tea and Essense Water with fresh herbs out of his garden. In this episode, John will share with you his methods for making these two delicious water-rich drinks so you can stay hydrated and get healthy.
    Video Rating: 5 / 5


  • Garlic Poultice – Excerpt from “Making Herbs Simple” (HD) Shoshanna teaches us how make and apply a soothing and healing Poultice. Plantain can probably be found in your yard… unless of course you live in Antarctica…. and can take away the sting or inflammation of bug bites. Garlic Poultices will get you and your family smelling like a delicious Italian restaurant, but are known to be great infection fighters. Find out some VERY simple and effective home remedies here! Making Herbs Simple is a fabulous way to have fun with your kids, and learn at the same time! Watch and be introduced to the wonderful world of herbs, no previous herbal experience needed! Shoshanna will teach you to identify the herbs in your own back yard and how to use them. Youll be taken step-by -step on how to find, wash, dry, and store herbs…. Along with herbal poultices, tinctures, and practical tips. A companion guide is included that is packed full of facts and images, and written directions to jump start your herbal experience! Weve heard over and over again that kids LOVE this video and watch it over and over again. Parents use it as a fun summer project or an addition to homeschooling curriculum. Available Now! Get Your Copy Today.
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  • Dirty Paws and Divine Intervention: New Book from Joan Wester Anderson Challenges Readers to Rethink Their View of ?Angel Dogs?

    Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 09, 2011

    One afternoon, New York Times bestselling author Joan Wester Anderson came across the story of a woman who believed she had been protected by an angel dog. An angel dog? Nonsense, thought Anderson. Yet that initially ?ridiculous? idea has turned into Anderson?s latest book, which will be published by Loyola Press this April.

    Angelic Tails: True stories of heavenly canine companions is a collection of accounts from ordinary people who believe that God has graced, and even saved, their lives through dogs. Each of the 30 stories challenges readers to rethink their conception of angels, just as Anderson did before she ever considered writing Angelic Tails. Says Anderson, ?Honestly, I had to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment in this matter. I was reluctant to accept the idea that dogs could be angels. In hindsight, I realize that I was putting limits on how God should take action in our world.?

    The carefully vetted stories in Angelic Tails prove that many people?a retired Air Force Colonel, an eighteen-year-old girl, a saint from the nineteenth century?readily accept muddy paws and cold noses as one way in which God provides comfort, consolation, and protection in people?s lives.

    Recent American Veterinary Medical Association surveys have revealed that nearly half of pet owners consider their pets to be family members, and Trendsspotting?in researching 50,000 daily tweets?discovered that people tweet on their dogs more than on any other ?relative? except for their moms. Then this from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion: More than half of all adults, including one in five who say they are not religious, believe they have been protected by a guardian angel during their lifetimes. Given Americans? high regard for their pets along with a strong belief in angelic intervention, Anderson?s new book is likely to strike a chord with a significant portion of the population.

    As part of their marketing efforts for this book, Loyola Press is offering an autographed copy of Angelic Tails to the first 500 people who purchase the book from the Press?s website,

    Joan Wester Anderson has been writing and speaking about angels since 1992. She is the author of the national best seller Where Angels Walk and has written a total of eight books on angels and miracles. Affectionately known as the ?Angel Lady,? she is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows around the country. Joan and her husband live in Prospect Heights, Illinois.

    Links: Angelic Tails, Joan Wester Anderson, angel dog, Loyola Press

    Angelic Tails

    True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions

    By Joan Wester Anderson

    Loyola Press

    PUB DATE: April 2011

    ISBN 978-0-8294-3543-6

    7 5/16? x 7 7/16? Paperback, 232 pages, $ 14.95

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