Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spice for Life - Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper powder comes from  Red Hot Chili Peppers. The chili peppers are ground then sold as Cayenne Pepper powder. Originating from Cayenne in  French Guiana,  these truly amazing peppers are now being grown in many places around the world.

The Hunzas, Aztecs and Mayans all used Cayenne Pepper in their diets. Thankfully, the rest of the world has discovered Cayenne Pepper's culinary appeal and it's extraordinary  health benefits.

It's most therapeutic ingredient is "Capsaicin". The more capsaicin, the hotter the chili. The hotter the chili, the more healing properties the chili contains. Ounce for ounce, chili contain nine times the vitamin A of a green pepper and twice as much vitamin C as an orange. It is also high in minerals which include magnesium and potassium.

Cayenne Pepper is used by many to effectively prevent, treat and cure many common diseases, including breast, lung, prostate, and bladder cancers among others. It  also is used effectively for stopping heart attacks,  reducing nerve and muscle pain, in weight control, reducing symptoms of cluster and migrane headaches, preventing blood clots, improving cholesterol health, reducing heart rate, healing ulcers,  plus many others.

If you are not used to the hottness of Cayenne Pepper, but want to take a daily supplement of it, you may find it helpful to try taking it as a capsule first, then change over to just the powder when you are used to it. Many recommend a one-half teaspoon of powder in a warm cup of water daily for the most benefit. However, capsules have shown to be just as therapeutic, but without  having to experience the hottness factor.

If you are not used to eating or taking Cayenne Pepper, be aware that for about the first 3 consecutive days, you may experience some mild nausia as the Capsaicin begins the healing process within your body. Once the first 3 days is over you will begin to feel really good and your body will have gained a tolerance to the heat of the capsaicin.

To learn more about Cayenne Pepper visit:

You may also do a web search for information on Cayenne Pepper.

A book called, "Healing Spices" published in 2011, has a very in depth chapter concerning Cayenne Pepper. It is available at many major bookstores and, of course, through large internet booksellers.

Disclaimer: No part of this article is meant  to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. As with any supplement, you may want to check with your healthcare provider first.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spice for Life - Turmeric

Did you know that Turmeric has been used for more than 2,000 years to treat a wide range of illnesses? It's no wonder  since it even ranks as  somewhat of a  superstar of spices in our modern times.

Turmeric has over 50 healing actions that many use to treat a vast host of illnesses. It owes it's curative and preventive powers to curcumin it's active ingredient, a compound powerfully rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities.

International human and animanl studies have shown Turmeric to be effective in combating over 70  diseases including Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes,  heart disease, 22 different types of cancer, cholesterol bad LDL, acne, allergies, asthma, blemishes depression, gout, liver disease, macular degeneration, overweight, pain, stroke, inflammatory bowel disease and the list goes on. In most recent years is has been seen  available as a dietary supplement at many physicians offices here in the U.S.

Even though you may think of Turmeric as a spice used only in Eastern Indian cuisine, you may find it interesting to know that it is used in many American foods such as pickles, yellow cake, popcorn, mustard, canned chicken broth, butter and margarine, etc.  It is also  used in many other cuisines around the world, as well.

Many recommend a 500 mg capsule of  Turmeric daily as a dietary supplement, as well as, incorporating it into your  diet regularly. If you are using it to cook with it pairs well these other ingredients:

Allspice                             Black Pepper
Cinnamon                         Caraway
Coconut                            Cardamon
Cumin                              Corriander
Fennel                              Garlic
Ginger                              Mustard Seed
Onion                               Tomato
Cucumber                         Rice
Vegetables                        Lentils      
Soups, Stews & Chili           Cilantro

If you are interested in knowing more about the beautiful yellow spice Turmeric, you can do an internet search to find more information about it. There are also many books available in print devoted to the subject of healing spices where you can find more information about Turmeric and the health benefits of it and other spices.

*Disclaimer--- This article is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease of any kind.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

KINDLE EDITION - Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipes. Available Now!

     I have finally published my very first Kindle Edition eBook during December 2011. The eBook itself was written 3 1/2 years ago by myself.  I'm so excited  because with Kindle Publishing I now have the opportunity to offer it for sale worldwide in the Kindle Store on Amazon.com.  So far the Amazon Kindle Store sales have been an unexpected surprise.

     "Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipes"  shares many interesting facts about the history of ice cream. It   gives the reader our coveted family heirloom recipe for homemade ice cream and how to easily make it in your very own kitchen with ingredients that you mostly likely already obtain. There is an additional section which features over 14 different flavor variations of the original  heirloom recipe including Chocolate Chip, Raspberry, Lemon, Peach, Strawberry and more.

    With the new Kindle Fire now available, readers will be able to take advantage of the color photos, etc. Those with the regular Kindle will also be able to enjoy a nice reading experience, but with color features shown in grayscale.  *If you don't have either type of Kindle you can read Kindle eBooks with all of the color features on your Iphone, Droid phone, many other smart phones, Ipad or on your computer.

