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February 11th, 2016

I know what you’re thinking.  It’s February, the month of love and romance…and she is writing about Brussels sprouts????  Brussels sprouts????

Before you turn to another article, hang in there with me.  By the time you finish this piece, you will have Brussels sprouts as the centerpiece of any romantic dinner…heck, you might even sprinkle the leaves on your bed, rather than rose petals!

This garden plant has an unknown origin.  Although related to a wild...

February 2nd, 2016

It’s that time of year. We’re all about the Super Bowl. And while the game is the center of the universe for those 4-5 hours, it seems to me that the parties are just as important. We gather with families and friends; in bars and restaurants, homes and clubs and at the field itself tailgating.

In that short window of time, we manage to do a lot of damage. Second only to Thanksgiving in terms of food consumption, the average fan consumes more than 2400 calories during the 4-5 hours of partying for the game.

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January 29th, 2016

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.

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January 26th, 2016

When I was a kid, the only thing that helped me get over the passing of Christmas was the appearance of what my grandfather called “Chinese apples.”  I couldn’t wait until he pried the bright red skin open, revealing the tiny jewel-like...

January 25th, 2016

It’s been a bad time recently for meat-and meat eaters. Everywhere they turn, they are faced with studies telling them meat kills, experts advising to quit meat and contaminated meat recalls. Everywhere, knives and forks are paused over juicy pieces of animal shank in hesitation.

Of course, surveys also tell us that most Americans are shrugging off the World Health Organization’s dire health warnings about meat and are not particularly concerned about meat recalls due to e coli contamination. There’s even a bit of a backlash...

January 21st, 2016

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.

So how do we add a bit of tropical warmth and sunshine to our winter-weary lives?  While there are lots of options, I always turn to grapefruit when my wintery life needs some sparkle.  With its delicately tart flavor, subtle sweet undertones and sensual juicy flesh, grapefruit makes me feel like I’ve jetted...

January 15th, 2016

It’s that time of year. We may have over-indulged through the holidays and now 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.

Juice labeled "100%" is made purely from the juice of natural fruits, with no additives,...

January 14th, 2016

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.

Originating in the Mediterranean, fennel is a perennial when grown in favorable climes and a biennial when growing conditions are less than ideal.  The most common varieties are sweet fennel and Florence fennel, which are quite similar and have been used as a vegetable, a herb...

January 11th, 2016

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?

It all begins with cleaning things up. But before we get into details, understand this…the best de-tox program can’t replace healthy eating and living. De-toxing helps, but the real keys to longlasting vitality are a consistently maintained healthy diet, regular...

January 8th, 2016

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.

Not simply holiday indulgences,...