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Big Coffee

So the Onyx Plate posted an interesting article on Facebook earlier about coffee and its health benefits, especially for men. I had previously heard that coffee is good for the liver but had not heard that it also makes for a healthy prostate gland.

The article also mentioned, as we later discovered, something about coffee helping to reduce certain kinds of breast tumors.

Anyway, I drink a lot of coffee. My family drinks a lot of coffee. This is no accident and goes back through the generations. If I can blame anyone for my current addiction to caffeine, I would point to my grandparents on both sides of the family and then my own parents. Carboholism may be genetic, but coffee addiction is both genetic and conditioned. My great-grandparents may have drunk coffee often, too, I’m not sure.

My paternal grandmother always had coffee brewing in her house, 24/7, as I understand it, and I mentioned this before, as did some of my commenters, when I wrote about the Lazy Susan Table and its legacy in my family. My maternal grandmother always drank coffee in the morning and enjoyed having cake with it. Elsewhere, I’ve mentioned this, too- but it’s good to have a reminder, don’t you agree?

So the whole process of turning me into a coffee addict began with my being scared as a child. I was frightened often as a child and honestly still am by some of the oddest things that I won’t detail right now, so I would end up getting up and going to the den to sit with my father while he watched a local morning show that Red Holland, a local fishing celebrity, hosted. I would sit in Bapaw’s lap and drink his coffee, which featured milk and sugar in it.

This is where a huge contradiction occurs. Bapaw loves his coffee with cream and sugar. These days, to be healthier, he puts honey in it, but honey doesn’t really work for me. Gigi refuses to drink anything but a straight-up dark brew. No sweet coffee for her.

Personally, I like my coffee both ways, depending on my mood. Most often I seem to take coffee with cream but no sugar, and I especially prefer it black when I’m eating something sweet.

Anyway, the addiction to coffee never ceased in my childhood nor since, and now that I’m in my early late twenties, apparently the addiction is still blazing bright.

Coffee is also supposed to be beneficial to the liver. This makes sense- coffee has a sobering effect, making one more alert, more awake, and more efficient. Alcohol has the opposite effect, slowing one down and impairing various mental functions- and it can be damaging to the liver. Interesting how the opposite effects both correlate to either benefitting or afflicting the liver.

So, the point of this blog: Gigi bought me an enormous coffee cup two years ago for my birthday, the same time I got my fantastic MacBook that I still adore to this day. The coffee cup holds not one, not two, but three cups worth and has a fantastic artistic design on it that’s faded over the years. I still use this coffee cup to this day and absolutely love it; on the inside rim, it says, “Javalicious.”

True, true.

Also, coffee has other effects- it can help a mild headache, serve as a mild laxative, and be a mood booster.

Coffee’s definitely a mood booster for me. Not having coffee renders the lives of those around me in to great peril, and small woodland creatures as a whole may find themselves suddenly extinct if they come to close.

How do you like your coffee? Dark or sweet? And how much do you drink?

Beaux


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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in food, postaday, postaday2011

 

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YAY for getting up and cooking breakfast!

I’m sure I’ve blogged about breakfast in the South, but today, I managed to rouse myself from bed at the crack of noon due to a particularly nasty sinus headache, and I started cooking. I made grits, toast, and bacon (Morning Star, of course.)

In addition to this, I sliced up cucumbers, tomatoes, and bananas- this is the closest thing to the so-called “balanced” breakfast that I could figure out under the circumstances. We’re fresh out of eggs, something I should remedy in the near future.

And the sinus headache pounds away, even after taking Sudafed and Goody powder, yikes- not good, not good- I need a Neti pot!

Bapaw praised my scrambled eggs from the other night. The problem is that I have no idea what I did differently, except that I may have prayed before making them, and I’m not even sure about that. Attempting to offer literally everything one does to God is a great endeavor, and if you offer something to God, He makes it His own- this is an important lesson to learn, spiritually, if not a difficult one.

That being said, I’m going to apologize to everyone for my increasingly shortened blogs. There’s a lot going on that I can’t exactly mention in here, though I have documented it deeply elsewhere. Things have changed immensely in the past three weeks or so, and because of the immense changes, I’m having more trouble than usual keeping my mind focused on practical things like doing the Post-a-Day challenge. Several times I’ve considered dropping down to the Post-a-Week challenge, but as much as I love writing, that would destroy almost all motivation and sense of pressure, the sense of the daily “deadline.”

