Cooking Mistakes

Cooking MistakesI have a surprise for you today my friend. Everyone that spends any time in the kitchen is bound to make Cooking Mistakes. The trick is how do we correct them and save the day. Well today You are being treated to a group of short videos showing what can go wrong and HOW TO MAKE IT RIGHT, by Chef Joel Gamoran. There are a total of 6 short lessons, each about 12 to 15 minutes long. As a retired chef myself, I enjoyed the classes and am very excited to be able to offer them to you at no cost what so ever, so please watch, enjoy and be ready should any of these mistakes happen to you when you are in the kitchen.

Cooking Mistakes: What Can Go Wrong & How To Make It Right

I am proud to be an Affiliate of Craftsy. As many of you know, I am a Retired Executive Chef and posted my first article on this blog back on May 25, 2011. During all that time I have been searching for the perfect affiliate program where I could bring you quality products that are of the highest quality available. Now, 507 blog posts later, I have found it with Craftsy. You will hear the following statement from me often but it is important that I share this information with you. My emails and blog posts may contain affiliate links and if you ever invest in something based on my recommendation I may earn a commission and you’ll get one heck of a deal because I only recommend products I’ve tested myself or that are from people I know and trust. You will never pay more by purchasing through my link and in fact, sometimes I am able to arrange special offers just for my readers. Any commissions I make go to help manage my blogs so we both benefit from these programs.

I took this course about two weeks ago and am really excited to bring it to you today. You don’t need to watch all six videos at the same time, so enjoy them and let me know in the comment section which one you got the most benefit from………

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Health Consequences Of Dehydration

waterThe Health Consequences Of Dehydration become very clear when you live in a hot climate like we do here in Mexico. The first thing you learn is to give up the soda, which we should not be drinking in the first place. Second is to learn to love drinking water and to do so throughout the day.

Water is considered a panacea for sustaining life as well as promoting health. You are told that you should drink at least eight glasses each day to replenish your body’s reserves and to prevent dehydration. Next week we will have temperatures in the mid 90’s and the humidity will be somewhere above 85 percent, we will drink more than eight glasses per day.

You want to Avoid dehydration as it can lead to a series of health issues. These complications can make a person sick as toxins and pollutants collect in the body if they are not “flushed” out of the system.

Side Effects Associated With Mild to Moderate Dehydration

When water is not regularly consumed contaminants build up, which can cause illness or heath issues.

People may complain of such maladies as fatigue, digestive disturbances and headaches as well as pimples, dry skin or dry hair. However, these sorts of side effects are light when compared to dehydration that is more pronounced.

Severe Side Effects

While , tiredness, dry mouth, dry skin, constipation or lightheadedness may make up moderate symptoms, severe dehydration is noted by symptomatology that is marked by such responses as:

• Rapid heartbeat
• Shriveled inelastic skin
• Dry mouth and mucous membranes
• Extreme irritability
• Confusion
• Low blood pressure
• Little or no urination
• Sunken eyes
• Rapid breathing
• Fever

Check The Color Of The Urine

Thirst is not an accurate or reliable gauge if the body needs water in fact but the time you water in the desertfeel thirsty you are already on the way to Dehydration . You can tell if you require more water by observing your urine’s color. While light-colored or clear urine means you are taking in enough water, urine that is dark yellow is a signal that you are not consuming enough H20.

Emergency Measures

If you are suffering mild to moderate hydration, increase your fluid intake by consuming Powerade or Gatorade besides water. These sports drinks contain electrolytes that can replenish what dehydration has taken away.

Immediate medical care is advised if you are suffering extreme thirst or feel dizzy or confused. If an older adult or child cannot keep fluids down, is disoriented, or has diarrhea, fever or vomiting, either go the nearest emergency room or dial 911.

A “Nutrient” That Cannot Be Ignored

Oral rehydration solutions should be given in the form of Pedialyte to ensure that dehydration does not become severe.

