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Cranberry Sauce by Lyna
December 14, 2011, 4:19 pm
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Having made cranberry sauce successfully for the first time, I moved on to make more than several batches since Thanksgiving 2010.  It has become Lyna’s specialty. This year I made a few extra to give to some co-workers.  So here is the recipe for Lyna’s Cranberry Sauce:

  • 4lbs Cranberries 
  • Water – just enough above the level of cranberries as they juice when cooked.  Boil the berries in water till they pop.  They tend to soften very quickly.  Lower the heat to medium and to simmer during the process.
  • Corn starch – one cup: mixed and stirred in 1 cup of water, pour into the boiling cranberries. 
  • Brown Sugar – just enough to help making the dark red color and get rid of the tart of berries
  • Coconut oil – it has sweet and bakery flavor, preferred to the vegetable oil which gives a layer of grease at top surface.
  • Ginger – powder or fresh-grinded: about 1 table spoon.  Ginger makes a big different.






Sea foods
September 16, 2010, 10:05 pm
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Pan-Roasted Red Snapper with Fennel, Olives and Lemon
4 red snapper fillets,* 6 ounces each, skin on Salt
2 teaspoons flour for dusting
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large thyme sprigs
12 Nicoise olives, with or without pits, whole
1 fennel bulb, diced, blanched for 2 minutes in salted boiling water, then chilled in ice bath
6 lemons; one juiced and the rest halved
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Season the fish with salt, dust the skin with flour and set aside. In a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet, heat two tablespoons of the olive oil until it just begins to smoke. Place the seasoned fish in the hot oil. Brown for roughly one minute, then add the thyme, olives, fennel and lemon halves (placed cut side down in pan) and cook for eight to nine minutes in the oven. To serve, place each fish fillet skin side up on a plate along with a lemon half. Add the remaining olive oil, the juice from the other lemon, and the chopped parsley to the pan, stir well, gently heat and portion out over the fillets.

Serves 4

Per serving: calories, 337; fat, 17.9g; carbs, 8.6g; protein, 40.8g

Craving for Brownie
September 16, 2010, 10:02 pm
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I’ve been craving for brownie lately. On average last week, I ate one little (less than 1-square inch) bar a day. That says I was low on energy and need some power surge. Then, now I am having some zits on my face. Is it the chocolate or the Obagi? I can’t tell. But I stopped using Obagi for one week as my skin is so sentive to that stuff. So I tried the AM Exfoliate again yesterday. It did give me some jits in the evening.
Man, I am going back to where I was before, keep doing what I had been doing. A few months ago, Mr Vinh at work (a philosophical and friendly man who likes to tease on every one) commented on my face that my complexsion looked good. And right around the end of January, my sister commented my skin looked good then. Note that the time in between, my skin was like an on and off, under the weather thing. I realized the pattern before seeing my sister again in January, was that I took a lot of rest, went to bed at same time every night, drinking more water. So what made it look good was a process, which imes if can’t be maintained can be broken. So I ‘d better maintain

My typical breakfast for a Saturday
November 21, 2009, 5:06 pm
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Pancakes are my favorite foods for breakfast on weekend. I don’t mix the flour as I used to. Walmart has these (wheat with blueberry and regular) pancakes ready-made and frozen, which is so convenient. All you need is toasting them in your little toaster/oven, and adding sides. A package of 12 packets of 3 pancakes lasts me for over about 2 weeks.
So here is my morning breakfast:
– 3 pancakes
– Maple or Honey syrup
– 2 tblsp cottage cheese
– 2 eggs – scrambled
– Juice (orange-pineable or cranberry)
– hot milk
That will keep me up and running for a weekend day of workout and house work.
You can change this course to add or replace sides with fruits such as fresh blueberry, raspberry, strawberry,… yogurt. If you are sedentary or on strict diet, I’d recommend the scrambled egg-whites only.

How you eat eggs can reveal your personality
November 11, 2009, 5:27 am
Filed under: cooking, cuisine, diet, eating, eggs, fitness, foods, healthy, lifestyle, nutrition, recipes, wellness

A bit amusement of the day. How we eat our eggs tell a lot about our habits and surprisingly, they are quite true. Read on and enjoy reading.
I eat eggs in all styles except the last one (raw) – Man, I am complicated.

Sunny side up eggs
If you love sunny side up eggs, it means that you love challenge. You are willing to go all the way to achieve something. You’re always seeking a good opportunity for yourself to progress and won’t just sit around and wait for luck. You’re running for your goal and not waiting for it to come by or pass by.

Scramble eggs
You are a fair person. You are a planner and thinker and very systematic in your thinking process. You are confident in your decision and often thought everyone else think the same way you do.

Boiled eggs (complete cooked)
You are a patient person. If you set your mind in doing something, then you will finished that projects and will not leave it pending. You will get frustrated if things are undone as planned. You need to have reasons to make any decisions.

Boiled eggs (half raw, watery eggs)
You’re not picky and easy to be around. You won’t let little things, or little matters get you down or bothered you at all. You like to keep things clearn, neat and tidy. Overall, you are a quick tempered person, just like your quick cooked eggs.

You like to arrange, rearrange things. You like to travel but you won’t stand places or where it might give you difficulties. Same thing with the habit at work; you do not tolerate at work so well and you are not fully dedicate yourself to your work. You are not a person for pressure

Raw eggs
You choose how you want to live and you don’t care what or how other people thinks. You will walk your way, and ignore other people whispering gossip. You do not bother with other people’s business.

