Sunday, December 8, 2019

Better health through better food

Yesterday I went to the Alpharetta Holiday Market and the best part was visiting with this lady. Follow her on Instagram @CherokeeMoonMixology. Buy her stuff. It's amazing!

As you can see, I have sampled all of these (and bought up seven different kinds of her tonics, shrubs, vinegar and bitters!)

The tall bottle is a culinary vinegar - all organic and SO flavorful it will inspire you to invent recipes!

So last night while watching LSU dominate Georgia (condolences to my Georgia friends), I made a marinade for ribs. And not just any ribs - I had a half rack of ribs from Iverstine in Baton Rouge.

If you haven't tasted the difference between mass-produced meat and small farm pastured heritage breed meat you are definitely missing out! Their pork is so yummy I won't cook with anything else.

So I had my defrosted ribs and concocted the following marinade:

1/2 c organic safflower oil
1/4 c Bourbon & GA Peach vinegar(in the photo above)
1 T organic blue agave
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 T Smokehouse shandy (see picture above)
I whisked all these together and then placed the ribs(meat side down) in a ceramic dish and poured the marinade over them and covered them with foil. They marinated overnight in the fridge.

I am trying to be more intentional about the integrity of all of the ingredients in my food and the safety of the containers I place my food into and the safety of the cookware I use. Remember that everything our food touches can contaminate (or enhance) the food.

If you use cast iron to cook with you could get some traces of iron in your food each time you cook (not a bad thing!) but if you use aluminum then you could get aluminum in your food which is not necessarily a good thing as excess aluminum (not just from cookware, it is also in your deodorant and other personal care products) is linked to Alzheimer's disease.

That being said, I am cooking the ribs on a stainless steel rack in the oven on 245 degrees for at least 3 hours. I made an aluminum foil tent over them instead of wrapping them in foil so they are not in direct contact with the foil.

The Zen Vin in the photo above is a tonic designed to help you 'chill' after a stressful day of Christmas shopping (or just life). It has lovely lemongrass, Holy basil, lemon balm, passionflower and other auspicious herbs which all work to raise your calming neurotransmitters and settle down your overactive sympathic (excitatory) neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers that make you anxious).

Since the Zen Vin is a tonic you can place a dropperful directly under your tongue or several droppers into a shot glass and top it off with a splash of sparkling water and shoot it (as I did). Ahhhh - just what I needed before going to Target on a weekend before Christmas.

If you get a chance this weekend, consider going to see Dark Waters with Mark Wahlberg. He did an excellent job bringing a very important subject to the big screen. It will make you mad and make you want to raise your awareness about how much our environment is contaminated and how dramatically it impacts our health and the health of our children. See it! You may need some Zen Vin afterwards. Or some Pukka Relax tea (if you aren't able to get the Zen Vin).


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