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18:23 18:23

Stout-hearted Beef Stew

By |2018-11-12T13:54:47+00:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Comfort Food, Crock pot, Meat and Fish, Winter|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Stout-hearted Beef Stew

This is a rich and deeply nourishing dish that is perfect for cold winter days.  The sweetness of the prunes is perfectly offset by the stout and pairs with the rich earthiness of the onion and carrot.  Serve it over mashed potatoes or wilt some fresh greens into your bowl!

Contributed by Nathan MandigoStout-hearted Beef Stew – This is a rich and deeply nourishing dish that is perfect for cold winter days. The sweetness of the prunes is perfectly offset by the stout and pairs with the rich earthiness of the onion and carrot. Serve it over mashed potatoes or wilt some fresh greens into your bowl. – onion (thinly sliced), garlic (minced or pressed), carrots (cut into 1/4 in clices), parsely (finely chopped), bay leaf, prunes (pitted), boneless beef chuck (1 inch cubes), flour, black pepper, stout or dark ale (for a brothier soup, use the whole bottle), , In a 3 quart or larger electric slow cooker, combine onion, garlic, carrots, parsley, bay leaf and prunes.; Coat beef cubes with flour, then add to cooker and sprinkle with pepper. Pour in stout. Cover and cook on low setting until beef is very tender when pierced (8 to 9 hours); Before serving, skim off excess fat, if necessary. Season with salt to taste.; ; – – main course – Main Dish – Soup & Stew – soups and stews – American – Blogs – Comfort Food – Crock pot – Meat and Fish – Winter – beef stew – Blood building – comfort foods – Crock pot recipes

10:44 10:44

Middle Eastern Lemonade

By |2018-06-08T12:58:48+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Beverages, Blogs|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Middle Eastern Lemonade

The special ingredient in this refreshing drink is orange flower water (sometimes called orange blossom water). This distilled essence of orange blossom can be purchased in most well-stocked specialty grocery stores. Most orange blossom water comes from the south of France and from the Levant.

For an adult twist, serve with vodka or gin.

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12:41 12:41

Cabin Fever Herbs

By |2018-05-21T12:40:17+00:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Common Conditions, Herb Spotlights, Herbs & Spices|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Cabin Fever Herbs

Cabin Fever. Climbing the Walls. Temporary Insanity. Common terms that imply agitation, anxiety, restlessness, and a general sense of unsettledness. These symptoms are often experienced in the spring by people who tend to run towards yin deficiency from a Chinese Medicine perspective. Much to my surprise Spring Fever means the opposite of these symptoms and is instead associated with lassitude, apathy, and half heartedness, something I will cover in another article.

The following three formulas all have a sedating affect on the central nervous system but through different mechanisms.

A quick note: with any supplement always consult with a qualified practitioner before taking as undesirable side effects may occur when taken by someone who does not need it.

Lavender – Integrative Therapeutics Lavela WS 1265


Lavender has been cultivated and used for thousands of years as a calming and cleansing herb. Experiential evidence has shown that the fragrance of the flowers soothes the mind and extracts of the flowers and plants can be used to effective clean and purify surfaces and living spaces. A simple search of the web will reveal the myriad of uses that lavender has been put to throughout time, anything from placing satchels of flowers in clothing drawers to deter moths and other insects to placing it in pillows to help calm a person to sleep.

Modern science in seeking to understand why lavender has endured in usage through the ages have studied its actions in the brain and its effect on our body. Study results have shown that in the brain, lavender has effects similar to Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) and Gabapentin, both of which help to regulate the nervous system and provide a sense […]

15:34 15:34

Staying Warm

By |2018-05-15T16:42:44+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Staying Warm

Life is a heat process.

From a strictly chemical view point, almost all reactions in the body are heat driven, from the formation of proteins and ATP (the fuel that runs the body), to the ability of your lungs to absorb oxygen from the air.  Without heat, many processes slow, or outright stop.

From a psycho-spiritual perspective, when we think of various descriptors that have been applied to people throughout time we see reflections of the understanding of how important heat is.  Sayings like ‘they’re cold hearted’, or calling someone ‘frigid’, or referring to an action as ‘cold’ are all examples of acknowledging a lack of warmth in someone.  Conversely, we describe people as ‘warm’ to express their caring nature, or an action giving you the ‘warm fuzzies’, or even ‘hot’ to express sexual desire.  When our ability to generate warmth declines, we can begin to feel separated from those around us.  Our ability to acknowledge the warmth of another can diminish proportionally to our own diminishing warmth.