The Best Time To Eat
October 23, 2009, 6:16 am
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When losing weight there is an obvious need to educe energy intake but once the diet is established, it’s quite possible to go above the number of estimated calories needed to lose weight.
To try to compensate for these occasional “off days” we could try eating meals at a time when the energy would be more likely used effectively to replace nutritional needs and less risk that excess energy will be placed on the hips as fat. So when would be the best time to eat foods?

Some experts say the best time to eat food is when we feel hungry as this is the natural way our body is telling us we require nutrients or energy. The problem is some people always feel hungry and nibbling on high-energy foods is partly the reason a few of us became overweight in the first place. I believe the best time to consume energy is when the body is at its most active, a time when the metabolism has been elevated or when there is a need for extra nutrition. Perhaps the first instance should be in the morning, starting with a good breakfast, remember while asleep the cells have had no nutritional supply for up to ten hours. If losing weight is the goal cells must be ready for an active day ahead. Also the body needs it’s supply of essential nutrients in the morning, especially protein, because excess or circulating proteins have been used up to help recover or grow muscles, hair, skin, nails or to create millions of antibodies to defend against natural airborne bacteria that may have entered the body during sleep. If the body does not obtain a regular supply of essential proteins for maintenance and growth then muscle protein must be broken down to top up a “protein pool” within the blood. The problem with this process is if it continues it lowers the metabolism and may cause hunger pains mid-morning or early afternoon. The hunger could be driven in order to replenish the protein taken from muscle cells. Having a good breakfast is so important for health and weight control.

Another good time to eat is after exercise. I always have my biggest meal of the day about 30-45 minutes after a weight training session. During this time enzymes responsible for energy production are most active and energy-storing hormones within the blood are suppressed. This means there will be less chance energy will be stored as fat. Carbs will be immediately taken up to replenish the low glycogen stores caused through training, protein will be needed to aid recovery and growth of new calorie-burning muscle tissue and most of the fat from the meal will be needed to fuel many of these reactions. After a good workout most meals are likely to be utilized completely for recovery. This is probably the best time to eat during the day.

Stay motivated for exercise
October 23, 2009, 6:14 am
Filed under: family, healthy, lifestyle, relationship, wellness

Staying Motivated for Exercise
from Chad Tackett

One way to stay motivated is to constantly remind yourself that a worth-while pay-off lies ahead; a new, healthy, strong you is emerging. Effective, consistent exercise will not only improve your overall health and fitness, but will also improve your appearance, energy level, and social interactions. Also, look forward to the many psychological benefits as well: confidence, self-esteem, and relief from depression, anxiety and stress.

If you are serious about your health and well-being, you will take action and begin an exercise program, and you will benefit in all these ways. Once you see the results, you will become even more motivated. Action creates motivation!

Set Goals
Goal-setting is another great way of staying motivated. Goals focus your workout program and clarify what you are trying to achieve.

As you attain each goal, you gain encouragement and further motivation. Here is how to achieve the goals you set and obtain the results you deserve.

1. Make sure your goals are measurable: A vague goal, such as “I want to be fit,” gives you nothing to shoot for. Decide when and what you are going to achieve, such as “I want to lose 2 percent of my body fat by August 1st.”

2. Be realistic: Make sure your goals are attainable. If you set your expectations too high, you will get frustrated and will be more likely to quit. Make sure, however, that your goals are not too easy; they should be challenging. When you achieve a challenging goal, your pride and satisfaction will create more motivation.

3. Set short-term goals as stepping stones to your “ultimate” (long-term) goals: If your long-term goal is to bench press 200 pounds in one year, then set short-term weekly or monthly goals of the weight you will need to bench press to achieve your long term goal–develop a plan. It is a lot easier to accomplish a goal one day or week at a time, such as increasing 2.5 or 5 pounds a week, than it is to think that you need to increase your bench press by 50 pounds.

Make It Fun
Another way of assuring that you stay motivated is to make exercise fun. If you perceive your workout as a chore, you more than likely will not stick with it. Here are some techniques for making your workout something to look forward to.

1. Add Variety: If your weightlifting is getting tedious and boring, change one of these factors:

Vary how often you do an exercise and the number of sets and reps you do.
Find an alternate exercise; for example, if you always do the bench press using a barbell, try doing it with dumbbells or on a machine.
Change the order of the exercises you do for each muscle group and the muscle groups themselves.
2. Include Friends and Family: Training with a workout partner not only makes your training session more fun, safe, and intense, but will also increase the likelihood of your showing up at the gym. Make sure you pick a partner whose goals and interests are similar to yours and who is willing to spot you correctly and motivate you to do your best.

3. Fight Discouragement: If once in a long while you blow off a workout because you choose to go out with friends, just accept and enjoy your choice–do not feel guilty. Otherwise, the sense of failure can make it harder to get yourself back on track. Focus on how much progress you have made so far, not on how far you have to go.

4. Expect and Prepare for Plateaus: If you feel you have reached a plateau and/or are bored, do not give up–this is a natural part of working out. Make sure to vary the exercises, sets, repetitions and order of your workout–continually search for new ways of making your routine fun and exciting.

5. Schedule your Workout: If you always exercise on the same days at the same time, your routine will become a fixture in your life, not a whim. Not going to the gym will feel unnatural. Including exercise into your busy schedule will be an adjustment, and staying motivated will be equally challenging. Change is difficult for many people. However, if you have the willingness to work through the initial emotional discomfort as you move step by step through a safe and effective program, you will find the confidence, commitment and determination that will ease the way.

When you begin achieving great results, the excitement and fun you experience will make the change well worth the effort. Action creates motivation! Good luck: I hope you enjoy all the wonderful benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

This article is provided by Global Health and fitness.