As many of you may have noticed, my blogs are coming at random times in the evening now. That’s because I’ve decided to simply post my blogs when I write them instead of scheduling them to post at any particular time- the people who are going to read them are going to read them, and so there’s no point in setting a particular time unless I’m posting into the future. Most of the blogs from the past few weeks have been day-to-day posts instead of the two-week’s-worth of blogs that are written at once and then scheduled to post later on.

So go cook breakfast for dinner since I cooked it for lunch. How’s that for a non-sequitur?

Beaux


 
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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in food

 

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Cheesy Adventures, Part 2

Well, we did it.

Through a combined effort and a little over an hour spent in town shopping for the necessary ingredients, along with improvising at the point where I thought things were becoming too complicated, my friend Earle and ended up making cheese.

Yes, I said, making cheese.

Home-made cheese.

Real cheese.

Actual cheese.

Good cheese.

Fresh cheese.

Now, the entire process of making cheese is not something I would call glorious. In fact, it was incredibly complicated, and the complication only increased as Earle and I argued about whether or not we should add the ingredients when the milk began frothing on the sides or when the thermometer said 175ยบ exactly.

My fear was that we would end up boiling the milk or having it too hot, and things wouldn’t turn out right.

The next argument was over the use of cheese-cloth. Well, actually, that was the first argument, but that’s not the point- the point is, we couldn’t find cheesecloth at Target, so I suggested we use coffee filters. Earle said that it would never drain through coffee filters, but I proved him wrong.

The whole process revolved around heating the milk, adding buttermilk and lemon juice to curdle it all, and then draining the whey out of the curds. Then the curds have to dry for a while, and then one mixes them with salt and sets them in the fridge to ripen.

According to the video we watched, you can eat the cheese fresh as well, and yes, the fresh cheese was great.

I also added EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) to the cheese, in addition to some pepper- and it was fantastic.

Freshly made cheese is way better than store-bought cheese, and this kind happened to be incredibly creamy and reminded me a lot of the really expensive cheeses. For all the time and effort we put into making the cheese, I have to say that it was quite worth it to have even the small amount that we made.

Pictures may be coming soon, because I have a feeling we’ll be making a great deal more cheese.

Beaux


 
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in cheese, food, postaday2011

 

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Grits: A New Trick!

Somehow, last night possessed me to make grits. My father made some and messed them, and Bapaw’s sad bowl of grits inspired me to try a new trick I learned.

Instead of using water to make grits, one should try using milk.

Low and behold, the grits turned out to be magnificent!

I used instant grits for my recipe.

What you need:

  • two packages of plain instant grits or the equivalent amount of not-instant grits
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • salt
  • pepper

Heat the milk to just below boiling; add the butter and allow it to melt. Add the grits and stir profusely, removing from heat.

Add salt and pepper to taste. In my case, I use a great deal of pepper; otherwise, these grits were too sweet for me.

Normally, I’ve made grits only using water. However, the milk does the trick and makes them fluffier, the way grits are supposed to be. Dry grits are not fun- trust me on that.

Also, remember that the grits will thicken as they cool!

They’re definitely a great Southern treat.

Beaux

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in food, postaday2011

 

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Local Spotlight: Working Cows Organic Milk

Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of buying Organic Milk locally. Believe it or not, the small town of Slocomb actually has Alabama’s FIRST and ONLY organic dairy farm, Working Cows Dairy!

To explain the taste, organic milk has a much richer flavor than regular milk. It also has a certain kind of sweetness that’s difficult to explain. The level of creaminess is amazing, and I can speak from personal experience that it definitely tastes great in coffee and would likely do well for hot chocolate, too.

The downside to the organic milk is, of course, the price- I paid $3.99 for 1/2 gallon. To try the milk, though, I think it was worth it, though I think the price makes it difficult to continue drinking on a regular basis.

There are many benefits to buying organic food, and especially to buying locally. I say give the organic milk a chance if you haven’t already!

Beaux


 
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Posted by on November 2, 2010 in food

 

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