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Five other dark leafy greens you could be eating besides kale.

I love kale as much as the next veggie god or goddess, but honestly, how much kale, kale chips, and kale juice can we squeeze into a day? Rotating dark leafy greens does wonders for the body and the mind. There is a world of leaves out there to discover and our bodies LOVE the variation. The beauty of dark leafy greens is that the darker the leaf, the more nutritious it is—and the best part about them is that […]

Cheat Days and Oven-Baked French Fries

My stepson asked me if I ever had cheat days. He asked this as we were indulging in his and my favorite, perfect, summer meal: A leafy green salad with goat cheese and shredded veggies, French fries with Dijon mustard, and a glass of crisp rosé. (He is 22 BTW, I just so you know that I am not contributing to the delinquency of a minor) I asked him what he would consider “cheat days” – and what that would […]

Why you should embrace the sandwich

I think it had been a good solid 10 years since I had a sandwich. Ironically, when I was growing up, my mother sent me off to school every morning with a sandwich for lunch. I loved it. Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread. I stopped eating the sandwich in the late 90’s when an iridologist  told me that I should avoid wheat and dairy due to intolerance. It seemed a natural progression to eliminate the sandwich and […]

Nutrition tips for the frequent flyer

Traveling is a huge part of my life. I’ve been blessed in that I have seen much of the world and I plan to see much more of it. Fortunately, because I have logged so many hours in the air, I have gotten my inflight kit down to a science. With a little preparation, and a few nutrition tips, flying doesn’t have to take such a toll on the body or the mind. Flying can actually be a time to […]

The Perfect Raw Kale Salad

The key to the perfect raw kale salad is to make sure you soften it first. Kale has become the popular leaf lately, but it can be difficult to eat,bitter tasting and even more difficult to digest. It doesn’t have to be…. Soften raw kale in less than 15 minutes with out even touching it. When I was living in Paris, I longed for dark leafy greens more than you can even imagine. Parisians have spinach, but kale and collards are […]

Kale Salads and Not Blogging

As anyone involved with social media can attest, daily experiences aren’t just daily experiences anymore. They’re experiences to be tweeted, blogged or pinned immediately, which lends new meaning to the notion of living in the moment. I haven’t quite decided how I feel about all this as I participate in this world, and often find myself saying, “Shoot, I should have tweeted that,” or having my dining companion say to me, “Shouldn’t you be blogging about this?” And then feeling […]

Italian cooking lessons via Skype

If you’re lucky enough to have a Southern-Italian friend with a mother who can cook, I’d advise extracting as much culinary wisdom as you possibly can from your friend’s mother. My dear friend Gabriella, originally from Bari, Italy, happens to have that mother. Her mama speaks very little English, and though my Italian cooking lessons with her are sporadic, I’ve learned priceless things, mostly pertaining to seasonal vegetables. Gaby’s mother and I have never actually spoken. Gaby translates her mother’s […]

Organic Food, Fennel Salad and Boys

A very charming Criminal Defense Attorney introduced me to a curious little restaurant that I’ve grown devoted to, called Metro. It’s in a random Miami neighborhood – an unassuming venue hidden behind a long row of shrubbery, attached to a car wash called Karma, on a strip of Biscayne Boulevard in a section of Miami called Mimo. The CDA, chose Metro because it is fully organic, sustainable, green and they even compost. We liked this guy already (not to mention […]

Grilled cheese, sort of.

I admit it. I am an enabler.  Entertaining gives me enormous joy, and cooking for large groups of loved ones gives me immense pleasure. Or even small groups, or even for just one. Cooking is a moving meditation for me – a temporal art I can loose myself in. It’s much the same feeling I get from my yoga practice. Recipe re-creation takes the thrill up to an entirely new level. It’s the challenge of taking one’s favorite recipe and […]

Middle Eastern Tomato Salad

This simple salad is a twist on a classic Fattoush Salad. I eliminate the toasted pita wedges but if you would like to add them, make sure they are very crisp. You can also add toasted Ezikiel wraps or crispy Corn tortillas for a gluten free option. Ingredients: 3 – 4 firm Tomatoes cut into wedges. 2 red Onions, sliced thin 1/4 bunch fresh Coriander, chopped 1/4 bunch fresh Mint, chopped 1/4 bunch fresh Parsley, chopped 2 T Lemon juice […]