February 2014

An Ode to the Long Lunch

I have been traveling to Italy for both business and pleasure for years. I have often said that I feel more myself there than I do here in my own country. I was never sure why. It’s completely true for me, but I could not put my finger on the reason. Until now.

The three hour ‘riposta.’

Living a Healthy and Peaceful Life

As a cooking teacher I get asked a lot of questions about food and health. My conclusion? People are so confused. Each day we hear statistics that are scarier than anything that Stephen King could imagine. So now we’re not only confused, we’re scared witless about what to eat!

Organic, non-organic, local, commercial, GMO’s, farm fresh, natural…it feels as though you need to be a rocket scientist to grocery shop. And then, after all that, the food will still not taste good and you’ve given up all the ‘fun stuff.’

Vegan Pregnancy Q & A

Very informative interview by Alicia Silverstone with experts she trusts…including me.

The Art of Living Well

Food is merely the foundation upon which we build the rest of our lives. We live in a world where it is quite difficult to maintain a natural balance. Everything around us pushes us to work harder, make more money, move more quickly. Even our leisure time is frenetic with activity.

Living Well Is the Best Revenge

Who doesn’t want to live a happy, healthy life? But who’s got the time? We are tired, overwhelmed, struggling to just get through the day. Well, there’s a better way. It’s time to take back responsibility for our own health with freedom. What does that mean? I have come to realize that as we have grown more detached from nature, we have grown more detached from our intuitive knowledge about making peace with ourselves.

Arctic Apples…Why?

I suppose it was only a matter of time before somebody messed with our beloved apple. We humans just can’t leave nature alone. Our ability to create and manifest what we imagine infuses us with an arrogance that takes my breath away.

The simple, humble apple is being re-introduced into the marketplace (if the USDA and Okanagen Specialty Fruits have their way…), new and improved. What, you say? How can we improve on the apple, the universal symbol of health and wellness? The fruit that was so perfect, so glorious it was considered the fruit of knowledge in the Bible?

Just When You Think Monsanto Can’t Be More Subversive

“The motto of the world's largest youth organization is “To Make the Best Better.” This is honored by Monsanto as we are proud to share and support the motto of 6.8 million youth, aged 5-21, who are involved in 4-H programs annually.”
-Monsanto’s website

I thought things could not get worse for our kids. When Monsanto and their colleagues on The Council for Biotechnology Information circulated a “Biotechnology Basics Activity Book” to brainwash our children, as they ‘educated’ them about the virtues of GMO’s, I did not think they could sink lower.

But I was wrong.

Holy GMO’s, Batman! In Artificial Sweeteners, Too?

GMO’s are complex and often confusing. They are ingredients derived from plants whose DNA has been altered with genes from other plants, animals, bacteria or viruses.

Yuck, right?

GMO’s-Playing Roulette with Our Lives

G-M-what’s? GMOs are genetically modified organisms that are engineered in a lab, in petri dishes, without any influence from Mother Nature, and then used to create new breeds of foods (and other living things). DNA and other compounds, like pesticides, are incorporated into organisms for an end purpose. We know little about the long-term effects of these foods on us and the planet.

Celebrating Chocolate

The great Swedish botanist, Carolus Linnaeus christened the cacao tree…food of the gods…and boy, was he right!