     I just love Kindle books because they can be downloaded  and read immediately for pennies.  Our family usually gives out a few Amazon gift cards each year just for that purpose. It makes a nice added low cost gift  to the recipient. It also gives our elderly or handicapped family members and friends  an easy way to obtain quality reading material at a low cost without ever leaving their house. 

     Now that I've learned how to format my eBooks for Kindle Publishing I will be looking forward to writing many more eBooks and adding them to the Kindle Book Store collection. I've also just learned that Amazon has a program to download and sell blogs too. I guess one of these days I may try that!

      "Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipies" is part of the Kindle Owner's Select Lending Program for Amazon Prime members for the next 90 days. That means if you are an Amazon Prime member my book is available for lending free for the next 90 days. If you are not an Amazon Prime member you can still purchase it  for download to read on any Kindle reading device, computer and many smartphones at any time.

       You may learn more about "Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipes"  by visiting the Amazon Kindle Store Here.  


Spice for Life - Celery Seed

Celery Seed comes from a plant called "Wild Celery" or "Smallage"  which is grown in India and Europe. It looks quite like our garden variety of celery, except it is very bitter and only the seeds are edible. Most of the celery seeds that are imported into the U.S. are imported from India.

The seeds of Wild Celery or Smallage are bitter when eaten in the raw state. However, when they are cooked they take on a whole new sweet flavor. Even though Celery Seed has been used since the Middle Ages as a spice, you may be surprised to find that it has actually been used as a traditional medicine for many hundreds of years earlier as an anti-inflammatory.

Here is a brief list of medical conditions that many feel Celery Seed is beneficial to treat or prevent:

*Gout Pain(high uric acid in the body)
*Fibromyalgia Pain
*Arthritis, osteo and rheumatoid(pain)
*Menstrual cramps
*Cholesterol(high bad HDL)
*Liver disease
*Vaginal yeast infections and other fungus
*Hypertension ( high blood pressure)
*Mosquito bites

When planning your next meal you can use Celery Seed in  complement to these other ingredients:

*Turmeric                                       *Cinnamon
*Allspice                                         *Fennel Seed
*Sage                                              *Ginger
*Coriander                                      *Black Pepper
*Chile                                             *Cumin
*Caraway                                        *Chicken
*Tomato                                          *Fish
*Eggs                                              *Chutneys
*Soups/Stews                                  *Salad Dressings
*Pickles                                           *Cole Slaw
*Herbal Teas                                    *Potato
*Salads                                             *Fruit
*Tuna                                               *Dairy

When purchasing Celery Seed you may find it beneficial to buy them in the "whole" state. Once the tiny seeds are ground their volatile oils that are good for you begin to dissipate. Whole seeds will keep well for a minimum of approximately two years, but ground celery may be kept for only a few months.

***Disclaimer--This article is in no way intended to cure or manage any disease or condition.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


The Ansonia Clock Company was a major 19th century American clock manufacturer established in 1850 by Theodore Terry and  Franklin C. Andrews. Between 1850 and 1929 they produced millions of beautiful clocks.

Ansonia Clocks are very saught after because of their collectible qualities.  These are well made clocks with beautiful movements and cases.

Many enjoy collecting the Ansonia Regulator Clocks which  are sometimes  called School Clocks.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


By Deb Shenkle

"How to Self Publish a Kindle Book"  is a complete step-by-step guide to publishing your very own book into the Amazon Kindle Bookstore.  If you have ever  dreamed of publishing your own book here is your chance to see it become reality.

Now, with my newest Kindle book project, "How to Self  Publish a Kindle Book", anyone with basic computer skills can easily publish their book for purchase in the Amazon Kindle Store . "How to Self Publish a Kindle Book"  is  just in the early stages of composition. I am estimating that I will have it available for purchase in the Amazon Kindle Store this sometime month.

My book, "Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipes" has been available in the Amazon Kindle Store since last month and has been doing quite well. Actually, it has been selling better than I really expected, which  encouraged me to start on my next Kindle book project, "How to Self Publish a Kindle Book".

I am sure you will find "How to Self Publish a Kindle Book" very informative and useful. It  shows how easy it really is to self publish your book to the Amazon Kindle Bookstore without paying ANY upfront fees.  With so many millions of people receiving gifts of Kindle Readers this past holiday season  the opportunities are endless for selling your Kindle book.

What is really nice is that anyone can download to read a Kindle book on their Kindle device, their computer,  or even on their smartphone, which makes  Kindle books reach out into a vast market of readers which translates into purchasers.

Well, I need to focus my attention on finishing the composition of  "How to Self  Publish a Kindle Book" so that I can  make it available to all of you.

Have a great day everyone,



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