Both children and adults should drink plenty of water before and after exercise or consume WaterFlutesports drinks like Gatorade. Water is a “nutrient” that cannot be ignored when it comes to good health. Please keep in mind that Gatorade is not a replacement for water but should be added to your daily intake of water.

This is especially important when exercising because sweating removes water from our bodies and at this time, hydration is of utmost importance.

Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Water

In order to ensure you are getting enough water, also make it a practice to consume foods such as citrus, watermelon, tomatoes and cantaloupe. Vegetables that also help in the watermelonhydration process include celery, greens, and lettuce.

Foods That Lead To Dehydration

While vomiting and diarrhea are the main causes of dehydration in people suffering from the flu or other illness, certain everyday foods can lead to dehydration too.

Therefore, be on the alert if you are already mildly dehydrated for the following foods:

• French fries
• Cured meats
• Coffee (a natural diuretic)
• Soy Sauce
• Bouillon cubes

Any sugary drink can lead to dehydration too. (SODA) So, even if you think you are replenishing your system with that sugary cola, you are probably doing more harm than good.

Balancing Out Your Electrolytes

While consuming a small amount of soy sauce will not cause you undue problems, consuming an excess quantity can result in an electrolyte imbalance known as hypernatremia.

In fact, replacing one’s electrolytes can improve any health problems that stem from

Mineral water is a good choice

Mineral water is a good choice

dehydration. That’s why sports drinks, such as Gatorade, are recommended for anyone who is suffering from dehydration and needs to consume more water.

Stay Adequately Hydrated Throughout The Day

So, if you want to stay healthy and hydrated, make it a point to get enough water each day. You can’t count that daily Starbucks in the mix nor can you include that sugary pop you got out of the vending machine. H20 is still the best source for your hydration needs.

Healthy Substitutes

If you don’t’ want to consume plain water, choose a flavored water instead. You can add a flavored, sugar-free powder, such as Crystal Light, to iced water too. Juice, such as apple juice, cranapple juice or V8 are also semi-healthy substitutes. Just watch out for the excessive salt and sugar.

Vitamin water and various flavored water products have recently hit the market and are a good alternative for those who really cannot stand to drink plain water. However, keep in mind that some contain added sugar that no one needs, so check the labels. Vitamin Water Zero is a good option, as it contains all the healthy stuff without added sugars.

One Parting Note:

Get yourself something to hold the water other than plastic. Those plastic water bottles can cause you almost as many problems as being dehydrated.

Make sure you are obtaining all the water you need by keeping a container of H20 available at your side. Also, check the color of your urine to make sure you are rehydrating properly.

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It’s Being Called Setting Disease

Working on the beachThere is a disease that many of us have but we have no idea that we are in any danger. It’s being called Setting Disease. Ask yourself, Do I Sit Down Too Much Every Day? If you use your computer to make a living, the chances are good that you are setting way more and longer than you should.

Research results keep confirming what we have suspected all along and that is that sitting is bad for us. But just how bad? Really bad. Take a look at Setting Disease a little closer and you might want to make a few adjustments to your lifestyle.

Even if you regularly exercise when not sitting behind your desk, setting for long periods of time still significantly raises your risk for diabetes, heart disease (including strokes and heart attacks), obesity and even certain types of cancer. For every two hours of sitting, you raise your risk of colon cancer by 8 percent, endometrial cancer by 10 percent, and lung cancer by 6 percent.


The Mayo Clinic did a study of how sitting affects blood sugar spiking and what they found was amazing. If the study participants went back to sitting after a meal, or ate while sitting at their desk, their blood sugar peaked and stayed there for two hours. However, if the same participants took a 15-minute walk at just 1 mph after eating, their blood sugar peaks were cut in half. Of course your risk for developing diabetes increases if you consistently have high blood sugar. One good rule is to never eat at your desk. Another is to take that short walk after each meal. My wife and I try to do our shopping after eating dinner so that we walk around the stores and too and from the car. It can add up to a little more than the 15 minute walk suggested but you don’t know it because your mind is on shopping.

