Mary’s Garlic Soup to Help You Beat Cold or Flu

Mary’s Garlic Soup to Help You Beat Cold or Flu


Garlic is a magic food. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Garlic has been known to be antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal. It is full of antioxidants and in a nutshell or in a garlic clove is anti-disease. I love garlic and wanted to share my recipe for Garlic Soup. Click here to learn more about garlic.

I don’t know where I got the original recipe for Garlic Soup, but I have been making it for years every time I feel like I am getting a cold or flu symptoms.


Start with Chicken or Vegetable Broth (You can use any clear soup or make your own with boullion cubes). Bring to a boil.

Add Several cloves of fresh garlic cut up. (I add as many as 10 cloves to about 4 cups of broth) Use as much as you can stand and don’t over cook the garlic.

Simmer the soup with the garlic for a minute or two. (Another variation is to sautee the garlic in the pan before adding the broth. This makes the garlic more tolerable if you don’t like it raw.) I eat garlic raw so I cook as little as possible.

Remove from heat and add:

1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother”) for each serving.

Sprinkle with Cayenne pepper. (According to taste-a dash can create quite a tang so add according to what you can tolerate).

Other helpful spices are Turmeric, Cumin and Ginger which all have healing properties.

Another variation is to add a beaten egg to the boiling broth like egg drop soup.

If you want to make a more hearty soup, go ahead and add some cooked chicken, turkey or sauteed vegetables. Onions are always good for healing.

Be sure to chew the garlic pieces when you eat the soup.

Enjoy! And Be Well!



It’s Holiday Time – The Joy of Mindful Eating

It’s Holiday Time – The Joy of Mindful Eating









It's holiday time starting with the treats of Halloween and celebrating through New Years.

I love the holidays, the food, cooking, baking and celebrating. Having just taken a class on Mindfulness, I thought this would be a great time to share a teleclass I did around the holidays on Mindful Eating. You will hear about my the "diet" book that changed my life and how to eat with joy instead of fear.


Listen and Learn-Grab a cup of tea or download the podcast and listen later. Enjoy!!


Mindful Eating

Cincinnati Restaurant Review

Cincinnati Restaurant Review

Last night we tried a new Cincinnati restaurant-actually a new restaurant for us, a new location for them. We also went out with new friends, who suggested we all try something new. "How about Local 127?" I read some reviews and then went to my favorite source, Trip Advisor, and this restaurant was rated as a Cincinnati favorite.

The restaurant is known for its eclectic menu of small and large plates. They are also known for creating the menu based on local foods. That sounded interesting. I was a little leery when I checked out some sample menus and they seemed to serve a lot of pork in their menu options.

My husband, Steve and I don’t eat pork, nor do we red meat. We do eat poultry occasionally and fish at least once a week. We call ourselves flexitarians, having been strict vegetarians for years and now being occasionally inclusive of meat.

This widening of our diet has also widened our choice of restaurants and our ability to socialize with non-vegetarian foodies.

So we had an open mind. We had reservations for 7:30 and were seated within 10 minutes of our arrival. I wondered if we were in the right place when I saw the large red pig sitting above the rafters. There were also posters from the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham. Hmmmm-they do like pork.

We had a perfect table, not too close to the front door or the kitchen. Our friends said the restaurant reminded them of a Paris Bistro, and the location used to be the home of a bistro. It was an open restaurant with decorating as eclectic as the menu.

We started with a round of water and each ordered a glass of wine. I ordered the house red. A glass of the house red was $5.00 and it was actually quite good- a red zinfandel. Steve ordered a pinot noir, which was also nice. I always like bread with the wine while ordering. Their specialty is corn bread and it was sweet and delicious.

The menu had several choices of appetizers. Our friends ordered the smoked trout aperitif. The next course was soup and salad. They ordered the beet salad. Steve and I ordered French Onion Soup and a simple mixed greens salad.

We all tasted the trout, which tasted like lox that was cut up in very small pieces. I am not a fan of lox so was glad I did not order it. Our friends also said they would probably not order that again because even though it said pickled, they did not anticipate what pickled really would taste like. Their beet salad looked delicious, but it was made with prosciutto so we passed on tasting it. They loved it. The French Onion Soup was decadent and I would guess, not light weight. The salad was nothing extraordinary. The greens were fresh and the presentation was nice with the large croutons and blue cheese sprinkles. There was also goat cheese spread on the side of the salad bowl.

Our friends ordered scallops and duck. We ordered scallops and the char. The scallops were very good. The plate came as three scallops on top of a small serving of mashed potatoes and garnish. The duck was a breast, cooked medium rare and sliced with vegetables and garnish. I took a bite of the duck and it was good but we all agreed it could have been cooked a little more. Having eaten chicken several times this week with the High Holidays, we decided to order fish. The char was excellent. It was served over the mashed potatoes with a garnish of green beans and topped with a gourmet version of potato chips and onion rings.

To finish off our meal, although we were all quite full, we chose two desserts to share. We ordered the chocolate cream, which tasted like a rich chocolate mouse. Our other choice was the cheesecake made in a mason jar. The cheesecake mixed with fruit and graham cracker crust was very good. The coffee was served with whipped cream, natural sugar and chocolate chips.

Needless to say, this was not a light dinner, but it was what Saturday night dinner with friends should be. Great food, in a great atmosphere, and great conversation.

We all share the love of exercise and a healthy lifestyle, which affords us the pleasure of enjoying a great meal knowing we would go back to eating in moderation during the week.

I would recommend this restaurant. The food was delicious, and I should also mention the service. Our waiter, Taylor was delightful and was able to explain every aspect of the menu and answer all of our questions.

I would be interested in your own review or recommendations of new places to dine in our area.

4 Reasons to Eat Watermelon

4 Reasons to Eat Watermelon

4 Reasons to Eat Watermelon – Dr. Weil’s Weekend Tip.

I love watermelon, if it’s ripe and good. Watermelon is full of vitamins, gives us added fluid in our diet, is low in calories, and rich in antioxidants.

The way I pick a watermelon is to pick it up and pat it firmly with a cupped hand. The sound tells you it is ripe and ready to eat. If you hit it and there is not much of a sound, it is probably not ready to eat. I am not sure how much watermelon actually ripens once it is picked from the plant.

Once you pick a good one, enjoy! Watermelon has some great health benefits, not to mention it is so refreshing and good in the summer.

When to Buy Organic-The 12 Most Contaminated List

When to Buy Organic-The 12 Most Contaminated List

An apple a day can keep the doctor away, maybe? It turns out that apples are the highest in pesticides. They just made the top of the “12 most contaminated” list. (USA Today) Apples contain nutrients, fiber, and great stuff for health of your whole body, but it is important to buy organic or wash them with vegiwash or water mixed with a little dish detergent and rinse.

I just bought a bag of apples for work so that I could make sure I got some fruit and fiber at lunch time and for snacking. I have been buying all organic apples.

Here is the 12 MOST CONTAMINATED list.

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Strawberries

4. Peaches

5. Spinach

6. Nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Sweet Bell Peppers

9. Potatoes

10. Blueberries

11. Lettuce

12. Kale/Collard Greens

Of course, fear will interfere with health too, so do the best you can and enjoy your food.

Have a healthy day and stay happy!


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