Cosmic Cocktails | Capricorn | The Social Climber

I’m sure you’ve heard the following phrase: Behind every successful man, there’s a woman. That woman in question was probably a Capricorn. Our tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn is the sign of ambition and drive and supreme focus. They are great in the board room not only because they thrive on power and position, but also because they have the amazing talent of remaining calm in a crisis. They are posh, polished, and probably  planned it all that way–mental, emotional, or physical makeovers are just their style. For a sign so focused on precision I kept coming back to
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Circle of Food – Top Healthy Living Site Award

Yay for Circle of Food, the healthy food blog! The Nurse Practitioners have published the Health is Wealth: Top 100 Sites for Healthy Living and Circle of Food is listed in the “Nutrition” category. Woo Hoo! As we like to say — everything in moderation. Thank you for the honor. I’d like to thank my partner Mary Johnson (she’s the tech goddess) and Jennifer Walker, our most faithful blogger who delights readers with her creative cocktails and savvy kitchen skills. Check out the list and explore the other 99 healthy blogs.    
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Rich is Relative

So is difficulty, for that matter. Crepes are something usually reserved for special occasions, Sunday brunch, or times you want to impress. To the uninitiated, they seem terribly complex when, if anything, they’re a little tedious but not at all difficult. Want to make it even easier on yourself? Buy the crepes pre-made and just whip up this scrumptious Banana Crepe filling. Banana Crepes 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter 2 Bananas, sliced 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1 Tbsp Brandy 6-8 Crepes (about 6-8 inches in diameter) Optional: Creme Anglaise 1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a small saucepan until
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Cosmic Cocktails | Sagittarius | The Great Hunt

Starting off the final four in our zodiacal bacchanal is Sagittarius, the Archer. It’s no great stretch of the imagination to believe that the Sagittarian is always on the hunt for one thing or another, that it truly is the chase that drives them. Consequently, once one trial is done, the next one must come quick on it’s heals or our Sagittarian may become morose and unruly. Because of their must-keep-hunting nature, sales is a fantastic job with someone in the sun sign of Sagittarius. Sales, consulting, and other jet-setting fields also give them a great sense of freedom–the other
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Food safety: Dog food makes people sick

As tempting as that bowl of kibble is — don’t eat it. People who handle contaminated dog food or touch an infected dog, especially if they don’t wash their hands afterward, can ingest the bacteria and get sick. Unfortunately, humans (that’s you) can and do get sick — salmonella infantis — from dog food. Not only do people get sick but they are also being hospitalized. The dog food is produced by Diamond Pet Foods’ manufacturing plant in Gaston, South Carolina. Dozens of brands from high end to low end are suspect. People in the following states have been affected:
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Getting Your Kitchen Act Together

If you watch cooking shows or read cooking magazines, you’ve probably seen the term mise en place (meece on plaz) bandied about a fair amount. Just because mise looks a lot like mess, don’t be fooled–it’s the exact opposite! Mise en place is French for “put in place” and is your basic prep work before any recipe. At it’s highest form, you’re looking like a television chef with myriad little bowls set out all waiting to be tossed into the pot. While it might seem like a lot of extra work (both before and after the meal–look at all those extra dishes!), you’re really making
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Cosmic Cocktails | Scorpio | What a Tail

Apologies for the lack of update last Friday: preparations for the book launch took more time than I expected them to. Isn’t it always the way? But now we’re back! From outer space, we just walked in– No, no, no, we’re not channeling Gloria Gaynor, here, not the least because she was a Virgo, not a Scorpio, though the done-with-you attitude of the song would fit a scorned Scorp just fine (if you could manage to get rid of one in the first place, that is). Maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, though. This week we’re utterly fascinated by the inscrutable Scorpio–mysterious,
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A Summer Soup

Chowders are usually heavy soups perfect for cold, winter months to warm you up when the weather is frightful. This chowder, though, is light, a little sweet, and full of summer vegetables. I served it as part of my book launch tasting menu this weekend and it was perfect for a rainy, summer day spent in a bookstore. The leftovers were also just as tasty the next day when our friends came over for gaming. What makes this chowder different is the use of coconut milk for the dairy. And if you use vegetable stock (which we prefer to do,
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National Dairy Month: Is Butter Better?

June is National Dairy Month. In recent years butter has been given a bad rep, but it’s making a comeback.  Man-made butter substitutes like margarine and vegetable oil spreads are filled with trans-fats. Dr Andrew Weil states, “Butter is certainly better for you than margarine, and used moderately, can be part of a healthy diet.” So what makes butter better? The following facts are courtesy of Twisted Butter. • Vitamins: Butter is a rich source of vitamin A which is easily absorbed and necessary for a wide range of bodily functions, such as developing and maintaining good vision and keeping
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Organizing a Housewarming Party: What to serve

As soon as you are settled in your new house, the odds are that you will want to display your pride and joy to the world and invite your friends to a housewarming party. Here are a few ideas to help ensure that your housewarming party is a success. Essentials It is usually best to start off by compiling a guest list; this will not only help determine the number of friends and family you will have attending, but if you send your friends personalized invitations they will usually make more of an effort to come and share your joy.
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