Heart Disease

When we sit, we are not burning as many calories as we would if we were up and moving Heart diseasearound. So it takes longer for our bodies to burn off the calories we ate at lunch. This keeps the blood sugar higher for a longer period of time. And of course high blood sugar in effect causes tiny tears on the inside of veins and arteries which are prime places for plaque to start accumulating and eventually cause heart disease. In the American Heart Journal article Circulation: Heart Failure, it documented men who sat for more than 5 hours per day increased their risk of heart disease by 34% verses men who only sat 2 hours per day. Now limiting yourself to only two hours when making your living can be somewhat hard to do unless you work at home. One of the tricks I have added to help keep me from setting to long in front of the computer is to put the computer on the kitchen island part of the time and stand while using it. There are two benefits to standing when using your computer. One is that you are avoiding all the unhealthy setting, the other is that you, or at least I tend to be more productive when standing.


It is a well-documented fact that if you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight as the body stores the extra calories it doesn’t need at the time. It is a natural defense mechanism so that we have fat stores to draw upon in case of lean times.

By sitting, we are not burning off the calories we had for breakfast, lunch or any snacks eaten during the day. The extra calories increase your weight which in effect start to cause other health problems, including diabetes. In a way it becomes the case of Which came first, the chicken or the egg? dilemma. Did diabetes cause your obesity or did your obesity cause diabetes?

How You Can Reduce Your Risks of setting disease

There are several things you can do to lessen your risk of health issues due to sitting. First, walking for healthget up and move around. If you work in an office, it can be as simple as walking over to a colleague’s desk instead of sending an email. Frequently get up and get a glass of water from the water cooler or a cup of coffee from the break room or cafeteria.

Next, take a short 15-minute walk outside after lunch. Not only will it lower your blood sugar spike, but it will clear your head and reduce stress.

Finally get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate to high-intensity cardio exercise per week along exercise with weightswith muscle-strengthening workouts twice per week. While exercise won’t completely offset the effects of prolonged sitting, it will help.

It you work at home or in an office consider getting a standing desk. Your body will thank you for it.

Another thing that you might consider is getting yourself something like a fitbit wireless activity wristband. These have many benefits from measuring how many steps you take per day to vibrating on your wrist as often as you set it for, to remind you that it is time to get up and move around. There is a wide range of prices depending on what you want it to do but keep in mind you are  investing in your health so get the best that you can afford.

No matter how you arrange to do it, make it a practice to get up out of the chair and move around a little each and every hour. It’s your health and setting disease is one of those diseases that creeps up on you without advanced warning.

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Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Grilled EggplantAs we fire up the grill for spring and summer it is a great time to add sandwiches such as a Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches. We shared this recipe a few years ago and it continues to be a favorite today. Now is the time to start introducing more vegetables and replacing some of the meat on the grill is a great healthy lifestyle choice.
One of the best ways to get the family to eat their veggies is by including them in a sandwich. Eggplant is a taste the younger members of the family might take time to like but it is healthy so introduce them to it as early as Continue reading

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Making Healthier Burgers

Healthy HamburgersNowadays I think that we have all asked ourselves about Making Healthier Burgers without loosing the flavor of the burgers we ate as a kid. Almost everyone is concerned about eating healthier and understandably so. And when it comes to food popularity, there’s not a lot that is more well-known that the burger.

It comes in many shape and sizes and almost all of them taste great. Now we are talking real burgers and not those things that are offered in some Continue reading

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Animal and Plant Based Proteins

Vegetable ProteinUsing Animal And Plant Based Proteins For Healthy Cooking is a cause of concern for many people because there is so much information out there it can become very discerning. What is to much, when is it not enough, what is the best protein, can you get the protein your body needs without eating meat, and on and on……

Proteins are referred to as body building foods. Proteins are very important as they help in building and repair of muscles, replenishing lost blood, production of Continue reading

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Ninja Blender Smoothie

SmoothieI have gone back to making a smoothie for breakfast or maybe I should call it brunch as I never seem to get to it until a few hours after I have started my day..My Ninja Blender Smoothie is a one – two and done process that I love. It contains a lot of green vegetables but because I have the habit of adding a slice of fresh beet to it I get a strange color. As anyone who has done that knows, the red beet color takes over everything and unless you use a lot of beet the color is a little less than exciting, but the flavor is great..

