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Does Fermentation Really Boost Your Immune System?

Does Fermentation Really Boost Your Immune System?

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Charleston Farmer’s Market at Marion Square. I was speaking to quite a few of the vendors but one vendor particularly stood out. His name is Ken Jaimes from Kenchi Ferments. Ken was such a nice man and very knowledgeable in the field of fermentation. I sampled two of his Kenchi’s; Mustard Kale Kenchi and Orange Coriander Kenchi. Each Kenchi was equally delicious and really satisfied my palate for tart, tangy...

Does Your Man Feel Invincible? A Simple Men’s Healthcare Guide

Does Your Man Feel Invincible? A Simple Men's Healthcare Guide

I write so much about women and midlife that today I want to address men’s healthcare during midlife. Our men are aging and from the recent studies that I have read they have a tendency of having a shorter lifespan than women. Why is that do you think? We look at our men as the family provider. Many of our men are electricians, plumbers, carpenters and engineers. These men are responsible for the very infrastructure you drive on, walk on and even...

6 Pillars That Slow The Risk of Dementia You Need To Know

6 illars That Slow The Risk of Dementia You Need To Know

I have had quite a few conversations with my Readers who are concerned about memory loss and dementia. I think every family has experienced the tolls that memory loss and dementia can have on a family as well as the one that is affected. Mr. R lost his grandmother and father due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Watching your loved ones suffer in such a fashion can be brutal. Dementia is one of the things that haunts Mr. R as he ages....

Sugo alla Bolognese (Italian Meat Sauce)

Sugo alla Bolognese (Italian Meat Sauce)

The Italians wrote the book on comfort foods and this Italian Meat Sauce should be a staple in your kitchen. This recipe makes a large amount of meaty sauce so make sure you get out your 6 quart Dutch oven .You can bring this Italian Meat Sauce to a new level by preparing it a few days in advance to give the flavors a chance to mingle. Another beautiful thing about this recipe is it holds up perfectly in the freezer so you can have Italian Meat Sauce ready...

Are You An Aspiring Home Chef? This Is Something Amazing

Are You An Aspiring Home Chef? This Is Something Amazing

Last Christmas my adorable hubby, Mr. R, gave me the gift of a lifetime. Well, at least I thought it was. You know, some girls like diamonds, some girls like pearls but I really have no use for things such as that. He knows me … he loves me and he knows what makes me happy. So, you can imagine my excitement when I unwrapped this Wusthof Classic 6-Piece Chef Knife Set. The home chef in me has been wanting this...

Want To Create Happiness In Your World? This Is Thrilling

Want To Create Happiness In Your World? This Is Thrilling

In today’s society, we are bogged down with so many responsibilities with work and family that we don’t consider stopping for just a moment to evaluate how our life is really going. Next thing you know, we are too old to do anything about it. We’ve been taught to strive, drive and forge forward at all costs. If you’re not moving forward your not moving at all, right? Wrong! The only thing we truly have is Today, this moment in...

Did You Know Power Napping Can Surprisingly Change Your Day?

Did You Know Power Napping Can Surprisingly Change Your Day

When I was a child my Momma would put my sister and I down for a nap just like many parents still do today. However, Momma did it a bit differently she would also take the time to get in a nap herself. No matter what day it was she would set a timer for 30 minutes, tuck me and my sister into bed and she would lay on the couch. She gently instructed us not to come out of...

Butternut Squash with Apples & Spicy Italian Sausage

Butternut Squash With Apples & Spicy Italian Sausage

There was a time when Mr. R would not touch Butternut Squash … until this recipe came into his life! He now asks me every Fall to please put this recipe in our dinner rotation! There are many stuffed squash recipes but they are usually more on the sweet side than the savory but not this one. The combination of spicy sausage, meaty Portobello mushrooms, sweet apples and crunchy walnuts give this recipe a flavor profile like no other! I’m sure...

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini (Mushroom Risotto)

Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini Mushroom Risotto

This mushroom risotto is an authentic Milanese recipe with the exception of the use of Carnaroli rice. I substituted the Carnaroli with Arborio because the cost of Carnaroli can be a bit pricey. However, Arborio rice still delivers the coveted rich, creamy texture that is indicative of an authentic risotto beautifully without the expense of Carnaroli . Please promise me you will not be tempted to substitute other forms of rice because they will not deliver that creamy texture you’re looking...

10 Things You Need To Know For A Better Night’s Sleep

10 things you need to know for a better nights sleep

Dear Mrs. R – An Advice Series for Women of All Ages I am so excited to bring you another installment of Dear Mrs. R. I truly value all of my readers and your support has been amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! In an effort to protect my readers privacy, I will refer to only a First Name and Last Initial when posting to Dear Mrs. R. So, please do not worry about your confidentiality as...