Home Cookin’ !!! Dominican Cuisine in a Tropical “Concrete Jungle”

Pollo Guisado       (Dominican Braised Chicken Stew)
Albondigas de carne                  (Dominican Meatballs)
Batida de Lechoza       (Dominican Papaya Milkshake)

The amazing Casa Kimball, in the Dominican Republic,  is a "sturdy looking" villa, made from reinforced concrete and local coral stone.

It's not in the jungle, but on the oceanfront, on the outskirts of the North Shore town of Cabrera. I'm trying to set up my theme for the Bob Marley song, "Concrete Jungle", so work with me here!!! :)

The villa has three of my "House Hunter's" passions, a home that feels like a Fortress, a home that also feels like the modern version of a Castle (that's a "guy thing" f.y.i.), and a tropical paradise that sits on a Promontory (a promontory is a peninsula of land that majestically juts out into the water).

I could do some serious Caribbean Cookin' down there. I can feel that breeze kicking now…….yep :) .

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Girl Talk: … Skin, Hair, and Body Care (Part 4) ……. a.k.a. “East”

…..a few beauty secrets from the Far East (that you can try right now).

My mantra I always try to tell to men and women pertaining to health and wellness is to "Love all we have here in the USA, but let's not forget the whole planet has a bounty of plants herbs, and nutrients available to us everyday"

There does seem to be a growing "cult" of women taking advantage of the beauty secrets from the Far East, but in essence they are not really secrets, much of what is used in the East is available in the West (thanks to FedEx, UPS, and Amazon).

Henceforth, the theme for this segment of "Girl Talk"…….

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Saucin’ Like a Chef

photo credit to the 101cookbooks website

Why are we all so intimidated and mesmerized by those highly trained chefs who somehow always have a French accent making these "precision sauces" that seem impossible for regular folks to create?

                  

             below is a shot from my Dinner and a Movie: "Sabrina" (it just randomly popped in my head :) )Saucing Like a Chef - make your own professional sauce

Anyhooz, enough blatant, blogger's self-promotion, let's make some tasty/healthy sauce…….

In the end, with an olive oil base and your favorite spices, you can create a great sauce to address those dry leftover chicken breasts, or to top that meat off the grill, or whatever else.

I might suggest starting with this sauce from the 101cookbooks.com website I found, and let yours evolve from there. But, trust me, just get started and you will have a Sauce like a chef in 10 minutes on your first try.

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New in Dinner and a Movie: “Red Tails”

On the Menu: "The Red Dinner"

 

Italian Style Chicken with Capers, Anchovies, and Tomato

Spicy Tomato Soup

Watermelon, Hazelnut, Mint Salad

Baked Lamb and Oregano Meatballs

Strawberry Lemonade

 

…to view the post, click either photo, or click here

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Men’s Health: Nutrients for male vitality and well being (Part 1)

1)   Zinc
2)   Flavonoids, Polyphenols, and Catechins
3)   Gamma Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Don't Worry, I won't get too wrapped up into the scientific "bla-bla-bla" of these important nutrients.

But moreso, why they are important, and a few suggestions of how to get them into the daily diet (CONSISTENCY IS KEY!!!).      

Even I, Mr. "Health Nut", didn't think mother nature could have such a positive effective on my physiology, but when my morning erections came consistently back (Sorry for "TMI", but this stuff is important) at age 53, and I bulked up with 15 lbs of muscle, and felt "beyond incredible" everyday, I was convinced!!!

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I Accept the Challenge !!! (of creating a grain free Pizza Crust that tastes like delicious, “real pizza”)

I feel like, if I can accomplish this for myself and mankind, then this will be right up there with the invention of the wheel, man on the moon, and all the rest.

I didn't intend go "grain free", I'm not one for latching on to the latest health craze, but when I cut out the grains when healing myself from what "seemed" to be a prostate ailment (that I brought on myself I think), I felt so much better, I had to go by my own mantra of "listen to you body"

The problem? You know the problem. If I bite into the pizza, an my taste buds say "eeh, this is OK, I can probably force myself to eat it", then that is a waste of my time. This has to be  real pizza!!!! You know what I talkin' 'bout.