It is now only two weeks until we return to our home in Mexico and as part of the last minute buying process, I have purchased the Ninja Mega Kitchen System Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL771) New Price: $209.90 Old Price: $249.99 You Save: $40.09 to take with us. I have wanted a Ninja system for a long time because I believe in using all of the produce when I make a drink. I have a juicer but it removed all the fiber and just gives you clear juice…not that is not always bad, but when I start my day I want all the nutrition I can pack into my smoothie….Here is the recipe I am presently using to start my day…

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Semi-Green Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: All
  • 1 kale leaf including the stem
  • 1 large swiss chard leaf including the stem
  • 1 beet leaf including the stem
  • 1 large or two medium carrots
  • 3 or four sprigs of parsley
  • ⅛th wedge of fresh beet from medium sized beet
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, I use a piece about the size of a quarter, ¼ inch thick
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 medium sized ripe banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 8 ounces fresh spring water
  • Ice
  1. Put everything into the large 72 ounce blender jar, cover it press blend, that's all there is to it.
  2. The Ninja system is so powerful that you can put everything into it at once, including the ice and it will blend you a perfect drink in a matter of a couple of minutes.

The energy level I feel from this smoothie is much more than I expected when I started making it a couple of days ago….I also have a recipe for a great tropical fruit smoothie that I will share with you in the next article.

I use a protein powder called PlantFusion PlantFusion Protein Vanilla Bean 2lb New Price: $32.89 Old Price: $52.99 You Save: $20.10 but there are many others available at your local health food store. I happen to like this one because besides being a complete protein, it is Gluten Free, GMO free, has not soy and is made with sprouted Amaranth and Quinoa.

Kale gives us vitamins K, A and C as well as omega-3 fatty acids, and  copper, potassium, iron, manganese and more.

Swiss chard is a store-house of many phytonutrients, rich in B-complex group of vitamins plus protein, calcium, thiamine, selenium, zinc, and more.

Beets bring to the smoothie Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; and folic acid.

Fresh Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller that fights many ailments including clods and the flu.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene as well as fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.

Parsley brings us chlorophyll, vitamin A, B, C, and K, folate and iron as well as calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vanadium, and zinc.

Granny Smith Apples  are rich in carbohydrates and fiber as well as Potassium and vitamin C.

Bananas are a great source of potassium as well as vitamins B-6 and C.

There are a lot of other great vegetables that I will be adding or exchanging over the next few days including spinach and bell peppers…In a world where High Frutose Corn Syrup is added to just about everything we buy except fresh vegetables and fruit, I really enjoy treating my body to a home made smoothie…

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Super Bowl Food Ideas

Party FoodWe need some Super Bowl Food Ideas because Today is February 1st. the day we picked to restart our New Years Resolution for losing a couple of pounds and eating heather….The question might be, can we do it…The answer is yes.  There will always be roadblocks to work around like February 14th which is Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day Calendar Gold Laser Italian Charm New Price: $9.99 Old Price: $24.98 You Save: $14.99 here in the United States, which usually means roses and chocolates for someone you love…We will write more about that over the next two weeks because this year it falls on a Saturday, which could be a challenge for some of us.

So, Back to Super Bowl Food Ideas that won’t blow the diet.

Lets start by changing up the dips from the usual and make something that is a little heather… Our first item will be a Curried Sweet Potato Dip

Sweet Potato Spread

Curried Sweet Potato Dip
Recipe type: Party Food
Cuisine: American
  • 2 medium size sweet potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup roasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and get out a large baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, olive oil, curry powder, and black pepper, then spread onto the baking sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, stirring often, until sweet potatoes are tender.
  4. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then put sweet potatoes into a food processor and puree until smooth
  5. Once the mix is smooth spoon out into a bowl.
  6. Add the pine nuts and tomatoes to the mix and stir to combine.
  7. Serve at room temperature.

