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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).

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 […]

The best grilled vegetables

I have a theory that if you grill something, it will taste better. Even the worst cook can grill and have culinary success. Case in point, my mother—a brilliant sandwich maker and grill master, but cook? Sorry, Mom. So, how to grill vegetables so they turn out just right every time? Well, no one is perfect, but I have found a way of making the best grilled vegetables and it produces flawless results—most of the time. Thanks to the grill […]

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 […]

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 […]