Physically, warmth is most prevalent in the digestive system, where a lack of heat will lead to a decrease in our ability to derive nourishment from our food and, because the body tends to store what it cannot use, an increase in body mass.  A lack of heat in the digestive system can lead to difficulty taking in new ideas and information.  Also, as heat is necessary to move the bowels, it can make it harder to let go, physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Ironically, because heat is generated by both the breakdown of food and the use of those nutrients by the muscles, our diet has a major influence on our overall temperature.

In Chinese Medicine, the primary organs of digestion are the […]

09:12 09:12

French Onion Soup

By |2017-04-24T09:47:21+00:00August 26th, 2016|Categories: Autumn Recipes, Comfort Food, Crock pot, Diabetes Friendly, Late Summer/Seasonal Change Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on French Onion Soup

This recipe comes from Daverick Legget’s book Recipes for Self-Healing.  The following is his intro to the soup.

The art of making a good onion soup is to cook the onions slowly, preferably in a heavy cast iron pot.  Beef stock is more traditional than the miso suggested in this recipe and may be substituted if preferred.  Served with a good hunk of crusty bread it is almost irresistible.

Contributed by Nathan Mandigo

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18:20 18:20

Chicken with Apricot and Olives

By |2015-10-21T09:45:17+00:00January 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Comfort Food, Crock pot, Meat and Fish|Tags: |Comments Off on Chicken with Apricot and Olives

This bright and lively dish pairs beautifully with rice and a toasty bread.  The recipe calls for apricots which have been sulfered (to retain color and flavor) but unsulfured can be used and add a smoky flavor to the finished dish.

 Chicken with Apricot and Olives – This bright and lively dish pairs beautifully with rice and a toasty bread. The recipe calls for apricots which have been sulfered (to retain color and flavor) but unsulfured can be used and add a smoky flavor to the finished dish. – dried apricots, Nicoise or calamate olives, garlic (minced or pressed), grated orange peel, dry basil, chicken legs (8 drumsticks can also be used instead of whole legs), ground pepper (to taste), capers (drained), brown sugar (firmly packed), orange juice (fresh is best), white wine vinegar (a raspberry vinegar is also nice but will darken the color of the dish), In a 4 quart or larger electric slow cooker, combine apricots, olives, garlic, orange peel and basil. Rinse chicken and pat dry then arrange on top of the mixture in the pot. Sprinkle with pepper, capers, and sugar. Drizzle in orange juice and vinegar. Cover and cook at low setting until meat near the bone is very tender (if temping, when it reaches 165 degrees) about 6 to 7 hours.; If desired: When chicken has finished cooking, gently lift the chicken, apricots, and olives out of the pot with a slotted spoon and arrange on a serving dish, keep warm. Skim and discard fat from the cooking liquid; pour liquid into a small pan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often till reduced to about 1/2 cup. […]

10:30 10:30

The Do’s and Don’ts of New Years Resolutions

By |2018-05-31T13:35:50+00:00December 31st, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Living, The Seasons|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Welcome to January!  For many the start of the new year is a time to start something new in their lives.  Though this is an admirable ideal, most new years resolutions, especially those involving drastic exercise regimes or diets, only last a couple of weeks.  Is this lack of resolve due to weakness on the part of the resolver?  Generally, no.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is a time when energy moves deep into the core of the body.  It is natural for our limbs to be cooler, our energy levels to be lower, for it to be a little harder to wake in the morning, and for a little bit of extra weight to settle on our frames.  In essence our bodies naturally want to hibernate.  During this time of year our bodies are using that deep energy to heal and repair injuries from the previous year, solidifying ideas and goals that we put into place and planning for new goals when the weather warms.  And there is the crux, the body doesn’t want you doing anything extreme during this time as it disrupts its natural winter processes.

Keeping the energy flows of the body in mind, the following are some things that the body would really rather not try to do in the winter and therefore make poor choices for resolutions.