Serve with blue corn tortilla chips or assorted fresh vegetables.

Party Dip

The other dip we will be offering at our place this afternoon is, Homestyle Sweet Onion Dip

Homestyle Sweet Onion Dip
Recipe type: Party Food
Cuisine: American
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium Vidalia or Walla Walla sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
  • 1 can (16 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • pinch cayenne
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup diced sundried tomatoes, rinsed in hot water, then drained
  1. Put the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, add the onion and cook until soft and light gold in color (caramelized) - this will take about 15 minutes if done correctly; stir frequently.
  2. Remove from heat and put onions in a food processor, then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more olive oil if the mixture is too thick.

This one also goes well with Blue corn tortilla chips Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips, Blue Corn, 16 Ounce (Pack of 12) New Price: $49.92 Old Price: $94.63 You Save: $44.71 as well as celery sticks.. This is a nice healthy substitute for those prepackaged onion dips.

We are also going to serve Mango Chutney Turkey Burgers

Turkey burger with mango salsa


You can find the recipe for the burgers at:


I hope you enjoy the game, just keep in mind that there are many Super Bowl Food Ideas you can enjoy and still keep your New Years Resolutions….

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Your New Year’s Resolution

New YearsAre you still following Your New Year’s Resolution or has life kind of gotten in the way of the plans you laid out to make this the year you get in shape by eating the right foods and adding a little exercise to your daily routine? For many of us, the plans made for the new year last about two to three weeks and then things happen and we miss a day, then two days and before long, that resolution is tucked away in the backs of our minds. It will remain there quietly until next December 31st when we will bring it out, dust it off and start again…..If you are one of those that have managed to keep going and are making progress toward a whole new you, Congratulations….If however you have slipped a little, read on, I will share with you some ideas that may just help you keep on track to reach those goals.

The first step is to remove Your New Year’s Resolution from January 1st and move it to February 1st..Your going to make the change, but you are going to wait until life isn’t quite as stressful. For many of you, December 31st is a night of partying that lasts well into the wee morning hours. For many, there are all the football games on January 1st which  includes some snack foods, perhaps a beer or cocktail or at the very least some cold soda for the head. For those with children, they are all home from school and depending on their ages, can be a stress factor all by themselves. And that’s just the first day…..Does that sound like a good time to try and make positive changes to your life? Not really…

The second advantage to moving Your New Year’s Resolution starting date to February 1st is that by the end of this year, you will have months of success to support you through all those food feasts and parties that start with Thanksgiving and continue through New Years apple pieDay…You will have developed healthy eating plans so that while you join in with your friends, you won’t over do it, destroying all that work you have put into becoming the success that you are. For many people, those 5 or so weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day packs on the pounds. They get the idea “Heck, I’ll just start new on January 1st so another serving of those mashed potatoes and perhaps another slice of pie won’t hurt………However, for those of us that waited until February to start, those special meals will not be resolution killers. They will be meals where we enjoy what we eat while maintaining control of the calories so that we don’t gain weight over the holidays…

It’s the end of the Month, Has January been good to you or are you ready to start Your New Year’s Resolution on February 1st? If you are ready to kick start your healthy diet and exercise program over, join me as we take the adventure together…We have some great plans, good information and enjoyable recipes to share with you over the coming months that will hopefully make the challenge easier and fun.

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Turmeric and You

turmericThere seems to be a rediscovering of Turmeric lately. Today we will talk about Turmeric and You and why it is so important, First however we need to know what Turmeric is. I wrote an article about it in July of 2011 because along with garlic and ginger I feel it should never be far from your recipes. In other words, it should be used often not only for its flavor, and added color but also for our health.  Long overlooked as a herb for health in North America, Turmeric has been held in high esteem in Continue reading

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