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What is a GMO?

Good Morning Oregon? General Motors Ohio? Absolutely none of the above—but I sort of wish it was. GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms, and unless you see a seal on the package stating otherwise, chances are what you are buying has GMO ingredients in it. But what is it? A GMO is a hybrid food created in a lab. You may or may not remember the movie The Island of Dr. Moreau, but if you do, remember when he took all […]

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 […]

How to effortlessly feed your whole family with one adaptable dish

The Key to feeding the entire happy healthy family is one adaptable dish. Making sure your whole family gets fed and fed, healthy food, can seem an overwhelming task. Especially 7 nights a week! It doesn’t have to be. An adaptable dish can save hours of frustration and turn even your carniverous or pickiest eaters into vegetable converts. It’s become SO common these days to have a houseful of different eaters—gluten-free, vegan, a dedicated carnivore and an athlete all under […]

Vegetable-Centric and Flipping the Ratio

Herbivore, omnivore, pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan—there are so many labels and hats out there in the “eat more vegetables” world. I prefer the term “vegetable-centric,” because if we focus on that, it puts our mind at ease and we don’t have to worry about what we are NOT eating and we can focus on what we ARE eating. I don’t know about you, but I’m not so good with feeling deprived. FLIPPING THE RATIO: HOW to make the transition to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Q & A – Blending vs Juicing…

Blending vs Juicing…The great debate. Is it better to blend or to juice. Frankly, the dialogue is apples to oranges as they are both valuable in their own way and both flood the body with nutrients. If you don’t have a juicer or have access to vegetable juice, then by all means, blend! But if you blend, be sure and “chew” the smoothie to activate your digestive juices and begin the digestive process. This will help to assimilate what you […]

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 […]

Weight loss Q & A

It’s February and a brilliant time to re-affirm any resolutions made a month ago. A question that I often get asked is how to loose weight. Most people seem to know the answer to this question already as they either know their so body well or they are not ready to make a change. Baby steps or bite size pieces are a more palatable way to embrace lasting transformation. If weight loss is what you are after, perhaps try one […]