Month: August 2016

Dry Skin Relief: Coming Soon from a Kitchen Near You

Dry, irritated and inflamed skin. When you have it, it’s no fun. But relief can be as close as the kitchen…here’s more Most people take their skin for granted. You wake up, and it’s there. You don’t have to do anything special for it to show up. It quietly does its job every day. And, that job is pretty important. Your skin is the first line of defense between you and the cold (or hot) cruel world full of temperature fluctuations, environmental and chemical challenges, and close encounters with germs and other little “bugs” that have the ability to...

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California Missions: History & Ghosts [Holy and Frightful]

Where you step back in time to a New World… From 1769 to 1823, Spain built missions all along the California coast in their conquest to convert the indigenous people to Christianity and as strongholds for their newly claimed territories Twenty-one Spanish missions can be found along the ‘King’s Highway’ in California, which is today Highway 101. California Missions are the oldest structures in state and feature early churches, cemeteries, bell towers, garden courtyards, living quarters and more. They once served as trade centers for food, grain, hides, wine and more. Today, they are tourist attractions and some are...

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Smoked Black Bean Dip [With a Little Bite of Chipotle]

Ingredients : Makes 4 cups 4 Bacon Slices (I use Turkey Bacon) ½ cup Onion, chopped 1 cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped, seeded ½ tsp Cumin, ground ½ tsp Oregano, dried 2 15-oz cans black beans, undrained 1 tsp chopped, seeded chipotle chilies (adobo) Garnish with: ½ cup Greek Yogurt 2 Tbsp Cilantro, fresh, chopped Use this bean dip for a snack with good quality tortilla chip or mix in with the chicken for a delicious chicken taco recipe Directions: Cook bacon. Drain all but 1 Tbsp drippings from skillet. (If you used Turkey Bacon and there is no...

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