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This Chef's Life

It’s been a long time since I was in a kitchen full time. Most of my days now are spent testing recipes, writing articles, planning and teaching cooking classes, serving on a number of non-profit boards, traversing the globe teaching and hosting groups.

I consult with restaurants on healthy vegan menu items. On those occasions…in the kitchen, I miss the action of ‘the line.’ I miss the heat, the stress, the camaraderie of the kitchen crew, the ‘family meal’ before service, the gorgeous plates, the decompress after an 18-hour day…all of it. Back in the day, I loved all of it.

We Got Featured!

We got featured on Vegan Liftz, check out the veganism on the rise article here.

The Cost of Going Vegan

The UK took a look at the cost of eating a vegan diet as compared to a conventional meat and potatoes (or bangers and mash) diet and the results were interesting.

https://www.knowyourmoney.co.uk/personal-finance/cost-of-going-vegan/

Cozy Soups and Stews

Soup making has always been a kind of ritual in my world. I can remember the aromas coming from the bubbling pots on my mom's stove. She had a way of combining the most humble ingredients to make the most delicious soups and stews. See, she understood that the key to really good soup is determined by the quality and freshness of what goes into the pot; never any limp, old veggies for her. I learned well.

Healthy Holiday Side Dishes to Savor

It’s that time of year. A time to gather our loved ones around us, enjoy, share and celebrate…everything. A long, cold winter stretches before us. The holidays distract us from the truth of winter, harsh weather (for most of us…), long nights and short days. We feast and party, party and feast.

 

And we don’t think of health and wellness very much until around January 2 when we face the New Year.

 

The Key to Wellness

My husband was reading the New York Times and sent me an opinion piece by a cardiologist from Tufts University and a former Secretary of Agriculture.

The piece hit the nail squarely on the head and rather than put my spin on it, here is the piece, in its entirety. It will make you sit up and pay attention. It will help us to ask all the right questions. It will force us to push our leaders toward actually serving the common good. Read on.

Our Food Is Killing Too Many of Us

Improving American nutrition would make the biggest impact on our health care.

Ramp Up the Anti-Cancer Power of Vegetables

The “war on cancer” drags on with no end in sight with 1.7 million Americans diagnosed with cancer last year alone.

I don’t know about you, but with stats looking a lot like they did in 1971 when this “war” was declared, I’d say we are losing the battle.

But there’s hope and it lies in prevention.

Leading experts say that up to 90% of various cancers are caused by environmental factors and lifestyle behaviors.

Want World Peace? Stop Killing Animals

It’s a simple thought that came to me while I sat in a lecture at a conference. The lecturer was a mentor of mine, Bill Tara, a brilliant man who’s forgotten more about the natural order of the planet than most of us will ever know.

He was talking about how easily we could slow climate change through living sustainably.

He said the words as I thought them: “The world won’t change unless we change. We have to stop killing animals.”

So what does that mean?

It means what it says.

Is Fried Food Really That Bad For Us? Really?

Yes, really.

According to a study published in BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal), frequent consumption of fried foods can lead to a serious outcome: early death. Yup; you read right…early death.

Researchers looked at data from 100,000 women followed since the mid 1990’s. Now between the ages of 50-79, these women’s data has revealed some not so surprising results.

Those who said they consumed 1 serving of fried food each day had an 8% higher chance of early death compared with women who ate little or no fried food.

Fendng off Disease with Fiber

My husband, who I adore, loves Time magazine. Yup, good old fashioned Time magazine.

I’m not such a big fan but every now and then, I see an article that piques my interest and inspires me to write. This week I read such an article.

The first line of the article reads, “If you want to eat something for better health, make it fiber.” I turned to the front cover to be sure I wasn’t reading a vintage magazine from the ‘90’s…’80’s or ‘70’s since fiber has been touted as an essential building block of wellness for decades.