"Grove Park Inn Beef Stew WannaBe Made At Home Recipe"


 Ok let me tell you how this happen.   Our family spent a long 4 day Christmas weekend at Grove Park Inn in Asheville this year.  First time we had been gone for Christmas since kids born.    If you have ever wanted to go to the best spa in U.S., possibly everywhere then you have to try their spa.  Built under Grove Park Inn inside the mountain with walkways to it in caves in the structure.   Really unique.   

   Well to make a story short we dined one night there after going to Biltmore Estate and my wife and I both chose what was called "Grove Park Beef Stew".   We totally expected beef, potatoes, carrots etc. when we ordered and both of us wanted something "hearty".  Were we surprised when it arrived.  

  First was it was corned beef brisket, at most 2-3 ounces of a piece of meat slow cooked for 48 hours.  The rest of it was simply a broth with what looked like some pepper, some chives and obviously seasoned with peppers.  It was served with a large corn muffin.   Our first reaction was "for $18 this is disappointing".  That was until we ate it.   The broth was wonderful as was the meat, even though the meat only lasted for a couple of bites.

  So home and last night I decided to try it myself.  Here is my recipe and honestly it was pretty dog gone good.

  Corn beef brisket ( 3 pounds) soaked in red wine for 24 hours, 
  
   Took out my slow cooker and cooked for 10 hours on "low" , 

   Put corned beef brisket, ( had sprinkled on it the seasoning package included with many briskets) in a stock of:

   1 cup of wine used to soak, 
   1 cup of beef stock, 
   1 cup of chicken broth
   1 quarter inch slice of jalepeno pepper
   2 cloves of garlic

  After cooking for 10 hours then added in chopped green onion stalks and served with Southern style biscuit ( Pillsbury pre made as I cant' do flour stuff no matter how hard I try so I gave up about 2 years ago).

   The results for such a simple dish were "comparable" to what we had at Grove Park Inn.   Put it this way, my socially correct wife, Liza J. , was "sopping" with her biscuit and asking for more!!  

   Easy to make and the key I think is the combining of the beef and chicken stock which sounds counter intuitive.  

   If you try let me know if you like and the good thing is our brisket was about 6 ounces cut into small pieces for easier eating. 

   Enjoy.

  Herbanite Bob

P.S. image above has the brisket in hibernation so you can't see it!!!   :)



Halitosis Smoothie

   
      There are many reasons one can have bad breath including poor oral hygiene, disease, or tooth decay to name a few.   Fortunately the herbal world provides many herb plants that aid in preventing and controlling bad breath.   One of the more obvious is simply to break off a sprig of fresh mint, ( peppermint, spearmint, organge  mint, etc) and chew it.  The menthol in the leaves is released and adds fragrance plus has some abilities to kill bacteria in the mucosa linings.

     Cinnamon is also a spice that helps and has anti bacterial essential oil which cleanses the mouth.   Acidic fruits also contribute to killing bacteria in the digestive tract so the addition to a smoothie is beneficial.   Basil and parsley, ( Italian and Curly Cress), are two complementary herbs that work together as antibacterials and delighful fragrance.

  
One of the most popular spices – cinnamon contains essential oils that eliminate bacteria in the throat, responsible for causing bad breath. Citric acid neutralizes the rest of the food, and spinach and parsley kill bacteria in the digestive system. - See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath/#sthash.j9AAoPtv.dpuf

      Here is a smoothie recipe that works very well.   Simply put in the blender and grind away for a tasty and healthy answer to halitosis.

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 t Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons Basil ( can sub in Kale or Spinach)
  • 10 Parsley branches ( go ahead and include the stems)
  • 2 Ounces of Water or Orange Juice


Bad breath can be caused by various food products, tooth decay, indigestion or insufficient oral hygiene. But luckily nature is a great friend of health, so you can eliminate this problem with a few sips of this healthy, natural shake.

One of the most popular spices – cinnamon contains essential oils that eliminate bacteria in the throat, responsible for causing bad breath. Citric acid neutralizes the rest of the food, and spinach and parsley kill bacteria in the digestive system.

The mixture of these ingredients and some honey will save you from bad breath when you most need it.

miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of spinach
  • 10 parsley branches
  • 1.7 oz/50 ml warm water
- See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath/#sthash.j9AAoPtv.dpuf

Bad breath can be caused by various food products, tooth decay, indigestion or insufficient oral hygiene. But luckily nature is a great friend of health, so you can eliminate this problem with a few sips of this healthy, natural shake.

One of the most popular spices – cinnamon contains essential oils that eliminate bacteria in the throat, responsible for causing bad breath. Citric acid neutralizes the rest of the food, and spinach and parsley kill bacteria in the digestive system.

The mixture of these ingredients and some honey will save you from bad breath when you most need it.

miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of spinach
  • 10 parsley branches
  • 1.7 oz/50 ml warm water
- See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath/#sthash.j9AAoPtv.dpuf

Bad breath can be caused by various food products, tooth decay, indigestion or insufficient oral hygiene. But luckily nature is a great friend of health, so you can eliminate this problem with a few sips of this healthy, natural shake.

One of the most popular spices – cinnamon contains essential oils that eliminate bacteria in the throat, responsible for causing bad breath. Citric acid neutralizes the rest of the food, and spinach and parsley kill bacteria in the digestive system.

The mixture of these ingredients and some honey will save you from bad breath when you most need it.

miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of spinach
  • 10 parsley branches
  • 1.7 oz/50 ml warm water
- See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath/#sthash.j9AAoPtv.dpuf

Bad breath can be caused by various food products, tooth decay, indigestion or insufficient oral hygiene. But luckily nature is a great friend of health, so you can eliminate this problem with a few sips of this healthy, natural shake.

