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Turmeric holiday cookies, blood tests, rashes, pizza dough and card games…

Posted Dec 16 2009 12:00am

After getting home from work yesterday, I began my annual Xmas cookie baking marathon. I tried a new recipe that yielded a batch of incredibly delicious raisin oatmeal spice cookies. The recipe calls for different spices–ginger, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and I forget what else. Turmeric is not listed, but of course I added at least a teaspoon and a half of organic turmeric to the cookie dough. And, now that I have tested these cookies on Stefano and some of my dearest friends who gobbled them down as though they were set on winning a substantial monetary prize at a “stuff-your-face-with-sweets” tournament!, I can safely say that turmeric doesn’t hurt the taste of spice-based cookies at all; on the contrary, it gives them a lovely “goldish” glow. Crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside and a bit spicy (in a GOOD way, mind you)…this turned out to be one of my best Xmas cookie recipes ever…

Well, while I was in the middle of baking batches of cookies, doing laundry, preparing pizza dough and cleaning the kitchen, I got a call from my sister telling me that Dad had developed a horrendous rash on the back of his knee. “Whaaat???!!!,” I screeched. She said that he had been seen by his family doctor who wasn’t sure if the rash had been triggered by a tick bite or a brown recluse spider bite or…something else. As you can imagine, I was very alarmed. Still am…

Dad was tested for a bunch of things, but we won’t have the results for a few (?) days at least. Until then, he is on antibiotics. I must say, it’s in moments like these that I really hate being so far away from my parents…from my family in general (my sister and niece live in Arizona). I wish I could just drop in on them now and again (beam me up, Scotty!)…I wish we could all spend the holidays together…I wish…

At any rate, later on I spoke with my parents, who reassured me that the rash is indeed scary-looking but already seems to be fading. So I am not making any plane reservations…yet. But I confess that I did look at flights to Boston…

I spent the evening at a friend’s house, a get-together that had been planned last week. There were eight of us, all enthusiastic card players. We paired off and played cards and laughed and horsed around and ate cookies until after midnight. Ah, who won, you ask? Well, my partner and I, of course! (No, not Stefano…he doesn’t like to play cards, especially with a bunch of rowdy women…can’t really blame him, eh?)

This morning I went to the Misericordia of Badia a Ripoli (where I can make an appointment to have my blood drawn at a specific time, which is fabbbulous: I was in and out in 10 minutes!). I will have my blood test results by mid January…these will be my saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) results.

Now I have to figure out what my next experiment will be. Reishi? Guggulsterone? Boswellia? Something else? Who would have thought, just a couple of years ago, that I would have so many choices?

Who would have thought?

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