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Jacques Pepin's Chicken Supremes with Tapenade and Mushroom Sauce Recipe Serves 4 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each 1 tablespoon good olive oil Tapenade 3/4-cup mix of pitted olives, black oil-cured olives, Kalamata olives, and green olives 1 small garlic clove, peeled and sliced 2 dried apricot halves, cut into small pieces 1 1/2 tablespoons drained capers 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Mushroom Sauce: 4 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 1/2 tablespoons Baby Bella mushrooms, washed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra to taste 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus extra to taste 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or par Put all the tapenade ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse to make a coarse puree. Cut a horizontal slit in each chicken breast to create a pocket, and stuff with the tapenade. Set aside until serving time. When ready to cook the chicken, preheat th

Why Chinese Garlic is Bad: The Ugly Truth

By Ashuri There are not many foods that give the same mouth-watering delight than garlic. Garlic is not only delicious and used in almost every recipe one can think of; it is also a powerful super-food. Garlic has been used around the world for centuries for cooking and because of its effective medicinal properties. Garlic is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and many other trace minerals that are vital for healthy immune function. The most popular compound found in garlic is  allicin , which is what gives it that lovely flavor and its powerful antioxidant punch. Studies have shown that garlic has the power to prevent colds and flu and reduce the length of time these viruses are in the system by roughly 70 percent. In addition, garlic has been shown to reduce high blood pressure, reduce high –bad- cholesterol, improve the immune system, remove parasites from the GI tract, and work as a natural antibiotic in all areas of the body.   With that being said,  should you be concerned about wher

Will There Be a Turkey Shortage This Thanksgiving?

Here's what some of the country's biggest poultry producers had to say. By  Mike Pomranz A year and a half into the COVID pandemic, if you  haven't gotten used to seeing shortages , you're probably not doing much grocery shopping. Changes in things like shipping, labor, and buying habits have  caught plenty of industries off guard , and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, a new report suggests that some types of turkeys could be difficult to track down come November. Last year, smaller Thanksgiving celebrations  led to an increased demand for smaller birds . Similarly, the  New York Post  reports  that not only small birds (described as those under 16 pounds, with 14-pound turkeys being most popular) but also fresh birds, could be in short supply this year. The paper cited a letter from a broker at Shady Brook Farms, one of America's top turkey suppliers, which stated that the news "is not promising" in regards to the "status of fresh, whole turkeys for

No, California Isn't Banning Bacon

  Pork producers have been pushing back on the state's upcoming changes to animal welfare laws. By  Jelisa Castrodale Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled against the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in their latest attempt to prevent California's Proposition 12 from taking effect next January 1. The legislation establishes a minimum space requirement for breeding pigs, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens, and bans the sale of eggs, pork, and veal from producers who do not comply with those minimum space requirements.  The AFBF and NPPC have opposed the measure, which is also known as the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, because they believe it violates the Interstate Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by regulating out-of-state [meat and egg] production,  requiring out-of-state producers  to "submit to California's mandated production methods or lose access to Cali

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar Recipe

Ingredients: Shortcake 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled, plus more for the pan ½ cup almond milk ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar ¾ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour ¼ cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract Strawberry-Chia Jam 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon chia seeds Cashew Whipped Cream 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours and drained ¼ cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon sea salt ½ cup coconut oil, melted Assembly ½ cup almond milk 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup Pinch of sea salt 1 cup cashew whipped cream Chopped fresh strawberries Directions: 1.  Make the shortcake:  Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease 4 cups of a muffin pan with coconut oil or cooking spray. 2. In a small bowl, combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for a few minutes. 3. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and baki

“Magic” Peppers Salad with Pine Nuts and Capers

Ingredients: Magic Peppers 2 pounds bell peppers Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salad About ½ small loaf crusty bread (such as sourdough), cut into ¾-inch cubes Extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 to 2 cups diced magic peppers 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (about 1 cup) 1 tablespoon capers ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted Roughly chopped basil or cilantro (or any fresh herb you have on hand) 1 tablespoon vinegar (such as white balsamic, balsamic or red wine) Directions: 1.  Make the magic peppers:  Preheat the oven to 450°F. Cut each pepper in half through the core, and remove the seeds and stems. Cut each half into three or four pieces, then place the strips in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss to coat. 2. Arrange the peppers slices, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Roast until the peppers are tender and slightly browned on the

Ideas To Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

  Lowering blood pressure with natural means... Some ideas to help lower blood pressure naturally. 1- Following the DASH diet. This diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), designed to combat hypertension, is rich in fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products, and low in fat, red meat, sweets and sugary drinks. Following this plan can reduce systolic 8-14 points. In fact, according to some research, this approach could be as effective (or even more) than drugs for hypertension. 2- Slimming. It may be hard, but it's what works best. Stress is estimated that a person could fall from 5 to 20 points per 10kg to lose weight. 3- Limit sodium intake to 2,400 mg Total daily to lower blood 2-8 points. 4- Exercising for 30 minutes 5-7 days a week to reduce stress points 4-9. 5- Limit alcohol to 2 drinks per day for men and 1 glass for women to reduce stress points 2-4. 6- Sleep well at night. Not getting enough sleep can contribute to hypertension. 7- Reduce stress. Stress c