One of the most popular spices – cinnamon contains essential oils that eliminate bacteria in the throat, responsible for causing bad breath. Citric acid neutralizes the rest of the food, and spinach and parsley kill bacteria in the digestive system.

The mixture of these ingredients and some honey will save you from bad breath when you most need it.

miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of spinach
  • 10 parsley branches
  • 1.7 oz/50 ml warm water
- See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath/#sthash.j9AAoPtv.dpuf

Bad breath can be caused by various food products, tooth decay, indigestion or insufficient oral hygiene. But luckily nature is a great friend of health, so you can eliminate this problem with a few sips of this healthy, natural shake.

One of the most popular spices – cinnamon contains essential oils that eliminate bacteria in the throat, responsible for causing bad breath. Citric acid neutralizes the rest of the food, and spinach and parsley kill bacteria in the digestive system.

The mixture of these ingredients and some honey will save you from bad breath when you most need it.

miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of spinach
  • 10 parsley branches
  • 1.7 oz/50 ml warm water
- See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/miracle-drink-that-fight-bad-breath/#sthash.O1E9Stk2.dpuf

     Avocados really are good vegetables that are very healthy ( apparently) that I use at least once or twice a week.   The problem for most is learning how to use avocados and I have a few tips on that too. 



Avocados

  

  
If you doubt me on the nutrition on avocados then go here for more info. on avocados than you possibly want but is good source.  If click through doesn't work then copy and paste - http://paleodietlifestyle.com/eat-avocados/ into your browser. 
 

   Originally my problem with buying avocados was they were either too ripe or not ripe enough to use that night when I got home and I worried about them spoiling before I would use them.   One day in line I noticed lady in front of me with several avocados and I asked her how she could keep so many fresh until ready to use.  Her reply was simply I don't have that problem which befuddled me since she had about 5 of them.  Well first thing I did was buy more ( .98 cents each), and left one out on counter to ripen for use next day, and put the others in the refrigerator.   Well now I know how to save.   Put in refer until day of use, or day before and then bring out and leave on counter in a.m. when you leave.   Problem solved on good price, not long shelf life.

 
    I personally like the flavor of avocados ( is that the plural spelling -seems like should use an "e"?) and originally would slice and put on salad.   Well in my quest to find better ways to use another tip is to simply take the avocado, squash with a fork to make a paste.   Use the paste ( might want to season with pepper, little salt and/or cumin) and spread on tortillas as your "mayonnaise".   Great flavor, easy to use.  Then make your wrap with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, chicken/shrimp and enjoy. 
 
  Or take the paste and mix with EVOO, maybe touch of vinegar and create your own salad dressing.   Sometimes I do not use the vinegar but instead but in small amount of sour cream for a nice dressing that is smooth and creamy.  Of course on any use of avocados it's nice to use either lemon or fresh  lime juice to add flavor and also slows down any oxidation which preserves the green color so does not turn brownish which lacks the "eye appeal" when serving. 
 
  Sure you will come up with many more ways to use but we thoroughly enjoy the addition of avocados to our diet and hope you will try too.

Free Nutrition Guide Widget

     This is a very good widget that literally breaks down up to 6 foods per recipe to show the nutritional content.   It also shows how much each item has but also what is the daily recommended requirements of each nutritional type.    Yes this free Herbfest nutrition widget is not totally exact since the cooking conditions are unkown, food source unknown and some other factors however it does provide a practical way to determine what are the best nutritional foods to prepare for a healthy meal.   Use and enjoy this nutritional widget help tool.



   How To Prepare Fresh Figs From The Garden.



Here's the story. 

     About 2 years ago, at Home Depot they had the "end the season finale sale" on fruit trees.   I bought  4 fig trees, 2 different varieties at a the bargain discount rate of $5.00 each.    3 of the 4 were planted in our soil in the garden and 1 was planted in my annual leaf mulch pile.   Well as you may guess the first 3 are about 2.5 to 3 feet tall, the mulch pile is over 8 feet and about 7 feet wide.   This experience is not new to us at all as history has shown the best mulch and best place to plant is in old leaf mulch, bear nothing. 

     This year my wife has started collecting figs to take to the hospital for her "Paleo lunch" treat and has fallen in love with fresh figs.   She asked me to get a cheese that would go with figs and yesterday I bought some mascarpone ( soft sweet Italian ).   She researched recipes for new ideas as we are not really into canning and I don't want to can figs if can avoid it.   

    Well above is the picture of my meal I prepared for her and we both loved it.   The mahi mahi was first sprinkled with little bit of salt, fresh ground pepper and slowly sizzled in my cast iron frying pan in small amount of butter, no EVOO on this.    The other piece of mahi mahi was marinated in a teriyaki ( sp?) sauce for about 30 minutes then sauteed in the frying pan in butter.   The fish was absolutely delicious, flaky, not oily, and the natural flavor came out in the non marinated and the teriyaki provided the experience of another type fish so went well.  The total amount of fish, for both of us, was 15 ounces.

     Next were the new fig recipes and split the figs, put on fresh basil leaves, one set of figs has mascarpone on them and the other is simply a balsamic vinegar drizzle.   Wrap in the basil and eat.   Oh they were great.

     Of course what else you see below is our old standby-  fresh home grown tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil drizzled in the EVOO.   Not only great tasting, good for you, but also nice presentation.