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Ooo La La … Healthy Habits to Help Boost Fertility

It's always an honor when someone requests to write a guest article on Gaia Health blog.

I always wanted this to be a place to share wellness ideas, as I still love to learn from others.

Enter Amanda Kaestner, who has some interesting comments male and female fertility. The following text is Amanda's, word for word, so let me get out of the way, I'm gonna go check out some ESPN Sports Channel, and let her "handle her business" pertaining to this important topic.

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Body, (Part 21), a.k.a., “Snap Shot” (the “Selfie” Slideshow)

I knew when I put out my first "Selfie" slideshow, Body (part 13), a.k.a. "Girls on Film", that there would be others, thanks to this endless "Selfie" craze…I just need the right song to pop into my head.

And although you probably never heart the hot track, "Snap Shot",  by the R&B/Soul Band, "Slave", it is pure "Old School Soul", from a couple of decades ago, but it is right on time today, with the modern "Selfie" craze.

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Home Cookin’ !!! Lemon Seafood in a “Room with a View” – Seattle, Washington

Lemon and Ginger Pacific Perch
Lemon/Lime, Honey, Chili, Shrimp Skewers
Alaskan Halibut with Lemon Herb Salt

I only came to live in Seattle because of employment circumstances, and I don't see Seattle as my permanent home, just a temporary stop on my crazy journey.

But, give me the right "warm hearted" girl, and that never ending fresh caught, "straight off the boat" seafood from Pike Place Fish Market, and this amazing "Room With a View", designed by Balance Associates Architects, then I can actually start to see myself settling down here…………..yep :)

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Food for Thought: Win or Lose, They’re Already Winners!!! …………. (a.k.a., “Boys to Men”)

Chicago South Side Boys make it to the Little League World Series championship game!!!

I'm writing this article the night before the Little League World Championship game against the South Korean team.

The team from Chicago, called Jackie Robinson West, from the Great Lake Region of the tournament, are not just throwing baseballs, but throwing out lessons all of us adults can learn from.

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3,000 eggs later….my Cholesterol scores still PERFECT !!!!

F.Y.I., I'm EXCLUSIVELY eating Pasture Raised Eggs , I AVOID COMMERCIAL EGGS.

It's been almost 3 years since my my last cholesterol blood test I posted on this blog, and I calculated 150 weeks at minumum 22 eggs a week, subtracting the infrequent days where I miss my eggs, that's well over 3000 eggs, mostly fried in heart healthy coconut oil.

As my email came from the independend blood test lab in Portland Oregon, Any Lab Test Now, opening the email was akin to a kid opening a Christmas present, excited to see the what I got.

3000+ eggs later, cholesterol levels are still AMAZING!!!!

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My Top 10 “Safe to Eat”, Low Mercury Seafoods (and my Top 10 High Mercury Seafoods to AVOID)

I'm not just "cutting and pasting" off the web here, I poured through dozens upon dozens, if not one or two hundred charts and research papers…….

This list is for me [and family and friends] primarily because I eat seafood almost everyday (albeit 98% Alaskan Wild Caight Salmon…occasional Crab Legs, Mussels, Restaurant Fish, Shrimp, and so forth)

I tried to make this as streamlined as I could, and now, I am even more comfortable with my seafood consumption than before (though I will stay on top of my research in years to come)……….

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New in “The Wanderlust Food Diaries”: Barefoot on the Beach………….. at Bayhouse Villa, British Virgin Islands

On the Menu
The Ultimate “Barefoot on the Beach” Caribbean Picnic Spread

 

Jerk Wings
Flourless/Sugarless Banana-Mango Rum Cake
Rum Punch
Mango Cucumber Salsa
Caribbean Style Rice and Peas

 

..to view the post, click either photo or click here

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San Antonio Spurs hire Becky Hammon as first full time female NBA Assistant Coach

…a first for any major USA male professional sports team

I think it goes without saying that in a decade or two, hopefully this type of news will be "no news", a common, "ho-hum" occurrence not worth writing about.

