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Valle de Viñales & Pinar del Río Province

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

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The fragrant aroma of a fine cigar is an unmistakable scent and within Cuba, its smoky drift can be traced back to Pinar del Río province, the world's premier place to grow tobacco. The region is a rolling rustic canvas of fertile, rust-red oxen-furrowed fields, thatched tobacco-drying houses and sombrero-clad guajiros (country folk).

Jewels in the crown of this emerald land are the Valle de Viñales, a Unesco World Heritage Site studded with the alluring and distinctive mogotes (limestone monoliths) that nigh-on beseech you to get hiking, and Península de Guanahacabibes, a remote Unesco Biosphere Reserve abutting María la Gorda's swath of 50-plus dive sites.

Your obvious base is serene Viñales, a hassle-free village ringed by craggy hills and Van Gogh–like rural beauty, which beckons you to forge into some of the Caribbean's best caves, explore tobacco plantations and secluded swimming holes, lounge on idyllic sandy beaches and lose yourself in a laid-back land where every horizon harbors a host of quintessential 'come to the Cuban countryside' images. So come.

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This and That

Patty Vineyard MacDonald University of North Texas Press ePub

This and That

There are always snippets of information left over at the end of every project of this size. Corbitt combined these and placed them at the backs of all but her last cookbook. It proved popular with earlier readers, so I am availing myself of the same opportunity. In an effort to make your hours in the kitchen more effective, here are hints my mother and friends, fine cooks all, have passed along to me. I’ve added a few of my own picked up during a gastronomically satisfying half-century spent in my own kitchens.—Editor

If you don’t own a rolling pin, use a chilled cylindrical bottle of wine to roll pastry.

Something always needs to be grated: chilled citrus fruit is easier to grate. The extra flavor of freshly grated nutmeg and Parmesan cheese make it worth your effort. Either can be grated easily in a hand-held Zyliss or on a Japanese fresh ginger grater. Hard cheeses are easier to grate when they’re at room temperature.

Cream cheese is always worked at room temperature.

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Resources: Recommended Reading

Ya-Ling J. Liou Return to Health Press™ PDF

RESOURCES

Recommended Reading

For More on the Mechanics of Everyday Pain

Edwards MZ. YogAlign, Pain-Free Yoga From Your Inner Core. Hanalei, HI:

Hihimanu Press; 2011.

Gokhale E, Adams S. 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot. Chicago, IL: Pendo Press; 2008.

Hage M. The Back Pain Book. Pompano Beach, FL: Educa Books; 2008.

Liebenson C. Flexibility, Yoga Training, and Ergonomic Postural Advice.

Published on DVD. Riverwoods, IL: Wolters Kluwer Heath; 2011.

McGill S. Back Mechanic: The Step-by-Step McGill Method to Fix Back Pain.

Waterloo, Ontario: Stuart McGill Wabuno Publishers; 2015.

McGill S. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance. 5th ed. Waterloo, Ontario:

Stuart McGill Wabuno Publishers; 2004.

McKenzie RA. Treat Your Own Back. 9th ed. Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Products Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products; 2011.

Myers T. Anatomy Trains website. https://www.anatomytrains.com.

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Columbus

Mary Faulk Koock University of North Texas Press ePub

COLUMBUS

I stopped off in Columbus on my way home from Houston to see Rosanne Harrison for a few minutes, but ended up spending the day! A number of the girls were over having coffee and making plans for next year’s Magnolia Arts and Homes Tour Festival. It was so successful this year. People came from far and wide and just loved the band concert on the courthouse square, consumed gallons and gallons of hand-turned ice cream, and drank ten thousand gallons of cold, fresh homemade lemonade at the sidewalk café while they watched the buggies and wagons start for the tours of old Columbus homes and the Old Opera House where Houdini once appeared. In the late 1880’s, this was the only place between New Orleans and El Paso where opera was performed. The builder, R. E. Stafford, millionaire, cattleman and banker, built his own two-story home adjacent to the Opera House at an angle where he could watch the performances from his own bedroom! Liza McMahan, who, with her husband, is editor of the hundred-and-five-year-old newspaper, was acting as chairman of the Festival. The girls were also talking about the party they had been to the night before down at the Taits’ place. It was El and Alice Tait’s thirtieth wedding anniversary, and their two daughters had sent out invitations simply saying, “A Special Occasion,” with the time and the place. Special it was indeed! The guests danced on the wide front porch, which was added to the log cabin built in 1847. The music was furnished by one of those good Schulenberg bands, the Telstars. Lil Stallman started a long serpentine procession to the shed behind the house, where an enormous white-satin-tied box held a “special gift” for Alice and El. Suddenly the top of the box flew open, and amid colorful balloons, Rita Tait and her fiancé emerged to announce their engagement. Rita was wearing her mother’s wedding gown and John was wearing El’s wedding suit. Toasts were exchanged by Rita and her father, and later all the guests offered toasts to both couples. May West, who is reportedly one of the “best cooks” in Columbus, had made the traditional Wedding Cake she makes for her special friends on such occasions. May is a wonderful friend to have, as she has the largest deep freeze in town and keeps it loaded with all kinds of goodies she loves to cook.

