Cold Cure


Though we here in LA don’t really get what most people call “weather”, we certainly get a mild version of such things. In place of snow, we get wind. Rather than the mind melting humidity of the east coast, LA experiences dry heat that feels like a sauna.

Rain, when it does fall, comes quickly, and without much warning. The streets flood and people with generally bad driving skills suddenly become like sixteen year olds on their first day of driving school. I know the streets get slick from the rain and all the traffic, but really…How ever is it possible that it can take more than an hour to drive five miles in a rain storm? Being from the east coast originally, I really have no sympathy for us year-round flip flop wearing sun bathers. But, I have to admit, now that I’ve lived out here for almost a decade now, I definitely feel the effects of our “weather.”

It is, in LA terms, cold outside. I haven’t checked the weather channel, but I’d say it’s in the 50’s. Which, for someone that’s used to 70 degree weather every day, is suddenly very cold. I’m embarrassed to say I’m currently wearing a scarf, three layers of clothes, and thick wool socks so my toes don’t freeze.

Okay, I admit it. I’m a wimp. And thanks to my thinned blood, I have this really nasty cold I caught from one of my co-workers. We at the restaurant have been trading colds and viruses like they were a valuable commodity. I’ve probably had something like 5 colds in the past year. I can’t tell you how many customers sneeze and spit on me with their over active super-excited-for-their-food salivary glands. Blech.

Anyway, instead of writing about the state of my cookies, I would like to post my current favorite cold cure:

GINGER TEA
Use the back of a spoon to peel off the skin of a big piece of ginger. Chop it up and put into a big mug.
Thinly slice half of a lemon and squeeze the juice into the mug before dropping it all in.
One yogi tea bag for respiratory issues.
Add a little honey and drink!

The key is to drink at least 2-3 cups of this and to also drink it fast, otherwise the lemon skin will turn bitter and make your tea taste terrible.

Here’s to getting well enough to eat teaspoon cookies!

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4 Comments

  1. leah greenstein
    January 25
    Reply

    I’ve got the cold and tried the cookies and I’ll definitely take the latter. Oh those cookies were so yummy, like a glass of Burgundy that lingers long after its gone, the browned butter flavor lasted for 4:23 and 30 seconds. Neal can attest. Got anymore?

  2. leah greenstein
    January 25
    Reply

    I’ve got the cold and tried the cookies and I’ll definitely take the latter. Oh those cookies were so yummy, like a glass of Burgundy that lingers long after its gone, the browned butter flavor lasted for 4:23 and 30 seconds. Neal can attest. Got anymore?

  3. Chuck
    January 30
    Reply

    I could sure use those cold cures. I’m home with a cold and was doing some food blog surfing and came across your cures. I’m going to give them a try. thank you sniff sniff

  4. Delmarsurf
    February 10
    Reply

    Ahchoo! I caught a cold and my Thai friend broke out a product called “Prince of Peace Instant Ginger Honey Crystals” – search Google and you can find it, or any Asian market. It makes your lips numb and chased the cold away! Spike it with a shot of Brandy right before bed (my idea!) and its better than Nyquil. Take care. ps – I was drinking a bottle of Paige 23 – thats how I found you, nice post there!

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