The Perfect Rice Congee

Ripening tomatoes, glowing peppers, tasty scallions, the secretive carrots and parsnips just waiting to show themselves- and of course lots of broccoli (Chinese and American of course) and bok choy. This is a bird’s-eye view of everything in my garden bed this year, and if you’re like most Minnesotans, you probably have some things growing in your own patch too. If you’re scratching your head asking yourself what to do with this amazing bounty you tended lovingly over the past several months, then read on! Read More

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Epsom Salt Recovery Soak

Are you in need of some muscle relaxation after a particularly long bike ride, run, or heavy weight training day? Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a wonderful way to alleviate muscle aches and pains, and at the same time can help you relax and de-stress.

Epsom salt is made from the compound magnesium sulfate, and is not really salt — it derives its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England where it was discovered. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is an age-old remedy to reduce muscle soreness or muscle cramps, important in exercise performance and recovery. Read More

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Watermelon and soup? Watermelon as a soup? Watermelon soup for some soup?

What a beautiful weekend we have just had, and well deserved after that bought of high heat earlier last week.  Last week, during our hot spell, I kept coming back to this old recipe that really helps cool you off from the inside out.  I know we have posted this before, but it is worth putting up again. Watermelon and cucumber, the main ingredients in this dish, according to Chinese medicine, are very cooling and can help relieve thirst.

Trust me, this dish is delicious!  And to prove it, we are offering a free package of our beloved Herbal Soup Mix to the first person who makes this dish and posts a picture to our Facebook or Instagram page.  Honestly, it is just that good. Read More

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