Hi Vicki, it’s me, Jane!

I wanted to thank you so much for todays session. I want to listen to it again in its entirety when I get a chance.

I thought and thought about your question about who Barbara was and your reference to Barbra Streisand. My mom’s name was Babette and they called her Babs (just like they do Barbra S).

I am sure many more things will come to mind as I listen again. I am glad you saw my beloved doggie Lily and Aunt Esther. Thank you for resolving some things about my parents.

I hope to see you again some time around the holidays.

With love,
Jane

Vicki,

I took your advice and finally saw a doctor. She really helped me. It has been a long journey with these health issues, let me tell you. Words do not do justice in saying how great this doctor is. She is a true healer. I am very thankful. I’m so so glad I went to see her.

She is a holistic healer. She specializes in acupuncture and herbs. After careful examination she found that the main issue (which was the most painful and I didn’t even feel it until she pressed on the area) was with my gallbladder and then pancreas followed by my liver and then other parts of my body because of a chain like reaction from not addressing my initial issue. She explained that I had great anger very deeply embedded from my childhood. And she is helping me to release all of it.

All in all I just wanted to let you know that you’re initial reading on me was correct. You were spot on with the gallbladder first and then the pancreas. You’re amazing. Thank you so much!

I appreciate you Vicki. You’re the best that I have come across with what you do. Hands down.

Thank you,
Josh

Herb of the Month: Artichoke Extract

Artichoke Extract for Cholesterol, Gas Woes (The Doctor’s Prescription For Healthy Living) Number 7
By Gary Ross, M.D.

The ancient doctors knew what modern science has confirmed: enhancing and rebalancing the body’s bile secretions is essential for the treatment of heart and vessels-as well as dyspepsia, or indigestion, including gastric acid reflux. Researchers have found as early as the middle ages that people were using this medicinal plant for liver health and its influence on bile formation.

Artichoke extract’s benefits are very powerful on cholesterol levels . At least 6 clinical studies attest to its potent balancing effects on the body’s cholesterol. In 1995 European doctors showed within two hours artichoke extract caused a significant drop in cholesterol biosynthesis in cultured human cells.

How to Obtain Artichoke Extract: Most good Health Food stores provide different brands. Enzymatic Therapy is the brand that was recommended in this article.

Smart Shoppers Tip: You might think you could eat enough fresh artichoke to satisfy your requirements daily for artichoke, but medical evidence shows that neither the fresh plant material nor isolated cynarin achieve the potency of the extract. Please consult your health care practitioner before taking any new supplements or before discontinuing any medications.

Happy July!
Vicki

New England Popovers

These lovely, light and freshly baked treats are not only healthy, but really easy to prepare and can be used instead of bread for many of your own recipes. My husband, who loves to do Sunday Breakfast at our home, is known for his pancakes, shaped in many different forms such as tractors and Disney figures that thrill my little grand children. He introduced these to me 35 years ago and I have loved them ever since! Popovers are an old New England favorite and I adore them with some fresh butter and jam with my morning coffee. Try them and let me know what you think.

You will need:

2 cups milk

2 cups flour

3 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

My husband triples the recipe as our family grows. You can also.

Directions:

Beat the eggs and milk together. Add the flour and salt all at once and continue to beat until smooth.

Have greased muffin pans preheated so the batter sizzles as you fill the pans half full (if you have an old black iron muffin pan, all the better!). Bake 20 minutes at 450. Serve at once.

Hope this becomes a Sunday morning memory for all!

Enjoy!
Vicki
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New England Clambake

With Spring well established here in the Northeast, it is always exciting for me as I go into the kitchen and see what is left from my Winter stores, and what needs to be added to them. Spring and Summer bring the great outdoors to our tables, and sometimes even us into the great outdoors with the land, and in this case the shore, to our table.

New England Clambake

This version can be made at home, or even in a pit substitute of your own making. No matter where you call home you can have this wonderfully unique experience for yourself. I hope you enjoy!

Something of a cross between a picnic and a banquet, the clambake is a New England Original. It’s the perfect way to combine a day of fun at the beach by preparing heaps of food for hungry people. The Native Americans of the Northeast invented it. When tribes moved from their Winter quarters inland to their Summer camps along the coast, the abundant shellfish, freshly caught, were cooked in a steam pit while games were played on the shore. A clambake starts very early in the morning.

First

A hole is dug whose size depends on the number of people to be fed. It can be as much as 8 feet in length. This is lined with stones. The “bake” is allowed to burn until the stones are red hot – an hour or 2 at least. Assistants take off the embers and throw baskets of seaweed over the stones. Rockweed, with its rubbery air pockets is best.

Next

Cheesecloth bags filled with clams and lobsters are laid in. More seaweed is added. Potatoes in their jackets (skins), corn in their husks, small peeled onions, sausages, whatever you like can be added in its own bag, then covered with more seaweed. This work must be done fast to capture the steam.

Last

The mound of food receives its top layer of seaweed followed by tarpaulin secured with stones. That’s all there is to it, except for the delicious aromas that will drift their way around your guests. Make sure you melt lots of butter for the lobster to be dipped and the hot rolls that will be brought along too. It may seem like forever but this cannot be rushed. Cautious testing of readiness is important in making sure all the food is well cooked. No salt required if the seaweed is there.

Remember cold drinks, fresh blueberry pie and my favorite – whoopie pies for dessert – and you will have a meal to make even the most salty New Englander envious!

Enjoy!

Vicki
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