Category Archives: Recipes

Homemade Herbal Teas- Interview with Red Dragon Herbs

homemade herbal teaWe all know that herbal tea is healthy for us.  It is not any secret because there is so much data that we are exposed to on a regular basis.  However, some of the teas are not that great tasting and some have names that have to be explained.  Growing your own herbal tea is not that difficult.  As a matter of fact, once you get the peppermint established, it is one of the hardiest plants that you will ever come across.

I brought on Ryan from Red Dragon Herbs and Tea to help us understand how easy it is to grow our own tea.  Not only is he going to give us instructions on how to grow it but he is going to give us 4 different recipes on how to use it.


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Homemade Herbal Tea

  • What are the benefits of herbal tea
  • How do you grow mint
  • What are the benefits of mint on the property
  • Peppermint tea recipe
  • How do you harvest and dry
  • Best practices for brewing

Recipes for herbal tea as mentioned in the episode:

Rest and Relax

  • 2 parts peppermint
  • 2 parts camomile
  • 1 part lemon balm
  • 1 part catnip

Sore Throat

  • 2 part mint
  • 1 part camomile
  • 1 part eckanatia
  • Rosehip

Simple Tea

  • 1 part peppermint
  • 1 part raspberry leaf

Balm Tea

  • 1 part bee balm
  • 1 part lemon balm
  • 1 part peppermint

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Different Ways To Cook A Turkey

Different ways to cook a turkey

Some people think that it is easy to cook a turkey.  Turkey cooking can be both a headache and an art.  There are literately hundreds of ways to cook a turkey from the microwave to the deep fryer.  All of which turn out to be great, if done right.  So my question to you is, how do you cook your turkey for thanksgiving?  There is always some safety that you should consider with certain ways.  One big thing is not to burn your house down!  You do have to be aware that your turkey can get really dry.  Take preventive steps to keep yourself from being the dry turkey guy.  My go to way right now is to buy a bag to put it in.  This effectively steams it instead of drying it out.

Remember what the season is all about though.  It is not necessarily about cooking and eating as much as the company that the meal is enjoyed with.  So invite everyone that you feel should be there and then add a few friends.

What are some different ways to cook a turkey?

  • Deep Fry
  • Bag
  • Turducken
  • Grilled
  • Smoked

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Remember that I am taking the last 2 weeks off of December from the podcast.  I will still have Email service, and I will be on the Facebook page.  I am just taking time away from the show.  The reason is because I need to do some reflection and figure out where I want the show to go next year.

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Cold Weather Recipes

cold weather recipesThere is no denying that the cold is upon us.  This is the time of year that the darkness starts to overtake the light in their everlasting battle for time in the sky.  Not only are we going to experience shorter days but we are in the prime of the year to have recipes that bring back major traditions.  The concept of traditions can bring someone back in their memories to a time in their lives that made them super happy.  Traditional recipes that make them remember a time that was once an easier time.  Recipes that are not just easy to make and useful to clean out the garden but that have a wonderful taste.  Along with stunning recipes but traditions that make these recipes what they are.  Alone they are just a soup and a stew but with a tradition behind them make it so much more.

Head over to my friends site called Carolina Givens where he has an awesome list of recipes to choose from.  He is not a sponsor but he does deserve some of your love.  Check him out!

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What are some cold weather recipes that i should look into?

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Brunswick Stew
  • Why I have these recipes on my list
  • What traditions are related to these recipes
  • Why you should consider bringing these recipes into your traditions

Related Resources from todays show

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How To Get Rid Of Gnats

how to get rid of gnatsMy house gets gnats in it from time to time and is completely annoying to the point in which I refuse to cook because they keep landing on the meal.  So after calling up my grandmother and talking to her for a while she gave me a great recipe for a cheap way to trap gnats.  This is safe for children to be around and if something happens and it spills on the floor, your dog will not die from drinking it.  You can go on Pinterest and find thousands of ways to kill gnats and they may or may not work just depending on how much you are willing to spend.  Here is the cheapest, and most effective way that I have found to trap gnats.

Recipe:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 pump of liquid soap

Yes you read that right, that is all it takes to make an effective solution to attract gnats and then to kill them.  I am not going to sit here and tell you that I know the chemistry or physics of why it traps gnats but what I am saying is that it works really well.

How to use it:

Pour some Apple Cider Vinegar in a small container to however much you plan to make.  You really do not have to make much at all, just enough to make a smell.  Then add a single pump of liquid soap and stir to mix.  Sit these around the kitchen and gnats will be attracted to the smell of the Apple Cider Vinegar.

I have made a network of these around the house in certain areas to trap more gnats.  I place the trap near doors, windows, in the pantry and beside the refrigerator.  Along with being clean around the kitchen has really helped us keep our home rid of those horrible little buggers.

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10 drinks you should be a pro at making

bartender richThere comes a time in a gentleman’s life where they will be asked to make a drinks for someone.  Pulling out your phone and thumbing though a long list of strange drinks titles and crazy different ingredients are a thing of the past.  Having a mental Rolodex of classic drinks that you can reference is an essential part of a skilled gentleman.  My list of 10 drinks you should be a pro at making may not be the same list that you would have put together.  Let me know on the Facebook page or in the comment section below.

In today’s show we will talk about:

  • Tips for making a mixed drinks
  • What you should buy for making drinks
  • How to make
    • Old Fashioned
    • Mojito
    • Margarita
    • Tequila Sunrise
    • Gin and Tonic
    • Whiskey Sour
    • Mai Tai
    • Cosmo
    • Manhattan
    • Between the sheets

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Cooking Basics for a Man

2692476103_0a0eb0d3eeCooking is a skill that has been over complicated and under appreciated for the past few years, but yet everyone wants you to start cooking.  When watching infomercials and sales pitches they will proclaim that you can throw out your entire kitchen for their product and then the next person says the same thing.  I submit to you that you can cook pretty much anything with a few products and it wont cost you 7 easy payments of $19.99!  To be a kitchen master you have to start out with the basics which is what today’s show is about.  Understand that if you are already a master in the kitchen, most of the show will be a little bit boring but the middle to ending we start getting into more advanced concepts, so hang in there.  During the show I mentioned how to grow your own food to help lower your cost of cooking, check out the show titled Gardening Like A Gent.

Join me today as we talk about:

  • Why this matters to a gentleman
  • How you will be healthier by doing this
  • How you will save money
  • How this will bring you closer to your spouse
  • A list of basic tools that you need
  • Some advanced/time saving/ easier tools
  • Basic concepts
  • 4 simple recipes you can try yourself for under $16 per plate

I mentioned a website during the show, check out the article about How Much Money Can You Save Without Eating Out from Out Of Your Rut dot com.

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11 Herbs to add to your yard this year

herb gardenAn herb garden is an essential use for cooking and keeping your family healthy without major supplements.  Herbs are able to heal well beyond what a pill can do and the entire time be easy on the person.  Herbs can make or break a meal or turn a sub par meal into a meal to remember.  With so many benefits to herbs, why would you not grow some?  There are many different herbs in existence that you can grow, how do you find some that you can keep alive?  The list that I am presenting to you will help you make that decision.

Join me today as we talk about:

  • Why you should consider eating more herbs
  • How I am not a doctor or an herbalist, take my recommendations with a grain of salt
  • How to add these herbs to your daily lives
  • The herbs that I cover:
    • Aloe Vera
    • Rosemary
    • Peppermint
    • Garlic
    • Chamomile
    • Elderberry
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Sage
    • Dill
    • Comfrey

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