Diva Tasting: Pork Marsala…

Pork Marsala
1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
2 Pound Boneless Pork Loin Chops, Pounded Thin
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
3 Cups Sliced Fresh Cremini Mushrooms
2 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
2 Cups good Marsala Cooking Wine
  1. Mix flour, salt ,garlic salt, garlic powder, and oregano together in a medium bowl. Add pork chops, and toss until well coated.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place pork in skillet in a single layer, and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on both sides. Add mushrooms and minced garlic; cook and stir briefly.
  3. Stir in wine, scraping the skillet to loosen any brown bits. Cover and simmer over medium heat until pork is tender and sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. If sauce is too thick, adjust by stirring in a small amount of wine. Serve with herbed mashed potatoes and sauteed broccoli.

Diva Musing: 10 Foods that will Cleanse Your Arteries…

I went on a search to find the foods I use all the time to keep the system boosted.  I found this healthy little guide I hope you enjoy. AS always consult your health practitioner for verification…Namaste, The Queen Cronista
10 Foods that will Cleanse Your Arteries
The No. 1 killer on the planet is heart disease, which accounts for one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What makes heart disease so deadly is the progressive buildup of plaque in the arteries, which narrows the inner walls, restricting and ultimately blocking the flow of blood.
Arteries are the blood vessels that deliver oxygen-rich blood from the heart to different tissues in the body. When plaque builds up and blood flow becomes inhibited, these clogged or blocked arteries can lead to more serious problems such as heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
So what can you do to keep your arteries healthy and free of blockage? Food can be used as a natural remedy to regress blockage and prevent further damage to your arteries.
Asparagus is one of the best foods to cleanse your arteries. Full of fiber and minerals, it helps lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots that can lead to serious cardiovascular illness. It works within the veins and arteries to alleviate inflammation that may have accumulated over time. It boosts the body’s production of glutathione, an antioxidant that fights inflammation and prevents damaging oxidation that causes clogged or blocked arteries. It also contains alpha-linoleic acid and folic acid, which prevent hardening of the arteries.
There are many great recipes for asparagus. Steam it, roast it, grill it and even eat it raw in salads.
Avocado helps reduce the “bad” cholesterol and increase the “good cholesterol” that helps to clear the arteries. It also contains vitamin E, which prevents cholesterol oxidation, as well as potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure. Avocados are a delicious replacement for mayo on a sandwich, or as a salad topping, and of course, in guacamole.
Broccoli can prevent artery clogging because it is loaded with vitamin K, which prevents calcium from damaging the arteries. Broccoli also prevents cholesterol oxidation and is full of fiber, which lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. Stress can lead to tearing and plaque build-up of arterial walls. These little trees also contain sulforaphane, which helps the body use protein to prevent plaque build-up in the arteries.
It is recommended to have two to three servings of broccoli per week for the maximum benefits. Broccoli is another versatile vegetable—it tastes great grilled, roasted or steamed and is a great side dish.
Fatty Fish
Fatty fish—mackerel, salmon, sardines, herring and tuna—are rich in healthy fats, which can help to clear the arteries. Omega-3 fatty acids help to increase the “good” cholesterol while reducing triglyceride levels, decreasing blood vessel inflammation and the formation of blood clots in the arteries, and can even lower blood pressure.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends people eat fish at least twice per week to reduce plaque build-up. Baked and grilled fish are the most optimal for heart health.
Instead of reaching for the cookie jar, try a healthier alternative—nuts. Almonds are the best choice because they are high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, fiber and protein. The magnesium in almonds also prevents plaque formation and lowers blood pressure. Walnuts are another good source of omega-3 fatty acid, which will reduce “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol levels, which in turn lowers the risk of plaque build-up in the arteries.
The AHA recommends three to five servings per week (one serving is equivalent to a handful). Nuts also make a great salad topper.
Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid, an essential fatty acid that lowers “bad” cholesterol and raises “good” cholesterol. Rich in antioxidants, it is one of the healthiest oils to use in cooking or for dressings.
Use olive oil instead of butter and drizzle over salad or pasta. It is recommended to choose 100 percent organic virgin olive oil for maximum health benefits.
This summertime favorite is a great natural source of the amino acid L-citrulline, which boosts nitric oxide production in the body. Nitric oxide causes the arteries to relax, decreases inflammation and can help lower blood pressure. Watermelon also helps to modify blood lipids and lowers belly fat accumulation. Less fat in the abdominal area lowers the risk of heart disease.
The main component of this spice is curcumin, which is a power anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a major cause of arteriosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries. Turmeric also reduces the damage to arterial walls, which can cause blood clots and plaque build up. Turmeric also contains vitamin B6, which helps to maintain healthy levels of homocysteine, which can cause plaque buildup and blood vessel damage in excess amounts.
Turmeric can be an ingredient in many dishes, both sweet and savory. One way to get your daily dose is by drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk daily. If you’ve never cooked with it before, now’s the time to get creative for your health!
This dark, leafy green is filled with potassium, folate and fiber, which helps lower blood pressure and prevents artery blockage. One serving per day helps lower homocysteine levels, a risk factor for heart diseases such as atherosclerosis.
It doesn’t matter if you eat it raw or cooked, the benefits are the same. So try it in salads, smoothies and even on your omelet.
Whole Grains
Whole grains contain soluble fiber, which binds to the excess LDL cholesterol in your digestive tract and removes it from your body. Whole grains also contain magnesium, which dilates blood vessels and keeps your blood pressure at regular levels.
The AHA recommends at least six daily servings of whole grains, so trade your carbs for whole-grain alternatives like whole-grain breads, whole wheat pastas, brown rice, quinoa, barley and oatmeal to improve cholesterol levels and keep your arteries clear.