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Entrée Sauces

Patty Vineyard MacDonald University of North Texas Press PDF

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The Best From Helen Corbitt’s Kitchens

Reader’s Request

A sauce to make a fish dish a delectable entrée any day, and especially for company.

IMPERIAL SAUCE

2½ cups

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

¼ cup finely diced mushrooms

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup Thick Cream Sauce [opposite page]

1 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet mustard pickles

1 tablespoon finely chopped pimento

¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

[Preheat oven to 300º.] Sauté onion and mushrooms in butter; add cream sauce, mayonnaise, lemon juice, pickles, pimento, and

Worcestershire. Completely cover any boned fish like red snapper, sea trout, fillet of sole, and similar fish, and bake for 40 minutes. Part of the sauce cooks into the fish and part stays on top. I use it also combined with shrimp, lobster, and crabmeat, and baked in individual casseroles for a luncheon dish and find it popular as a hot hors d’oeuvre served with pastry scoops: pie crust molded on a tablespoon, placed close enough to touch on a baking sheet and baked at

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Varadero & Matanzas Province

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With a name translating as 'massacres,' Matanzas province conceals an appropriately tumultuous past beneath its modern-day reputation for glam all-inclusive holidays. In the 17th century pillaging pirates ravaged the region's prized north coast, while three centuries later, more invaders grappled ashore in the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) under the dreamy notion that they were about to liberate the nation.

The Bahía de Cochinos attracts more divers than mercenaries these days, while sunbathers rather than pirates invade the northern beaches of Varadero, the vast Caribbean resort and lucrative economic 'cash cow' that stretches 20km along the sandy Península de Hicacos.

Providing a weird juxtaposition is the scruffy city of Matanzas, the music-rich provincial capital that has gifted the world with rumba, danzón, countless grand neoclassical buildings and Santería (the province is the veritable cradle of Afro-Cuban religion). Tourists may be scant here outside of Varadero, but soulful, only-in-Cuba experiences are surprisingly abundant.

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Stories and Recipes from the Rolling Plains

Frances B. Vick (Editor) University of North Texas Press PDF

Stories and

Recipes from the Rolling

Plains*

This is a region of approximately 24 million acres of alternating woodlands and prairies. The area is half mesquite woodland and half prairie. Mesquite trees have steadily invaded and increased in the grasslands for many years, despite constant control efforts.

Soils range from coarse sands along out-wash terraces adjacent to streams to tight or compact clays on redbed clays and shales.

Rough broken lands on steep slopes are found in the western portion. About two-thirds of the area is rangeland, but cultivation is important in certain localities.

The original vegetation includes big, little, sand and silver bluestems, Texas wintergrass, indiangrass, switchgrass, sideoats and blue gramas, wild-ryes, tobosagrass, and buffalograss on the clay soils.

The sandy soils support tall bunchgrasses, mainly sand bluestem.

Sand shinnery oak, sand sagebrush, and mesquite are the dominant woody plants. Continued heavy grazing contributes to the increase in woody plants, low-value grasses, such as red grama, red lovegrass, tumblegrass, gummy lovegrass, Texas grama, sand dropseed, and sandbur with western ragweed, croton, and many other weedy forbs. Yucca is a problem plant on certain rangelands.

