Healing Foods

Coffee

Wake up flavors in favorite recipes and boost your brain power with this antioxidant-packed brew
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Your cup of joe may be more than just a morning pick-me-up—it might actually ward off several common diseases. Studies have linked three to five cups of java a day to reduced risk of brain and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as cancers of the colon, breast, and liver. A study at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that coffee drinkers also have a moderately reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. And caffeine isn’t responsible, so decaf offers equal benefit. Researchers suspect that rather than one compound, a synergy among substances in the complex biochemical mixture provides the protection.

Choose It & Use It
Coffee enriches flavors in gravies, stews, and tomato-based recipes such as pasta and barbecue sauces, baked beans, and chili. Choose a good-quality roast and store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Brew it fresh and a little stronger for cooking. Substitute it for half of stocks or broths, add it to vinaigrettes and marinades, or grind beans in a pepper mill and add a bit to spice mixes.

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Café Brûlot

Café Brûlot

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If you prepare this at the table, it is even more festive—ladling flaming coffee into cups is a showstopper. Remove zest with a paring knife, avoiding any white pith.

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Russian Black Bread

Russian Black Bread

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Serve this dense, satisfying bread with a meal, or slice for sandwiches.

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Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Chocolate Ganache Truffles

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This recipe offers an introduction to making ganache, a combination of cream and chocolate used for candy fillings, cake frostings, and pastry glazes.

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Mocha Java Sorbet

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Heat water, sugar and coffee in saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a boil. Place chocolates in stainless steel bowl. Remove boiling liquid from heat, and pour 1 cup over chocolate. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.

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comments

Well said about coffee. I am a true coffee lover. Greek Frappé is my favorite among coffee recipes. Coffee is good for your skin also. Antioxidants protect your skin from damage and premature aging. Research has proved that coffee has substantial antioxidant benefits! In fact 3 – 5 cups of coffee a day provide you with around 60% of your daily antioxidant intake.

salma - 2013-10-17 04:36:44