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1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
cooking spray
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
dash of salt
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


1. Combine 6 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Combine milk and egg, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add milk mixture to sugar mixture, stirring constantly, and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Published on Cooking Light Magazine, November 2010, page 182

2. Combine pumpkin and the next 4 ingredients (through ground nutmeg) in a bowl, stirring well. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to milk mixture, whisking constantly. Place pan over low heat, and cook for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring constantly (do not boil). Divide pudding evenly among 4 dessert bowls, and cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Chill.

3. Line a baking sheet with foil, and coat foil with cooking spray. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, walnuts, and a dash of salt in a small nonstick skillet; cook over low heat until sugar dissolves and is golden (about 3 minutes", stirring frequently to coat nuts. Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet, and cool completely. Coarsely chop nuts.

4. Place cream in a bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons whipped cream and about 1 tablespoon nuts.

Yield: 4 servings.

Calories - 288
Fat - 12.8 g (sat 5g, mono 3.1g, poly 3.9g)
Protein 6.9g
Carb 38g
Fiber 16g
Chol 78mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 190mg
Calc 167mg
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by Scott Cunningham

Herbal sachets, or charms, consist of herbs and other
materials tied-up in bits of cloth. Some sachets ward
off certain energies or disease; others draw specific
situations or powers to you.

Easy to make and pleasing to the nose, sachets are a
distinctive and aromatic gift for the holidays.

Items needed:

7 parts Juniper
4 parts Cinnamon
4 parts Allspice
4 parts Ginger
4 parts Caraway
2 parts Nutmeg
2 parts Rosemary
2 parts Lemon peel
2 parts Orange peel
1 part Clove
1 part Bay
2 pinches Orris root

Tie up in a green or red cloth and give as a gift
on Yule or Christmas.

"The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews",
by Scott Cunningham

Flu Relief

Sep. 18th, 2007 10:28 am
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Flu Relief
(for Dysentery)

1 egg, beaten
1-cup skim milk
1-capful vinegar
Dash cinnamon

Warm the milk slowly over a low flame while stirring in the beaten egg. When fully incorporated, add vinegar and cinnamon. Drink small sips until 1 cup is consumed. Procedure may be repeated in six hours.

Magickal Associations:
Success, power, love, protection

In China, vinegar was sometimes vaporized in hot kettles to disburse negative influences or evil magick. Similarly, cinnamon was often used to purify Eastern temples.

If you also have a lot of gas pain, add 1/2-tsp. ground cloves to this mixture.

from Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions, Patricia Telasco

Fever Brew

Sep. 18th, 2007 09:57 am
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Fever Brew

1-tsp. flax seed
1-cup hot water
2-3 slices of lemon, juiced
Dash cinnamon
1/2-tsp. honey
1/2-tsp. lemon jam

Steep the flaxseed in hot water for 15 minutes. Strain and add lemon, jam, cinnamon and honey. Drink as hot as possible. This also soothes the throat.

Magickal Associations:
Vitality, comeliness, prosperity, protection

Bohemian tradition says if children dance in a flax field once every seven years until maturity they will grow to be strong and beautiful. Flaxseed can generally be found in many health food stores.

If your stomach can tolerate it, some black pepper or other purgative herb can help cleanse out your system.

from Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions, Patricia Telasco
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a couple of days ago, I was sick with a cold/fever.
I made the spiced tea that my mom always makes when anyone in my house is sick. It actually helps you feel better. I called her to get her recipe, and she said it would make me feel better the next day, it always helps her feel better. I thought you all would enjoy the recipe. This is actually half a recipe, I make this one because I can usually finish drinking the batch in a couple of hours...while watching a movie or reading before going to bed. This tea stays for a few days so you can reheat it, but I prefer to drink it all fresh.
4 cups of water
a little less than a tablespoon of whole cloves (less if you find cloves to be very strong)
1 cinnamon stick
sugar or honey (or Splenda) to taste
one fresh lemon (or lemon juice if you don't have lemons)
a fresh orange

*bring the water to a boil and add cloves and cinnamon (you can put them in a cheesecloth bag if you want to)
*add honey or sugar to taste (just estimate on the smaller side)
*reduce to a simmer and let simmer for an hour.
*remove the cloves and cinnamon
*drop in 3-5 normal sized tea bags, of normal tea (like Lipton)
*let tea brew for about 5 minutes
*pull out tea bags
*squeeze a little bit of lemon juice into the tea
*squeeze a larger amount of orange juice into it
*if it isn't sweet enough, it is still hot enough to add more sweetner
drink hot. its really yummy!
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Four Quarter Harmony

1-cup diced quince (Earth)
1-cup mulberries (Air)
1 orange, peeled and sectioned (Fire)
1 large apple, diced (Water)
1-qt. vodka
2/3-cup honey
1/8-tsp. cinnamon and ginger

Place the fruits in a large oven-proof crock with vodka and allow to soak for 4-5 hours. Mix in the honey and spices next, covering the crock securely. A flour and water paste over the edges helps to keep flavor, aroma and alcohol content at a good level. Place the entire mixture in the oven at 200 degrees F for 10 hours. Cool and strain, serving either hot or cold.

