Lavender Bergamot Bath Salts

IMG_0722Homemade gift! Encourages stress relief. Terribly easy to make. Lavender for relaxation. Bergamot (the unique flavor in Earl Grey Tea) is both relaxing and uplifting.

  • 3 cups Epsom salts
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cosmetic clay*
  • 8 drops essential lavender oil
  • 8 drops essential bergamot oil

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Combine salts, soda and clay in a large bowl and mix until even. Add oils a few drops at a time, spreading the drops throughout. Mix again. Put salts in clean glass jars. Use anywhere from 1/2-3/4 cup per bath.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Makes 6 cups

*aka China clay, ceramic clay, kaolin clay. Used in the mix to keep salts from sweating and clumping.

Book Giveaway: Theo Chocolate

CONTEST CLOSED. THANKS EVERYONE. Oh my goodness. The LOVELY folks at local chocolate masters, Theo, are providing a divine holiday giveaway for Cookus Interruptus subscribers.

First there’s this gorgeous book of chocolate recipes. Both sweet and savory delights, along with the fascinating story of how North America’s first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory came to be (and why they are so passionate about how their chocolate is made).

But that’s not all! The winner will also receive TWO baking bars (85% dark chocolate and 70% dark chocolate) and a box of nibs! Win win and (chocolate) WIN! Continue reading

Book Giveaway: The Nourished Kitchen

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The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this lovely for one of our lucky subscribers!

The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy*, and Kombuchas

This cookbook from Jennifer McGruther, author of the popular website Nourished Kitchen, features over 160 recipes .  The traditional foods movement is a fad-free approach to cooking and eating that emphasizes nutrient-dense, real food, and values quality, environment, and community over the convenience of processed, additive-laden products that are the norm on grocery store shelves. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery

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The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this new book written by two of our alums, Dr. Lisa Price and nutritionist Susan Gins, who saw a need and filled it beautifully.

The book offers over 100 quick and delicious recipes that provide nutrients essential at each stage of treatment while avoiding pro-inflammatory foods such as processed sugars, dairy, and gluten that may increase side effects. The recipes in this user-friendly cookbook: Continue reading

Book Giveaway: Zero to Five

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Zero to Five

70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science
(and What I’ve Learned So Far)

“The coolest–and easiest–book for new parents” –Parents magazine

“You could read 34 parenting books on sleep, eating, potty training, discipline, and brain development. Or you could read Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science. Tracy Cutchlow cuts to the chase, summarizing the best scientific research in bite-sized chunks. One tip per page + beautiful photographs = cool + easy.”

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Book Giveaway: The Pollan Family Table

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The Bastyr University Bookstore has offered up this  gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family—with a foreword from Michael Pollan for our June giveaway.

In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family’s best recipes. Continue reading

Book Giveaway: The Healthy Mind Cookbook

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Rebecca Katz, chef and author extraordinaire, wrangled the hotel chefs in Phoenix into feeding participants fantastic whole foods meals and snacks at the recent 2015 annual Health and Nutrition Conference.  No easy task.  I was there.  Her recipes are yum. Despite her pixie size, she’s can do some heavy lifting.

This is Rebecca’s third book.  The Longevity Kitchen and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen are her first two babies.  You can see right away that Rebecca has devoted her life to improving the health of others through food.  She’s the kitchen doc.  And a delightful, generous soul that knows how to make vegetables sing. Continue reading

How to Build a Better Cookie

Have you ever tried to make your grandma’s favorite cookie recipe substituting whole Gingerbread-Cookiesgrain flours and less refined sweeteners?  Or changing out butter for other fats.  As well-intentioned as this is, the results can be disappointing – sometimes the cookies are better as hockey pucks, other times they fall apart as you scrape them from the cookie sheet.  Here are some tips that might help next time you attempt a cookie conversion.

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Book Giveaway: 75 Homemade Salad Dressings

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Spring cleaning, inside and out, can lead to the desire for greens glorious greens.  And I know I have a tendency to lean toward those three easy salad dressings that I make all the time.  You too?  Well this charming little book is for you.

Jeff Keys’ focus on simplicity, variety, and seasonal ingredients combined with the ease of flipping through this cookbook makes creating homemade salad dressings easy and satisfying. Top your favorite greens with Honey-Roasted Raspberry Vinaigrette or give your salad a toss with a dressing that has an international flavor such as Simple Spanish Sherry Vinaigrette or Asian Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette. If you are feeling like a slaw, try Caribbean Slaw Dressing, or if a creamy dressing sounds tempting, Creamy Lemon, Fresh Tarragon, and Pink Peppercorn Dressing might fit the bill.

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