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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 […]

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 […]

Food Is Not Love

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been through the experience of eating her (or his) feelingsor perhaps the opposite; starving them.
As children, we celebrate wins with ice cream and soothe cuts and bruises with cupcakes and hot cocoa. It makes perfect sense that as adults we would comfort our discomfort with chocolate or soothe relationship woes with peanut butter cookies (gluten-free, of course).

How To Make Cold Press Coffee

The key to cold press coffee is not to brew it but to filter it. Coffee carries a heavy stigma. I happen to LOVE and adore the sexy smell of coffee brewing in the morning, and often wish I was a coffee drinker. Well, not really. I was a coffee drinker and it ruled my life. I’ll retract that statement and tell you why I did eventually quit coffee and what I don’t like about it: 1) The up and […]

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 […]

Avocados And Toast

I seriously think that one hasn’t truly experienced an avocado unless it’s been eaten fresh off the tree in Byron Bay, Australia. Growing up in the Midwest, guacamole at “Mexican” restaurants was essentially the only avocado we ate. Occasional holidays in Mexico or Florida offered different tastes of the green fruit, but it wasn’t until I lived in Byron Bay that my taste buds got awakened to something completely different from anything I’d ever tasted before.

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Kitchen frustration and mushroom carpaccio

Living in Miami sometimes is like living in a third world country. It has nothing to do with the language, or the fact that my Spanish is a bit rusty. The shops on Lincoln Road in South Beach are very modern – there’s a Nespresso and a Pottery Barn, two Starbucks, a pole dancing studio and two salsa studios. It’s more the attitude. In India it was easily detectable in the head waggle. You kind of knew that whatever it was you were requesting may or […]

A cooler and wiser iced tea

Tea and coffee are easy ways to engage and embrace a foreign culture. I’ve always found that when invited for one or the other, I’m able to snatch a vivid glimpse into what’s more than just a caffeine fix. For example, in India, being offered a short cup of sweet-spicy-milky tea in the late afternoon, with the sun belting down and the temperature well over 90, made me begin to understand how spices and hot drinks can be medicinal and […]

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 […]