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Pasta, Actually

My dear friend and food writer extraordinaire, Jason loves the movie “Love, Actually” so I named this article for him. It was through him that I had the chance to travel to Naples on a whirlwind food tour. Our mission? Pasta. And what a delicious mission it was.

 

To Soy or Not to Soy. That Is the Question

I am asked this question all the time, but I realized that I have never really dedicated an entire blog to the topic of soy and the fear that has been created around this humble bean.

 

Hard to Believe We’re Still Here in 2018

I am an avid listener of the NPR radio program 1A. Well, I was an avid listener, until last week.

 

I find the show and its host, Joshua Johnson to be intelligent, unbiased and open-minded to all sides of an argument or issue. Again, until last week.

 

I often go on record as saying that I’m “not that kind of vegan.” You know the ones, lecturing everyone, preaching, waggling their fingers in your face.

                    

What to Cook This Week

Have you ever stood in the kitchen without one solid idea of what to cook? Me, too.

 

Have you ever lost your inspiration and find yourself cooking the same recipes over and over? Me, too. It doesn’t happen to me often, but I have to be straight with you. I cook and bake so much…and I love it.

 

But every now and then, I lose my inspiration; throw up my hands and want to order take-out. The problem is, there’s no take-out worth ordering, so I hike up my skirt (as the saying goes) and get into the kitchen and cook.

 

Seriously?

My husband loves Time Magazine and I love my husband (as evident in this photo of us…and yes, I know; the 80’s called and they want their hair back…but it was the 80’s…).

 

Summer Salads That Satisfy

As the days heat up, we are less and less inclined to light all four burners, the oven and the grill to prepare our meals. Nor should we!

 

It’s time to step away from the stove a bit and create delicious, lighter fare to sustain us through the summer weather to come.

 

Salads can be…salads or they can be interesting, exciting, sexy and oh, so satisfying. Main course salads are easy to make, require very little prep time and can be as varied as you’d like.

 

Making Vegan Yogurt

I taught a cooking class yesterday all about managing weight and one of the questions at the end of class was about making vegan yogurt, specifically about the starter part of the process.

I confess that I have never been one for yogurt, not ever. My mother adored it and when I was a kid, she was always trying to "sell" me on the idea of how delicious it was. I was not buying it, even when she stirred fresh peaches into it (my fave fruit as a kid). She went through her homemade yogurt phase and waxed on about its freshness and goodness...still...no sale for me.

Lighten up Your Lunch

Who doesn’t love a sandwich for lunch? But sometimes the bread and the filling can leave us feeling like we’ve been stuffed like an over-filled pita!

 

Let’s lighten up our sandwiches so we can continue to enjoy them as the days warm and we want to feel light and fresh! Here are two ideas I just love. How about you?

 

Roasted Strawberry Toast

What’s Being Vegan Got to Do with It?

I will admit that I have been on something of a long rant these days as I watch junk food being peddled to us as real food and the accompanying pharmaceutical ads (with their breathy disclaimers of side effects) supposed to ward off the impact of these foods on humans.

 

It’s Almost Like They Want Us to Die

If you watch television, read magazines or scan internet sites for news or any other information, you have seen the ads.

 

We have tacos with shells made from fried chicken wrapped around meat and cheese. We have burgers with bacon weighing in at 1150 calories. We have breakfast sandwiches with eggs, cheese, bacon and sausage. We can choose “healthier” options like eggs, bacon and cheese on some sort of whole grain bread which, I guess should make us feel so much better (she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm).