Dr. Tim Says....
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I get questions from patients almost every day about whether it's safe or healthy for them drink alcohol. It goes without saying that drinking too much alcohol is bad for you. Even so, the best research we have now shows that those drinking between 2 and 3 drinks per day for men or 1 to 2 per day for women live longer and live healthier.
The key is moderation.
The earliest meaningful research was done by a cardiologist named Arthur Klatsky. He noticed that many of his patients with heart disease were not drinkers. This led him to do a retrospective study of over 80,000 patients and he discovered those who drank more had a much lower risk of dying from a heart attack. The Mediterranean Diet: Alcohol
I love poblanos. Sometimes they can be a little spicy, so be warned, this recipe is not for folks who don't like spicy food. It's not really all that easy to predict how spicy the poblanos might be when they are whole, so you might want to hold off on the chili powder until you taste the soup. The creaminess of the milk and cheese will soften the spiciness a bit.
Anaheim chilies can be a little milder, with the ones grown in America being on the 500 to 2500 Scoville scale. Poblanos are usually 1000 to 1500 so it's not easy to know. One thing to keep in mind is that much of the spiciness is in the seeds and membranes, so when seeding and chopping make sure to remove the membrane along with the seeds.
If you want a milder, sweeter version of this soup, use half green bell peppers and half Poblanos or Anaheim peppers. For a really mild soup, use 1/4 lb. poblanos and 3/4 lb. green bell peppers.
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users and gluten free. Those who are lactose intolerant and those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it.
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