Whenever I had a cold, my grandma, abuelita Nieves (that’s me with my grandma and who I am also named after in part as my whole first name is Caridad de las Nieves) used to make me a special drink that always managed to make me feel better. She would scald some milk with stick cinnamon and afterward, add honey. Once I drank it down, I’d feel it chasing that cold away and fall fast asleep. To this day, that is my most effective cold remedy.
Grandma Nieves also put cinnamon in an assortment of yummy puddings — chocolate, rice and bread — one more delicious than the next.
What did Abuelita Nieves know that I didn’t? Well, today’s Tuesday Tip is all about the wonders of cinnamon because I’ve found that a little cinnamon in my coffee, warm milk or even my tea does a world of good for me and has helped me curb the occasional hunger pang (the total of pounds lost is now 29 for those of you in the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Pants!)
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Now, cinnamon sticks are the best when you can steep them in your coffee, pudding, milk, etc. Pre-ground cinnamon is great for a quick fix. I bought one of those cinnamon grinders at the store when it was on sale — should have read the fine print which says “grind it directly . . . to experience the intense, but delicate aroma.”
That is all you get with those grinders — aroma (unless you grind and steep with the liquid.) It also manages to seem like little bits of wood floating around your treat, so you’re better off with the powdered stuff. Use the grinders to maybe make yourself a little simmering potpourri of cinnamon (although the sticks are probably cheaper).
Hope this little Tuesday Tip brings some spice into your life!