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October 5th, 2016

Every year around this time, the bombardment begins. Every expert pushes each and every one of us to get a flu shot like our lives depend on it. It starts to sound like carnival barkers: Get your flu shot here!


And yet it seems that millions suffer from the flu each and every winter. We see tons of advertisements showing miserable people suffering from extreme symptoms of cough, fever and runny nose.


I have elderly family members whose doctors faithfully administer their flu shots and every winter, the get the flu at least once.


Confused, I turned...

September 28th, 2016

My husband and I travel a lot for our work, as well as with family and for pleasure. We see a lot of sights…and stop at a lot of rest stops along the highways.


The other day, as we sat enjoying homemade sandwiches at a sunny picnic table, my heart broke at what I saw. Walking toward me was a group of people, all with large sodas in their hands. They could barely move. It appeared that each step was pure agony for them.


It got me to thinking and so here I am. I started to imagine what the health of humanity would look...

September 20th, 2016

It’s October, girls, so gird your loins! We’re about to get pinked! You’ll see the color everywhere from tee shirts to ribbons, kitchen appliances to running shoes, all designed to raise money for breast cancer research.


I am so confused and “over it”, to be honest. After all the suffering, loss and disfiguring of millions of women, I would hope that we would be further along. But we still offer treatments that have debilitating side effects and increase our risk of other diseases like metabolic syndrome.


As far back as 2011, MarieClaire magazine published an...

August 23rd, 2016

I must get asked these questions ten times a day: How do I set up a pantry to create health and wellness? What should I include, besides the basics to enhance the nutritive value of the foods I cook?


Each time I hear these or the million other variations on the topic of setting up a pantry, I think there’s a lot of work to do in order to help people make better choices…and to have access to the kinds of ingredients that will make their food delicious and nutrient-dense.


So I teamed up with my friends at Gold Mine Natural Foods in San Diego and came up with some...

August 23rd, 2016

Women spend a staggering $426 billion on beauty products each year:  shampoo, conditioner, body wash, dry shampoo, face wash, facial scrubs, tea tree oil, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, whitening toothpastes, serums, body lotion, face lotion, primers and toners.


When it comes to beauty and appearance maintenance, it can feel like there’s no limit to how much we will spend. There’s always a new miracle product that promises us clear skin and eternal youth.


Often we feel we are a “work in progress,” that can be improved upon yet again if we just buy the...

August 22nd, 2016

It was a blazing hot summer day and I was about to do a cooking demo for the Newport Mansions Food and Wine Festival.


A man with sparkling eyes and a baseball cap walked slowly toward me. Slowly because he was seriously encumbered by the weight of an enormous cutting board on his hip that threw his balance completely off.


He broke into a smile as our eyes met and he extended his free hand.  “Hello Chef,” he said in a warm voice tinged with a bit of New England in his accent. “This is for you,” he continued as he struggled to hand me the most gorgeous cutting...

August 22nd, 2016

I love my knife. There; I said it in my outside voice. I love my knife the way women love their shoes…with all my heart.


The affair began about 20 years ago when Robert gave me a Kyocera KyoTop ceraminc knife for Christmas. At first, I was skeptical. This knife was light as a feather. Surely, it couldn’t be serious. By the end of Christmas Day’s cooking, you had to pry it from my hand so I would stop slicing and dicing.


I have remained monogamous…my lovely ceramic knives are all I have used for all these years. I love and adore each and every one of my knives...

August 9th, 2016

Camelina oil was brought to my attention a couple of years ago when I was traveling around Italy. It seems some of my best ideas, luck, products, people, experiences, food and loves come when I am traveling around Italy.


But I digress.


We were minding our own business in Tuscany when I received an email from a producer of camelina oil asking me if I had ever heard of it.


“Cam-e-who oil?” I know you’re likely thinking the same thing.


So I did what I always do when confronted with something about which I know nothing. I read and...

August 2nd, 2016

There are some things that you just can’t live without…great...

August 1st, 2016

Just to take us back to the dreamy, leisurely days of summer...yum!


Now we’re talking. Summer. It’s my season. Sure, I love Christmas and all that goes along with the festivities, I love the delicacy of spring. I love the freshness of autumn and the crisp chill in the air. I love roasted squash and pumpkin pie. But give me a pair of strappy sandals and a sundress,...