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Very Superstitious

December 31, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we often reflect upon the past and resolve to do things better in the year to come. Some cultures celebrate by following age old superstitions to ensure a happy year ahead. Here are just a few of them:

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Eating 12 grapes, one to represent each month of the year, is considered good luck by some.

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Others eat leafy greens, which signify money, as a way to bring about prosperity in the coming year. Black eyed peas are also thought to resemble coins, another sign of wealth.

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Make sure to wash your clothes and clean the house before midnight so you do not bring any “dirt laundry” into the new year. A sparkling house allows for a clean start. But be sure to do it now to avoid sweeping away the good fortune on January first.

All the single folks might want to wear red underwear beneath their New Year’s eve finery. It is thought that red lingerie will bring  love in the future.

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Welcome 2015 by eating foods that are the proper shapes.Eat round foods, such as donuts and bagels so your dreams and wishes come full circle  Eating long noodles equates to living a long life.

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Just don’t eat everything. An empty refrigerator or cupboards mean they may stay that way all year!
Whatever you do to welcome the new year, may it be one of great happiness, good health and prosperity!
Happy New Year!

XO Indigo Jones

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Fruit Ice

June 24, 2014

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Summer is here and the days are starting to heat up. It’s more important than ever to drink lots of water to keep cool, and stay hydrated. This trick adds a little fun and flavor to your water pitcher, by freezing pieces of fruit right into the ice cubes.

In a large ice cube tray, place slices of lemon, lime,orange or other fruit into the wells of the tray. Add water and freeze until solid.

The end result are beautiful fruit filled ice cubes that add a hint of taste to your water as they melt.

Delicious and nutritious! Yum!

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Unrecipe of the Week

August 7, 2012

This wild rice salad is a refreshing summer side dish, that can be made in advance and served at room temperature.

It is filled with juicy oranges, dried cranberries, green grapes and toasted pecans and tossed with a tangy raspberry vinaigrette.

Wild Rice Salad with Fruit and Pecans:

Cook 1 cup of wild rice in 4 cups of salted boiling water and simmer until tneder, about  50 minutes.

Cook 1 cup of brown rice in 2 cups of boiling salted water  until  tender, about 45 minutes

Drain, and mix the rice together in a large bowl.

For the dressing, whisk together about 1/4 cup each of olive oil, orange juice and raspberry vinegar. Add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and allow the

mixture to sit so that the cranberries start to plump a bit. ( this can be made in advance and refrigerated.)

Toss the rice with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Mix in  2 oranges, peeled with white pith removed and cut into small pieces, 1 cup of green grapes, cut in half, and 3/4 cups of chopped, toasted pecans. Mix in 2 scallions, thinly sliced.

Let the rice mixture to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop and enjoy!

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The Clean 15

June 5, 2012

We have written here about the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of produce that has the highest levels of pesticides and contamination. It is recommended that these foods be organic wherever possible.

There is another list called the “Clean 15”, which have the lowest pesticide load, and can be enjoyed in the conventional varieties.

These are:

Onions

Sweet corn

Pineapples

Avocado

Sweet peas

Mangoes

Eggplant

Cantaloupe

Kiwi

Watermelon

Sweet potatoes

Grapefruit

Mushrooms

Asparagus

Other foods, such as broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes have more recently tested cleaner as well, due to less pest threats, and therefore less spraying.

Many of these fruits and vegetables have a protective outer layer that gets peeled or removed before eating. This helps eliminate the toxins, which are largely on the outside of the food.

The current list of the most harmful foods tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, and as many as 67. Buying organic insures that the fruit and vegetables are not treated with harmful pesticides.

Foods that should be organic:

Celery

Strawberries

Peaches

Apples

Blueberries

Nectarines

Sweet bell peppers

Spinach, kale and collard greens

Cherries

Potatoes

Grapes

Lettuce

This lists were compiled by the Environmental Working Group, which is an organization made up of scientists, researchers and policymakers. The data used was supplied by the United States Department of Agriculture’s tests for pesticide residue on fresh produce.

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