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Chapter 2: Mechanical Triggers

Ya-Ling J. Liou Return to Health Press™ PDF

CHAPTER 2

Mechanical Triggers

TISSUES OF THE BODY CAN EXPERIENCE mechanical injury when structural integrity is threatened. Some examples of mechanical stress or mechanical triggers of inflammation include:

• Compression (compressive forces)

• Lengthening, i.e., any positioning of body parts at some distance from our individual center of gravity

(tensile force)

• Shearing forces that result from combining compression and tension

“The spine experiences and negotiates the compressive force of gravity all day long.”

Compression

Compressive forces can come from gravity or from a crushing type of injury

(Figure 2.1).

FIGURE 2.1 COMPRESSION—A MECHANICAL STRESS: Compression

is a mechanical stress that can trigger pain. The spine experiences and negotiates the compressive force of gravity all day long. Gravity is a significant compressive force all on its own, but, combine that with a blow or a fall, and we have a reasonable mechanical trigger for pain.

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Corpus Christi

Mary Faulk Koock University of North Texas Press ePub

CORPUS CHRISTI

Corpus Christi is known as Texas’s sparkling city by the sea. Its name means the Body of Christ and it is the only city in the world by this name. Its surroundings are lush and semitropical; the white sand beaches along the palm-studded waterfront are immaculate! A boat trip around the bay at twilight is absolutely enchanting! Corpus (as the natives refer to it) is substantial and prosperous in appearance and in reality. It definitely has an air of romance and adventure for all who live there and all who visit there. This is possibly due to its colorful history as well as its beautiful setting. Early in the 1800’s Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates plundered and pilfered trading ships plying the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In 1812 Jean Lafitte and his men aided General Andrew Jackson’s troops in the defense of New Orleans. Because of his aid in the defense of New Orleans President James Madison gave Lafitte a full pardon for his crimes of piracy.

Corpus Christi has an annual celebration based on this romantic history.

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Havana

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Close your eyes for a moment and imagine you are there. Waves crashing against a mildewed sea wall; a young couple cavorting in a dark, dilapidated alley; guitars and voices harmonizing over a syncopated drum rhythm; sunlight slanting across rotten peeling paintwork; a handsome youth in a guayabera shirt leaning against a Lada; the smell of diesel fumes and cheap aftershave; tourists with Hemingway beards; Che Guevara on a billboard, a banknote, a key-ring, a t-shirt…

No one could have invented Havana. It’s too audacious, too contradictory, and – despite 50 years of withering neglect – too damned beautiful. How it does it, is anyone’s guess. Maybe it’s the swashbuckling history, the survivalist spirit, or the indefatigable salsa energy that ricochets off walls and emanates most emphatically from the people. Don’t come here looking for answers. Just arrive with an open mind and prepare yourself for a long, slow seduction.

AFebruary is peak season meaning there's extra life in the city and plenty of extracurricular activities, including a cigar festival and an international book fair.

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Chapter 7: The Trouble with Gluten

Rockridge Press Rockridge Press ePub

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We’ve discussed many of the health benefits of switching to a Paleo diet, but one of the main benefits is that the foods enjoyed in the Paleo diet don’t have gluten in them. For millions of people worldwide, eating caveman-style is a relatively simple way to avoid digestive upset and even the cancers that are caused by an allergy to gluten.

Latin for “glue,” gluten is a protein found in wheat and grains that gives ground flours elasticity and helps them to rise. It’s also the binding component that gives bread its chewy texture and keeps it from crumbling apart after baking. Gluten can be removed from flour because it is insoluble in water. Typically when you remove the gluten, you also lose all of the good properties that make breads and cakes what they are.

Without gluten, your baked goods won’t rise and they’ll have a grainy, crumbly texture. They won’t taste anything like their gluten-laden cousins, and you probably won’t want to eat more than the first bite. Because of an increasing demand for gluten-free products, food corporations have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and money into creating tasty, effective, gluten-free products. Unfortunately, most commercially prepared gluten-free recipe mixes still fall short.

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6. Desserts! Desserts! Desserts!

Jean Andrews University of North Texas Press PDF

Desserts! Desserts! Desserts!

Just Desserts

Desserts and chocolate with chili peppers? That is nothing new. It all began with the Pre-Columbian Olmec Indians of Mesoamerica who left records of their use of chili peppers and cacao as early as 1,000 B.C. They and their neighboring Mayans drank a stimulating, unsweetened, frothy drink made of the roasted and ground cacao beans combined with chili peppers, and often with native spices such as annato, allspice, and vanilla, three of the many comestible New World plants that were unknown to the

Old World before the Columbian Exchange that began in 1492.