Alternatives: If you can not readily find quince, feel free to substitute fresh or canned pears (in juice, not syrup).

from 'Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions' by Patricia Telasco
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Mediterranean Fruit Salad -- Cooking the Mediterranean Way by Alison
Behnke in consultation with Anna and Lazaros Christoforides

A wealth of fresh fruit is one of the Mediterranean's greatest
treasures, and dessert in many of the region's countries can be as
simple as a bowl of berries or a fig plucked right from the family's
tree. This recipe is just a guideline - feel free to create your salad
in the true Mediterranean spirit by using your favorite fruits of the

1 melon, such as honeydew or cantaloupe
2 pears
2 apples
2 oranges
1/2 lb strawberries
1 medium bunch of red or green grapes

1. Wash all fruit well
2. Cut honeydew or cantaloupe in half and scoop out seeds with a small
spoon. Slice melon, pears and apples into bite-sized pieces. Peel
oranges and divide into sections. Remove the green top and center core
from the strawberries and cut in half. Remove grapes from stem.
3. Combine all fruit in a large bowl and mix gently.

For a Middle Eastern flavor, try sprinkling 1 or 2 tbsp finely chopped
almonds over fruit. Or for an Italian taste, toss fruit with 3 tbsp
lemon juice and 1 tbsp sugar. For a Greek or Turkish flare, add 1 tsp
cinnamon and 1 tbsp honey

Prep time: 15 minutes
Serve 4 - 6
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Cucumber Milk
4 ounces oil of sweet almonds
10 ounces juice of fresh cucumbers
3 ounces essence of cucumbers
1/4 ounce white Castile soap, powdered
2/3 drachm tincture of benzoin
The juice of the cucumbers is made by boiling the slices in a very little
water, strain through a fine cloth. Make the essnece by mixing 1 1/2 ounces
of the juice with 1 1/2 ounces alcohol (in this case, use strong vodka).
Dissolve the soap in the essence, add the juice, shake well until thoroughly
mixed; pour into a bowl and add the oil and the tincture, beating well until
you have a milky liquid. Bottle. (I would keep this refrigerated)
She states that this lotion is a specific for sensitive skins, redness,
sunburn and roughness.

For Summer Rash (prickly heat rash)
7 ounces elder-flower water
1 ounce glycerine
1/2 drachm borax
Apply night and morning.

Vinaigre des Quatre Voleurs
1 ounce lavender flowers
3/4 ounce each of: rosemary, thyme, rue, sage, wormwood, mint
1 drachm each of: calamus, nutmegs, cloves, cinnamon
1 drachm camphor (not mothballs)
2 ounces alcohol
1 quart strong wine vinegar
Dissolve the camphor in the alcohol, then add the herbs, spices and vinegar;
let stand 10 days, strain.

Aromatic Toilet Vinegar
1 pint spirits of wine (substitute strong vodka)
1/2 pint strong vinegar
1 1/2 ounces gum benzoin
1/2 ounce balsam of Peru
1/2 drachm oil of neroli (orange flower)
1/2 drachm oil of mace
Steep 1 week, then filter.

These vinegars were used as refreshing toners, by adding a few drops to a
glass of water to rinse the face, or by saturating a cotton wad and
inserting in a "vinaigrette", a small glass flacon carried and smelled when
one was feeling faint or to relieve a headache.

from "The Woman Beautiful" by Ella Adelia Fletcher, circa 1901
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2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 box raisins or hazelnuts
Honey (if you use hazelnuts)

Mix the dry ingredients together until blended and role the raisins in
it. If you use hazelnuts, you will need to dip them in honey first.
You may adjust ingredients to suit your tastes.

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Pink Drink

May. 26th, 2006 07:54 pm
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This is regarded as a potent flower potion, because carnations were used to spice up wines and foods and were also a symbol of passionate love to the Romans - and to modern Italians. They have a wonderful clove-like taste, but you must use the real thing - called clove pink or clove carnation. Sipping this with someone you like quite well could move the relationship on to a higher plateau

You will need:

1 cinnamon stick

petals from about 6 clove carnations (approx. 100g fresh flowers)

a pinch of ground ginger

100g brown sugar

500ml spring water

a few drops of glycerin

sparkling mineral water or lemonade to serve

Put the first five ingredients in a saucepan and bring very slowly to the boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer for about ten minutes, when the syrup begins to thicken, remove from the heat and cool. Add a few drops of glycerin, and the mixture will become pinker. Make up your potion by straining about 30ml of this liquid into a glass and topping up with sparkling water or lemonade. If you're not a teetotaler it is also delicious added to champagne - and will turn it a gentle rose color
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(can be used to help fight foot fungus and yeast from athletes foot)
4 1/4 cups of water
10 cinnamon sticks - whole
Place water and cinnamon sticks in a pan. Bring to pan to a boil , cover then turn down heat and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cinnamon sticks steep in the hot water for an hour longer.
Soak your feet in the solution for 20 minutes. This foot bath will not only make your room and your feet smell wonderful but it will help you to fight fungal and yeast infections too!


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