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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Cinnamon A Powerful Spice

Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years not just for its aroma, but for its powerful medicinal properties as well. The most important properties of cinnamon are those of its antioxidants. They fight free radicals, which might cause diseases like cancer, diabetes, inflammatory arthritis, dementia, and even age-related macular degeneration. It's a powerful spice. 

Today, cinnamon is inexpensive, available in supermarkets and found as an ingredient in various foods and recipes. Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed. When it is dried, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. These sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder.

Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols.

Cinnamon has anti-inflamatory properties.

Cinnamon may improve some key risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.

Cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon has been widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.

There are two main types of cinnamon:
Ceylon cinnamon: Also known as "true" cinnamon.
Cassia cinnamon: The more common variety today and what people generally refer to as "cinnamon."  

Make sure to get Ceylon cinnamon or stick to small doses if you're using the Cassia variety.

How To Take Cinnamon
As Cinnamon Powder
You can use the powder in cooking. Just add a pinch of it while preparing your favorite dish. You can even add the spice to your morning oatmeal.
As Supplements 

You can use cinnamon supplements as well. Just ensure you check with your health care provider or nutritionist about the right brand and safety.
As A Liquid Concoction
Add a pinch of cinnamon to plain hot water and drink it up. You can even add a few drops of lemon. Adding a pinch of cinnamon to your morning tea or coffee also helps.
No matter how good cinnamon is, not everything about it is desirable. It does have its share of side effects.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Black Magic Cake

Black Magic Cake

  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cups Dark Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1 Cup strong black coffee
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven 350
  2. Grease and flour 2 9' round cake pans
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla.
  5. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (batter will be thin). Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Frost with Mocha Frosting!!
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