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    Blog Posts: Family

    1. Pumpkin-Spiced Eggnog Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      This recipe contains raw egg whites. Anyone who is pregnant or may have a weak immune system should not eat raw eggs. This is very rich and I like it best just a spoonful at a time. Add it to a drink like coffee or scoop it over pudding or...
    1. Adult Literacy in Placer County

      by Randi Swisley
      A local business owner in her mid-30’s recently contacted the Placer Adult Literacy Service (PALS) requesting tutoring. She did not know how to read and wanted to help her son with his homework. A young man in our county jail is also learning how to read from PALS tutors. When he...
    1. Nutritional Reference

      by Randi Swisley
      Food Rules, by Michale Pollan I gave this book to my daughter when she moved away to college and had to feed herself.  It is a simple and sensible way to eat for someone who doesn't want to do a lot of studying on the...
    1. How Money Can Buy Happiness

      by Randi Swisley
      It’s easy to find advice on how to make money. It is harder to find guidance on how to spend it. Traditional belief suggests that what makes you truly happy can't be bought - but being able to afford healthier food, better medical care, more varied pastimes, better education, and leisure...
    1. Tomato Sauce Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      10 quarts (30 lbs, 40 cups, 320 ounces) pureed tomatoes 4 chopped onions 1 cup dried basil 1/2 cup honey or equivalent of stevia 4 tbls dried oregano 3 tbls salt 2 tbls ground dried lemon peel 2 tbls thyme 2 tbls garlic powder 2 tbls dried parsley 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg Saute onions then add the rest of the...
    1. Vegatable Stock Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Your rule of thumb ratio for this recipe is: 2 - 1 - 1, onions - carrots - celery.  Adjust the rest to your own taste. Ingredients Olive, avocado or coconut oil. 2-3 medium onions, diced 2 carrots, diced 2 ribs of celery, diced 1 leek, diced 1/2 bulb fennel, diced 4 oz. shitake mushrooms 4 oz. button muhsroom 4...
    1. How to Buy Quality Food

      by Randi Swisley
      Depending on how much the amount of poor quality food you've eaten over the course of your life, your susceptibility to the effects of continued poor quality food will differ.  Also, negative effects for you with the same low quality food may be very different than the effects of another...
    1. Kale and Quinoa Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      ✔ Antibiotic-free ✔ Sugar-free ✔ Gluten-free ✔ Dairy-free ✔ Whole food Ingredients 1/2 cup quinoa 1 cup chicken stock 3 - 4 large kale leaves, chopped in 1" pieces 1 lemon 1 thin slice of onion 3-4 walnuts, chopped 1-2 tbls avacado or olive oil Directions Put quinoa and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer...
    1. Turkey Gravy Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Try this gravy from scratch that's packed with nutrition! Boil giblets and neck from turkey for several hours. Cool slightly and remove as much meat as possible from the neck and set aside for turkey soup. Save the water used to boil the giblets to add to the turkey gravy. (It's ok to put...
    1. Gingerbread House "Plaster" Recipe and Shortcuts

      by Randi Swisley
      Baking gingerbread "slabs" to build your house from is a noble endeavor - and time consuming enough that it scares most people away from even getting started.  Regardless of the building material for your house, you need a good way to stick things together - your candy plaster. Candy Plaster Recipe 1...
    1. Holiday Dinner Menu and Recipes

      by Randi Swisley
      Try this plan for a stress-free and high quality holiday dinner - or over-the-top festive dinner anytime. Traditional, prepared from scratch with minimum sugar - yay!  You could certainly use this for Thanksgiving dinner too! **  Menu *** Roast turkey  -  start this 2 days ahead, see...
    1. Sweet Potato and Apple Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      ✔ Antibiotic-free ✔ Sugar-free ✔ Gluten-free ✔ Whole food This is a great way to get your veggies and fruit in a taste good side dish in the winter.  Comfort food and good for you! Ingredients 4 large sweet potatoes 2 tbls butter 2 tbls olive oil 2 tbl coconut milk 1/2 cup applesauce 2 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 tsp lemon...
    1. Sweet Potato Pie

      by Randi Swisley
      This is a great substitute for traditional pumpkin pie.  Some people even substitute butternut squash, but I like it best with half yams and half sweet potatoes. Ingredients Prepared 9" pie crust, chilled. 2 large sweet potatoes or yams (about 1.5 lbs), steam whole with skin until they can be easily pierced with...
    1. Cranberry Sauce Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Cranberry sauce from a can?  Just say NO!  This easy recipe can be prepared the day before if you're really pressed for time on the big turkey day.  Tastes sooo much better than factory-prepared! 1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup apricot jam 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp ginger 1/8 -...
    1. Chicken Stock Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      ✔ Antibiotic-free ✔ Sugar-free ✔ Gluten-free ✔ Dairy-free ✔ Whole food Tired of the prepared chicken stock on the shelves loaded up with sugar and chemicals?  Try this - and freeze it to use later, if you want.  Wings have equal parts meat, bone and fat, a perfect combination for stock. The trick is avoiding a...
    1. Roast Turkey and Gravy Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      Ready for the holidays?  The main ingredient - your turkey - needs a fail-safe plan.  Here it is! For a family of 4 good eaters, a 15-17 pound turkey should be good. Brine turkey and make chicken stock the day before Remove giblets and neck and use to...
    1. Salmon and Persimmon Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      ✔ Antibiotic-free ✔ Sugar-free ✔ Gluten-free ✔ Dairy-free ✔ Whole food Cook Salmon Place salmon in baking dish and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine enough coconut oil and lemon juice to liberally coat the salmon and pour over the top of the fish. Bake salmon for 20 minutes. Sprinkle salmon with thyme and parsley. Turn on broiler and brown...
    1. Braised Carrots with Almond Butter

      by Randi Swisley
      Carrots are rumored to be one of the few vegetables that are more nutritious cooked than raw.  Try this out for those (kids??) who turn their nose up at cooked carrots. 2 pounds of carrots 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 tablespoons minced garlic 4 tablespoons almond butter oil, water Quarter baby carrots or cut whole carrots to...
    1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples Recipe

      by Randi Swisley
      This is such a simple and yummy way to eat Brussels sprouts and apples - both ripe at the same time! Cut about 12 sprouts in half. Coat with oil in a large baking dish or baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Cut a large apple in cubes and add to...
    1. Raspberry Cobbler

      by Randi Swisley
      Raspberries are hearty and productive plants if picked every other day.  My friend Lorrie has an amazing patch that we take turns picking - which keeps me rich in raspberries.  My family loves this cobbler, which is easy to prepare and pretty healthy, as desserts go. 4 cups raspberries 2 tbls sugar juice...
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