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Zaatar spice mix

I truly believe that everyone can cook, but I often forget that everyone doesn’t. It’s my theory that if you know how to cook one thing, you can cook almost anything. I’m sticking to it. Just try and push me off my soap-box.   Spices and spice mixes are an easy seg-way to making food taste great. If you have a good spice mix, you can turn to it for a multitude of simple “no brainer” recipes and come out […]

Cinco de Mayo un-Refried Bean Dip

Every time I hear the word “beans,” I giggle. I’m like a five year old with that word. My mother, my aunt Rozzie and my cousin Dana and I went to The Pritikin institute in Venice, California when I was in my 20s.They were super big on beans and raw veggies, and I am pretty sure the whole laughter thing started then. Dana hated it so much—feeling like she was in an institution (which she was), so she escaped after […]

The benefits of chia and chia parfait

I was SUPER glum, gloomy and facing a HUGE brick wall this morning. I could have tattooed the word UNINSPIRED on my forehead and gone back to bed. Do you know the feeling? Not only that, but I felt flu-ish on top of it. Blah! I do have a LONG list of tricks that normally pull me out of a rut, but for some reason all I wanted to do was mope. I guess that was the biggest motivator to turn to the […]

Quick Healthy Meals in under 10 minutes

In my previous life as an art director, a printer once said something to me that I will never forget. (Nor will I forget this big, burly man with a very large mustache that usually had food in it, his thick Long Island accent or his paper coffee cup . . . not the gourmet kind of coffee, but the  kind you bought at the NY Delis that came in the Greek cups.) “Young lady, I’m going to give you […]

To Vegas And Back and Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Vegas is an odd place. I’ve been there a few times and always had a fantastic time—for a few days. To me, Vegas is about as American as we can get. Why go to Paris when you can see the Eiffel Tower, have a huge, complimentary breakfast, walk across the street to pop by Lady Liberty, and then have margaritas at mid-day while you play a few slots. My BFF Suzanne’s Vegas experience is very different from mine. In her new book, To Vegas […]

Gluten free butternut squash mac and cheese

When I was about  eight or nine years old, my favorite night was Saturday. My mother was going “out” and she made me Kraft mac and cheese with carrot sticks for dinner. No one could make it like my mother could, and I got upset when anyone else tried.  They just didn’t do it right. It was too milky or too dry. I look back on it now and, of course, know what the secret ingredient was—it was love. Despite […]

Millet polenta. Something different.

Who said polenta had to be made from cornmeal? In my cooking world, there are no rules because, as I have said many times, rules and food don’t go together. OK, there are a few exceptions to that statement. Like when it comes to processed food and my friend Andrew over at his site, Eating Rules. He teaches how to eat unprocessed food and that’s a rule I live by. During the month of October, he spearheads October Unprocessed, which […]

Sweet corn pilau with mustard greens and Jaime Oliver

Sometimes we win things. And sometimes we don’t win things and say to ourselves that it can ONLY be because there is something else  on the horizon for us and if I had gotten that (whatever it was) I wouldn’t be available for this thing that is coming up. That’s what I said to myself when my video wasn’t chosen in Jaime Oliver’s recent search for his next Food Tube Star. I was certain that I was going to win, or […]

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 […]