But in the mean time, there is always a natural sense of interest and excitement about "firsts" and barriers being broken.

Enter Becky Hammon, the first full time female NBA Assistant Coach (and the first in all of the USA major pro male sports) 

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Food for Thought: Becoming CEO of “Me, Inc.”

We never know what destiny holds, but August 2014 could be my last month in Corporate America!!! (and good riddance!!!).

This HP commercial by Jay-Z inspired me to ask myself, "how would I want my commercial to look for what I call, 'Me, Inc.' ?"

That is, how do I see myself in life after Corporate America? Taking control of my destiny? My livelyhood? My health? My Finances?  My Goals? My Dreams?.

If this is "my time", then I'm ready……I've been ready for a long time…..

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Cuban Chicken with Mojo Marinade and Chile Roasted Yams

I ran across this AMAZING recipe (and amazing food photography) from the "Feasting at Home" blogspot.

I thought this is another amazing chicken recipe I can make use of with these Pasture Raised Chickens, straight form the farm, that I can get at my Whole Foods in Oregon.

I can't wait to try it !!!

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Food for Thought: ” I wanna do it all !!! “

I LOVE this TV commercial because it sooooooo reminds me of me when I was a youngster. I even tried fencing like the guy in the video (closest thing I could find to sword fighting like a Pirate)  :)

The point is , as he says in he says video, "I wanna do it all"…….. be hungry for knowledge, for fitness, FOR LIFE!!!

The great part is, decades later, even now, I still wanna [and intend to] do it all……still hungry for knowledge, still hungry for fitness, STILL HUNGRY FOR LIFE!!!!

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Cilantro shown to help remove mercury and heavy metals from the body

I try to write about the things that I do for myself….

….and those issues that concern me most, and for me, I'm gonna bring cilantro into my regiment, because of OVERWHELMING evidence that it helps to help remove mercury and other heavy metals from the body.

This is VERY important to me in that I eat salmon almost every day, for health reasons I write about in the blog. Quality, wild caught salmon, is relatively low in mercury (see chart here), but who heck knows what that really means for something I consume almost every day.

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Home Cookin’ !!! Pineapple Recipes in a Hawaiian Big Island “Zen Zone”

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs
Pineapple, Cucumber, and Lime Salad (Vegetarian)
Hawaiian Tuna (or Mahi-Mahi) Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

Although "slightly" more traditionally furnished than my contemporary taste, this amazing Big Island Hawaiian Villa by Olson Kundig Architects definitely resonated with my own "Zen Vibrations", igniting that inner space of peace and tranquility within me.

And pineapples, my favorite tasting fruit, always resonate with my taste buds, so it's a match made in "Zen-heaven"…………….

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Girl Talk: D.I.Y. Skin and Body Care (Part 3) …… a.k.a., “The Red Article”

Not sure why, but I always wanted to do a "Red" article….I suppose it's simply because I think women look so sexy in that color….aaah, blogging is such hard work  for a guy :)

REMEMBER!!  Bad skin is often a result of imbalances deep within the body, often provoked by what we eat (or don't eat). Bad skin is usually the result or the body's natural process of pushing excessive toxins to the surface.

You have to work from the inside out for good skin. To get more info on this subject, check out my article….
Ayurvedic Skin Care: "Beauty is not skin deep…it goes much deeper"

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction….is it really as necessary as Dentists try to convince us?

I'm not one to "cut and paste" articles I find on the web just to fill my blog, and this one I ran across will probably have opposing opinions, but I am passionately in agreement, mainly because I felt my dentist a decade or so ago was trying to pull my wisdom teeth simply to bill my insurance.

I had a sixth sense my dentist was a scammer, and I confirmed it after he later suggested three or more procedures on my teeth that I would later find to be unnecessary.

The following is taken from a website called LA Healthy Living……..

