An Ode to Sunday Lunch
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An Ode to Sunday Lunch

When I was a kid, meals were considered sacred time. I always joke that if you weren’t at the dinner table, you’d best be dead. No excuses mattered. Not late…

Well, This Is Frustrating…
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Well, This Is Frustrating…

It’s the season of seashells and balloons. We long to hang outside and take vacations, big or small. We savor every second of the long days and warm nights, making…

Visions of Summer
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Visions of Summer

It’s May and I don’t know about you, but winter and spring where I am, have been grey and rainy to a degree that everyone is stir-crazy and longing for…

Having a Purpose
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Having a Purpose

I think a lot about the future, even as I am maturing by the minute. Who knows how much of the future I will see? But what I see worries…

Freshly Ground Spices and Wellness
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Freshly Ground Spices and Wellness

I confess that I am not much for gadgets. They have always been categorized in my mind as “just another thing to clean” when I am cooking. I use my…

Food Noise?
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Food Noise?

I am all about food…and wellness. I love the communal, sensual nature of preparing luscious, healthy foods and enjoying them with people I love. As an Italian, we always joke…

My Mother…Mamma Mia
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My Mother…Mamma Mia

I don’t often write about my mother except in terms of the kitchen. She taught me how to love the magic of the heart of the home. It was the…

Feeling Grateful and Letting Go
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Feeling Grateful and Letting Go

As we move into this glorious month; the month that kicks off the holiday season and allows us to deny the reality of a long, grey winter ahead, we begin…

Nightshades and Our Wellness
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Nightshades and Our Wellness

I have lived a vegan, macrobiotic lifestyle for more than forty years. I came to this lifestyle through severe illness and using a rather rigid approach to eating, was able…

Regenerative Agriculture?
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Regenerative Agriculture?

Regenerative Agriculture? Conventional, locally grown, CSA, organic…and now regenerative agriculture. Is it just another buzzy term for us to navigate as we try to shop and vote with our dollar…

You and Your Blood Sugar
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You and Your Blood Sugar

My friend and brilliant macrobiotic teacher, Dani Mayor in Barcelona recently wrote a wonderful article on hypoglycemia and how many of us it affects; its impact on our daily wellness…

Gladiator Stew

Gladiator Stew

I made this delicious grain dish with one of my favorite chefs, and dear friend, Chef Gioacchino Nocera from Bosco de Medici vineyard in Pompeii. He and I made it on my show and while I worked with him on it, I may not have it exactly as he did…

Gas Stoves…Now What?
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Gas Stoves…Now What?

The articles have been around for a couple of years (many years really…), creating a low-level buzz of discomfort in the cooking community. It seems to have become more like…

An Ode to Stepping Away
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An Ode to Stepping Away

It’s February, the month dedicated to hearts, from health to romance. I thought I would take the opportunity to talk to you about my thoughts. On December 20, my lovely…

Women, Cooking and the Vote

Women, Cooking and the Vote

I know what you’re thinking. You all come to me for my thoughts on food and wellness, not politics. Well, take a deep breath. This isn’t about party or politics….

Cooking Now

Cooking Now

I don’t know about you, but I am about at my wit’s end. A weekend of fury and violence has made the pandemic feel like a premonition of what was…

Keep Cooking

Keep Cooking

Another month of semi-lockdown and social distancing, no hugs, no kisses. More cooking at home. We may be out of our homes more; enjoying more freedoms, but still…    I…

Good Morning Weekend

Good Morning Weekend

If you’re like me, you’ve had enough of stress recipes, cooking for comfort and indulgence, cooking with pantry staples, cobbling together something that looks like dinner. I’m tired of crossing…

What Now?

What Now?

I am writing a lot these days; making a lot of cooking videos; and posting them. I love my work. I love connecting with all of you in any way…

Our New Normal…For Now

Our New Normal…For Now

I have worked from home for a long time. Unless traveling, hosting groups; teaching classes and seminars or lecturing, I generally work from my home office (aka, my kitchen), writing…

My Life’s Mission

My Life’s Mission

My reason to get out of bed every day is to make a difference.   My mother raised us with the mantra: “If you’re not serving someone or something somehow…

What to Cook This Week

What to Cook This Week

Have you ever stood in the kitchen without one solid idea of what to cook?  Espeicially now that we are all cooking all the time? Still? Me, too.   Have…

Your Kitchen Is Your Pharmacy

Your Kitchen Is Your Pharmacy

We live in challenging times. Our political system is in upheaval; our food supply is under assault by big business interests who care only for profit, not for quality. Our…

What’s Going on with Our Colons?

What’s Going on with Our Colons?

What’s Going on with Our Colons? The news was big…and somber…and apparently, shocking for many people, including experts.   A new study, published in the Journal of The American Medical…

Bashful bananas

Bashful bananas

I have to tell you, bananas are not my favorite fruit…sorry.  It’s not the flavor…they’re sweet, so that’s good, right. It was purely a texture thing; they’re too soft or…

KISS Me, Baby

KISS Me, Baby

I say it all the time. Keep It Simple, Sweetie. It’s the key to success when you’re thinking about changing your diet and lifestyle to reflect healthier habits.   My…

Your Essential Pantry

Your Essential Pantry

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…

This Old Yankee Had a Cutting Board

This Old Yankee Had a Cutting Board

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…

The Power of Sublime Porcini

The Power of Sublime Porcini

There are some things that you just can’t live without…great olive oil, sexy shoes, fresh garlic, juicy grapefruit, loyal friends, tulips in the spring and porcini mushrooms.    Growing up…

Summertime and the Grillin’ Is Easy

Summertime and the Grillin’ Is Easy

I know what you’re probably thinking. Vegetarian and grilling are like Romeo and Juliet…with the tragedy. They just…don’t…go…together. But, really, they do. From corn on the cob to veggie kabobs…

Time for a Picnic

Time for a Picnic

As the first day of summer approaches (yippppeeeeeeeee…) we begin to think…picnic! There’s nothing more fun and relaxing, more leisurely and chill than a blanket on the grass with friends…

Passionate About Peaches

Passionate About Peaches

As summer moves into its hottest weeks, I think only of peaches…sensual, soft, rich in nutrients and so lush with juice that it runs over our fingers and drips down…

Time to Sweeten Things Up…

Time to Sweeten Things Up…

As far as I’m concerned, pineapple is the aristocracy of fruit.  But don’t let its royal appearance fool you.  Underneath its regal crown lies sweetly sensual fruit that can take…

The Beauty of Basil

The Beauty of Basil

One of my favorite things about summer is not the beach or long lazy afternoons in the sun or even the explosion of color and perfume in my flower garden,…

The Epitome of Summer…Tomatoes

The Epitome of Summer…Tomatoes

What’s summer without tomatoes?  Boring…lifeless…lackluster…flavorless…okay, okay…it would still be summer and wonderful at that, but tomatoes bring a luscious, sensual energy to hot, sultry days that is without peer in…

Listening In the Kitchen

Listening In the Kitchen

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  It’s my job. I love every second of it.  Having worked as an artist in my earlier years, I love the…

Nutmeg-Adding Spice to the Season

Nutmeg-Adding Spice to the Season

Nutmeg is one of the signature spices of the holiday season. We associate its earthy flavor with eggnog, spice cakes, cookies and seasonal lattes. This simple spice has an interesting…

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