Diva Tasting: Noni’s Linguine With Clam Sauce…

Noni’s Linguine With Clam Sauce
1 (8 Ounce) Package Linguine Pasta
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Minced Sweet Onion
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 (10 Ounce) Cans Baby Clams, Drained With Juices Reserved
1 Tablespoon white wine
1 (16 Ounce) Jar Alfredo Sauce 
1 Teaspoon Grated Parmesan Cheese, Or To Taste (optional)
1 Pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Or To Taste (optional)
  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the linguine, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still slightly firm, about 11 minutes drain well.
  2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until it begins to brown slightly. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion becomes lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the reserved clam juice and wine. Simmer until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Stir in the Alfredo sauce and clams; cook and stir until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve the clam sauce over the linguine, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

Diva Musing: Spell Checking…

Spell Checking…
Sometimes I think things to death. Where am I, Who am I, What is the meaning of life, What am I supposed to do in life? I follow thousands of ancestral years of people thinking the same way. They had many thing in life, thousands of years ago, to evaluate just as I/we do. Someone eats your lunch out of the refrigerator. How will I respond? If I were a cave woman I might pull out a tomahawk and pound their head in, I worked hard to bring down that mastodon! I might use the proper “UG” to cuss them out sufficiently. I may just walk away, but not likely for a cave woman or even a mountain woman like me. Simpler times were easier to handle.
Today we are on sensory, emotional, global melt down almost each new day. Many of us are addicted to our cell phones and can text in a blink of an eye a feeling, emotion, or fact. No more smoke signals that could be effected by the weather (or so they want us to think). LOL! So many of us are under the spell of technology, bad news media, big pharma propaganda and general stressful malaise.
What can we do? Spell Check! Identify and evaluate the spells that you have let get cast on you and work to break them. It is all about decisions we can make. That is the real spell breaker. Our good choices.
Do I want to keep taking those drugs, Do I want to keep wallowing in self pity, do I need a significant other so much that I would put up with abusive bullying prats???? If you don’t break the spells in your life you could become the bitter, cynical shrew/witch you likely despise. Are you clinging to the past and letting dead issues allow you to create more bad Karma? Do you need the victim mentality so badly that you can’t let go?
Is the blame game still the mantra for your life all the time? Are you the indefatigable whiner? So much so you don’t even deserve Cheese with that whine. Each day is a new day to choose. Only you can choose to love in spite of chaos and cruelty in you life. You can choose to stay away from those who create this in your life. You can distance yourself from any ting and everything that destroys your vibration in the world. You do not have to let other destroy you inner peace and love.
Start volunteering and get outside your own problems. You may want to go back to school and start a new trade or learning tool. Have an adventure you never thought you could. Sit in groups that nurture you personally and spiritually. Stay out of groups that DON’T!
Put on your big girl panties and go for it. Shift happens; but only when we agree to let shift happen.
