My Traditional Gluten and Soy Free Pumpkin Pie: Fluffy and Fresh

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Hello my fine friends. In the spirit of Thanksgiving I am going to share my favorite pumpkin pie recipe. I took it form an old “One Pie” pumpkin pie can from my old days in New England.  Right now mine is in the fridge, for the feast tomorrow. It is taking all my will power not to have a slice for lunch time!!

  • 1 can of organic pumpkin pie
  • 1 can organic evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 range free eggs (room temperature and beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/8 molasses
  • 1/2 tsp scant tsp salt (scant means not quite en entire 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg fresh ground
  • 1/2 tsp ginger fresh ground
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (not part of the original recipe so leave it out if you want)
  • 1/2 tablespoon organic butter melted
  • squeeze of organic lemon
  • 1 9 inch crust (I use a premade gluten free crust…shame on me for not doing scratch crust)

1. Preheat oven to 450 F

2.Sift together salt, cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon.

3. Add rest of the ingredients and mix together well.

4. Put empty pie crust on cookie sheet (this makes it easier later)

5. Pour mixture in pie crust and put in oven. Use the cookie sheet to move the pie (it is pretty soupy so the cookie sheet helps when stuff slops over the edge. If that happens try to wipe off the edge of the pie crust that gets covered because it results in ugly edge of pie…or not…I often just leave it…breeds character)

6. Cook at 450 F for 15 minutes then lower to 350 F for 50 minutes.

7. Cool for 10 minutes

Enjoy! let me know how it turns out

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Brussel Sprouts!

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Here is a tasty little number you can prepare and snack on all day. Brussel sprouts are great for your digestive track and even have 5 grams of protein in a 3.5 ounce serving (or so Paul Pitchford seems to think so)

  • 1 lb brussel sprouts
  • teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 375 F
  1. Cut the woody end of the brussel sprouts…It is REALLY tempting to skip this step, (I have skipped this step out of laziness before). But DO NOT skip this step. It tastes much better when you cut that hard bit off.
  2. Then cut the brussel sprout the long way (if you would have left that woody end on…which I know you didn’t…It would be cutting that right down the middle)
  3. Put a little olive oil on the cookie sheet and rub it around so the sheet has a thin layer of olive oil on it.
  4. Place the flat side down of the brussel sprouts on the cookie sheet then rub the rest of the olive oil on the tops of the sprouts. Sprinkle salt and cracked black pepper all over the top. Pop in the oven and cook on 375 F for 50 minutes or until the outside leaves get a bit brown to black. If you want to get real fancy you can slice up a couple of garlic cloves (don’t crush the garlic, slice it in moderate size slices) and sprinkle over the top when you do the salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Yummy Roast Recipe

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Hello friends and family (and my 2 other blog followers) 🙂

This week my blog is going to be a bit different. I had the privilege of spending this weekend with my best childhood friend and her family on the days following her mothers passing.  Knowing me, I went straight to the grocery store and whipped up a roast in the crock pot. The next morning we went to her Mom’s and on the counter, on the top of her recipe box was the recipe for the exact roast I made, down to the number of carrots I put in the pot.  Everyone loved it and it was bittersweet to see how my best friends mom has influenced my cooking.

Here is the recipe for an easy fall roast:

  • 2 lb Roast-beef or buffalo
  • 1 onion
  • 2 peeled carrots
  • 2 stalks celery (with leafy part if available, adds great flavor)
  • 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 3 red potatoes quartered
  • 8 ounces water
  • salt and  pepper (at least a teaspoon of each)
  1. Chop up all the veggies and put them on the bottom of crock pot
  2. Put meat on top and nestle it within the veggies, put the water and salt in
  3. Set crock pot on low for 5-6 hours (crock pots times and heat vary) if you don’t have a crock pot put it in a covered roasting pan at 250 for 5 hours. This is a basic recipe, you can add other veggies, a bit of kitchen bouquet, 8 ounces of beef broth instead of water, a half can of beer instead of water, a tablespoon of molasses is good if you put in a jalapeno, grated ginger, start with the basic recipe I put up and have fun modifying it.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy!

Insomnia Sucks!

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So who do you know that suffers from frequent insomnia? You know the type, coffee drinking, bags under eyes, dull complexion, slow healing wounds,irritable, achy body…oh wait…are we talking about YOU? I have some helpful tips that can help your sleep.

1. No screens 20 minutes prior to bedtime: forget about playing backgammon on your phone, watching that last episode of House of Cards or checking your Tinder account  (it can wait until morning).

2. Quiet time: A sound machine can help

3. Dark room: Blackout curtains, although not the prettiest will keep an annoying street lamp from disrupting your sleep cycle.

4. No sugar 4 hours before bedtime. A bit of protein can be helpful, think spoon full of almond butter or hard boiled egg.

5. Cool bedroom…I mean, I know your room is super cool, you spent a lot of time picking out that duvet cover and curtain combo…But keep the thermostat down. Have slippers by the bed for when you get up in the morning.

If you are already doing all these things and still struggling, consult with your friendly neighborhood acupuncturist. They will be able to recommend herbal remedies and/or dietary changes in addition to an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can be helpful after the first visit, but typically it takes 3-5 visits to effect a real change, depending on the etiology of your sleep issue.

Prevent a Cold

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People often ask me how do I keep healthy working with sick people during cold and flu season and how can they prevent getting sick. Short answer is that catching a cold once a year or every other year is a normal part of the human condition and long term gives your body a big immunity boost. When we get exposed to a bacteria or virus hopefully our body mounts an appropriate immune response.  This is like a big carpet bomb for our body. Not only is our immune system fighting off the most recent invader, but any other low level “lurking” bacteria or virus that may have been hiding out are often flushed out during this time. A low grade fever for a day can be our best friend to fight off unwelcome critters in our bodies.  That being said,  here are some easy tips to help your immune system successfully fight off the common cold and or flu

1. Drink Scallion Ginger tea (called Cong Bai in Chinese medicine pharmacopoeia): Chop up a bunch of green onions, (include the white part but not the root) and about 6 slices of fresh ginger (keep the skin on it). And for goodness sake please wash your produce in a basin with diluted white vinegar, no sense exposing yourself to more bacteria and viruses from the ten people that handled your food before you did…yes even if it is organic!  Put these in a pot with 8 cups of water and bring it to a boil, then turn it down to a slight bubbly simmer for 20 minutes.  Drink a cup three times a day at the first sign of sickness. This can cause a mild sweat to occur…let it happen, bundle up and put on a scarf. Keep your neck warm and covered.

2. Scrape your upper back and neck with Chinese style soup spoon from spine outward and downward. Do it with moderate pressure causing slight reddening of the skin.  (Gua Sha in Chinese lingo). Then keep your neck warm and covered….noticing a trend?

3. Do NOT have sugar, alcohol (unless medicinal), dairy or orange juice: These all have a lot of sugar to feed the buggers and the dairy can aggravate mucus production

4. If you have a sore throat (most likely you do) gargle with hot salty water twice a day. It can soothe the sore throat and rinse out the bugs. (very technical terms here)

There are numerous effective and excellent supplements and herbs on the market I could go into, Cold Snap, Gan Mao Ling, Yin Qiao, Zinc, Echinacea etc… but this is just a “quick and dirty” easy tip blog site.  My hope is to highlight something new or remind you of something you heard of a long time ago…like from your grandmother? Yours in health, Rachael Rose, Licensed Acupuncturist