Friday Pearls

Tasty Tuesday

Biosyntrx is committed to doing everything we can to encourage appreciation for, and consumption of, nutrient-dense foods, as well as making healthy lifestyle choices that help lower the risk of mostly preventable degenerative diseases, and the public and private financial burden associated with these diseases.  

Homemade Tortillas

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Last week's Friday Pearl focused on niacin (vitamin B3) and the role it plays in optimal skin, digestive system, and nervous system health. We also discussed how US diets consisting of excessive corn and corn products are frequently linked to niacin deficiency, while our friends in Mexico rarely suffer from this deficiency. The difference being, their traditional preparation of corn tortillas involves soaking the corn in lime (calcium oxide) prior to cooking. Heating corn in alkaline solutions results in the release of bound niacin, dramatically increasing its bioavailability. 

Trivia and Asparagus Soup

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring is here. The 2018 spring equinox officially starts at 10:15 this morning. For those of you who might have forgotten, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is the date when day and night are almost the same length with each lasting about 12 hours. And, Easter Sunday is always the second Sunday after the spring equinox.

Irish Soda Bread

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

With St, Patrick’s Day coming up next Saturday, we elected to include a recipe for our favorite Irish soda bread for today’s Tasty Tuesday.According to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread (there really is such an organization), the Scots may have made the bagpipe their instrument, but the Irish seem to have made soda bread theirs, not by choice, but by a state of poverty in the 1930s after the invention of inexpensive baking soda, which made it the easiest and least expensive bread to put on the table.

Sour Cherry Pie for George Washington

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I always bake a cherry pie for friends and family around George Washington's birthday. My first cherry pie was a surprise I decided to make for my parents when I was nine years old and at home alone. I used my grandmother's hand written pie crust recipe from my Mom's green metal recipe box. It clearly read: 1) Sift two and one half cups of flour and a dash of salt with one cup of Crisco shortening. 2) Cut in the shortening in the flour with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some small pea-sized pieces. 3) Slowly add five or six tablespoons of ice water until the mixture holds together. Roll out two rounds on a floured board for a two crust pie.

French Onion Soup (Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On particularly cold and snowy Colorado mid-February days, we crave steaming hot bowls of French onion soup made from Julia Child’s original cookbook—and there will always be cheese. 

Polenta and Sauteed Mushrooms

Monday, February 05, 2018

The Biosyntrx test kitchen staff have fallen in love with gluten-free  Colavita Instant Polenta, a traditional northern Italian starch that can be the base for quick and easy meals served with your favorite sauces, stews, grilled meats, or simply topped with fresh cheeses like Gorgonzola or grated Parmesan.

Truffled Mac and Cheese

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cold weather, anxiety-comforting-dense macaroni and cheese reaches a gourmet level with generous drizzles of sumptuous white truffle oil, and a few sliced mushrooms and broccoli florets for presentation.

Easy Vegan Lasagna

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The holidays are behind us for a few weeks and we need a bit of a kitchen break, so our Tasty Tuesday focus is back to easy nutrient-dense recipes we can make ahead of time and reheat when needed for quick and satisfying meals.

Luchow's Cranberry Sauce

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This time of year reminds me of late autumn in New York and the nightly lighting of the Christmas tree at Luchow's Restaurant. I discovered this recipe for cranberry sauce years and years ago at one of those unforgettable events. Luchow's was originally financed by William Steinway, the piano magnate, who had his concert hall and showrooms venue, Steinway Hall, across the street at Union Square. Music was always almost as important as the great food and every visit was a unique memory of wild game and fabulous music.

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