Of Note

Olive Oil Sampling

Thanks to those of you who came to our olive oil tasting that snowy February evening! Did you know that real olive oil is simply the juice pressed from the fruit (the olives) of the olive tree? Pressing olives for their juice is the way olive oil has been made for thousands of years.

Why do we eat olive oil? Not only because it makes our food luscious, but because it has so many health properties (one US cardiologist recommends we enjoy at least 2 Tbsp per day).

In this country, we consume one quart per person per year, while citizens of Greece consume five gallons each. Citizens of Spain enjoy 3.4 gallons per person per year. We have a long way to go to catch up, don’t we!?!

Help spread the word!

Our television cooking show, Eat Well Be Happy, is releasing four new shows in March. We are having fun! And we’re happy to announce that Eat Well Be Happy is now airing in Cambridge Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. We need a resident sponsor for Watertown, Newton and Wellesley. If you live in one of those towns and would be willing to be our sponsor there, would you let us know?

Castor Oil and Dry Eyes

Staffer Jocelyn sent this email, “A customer who just bought castor oil waxed eloquent about your protocol for dry eyes. She said she'd tried everything for chronically dry eyes, and that finally out of desperation, she started dropping castor oil in her eyes both morning and just before bed.  Her doctors at Westford Family Eye said that her dry eye condition has completed reversed. Now they are recommending it for all their patients!!!” Debra’s handout on castor oil and dry eyes is available in the store.

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Napa Ginger Beet Slaw

This is a snap to make, and a colorful, cleansing salad (it’s the beets and ginger). Speaking of beets, they are not only versatile, but nutrient-rich. A little goes a long way!  And about ginger, in ancient Rome, a pound of ginger equaled the price of a whole sheep. Ginger was so prized in China that entire dynasties rose and fell over this spicy root. Men went to war over ginger…

I have fallen in love with Napa cabbage because its texture is softer and more delicate (it’s easier to chew than regular cabbage). If you haven’t tried Napa cabbage, do, and let’s try growing it in our gardens this year as well!

Chocolate Halvah Truffles

What is halvah? Some of you may know it as the Achvah-brand sesame confection we sell near our registers (delicious!), or, if your parents shopped in ethnic markets, you may remember halvah cut from large blocks in the olden days…. It’s an addictive chewy, sweet treat, which the dictionary defines as an “Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose-water, saffron, etc.”

Soup Jokes

What sort of soup do skeletons like? One with plenty of body in it.

How do you make gold soup? Put 14 carrots in it!

Hey, Waiter, you've got your thumb in my bowl of soup! Waiter: Don't worry, sir, the soup isn't hot.

Customer: Waiter, this soup tastes funny. Waiter: So laugh, sir.

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Should I Take It With Food?

To every rule, there are a million-and-one exceptions…

Capsules vs. Tablets vs. Liquids vs. Powders: The really big difference here is tablets vs. everything else. Tablets tend to be hard, compressed pills that take longer to dissolve. Of course all tablets from reputable companies will have passed a USP Dissolution Assay, demonstrating that they can break down within 40 minutes in standard stomach conditions. But not all stomachs are “standard.” And you don’t always get those 40 minutes. And since most of our absorption occurs in the beginning-middle of our small intestines, a tablet that breaks down too far down the tract won’t get absorbed.

Hard tablets need some quality time in the stomach to break down.

If you take a tablet with food, the tablet is trapped there while the food is being mashed and churned. On an empty stomach, however, tablet can sometimes be in-and-out before that has a chance to happen. This is less of a concern with soft tablets, of course.

Sustainable Energy

This isn't about running marathons, although it could be. It's not about lifting freight cars off of kittens, amped on adrenaline. This is about the daily energy that gets us out of bed with a spring in our steps and a twinkle in our eyes; that maintains our focus throughout the day; that keeps us lively even after work, and the kids are put to bed.

So, where do we start?

Well, coffee sure does the trick. I'm a big fan of coffee, actually.