January 2016

The Beat Goes on

We may think of February and picture Valentines, but since 1963, this short month has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease.

Since 1963???? Wait. What? We have struggled to get Americans on board to keep their hearts healthy since 1963?

Before 1900, very few people died of heart disease. Since then, it has become…and remains the leading killer of both men and women in the United States.

Glorious Grapefruit

I don’t know about you, but where I live, when the bone-chilling cold of winter sets in, it feels like it will never thaw.  Steel grey skies, cloudy days and long dark nights leave us shivering under blankets for months.

Is Fruit Juice Healthy?

We seem to tend toward over-indulgence...the holidays, the summer, graduation, weddings...because it's Tuesday and then we want to get back on track. Is juice the answer? Maybe; maybe not.

The average American drinks about 30 quarts of fruit juice every year. It’s a healthy way to start your day or a seriously convenient method of increasing your consumption of fruits, vegetables, right?  Not so fast. Even though 100% juice has some benefits, it also has drawbacks you just might want to consider before pouring your next glass.

Fabulous Fennel

Growing up in an Italian household, fennel, or finocchio, was a staple on our autumn table.  It wasn’t until I grew up that I discovered that it was rarely used in American cuisine.  Well, I’m here to tell you that this is a vegetable not to be missed.

Cleaning Up For the New Year

It’s the New Year. You’ve made the decision to clean up your eating habits and get fit. Maybe you’ve made this resolution before, but what if it could really “stick” this time? What if you re-thought the way you approached food and eating and really changed your life?

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Even though the tinsel has come off the tree, decorations are packed neatly in the attic and the menorah is wrapped safely in its soft cloth for storage until next year, there’s no need to give up eating chestnuts…those sensually yummy treats that we reserve only for the holidays.

Changing How We Think

When I was younger and newly vegetarian, I think I had it easier than today. In order to change how I ate, I had to change how I thought about food. I wasn’t bombarded by faux foods. I didn’t have access to veggie burgers, vegan hot dogs, vegan ice cream, vegan cheese or vegan eggs. I had to figure out how to make vegetables taste really good as vegetables, not vegetables disguised as something else.

Listening In the Kitchen

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  It’s my job. I love every second of it.  Having worked as an artist in my earlier years, I love the creative outlet I have always found in cooking--developing recipes, creating beautiful presentations, discovering new combinations of food and of course, always discovering how the energies come together to create the dance of life.