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Food on the Hill: Goat Cheese and Cranberry Appetizers

on September 2, 2014 - 7:21am
 
This Week's Recipe: Goat Cheese and Cranberry Appetizers
 
Ingredients:
 
Puff pastry, thawed
Goat cheese
Can of whole cranberry sauce (like the sauce your mom would serve at Thanksgiving)
1 egg, beaten
 
Directions:
 
Cut the puff pastry sheets into 1/3’s  and then again into squares. Take a few spoonful’s of the cranberry sauce and put it into a sieve. Rinse it under running water until most of the sauce is rinsed away.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Place some of the goat cheese and some of the cranberry’s in the center of each square of puff pastry.  Fold

Harkey: Outrunning Modern Tigers

on August 31, 2014 - 8:21am
By MICHELLE HARKEY
Body-Connection Coach & LMT
 
You've probably all heard of the fight-flight-freeze response, which the body and mind employ to survive stressful or life-threatening situations. That rush of adrenaline, which made it possible for our early ancestors to flee from saber tooth tigers or fight bands of marauders still shows up in our modern lives but what we do with it is much different.

The complex combination of chemicals released by a stress response inhibits digestion and immune response and increases blood pressure, respiration and blood to the limbs.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Hundred Foot Journey'

on August 31, 2014 - 7:43am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“The Hundred Foot Journey” is a sweet, visually pleasing film that will make you wish you could enjoy aromas and flavors in movies.

The story is about the Kadam family from Mumbai, India, coming to Europe to escape the political turmoil in which they lost their restaurant as well as the wife and mother of the family. The family consists of Papa, played by Om Puri (The Ghost and the Darkness; Charlie Wilson’s War), Hassan played by Manish Dayal (90210; The Good Wife), Mansur; Mahira,Mukthar and Aisha.

Movie poster for 'The Hundred Foot Journey.'

Herbal Wisdom: Boost Your Immunity For The Change Of Season

on August 30, 2014 - 8:06am
Herbal Wisdom
Boost Your Immunity For The Change Of Season
By KRISTI BEGUIN

The start of the school year reminds us that cold and flu season is not too far away. There are many ways that medicinal herbs and foods and lifestyle choices can help to boost immune function. Your daily habits, including the foods you eat and your exercise and sleep routines, have a significant effect on your immune strength. Even if your lifestyle choices are exemplary, environmental toxins, chronic or extreme stress, and the wear and tear of aging can all weaken immunity.

The immune system includes the thymus

Solo Traveler: Habits

on August 29, 2014 - 12:17pm
Solo Traveler: Habits
By SHERRY HARDAGE

We all have valuable habits, like brushing and flossing our teeth, or putting things back where they belong after using them.

Habits are quite valuable while traveling, too, though it’s easy to forget all habits when you’re outside of a comfortable routine. 

I experienced a couple of disorganized trips before discovering that I needed to come up with some habits, practice them so they would actually BE habits, and then use them all the time at home as well as on the road. Life got a lot easier when there was a system in place.

I used to take

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Drones Are All The Buzz

on August 29, 2014 - 9:28am

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Drones Are All The Buzz

“Drone” has assorted meanings that fit the range of human industry. To honey farmers, a drone is a male honeybee, which is stingless and makes no honey.

In military news, a drone is an unmanned aircraft steered by itself or by remote control that packs detectors and deadly weapons. Some say the name recalls the plane’s bee-like shape.

Bagpipes get their commanding voice from the loud one-note pipes called drones.

Today’s topic is the variety of tasks that flying drones are doing.

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Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Giver'

on August 28, 2014 - 7:12am

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

“The Giver” is another young adult novel turned to film that presents a dystopian vision of the future. And like the others we’ve seen in recent years—“Hunger Games,” “Divergent”—it succeeds in making me want to read the book after seeing the film.

From much younger friends, I have heard that the film doesn’t do the book justice. But that is usually the case in movies that have to tell the fullness of a story in less than two hours. Nonetheless, the images and characters in the film will give visuals to the words I will read when I do buy the book.

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