clean your cast iron skillets with salt

Clean Your Cast Iron Skillets with Salt

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When I first heard my Grandma tell me (I had just bought a new set of cookware) that, “You should clean your cast iron skillets with salt,” I thought she was joking. She wasn’t, and proceeded to show me by example with one of her own old skillets she had cooked with last night and was still on the stovetop.

Within two minutes, and with incredible ease, she turned a skillet that looked like this …

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… into this:

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I was flabbergasted!

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5 Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil

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The title of this post, 5 Health Benefits of Red Palm Oil, really falls short of the vast amount of benefits one could list.

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Red palm oil, home crafted in Liberia (Photo Attributed to Author: Antoshananarivo)

Red palm oil, in addition to its many culinary uses as a rich food high in nutrients, also has a long list of beneficial health and medicinal qualities. For the purposes of this article, though, we will concentrate on 5 of the most beneficial qualities it has.

Red palm oil is usually thought of as having originated in Africa but, in fact, it was revered and used in ancient Egypt as far back as 5,000 years ago. Beloved by Pharaohs as a sacred food, they prized the oil so highly that it was common to entomb Pharaohs with a bottle of palm oil – so they could have some in the afterlife.


Palm oil, for centuries has been (and still is now in modern times) produced primarily in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil. And it is a commonly used oil and food ingredient in those countries.

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Christmas Turkey Dinner Recipe

Classic Christmas Turkey Recipe

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Christmas in America is one of the most festive days in the land, and this Classic Christmas Turkey recipe is a traditional favorite. Be sure and get a fresh turkey. Plan ahead, go to your favorite butcher or meat market, and order in advance. Frozen turkeys cannot stand up to the flavor of a freshly butchered and dressed turkey.

Classic Christmas Turkey Recipe

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Classic Christmas Turkey Recipe-

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Stuffed Steamed Bell Peppers Supreme

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Stuffed Steamed Bell Peppers Supreme is one of my own recipes. There are many stuffed bell pepper recipes in American cuisine, of course. Usually the peppers are baked. I find, however, that steamed stuffed bell peppers produces a texture in the bell peppers’ meat that is more desirable – still a little firm and chewy, and sweeter than when baked.

Stuffed Steamed Bell Peppers makes for a whole, balanced meal, as you will see in the ingredients. Still, they can just as well be served as one course in a multi-course meal. They go great with chicken dishes, fried rice, salads and soups or stews as well.

Stuffed Steamed Bell PeppersStuffed Steamed Bell Peppers

I prefer using red bell peppers, as they are, to me, the most colorful and attractive in the presentation. They are also the sweetest of the sweet bell peppers.

You can use green, yellow, or orange bell peppers also. Just keep in mind that the amount of sweetness in a bell pepper graduates upward in order of its color: Green is the least sweet, and the level of sugars in the pepper’s flesh increases in order through yellow, then orange, and then red. So choose your peppers accordingly. Stuffed Steamed Bell Peppers will taste great whatever color your peppers are.

NOTE: When selecting the peppers you want to cook, inspect the bottoms. You want peppers that have level bottoms, with the nodes in proportion to each other so that the pepper will stand upright and not tilt over during the steaming. You can use peppers that are just a little uneven on the bottoms, but if so, carefully slice away the longer node bottom to make it level with the others. Do not cut through the flesh enough to create a hole into the interior cavity, though.

Stuffed Steamed Bell Peppers Supreme Recipe-

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Guatemalan Fiambre

Guatemalan Fiambre Feast

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This Guatemalan Fiambre Feast dish is traditionally served just once a year, on November 1st. This is Dia de los Santos (All Saints Day), the first of a two day celebration followed by Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Guatemalan Fiambre Feast

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On Dia de los Muertos, Guatemalans have, for centuries, visited their deceased loved ones at the cemetery. They would bring incense, flowers, and a full plate of Fiambre to leave at the grave.

In modern times, Guatemalan Fiambre is most often shared with family and loved ones at home in more secluded celebrations.  There are many variations on the dish, and families typically have their own version that has been handed down from generation to generation.

This recipe is the “red style” of Guatemalan Fiambre (Fiambre Roja). It gets the red color from the use of beets.

You will want to prepare  your Fiambre least one day before serving, and two days ahead is better to start the preparations. This is because the flavor is enhanced by being marinated in caldillo – a sauce made with vinegar and some other special ingredients. Also, preparing a true Guatemalan Fiambre Feast is a very involved, multiple step process. But don’t worry – you and the small army of people you can feed with it will be extremely pleased with the fruits of your labors!

Guatemalan Fiambre Feast Recipe-

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