The Universe sends you what you think about all day long. If you choose the blame game, you’ll get more things to blame others form. If you choose the change game and think only of what you really want the Universe will bring you that continually. Don’t keep swimming upstream. Go with the natural flow that the universe has set for you. I hope my pontificating hasn’t upset you. I really do this often to remind myself to practice what I preach. Happy Spell Checking. Love and Light to our Light-worker Brigade.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Best Baked Rice Pilaf

Best Baked Rice Pilaf
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Onion, Chopped
2 Cups Long-Grain White Rice
3 Cups Chicken Stock
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Pinch Saffron (optional)
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Melt butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion is lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine rice and onion mixture in a 9×13-inch casserole dish placed on a baking sheet. Stir thoroughly to coat the rice.
  4. Combine chicken stock, salt, saffron, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour chicken stock mixture over rice in the casserole dish and stir to combine. Spread mixture evenly along the bottom of the pan. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove foil and fluff with a fork to separate the grains of rice.
  7. Variation add 6 Tablespoons of toasted pine nuts for additional flavor toss and serve.

Diva Musing: Fall is in the Air…

Fall is in the Air
By now you know the Crones grew up in the South. I remember from my early teens hearing all the old times talk about the Farmers Almanac for planting, weather predictions and healing remedies etc. It was gospel to a Southern Farmer, Fisherman, Hunter etc. Today is is as solid as ever in my opinion. I’m listing a blurb to inform those of you internationally that is a good tool to add to your toolbox of research about life and nature. Fall is coming and I’ll use it to get my fall plants safely in the ground and other need to know things as well. You may want to check it out.
Time-tested and generations approved the Farmers’ Almanac is a compendium of knowledge on weather, gardening, cooking, home remedies, managing your household, preserving the earth, and more. Anyone can give you advice — Farmers’ Almanac goes beyond today’s experts and enlightens you with generations of perception, experience, and common sense.
Today, they are more accessible than ever:
In Print: Published every year since 1818, the retail edition of the Farmers’ Almanacnot only provides amazingly accurate long-range weather predictions (for both the US and Canada), but also articles, calendars, and information on everything from the best days to garden, fish and take vacations, to recipes for healthy homemade dishes, and ways to use natural remedies to cure a cold. Meet the editors. Find out where to buy the Farmers’ Almanac.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Linguine With Clam Sauce…

Linguine With Clam Sauce
1 (16 Ounce) Package Linguine Pasta
1/3 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 Anchovy Fillets (Optional)
6 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
1 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
2 (10 Ounce) Cans Whole Baby Clams, Drained And Juice Reserved
1/3 Cup White Wine
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook linguine at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook anchovies in the skillet until they dissolve into the oil, about 5 minutes; add garlic and continue cooking until it is lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Melt butter into the anchovies mixture. When the butter begins to bubble, stir parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, and black pepper into the butter mixture; cook to soften the parsley, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour wine and about 3/4 of the reserved clam juice into the skillet. Place a cover on the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Bring liquid to a simmer; add clams and continue to cook until the clams are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour clam sauce over linguine to serve.