Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Size Jars & Holiday Specials!!

Now Available!!  Larger 6oz jars!  We have four of our favorite blends available in large 6oz jars for only $6.50!!  What a fabulous value!!  Links are up on our product page!  Spice & Dip Mixes Products  The blends available include Bayou, Chili Powder, Caveman, and Mexican.  We will be getting all our blends in this large size very soon!!

Additionally, Just a note that all our dip mixes can be made into dressing!!  How is that you ask?  Instead of mayonnaise, use vegan or grass fed buttermilk instead!  It's wonderful!!  I will try to post a picture the next time we mix one up.  Have an awesome week everyone!  I have much to prepare for this weeks markets!!  We have run out of many items and need to get more made!  Foot cream, lip balms, lotion bars, soaps, and more!!  I have even created my own brand new 2 butter, almond-coconut oil soap recipe I'm going to test out!  Stay tuned for that one!


Mother's Day is Coming!!  Sunday May 12th is just 2 weeks ago!  Order now before time runs out!!  Our page has been updated especially for Mother's day!  We have some great specials and a great new 'spice pack' of jars!!  Be sure to go to the Holiday Specials Tab for these great deals!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Soft Shell Crab, Zesty Salad Greens with L'Ecuyer's Ranch Dressing and Roasted Artichokes!



We were at Soda City Market again today and had a fantastic time!  We get to meet lots of people and I was able to pick up a CSA Bag of greens from City Roots Farm, some wonderful Soft Shell crabs from Our Local Catch and we made our Ranch dip mix into dressing for a change!  All this made for a fabulous dinner tonight!!  Right now I feel like I just want to roll over and go to sleep, I'm so stuffed!




Just take a look!!




And, even better yet was that this was a completely Paleo dinner!!  How could this wonderful dinner be Paleo you ask?  Just look on for recipes!!

Zesty Salad Greens with L'Ecuyer's Gourmet Ranch Dressing

1 package City Roots Farm Zesty Salad Greens
1/2 tomato diced (we have to use canned as I'm allergic to raw tomatoes)
1/2 package L'Ecuyer's Gourmet Ranch Dip Mix
1 cup Organic Grass Fed Buttermilk
1 cup Organic Grass Fed Sour Cream

Place salad greens and tomatoes in a bowl and toss.  In a separate bowl, combine dip mix, buttermilk, and sour cream.  Blend well.  Allow dressing mix to 'chill' about an hour before serving (optimally).  Drizzle dressing over salad and enjoy!

Pan Seared Soft Shell Crab

Ingredients
4 fresh soft shell crabs, cleaned and dried
1 cup arrowroot flour
2 tbsp L'Ecuyer's Gourmet Caveman Rub
1 cup Coconut Oil

Directions:
Mix arrowroot flour and L'Ecuyer's Gourmet Caveman Rub together.  Dredge cleaned crabs in flour mix.  Heat oil in skill over medium high heat.  When oil has reached 350 degrees Fahrenheit  place crabs into oil using tongs (be careful of oil splatter if crabs are not dry!).  Let sear for 3-4 minutes until crisp.  Turn and cook other side for another 3 minutes until crisp.  Place on rack over paper towels to drain any remaining oil.

Roasted Artichokes

2 globe artichokes
1 lime
1 tsp L'Ecuyer's Mexican Blend
Almond oil spray (I use Pampered Chef's pump bottle) or Olive Oil (I'm allergic to Olive Oil so I use Almond)
Pan of boiling water
Tabletop or outside grill

Bring pan of water to a boil (large enough to put both artichokes in).  Cut top 1/2 inch or so of artichoke off and bottom Cut both artichokes in half and clean the insides out (hair, and guts).  Rub the lime over the cut parts of the artichokes (helps prevent browning).  "Par boil" the artichokes in the boiling water for 10 minutes.  Be very careful placing them in the water (use tongs).  Remove from the water and lightly spray with oil and drizzle with L'Ecuyer's Gourmet Mexican Blend.  Place on heated grill and grill until nice and roasted, about 10 minutes.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Finding Healthcare without Insurance



I often hear how healthcare is so expensive when someone doesn't have health insurance.  This doesn't necessarily have to be true.  Through associations with the federal government, there ARE places someone can go to if they don't have health insurance (or are 'under insured').  In 1965 a group of centers were formed known as 'Community Health Centers'.  What started as a small group has become one of the largest groups of health care providers in the country providing services to millions of people throughout the country.  Over 1,200 centers serving 20 million people!  So, why don't more people know about these places?  It's a little know secret as I say!  They aren't 'advertised' as advertising is expensive.  Word of mouth is the best advertising.  And since these places run on grants (and not just federal but outside sources as well), intake from what insurance income they receive and the minute amount of 'sliding fee' income they receive from patients, advertising funds just aren't there.  How do I know about these places?  I work for one and have for many years!

You can search for one of these places by going to the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) search page here: Find a Health Center.  Just enter your zip code and it will find locations near you.  To utilize their services you usually have to provide proof of income (2 pay stubs or a print-out of your tax return or something from unemployment or social security, etc), list the number of people in your home, etc.  They often have programs as well to help you with medications that can connect you with 'Prescription Assistance Programs'.

In the area I live, we even have a program in our county that helps with 'tests and scans' so that we can assure that people are cared for.  Most communities likely have similar programs.  So, if you need to be frugal, or are forced to do so with your healthcare; find a community health center near you!!

However, not everyone will qualify to receive the 'sliding fee' scale.  It is based on the poverty level and number of individuals in your family.  To find out if you qualify under the poverty level, you can check here:  US Poverty Thresholds.  To qualify, you have to be under 200 percent of this level.  This means you multiple the level for the number of your family members by 2 of that income level.  So, if it is $23,550 for a family of four, your income would need to be $47,100 and below.   These centers also accept just about every insurance there is that most other offices won't accept including Medicare, Medicaid (including all the HMO programs), Tricare, and more.

If you need someplace to go, this could be your answer!  Many providers are the most caring and giving individuals I have ever met!  Have a great night!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shipping

Please note!  If I do not have your country or location listed, I am unable to ship there.  I am very sorry about that!  It is just too cost prohibitive right now.  I am looking into an 'export' partnership with someone that I hope will be able to help with it but right now it is just too much money to be able to do that.  Sorry for any inconvenience!  Thank you for understanding.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

New Partnership!!



While at the Soda City Market today, Bryan Tayara, owner of Our Local Catch came to talk with me.  He asked if I was interested in partnering with him in developing some spice blends to put with his fish!  How wonderful!  So, I am now in the development stages of two mixes specifically for fish dishes, especially crab/seafood 'boils'!  I had been interested in coming up with some wonderful blends myself but this is a fantastic opportunity as we will have a direct market to work with!!

Check out Our Local Catch and help support local businesses!!  And stay tuned for our newest spice blends!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Ready for Market!!

Tonight my daughter and I were at DER Kitchen for the first time.  We got a LOT of spices and dip mixes bottled up and are just about ready for Saturday!  We will be at the 'Soda City Market' for the first time!!  We are very excited to be joining this market in the heart of Columbia, SC; the capital city of South Carolina!  It is held every Saturday at the 1500 block of Main Street.  It is a bustling metropolitan area and this market is very lively!!  Come check it out!!