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…

Why Can’t We Do Better?
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Why Can’t We Do Better?

I was sitting in Charles De Gaulle airport, leaving Paris, heading to Rome for work. As usual, I ordered an espresso and my lovely Robert, a tea. Since we were…

Getting By With a Little Help…

Getting By With a Little Help…

It’s February and for so many of us, that means resolutions often as a recommitment to wellness. In my case, at the end of each year, I take a look…

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…

I Left My Heart In Rome
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I Left My Heart In Rome

It’s no secret that I adore Italy and that my Italian tours and adventures are very close to my heart and give both my husband and me enormous pleasure…enormous pleasure….

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…

The Importance of Fitness
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The Importance of Fitness

I was at the gym the other day, sweating through one of my favorite, rough and tumble classes when the instructor yelled out, “Now is not the time to slack…

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…

Magnesium and Your Brain
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Magnesium and Your Brain

Brain care supplements are really having a moment, but are they worth the hype? Many of us think of this as a concern as we age, but brain health should…

Listening to Each Other
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Listening to Each Other

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since high school (yup, I worked out to his vinyl exercise album, the chart of the moves…

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…

As the New Year Begins
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As the New Year Begins

As 2023 begins to fade from our memory and 2024 looms large, shiny with promise and hope, let’s try something new or at least something we may have forgotten about….

I Just Can’t…

I Just Can’t…

I was reading the NY Times (as I do most mornings before I begin my work for the day) and saw a headline that made my heart skip a beat…for…

What Do I Know?

What Do I Know?

This Memorial Day will be the second anniversary of an event that changed the life of my little family. A serious health incident rocked us to the core and changed…

It’s Almost Over…2020 That Is

It’s Almost Over…2020 That Is

I was listening to some people at my gym talking and they referred to 2020 in the most perfect way: “a total and complete s*&t show.” Sad to say, but…

The State of the World

The State of the World

It’s been months now of living and working at home, working unmentionably long shifts as essential workers out in the world or living at home and not working at all….

Got Cooking Fatigue?

Got Cooking Fatigue?

As we venture out into the post-pandemic world, we are all still cooking. We are, right? I know so many of us are so eager to get back to eating…

I Am Dreaming

I Am Dreaming

As I write this, I casually glance at the calendar, just to see the date since, like most of you, I’ve lost all track of time. I saw that, if…

Reassessing…Everything

Reassessing…Everything

There’s no question. This is bad. Our current struggle (even with a light at the end of this very long tunnel) is out of the realm of imagination for us….

I Thought About You

I Thought About You

It was during my qigong practice. I was letting go of the realities of life and letting the chi flow freely through my body, softening the tightness in my back…

Some Serious Spring Cleaning

Some Serious Spring Cleaning

As COVID-19 continues its iron grip on our world and life as we know it continues to change, as it should, I thought I would talk about cleaning. As you…

This Chef’s Life

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…

A Story of My Father

A Story of My Father

I grew up in a wild, passionate Italian and Irish family. Food was the glue that bonded us and quality of ingredients reigned supreme. My Irish father worked as a…

Our Little Ones

Our Little Ones

It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Childhood Obesity Awareness Month so let’s talk about our kids and their wellness, shall we?   I’ll start this article by saying that I…

The Three-Day Detox

The Three-Day Detox

Can you feel like a new person in just 3 short days? Can you undo the damage you did over the holiday season? This 3-day plan can put your feet…

How the Heck Did We Get Here?

How the Heck Did We Get Here?

I think a lot about food. I guess that’s obvious, right?   The other day, my husband and I were driving on the highway, passing billboard after billboard for food…

…Road Trip!

…Road Trip!

Summer means strappy sandals, t-shirts and sundresses; long weekends picnicking at the beach and…road trips!!!! But wait. Can those of us dedicated to healthy living survive out there on the…

Tips and Tricks for Healthier Living

Tips and Tricks for Healthier Living

We asked and you answered! As a long-time advocate of healthy eating and natural living, I sometimes feel like I live in my own little world. Living the way I…

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the Air!

As I write, it is an unseasonably cold, grey March day. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever see sun or be blissfully warm again. As I write,…

Why We Eat

Why We Eat

Thirty-five years ago, I changed the way I eat in order to regain my health during a life-threatening illness. Obviously, it worked out well, as I am here and healthy…

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