Mesoamerica is the constricted area of the Americas that separates the larger masses of North and South

America. It includes southern Mexico with the Valley of

Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, Guatemala, British

Honduras (now Belize), El Salvador, and the northern part of Honduras. Further south in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia was the Andean Area where the great Inca Empire reigned in its final glory. The indigenous people of those areas of diverse geography were agriculturists who domesticated and cultivated many plants including chili peppers of different species in both areas. On the other hand, the only domesticated animals were the turkey and the dog, both used for meat. There were no wild animal species in the

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Chapter 8: Paleo Food Guide

Rockridge Press Rockridge Press ePub

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Shopping for foods that are Paleo friendly can be a daunting task when you’re first starting out. What’s allowed and what’s not? What are all of those mystery ingredients that are listed on food labels? For the most part, stocking your refrigerator and pantry is fairly simple, but there are going to be times when you don’t want to eat just steak and broccoli, and there will be other times when you need something fast and simple. Don’t worry—you’ll get the hang of it.

There are a few different versions of the Paleo diet, but for the sake of this discussion, we’re going to take the modern middle road so that it’s easier for you to make the transition to your new, healthier lifestyle. Throughout the following pages, we’re going to discuss what foods are okay and where you can find them. We’ll also discuss some alternate ingredients for baking bread and other goodies that won’t get you kicked out of the cave!

The first bit of good news is that you’re not going to be counting calories. Instead, you’re going to try to keep your portions in line with what your ancestors most likely ate. A diet that consists of 50 to 60 percent protein, 30 to 40 percent healthy carbs, and 5 to 10 percent healthy vegetable fats such as extra-virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds is the general goal.

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Salads and Dressings

Patty Vineyard MacDonald University of North Texas Press PDF

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Salads and Dressings

A few things to remember:

Before unmolding, moisten both the plate and the molded salad with wet fingers. The moist surfaces make it easy to slide the mold into the center of the plate after unmolding.

To unmold salads quickly, dip the molds in hot water, then loosen sides with a silver knife. Tap it with your hand and the salad will come out easily.

Remember that everything shows in a molded salad, so when adding fruit, bear in mind that:

These Fruits Sink: Canned apricots, Royal Anne cherries, canned peaches and pears, whole strawberries, prunes and plums, fresh orange sections, grapes.

These Fruits Float: Fresh apple cubes, banana slices, grapefruit sections, fresh peach or pear slices, raspberries, strawberry halves, marshmallows, broken nutmeats.

Jello and gelatin are not the same, so watch your recipes and use whichever is called for.

Add whatever you are adding to the gelatin mix ONLY when the mixture is thoroughly chilled or even partly congealed. If you are making a pattern, allow a thin layer of gelatin to “set” before you begin.

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TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

Michelin Michelin ePub

TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE

Trentino is a region of immense appeal to all lovers of nature and the mountains. Viticulture has been practised with excellent results along the course of the river Adige for centuries. International varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon, Pinot, Cabernet, Merlot, Gewürztraminer, Müller Thurgau and Sylvaner are cultivated with great success, but it is the native varieties, such as Schiava, Nosiola, Lagrein and Marzemino, that are more interesting as they are more representative of the territory and part of its culture and tradition. Sparkling wines known around the world are produced under the appellation Trento DOC. Another of the region’s enological treasures is Vino Santo, a sweet wine of great charm produced in very limited quantity. Proud and strongly rooted in its traditions and culture, Alto Adige has two faces, Italian and Mitteleuropean. Grapes are the zone’s principal crop and its magnificent landscape is spread with rows of vines. Here the wines develop intense, complex aromas as a result of the large and sudden swings in temperature, daily and seasonally. In Alto Adige sharing a bottle of wine in company is a long established and deeply appreciated pleasure, and in autumn it is wine that provides the theme for a traditional series of convivial meetings: the Törggelen – a name derived from the Latin word torculum, meaning wine press – is the custom of touring the local cellars to taste the new wine and enjoy roast chestnuts, homemade bread, charcuterie, cheeses and other local foods.

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