  • Starting a new exercise routine
  • Starting a weight loss program
  • Doing cleanses or fasts
  • Giving up a long standing vice like smoking or drinking
  • Making dietary changes that involve eliminating heavier foods like meat or bread

All of the above examples are asking your body to moving energy outward, away from the core. If you have been exercising already, keeping the routine going in the winter is ok, though you […]

13:37 13:37

Beet and Pineapple Salad

By |2015-08-10T11:12:08+00:00July 17th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Sides and Salads|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This recipe from, World Vegetarian Classics, by Celia Brooks Brown, Published 2005 by Pavillion Books, is a bright and flavorful dish good for any time of year.

The recipe suggests boiling the beets to cook them; I prefer to roast them in the oven to bring out their full sweetness. This is easily done by scrubbing the beats and trimming the leaves and roots down to no more than an inch. Place a beet in the center of a piece of aluminum foil, pour a small amount of olive oil over the beet to keep the foil from sticking, wrap and cook in a low oven (250) for 2-3 hours or until a skewer poked into a beet meets little resistance. Allow the beets to cool and slip off the skins and trim the ends for slicing. Roasted beets can be stored in the foil in the fridge for 3 to 4 days before using.

If using raw beet (and not roasting them), bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Scrub the beets and boil until tender, about 30-40 minutes. Drain, cool and slip off the stems, roots, and skins.

Beet and Pineapple Salad – – beet root (cooked), large fresh pineapple (I use canned in water when fresh is not available in my area), small onion (sliced into thin rings (purple onion works well here)), salt, sugar, white wine vinegar, Slice the cooked beet thinly. ; Cut the pineapple into 1 inch thick round slices, then cut the skin away. Cut the tender flesh away from the core and into bite sized pieces.; In a (preferably) ceramic or glass bowl, combine the beets, pineapple […]

13:15 13:15

Rubbed Kale or Chard and Spinach Salad

By |2015-08-10T11:12:08+00:00July 17th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Sides and Salads, Vegetables|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This salad and its many potential variations is a perennial favorite amongst the practitioners at Pulse. This version utilizes some of the best of fall flavors to create a bright and colorful dish.Rubbed Kale or Chard and Spinach Salad – – kale or chard, spinach (washed and drained), green apple (sliced), olive oil, salt, dried cranberries or raisins, toasted walnuts or pecans, blue cheese (optional), apple cider vinegar, Wash and trim kale or chard in a sink of warm water. ; Gently rip, tear or cut the leaves into small pieces, removing any heavy stems.; Shake off excess water and then roll kale or chard in a clean towel to dry.; Place in a bowl with olive oil and salt. Gently massage or rub the oil and salt into the kale or chard until it begins to soften and break down and become limp—10-15 minutes.; Mix kale with the rest of ingredients and toss with vinegar to coat.; – Image courtesy of  Kittikun Atsawintarangkul and freedigitalphotos.net

10:33 10:33

Herbal First Aid – Externals

By |2016-12-29T12:24:20+00:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Common Conditions, Holistic Living, The Seasons|0 Comments

By Nathan Mandigo

As we go about our daily lives we often encounter sprains, strains, and automobiles (bad pun I know) and other minor injuries due to insects, plants, sun, kitchen or other knives (my personal nemesis), and just general exposure.  The following is a breakdown of the external products that Pulse carries that we feel should be in everyone’s first aid kit.  Because these are derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine, they often have few or no side effects in comparison to equivalent products from western medicine.

Please Note: though these products are safe for most people, skin sensitivity should always be considered.

You, too, can look like a life guard.  Okay, seriously.  974 is  citronella oil, carbolic acid, camphor, zinc oxide, and cera alba in a white vaseline base.  It is great for protecting against and treating sunburns, cuts and scrapes.  It also relieves the itching from bug bites and stinging plants. So spread it on your nose, get your wide brimmed hat, and grab your whistle (no running!), cause its time to play!
Dit Dat Jow is a classic Traditional Chinese Medicine tincture used to accelerate the healing of injuries. Apply it to bruises, sprains, contusions, it even helps accelerate bone healing. Mix with a little Kwan Loong Oil or Po Sum On Oil to provide cooling or warming to the injured area. Please note: do not apply to open wounds or sores.
This mineral rich clay is very alkalizing to the body and has a tremendous ability to absorb toxins and excess fluids. Externally, green clay is used as a detoxifying mask, to clear up acne and pull toxins from wounds, insect bites and stings. It naturally refreshes any area to which it is […]