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Ask Aunt Nettie

We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.

To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie, click on Aunt Nettie below:

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Dear Auntie Nettie,

I have not written in a long time! I hope you are doing alright. I love garlic but it leaves my mouth with a foul smell. I make my own cold remedy with garlic, ginger, onion and horseradish root. A very effective remedy but the smell is so strong my husband will not kiss me for 3 days! What is the best remedy for garlic breath?


Howdy there Mary,

How sweet, darlin', that yer inquirin' 'bout myself. I'm doin' jes fine an' dandy.

Well, that there garlic is what they calls a two-edge sword. It's dern good fer ya in a heap o' ways an' it sure 'nuff knocks a cold to smithereens. But the other edge o' the sword is that it kin make a person a social outcast.

Some folks is more sensitive than others to the sulphur stuff in garlic. An' they say there's no hope o' curin' garlic breath. An fer some folks that garlic goes through the whole body an' out their pores.

Now, it ain't a purfect remedy, but here's what I do. I keep a big jar o' raw sunflower seeds in the fridge, an' I got parsley growin' in the garden. So after a big dose o' garlic cure fer a cold that's comin' on, I eats a handful o' sunflower seeds along with a few sprigs o' parsley several times a day. An' it done helped me through the bad times--an' the good thing is that I didn't notice folks backin' away from me when I was talkin' to 'em.

'Nother thing you kin do is eat some fresh mint leaves, drink peppermint tea, an' rub them mint leaves on yer body.

Now these is things anybody kin do 'cause sunflower seeds, parsley, and mint leaves is easy to come by. Well, darlin, I surely do hope this helps keep yer hubby nice an' close.

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie

If You Haven't Met Aunt Nettie. . .

Our Aunt Nettie has a head like a hard disk. It's filled with gigabytes of information about food and cooking. And she's just itchin' to share her learnin' with city folk who live in mortal fear of the stovetop.

Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.

Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.

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