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Let’s Talk Turkey

Surveys tell us that more than 100 million turkeys are eaten each year in America, 46 million of which will be the center of Thanksgiving feasts. Yikes!

Besides the karmic debt incurred with eating animals, what are the real risks of eating turkey?

How much time do you have?

Ah-Chew!

Ah-Chew!

As April showers replace March’s chill, many of us rejoice at the thought of spring.

 

But then there are the more than 50 million Americans who dread the blossoms on the trees, the pollen in the air because for them, spring doesn’t bring flights of fancy, but rather boxes of tissues for their runny eyes and noses.

 

Seasonal allergies are no joke. According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation, allergies cost more than $14 billion each year. That’s a lot of sneezing!

 

Tis the Season of Spice

As the days continue to cool, our bodies struggle to adjust to this new weather pattern. Will you be sitting on the couch cloaked in a blanket (already?) shivering in the cold or will you manage the shift in weather with grace and comfort?

 

… Road Trip!

Summer means strappy sandals, t-shirts and sundresses, long weekends picnicking at the beach and… road trips!!!!

But wait… can people who eat a healthy, plant-based diet survive out there on the road and return home with our health intact?

Yup, as long as we know how to sidestep some potential landmines lurking along the way.

Stay Healthy This Autumn with These 10 Tips

I don’t know about you, but as much as I adore summer, I love those first cool days when I race to the kitchen, turn on the oven, and begin cooking in ways that will warm us for the cool weather ahead. The house fills with the perfumes of fall cooking, making the world a more delicious place.

These ten simple tips, ideas, and recipes will help you transition smoothly from summer to fall with your health intact.

Top Ten Farm Market Ingredients to Buy and Eat Now!

It’s the time of year more near and dear to my heart than Christmas, the season of farmers’ markets. We are especially blessed in my region of the country, surrounded by some of the lushest and abundant farm land in the country.

So why should you be shopping at a farm market? The easier question to answer is why wouldn’t you?

The Back-To-School Dilemma

It seems that summer just begins and suddenly, we are bombarded with ‘back-to-school’ ad campaigns designed to market as much stuff to our kids as they can absorb…and our kids? Well, they want it all.

Holiday Feasting, In the Plant World

Holidays can be challenging on many levels, but if you really want to throw your family into a tailspin, tell them that a vegetarian, or worse…a vegan, will be joining you for your holiday feast. My most amusing conversations have come from the panicked inquiries of hosts wondering what in the world to cook for me during the one season of the year seemingly dedicated to stuffing things, including ourselves.

Summer Abundance

The day I met Julia Child was amazing…awe-inspiring and I was just a little star-struck. Here she stood, the icon of all that is cooking, shaking my hand, smiling and asking about my specialty.
‘So all you eat are vegetables?’ she asked, genuinely interested and perplexed. At first, all I could think was that she did a great imitation of Julia...but she was Julia and I was dumbstruck.

The Christmas Spirit

I grew up in a wild and crazy Italian and Irish family that seemed to compete for who could yell the loudest or be the most dramatic. We were all about family, food and celebrating. Never was this more evident than during the Christmas season. My mother began baking dozens of varieties of Christmas cookies the day after Thanksgiving. The decorative tins piled higher and higher on our breakfront as the days of Advent wore on. She baked, decorated, shopped, hosted every family dinner and was completely expert at all of it. She loved drama and the holiday season gave her plenty of it.