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Body, (Part 20), a.k.a., “VICTORY”, (The ESPN Magazine “Body Issue” Slideshow)

I'm not saying I'm using the ESPN Magazine "Body Issue" series as an excuse to put "societally acceptable" nude people in my blog, increase blog traffic, blog exposure, and all the rest……..

…but like in sports, when you have an "open shot", you take it :)

And, as J.T. Taylor says in the title track "Victory"…."People get ready, it's time to show what you got"

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Pasture Raised Eggs, a Near “Perfect” Superfood: A Quick bit of info, Sunny Side Up…..

Before I say anything, Let me say I TOTALLY AVOID COMMERCIAL EGGS (I explain why below)

Eggs…..half of us love them, my guess is 70% of the other half don't eat them because of perceptions that eggs are bad for your yealth. I beg to differ, because, for non vegetarians, pasture raised eggs are one of the healthiest things you can put in your body.

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Ray Allen’s Advice to Duane Wade on addressing his injury plagued career: NUTRITION!!!

This is more a nutrition post than a sports post, but sports sure helps make a point…..

If you are a basketball fan you need no filling in, but for the others, the short version is…Lebron James leaves the Miami Heat, Duane Wade (age 32) stays in Miami, but his body has been so "beat up" over the last couple of years, most of us wonder if he will ever survive two or three more years in the NBA.

Apparently he wonders himself, and when asking teammate Ray Allen (age 38), his advice on how to extend his NBA career, Ray Allen's advice was simple…..NUTRITION!!!!

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DIY Skin, Hair, and Bodycare (Part 4)
...... a.k.a., "East"
(Beauty Secrets from the Far East)

 

Lemon Seafood in a "Room with a View"
in my latest ....'Home Cookin'
(Great Homes, Great Food!!!)

 

"Body", Part 21
a.k.a. "Snap Shot"
...The 'Selfie' Slideshow

 

Cuban Chicken with Mojo Marinade and Roasted Yams

 

"Heal Thyself"
My Website vs. A sudden illness that came after me

 

Dinner and a Movie
Red Tails!!!
On the Menu: "The Red Dinner"

 

Misty Copeland
The lone African American in the American Ballet Theater

 

Making Your Own Flavored Pink Himalayan Salts

 

Ray Allen's advice to Duane Wade on extending his career
NUTRITION!!!

 

The 'Cool School'
refreshing drink recipes
(and advice on healthy sweeteners)

 

"Girl Talk"
D.I.Y. Skin and Body Care (Part 3)
a.k.a., "The Red Article"

 

"The Art of Tea"
...hot and cold tea, and tea infused drink recipes

 

The "Wanderlust Food Diaries"
...Barefoot on the Beach
On the Menu: The Ultimate Beach Picnic

 

Style Points!!!
Heirloom Tomato, Avocado, Zucchini Stacks, with a Tomato Almond Pesto

 

"Cacao Power"
(a.k.a., "Food of the Gods")

 

"Fifty, Fit, And Fabulous!!!"
Mary Dent, Age 53!!!

 

The "Gangsta Gardener"
(He plants gardens in vacant lots all over South Central L.A.)

 

Roasted Olive Oil Tomatoes with Manchego and Basil

 

See all articles in "The Healthy Chef's Cookbook"
(The Art of Food)

 

See all articles in "Eat Smart"
(The Science of Food)

 

 

Links to my favorite sites who are ''Raging Against the Machine''(and also some fun cooking blogs)

(same name, different blog, no need to fight about it)

Real Food Freaks



Kim's "Nutritionally Well"



My Simple Real Food Lifestyle
Formerly Chronicles of a Teen Foodie




THE PAST ON A PLATE
Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Totally different style than me, but my favorite food blog in creativity. She inspired me to start my 'Dinner and a Movie' and "Wanderlust Food Diaries' articles.


Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Endless adaptable recipes with AWESOME food photography!!!!

Cool site for Caribbean cuisine. Recipes very adaptable to health conscious eating.



 

 

 

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