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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This yummy recipe is really rich-tasting so a sliver does the trick. It’s super easy and the results are soooooooooooo good. Makes 8-10 servings 7 ounces non-dairy dark chocolate bars, chopped 1/2 cup olive oil or vegan butter 1 cup coconut sugar 1/2 cup arrowroot powder 1/2 cup unsweetened oat…

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…

One Month In…

One Month In…

We are one month into 2021 and the times are still challenging. Sure, there’s hope and optimism as there is with every new year. And this year, that hope feels…

Acrylamide-Should We Worry?

Acrylamide-Should We Worry?

Someone wrote to me on Facebook asking about acrylamides. I confess that my first response was acryl-a-who? There seems to be more and more “stuff” out there for us to…

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…

Fall Cooking Now

Fall Cooking Now

As summer fades into our memory, we mourn its passing, especially this year. We moved through the days with mask-fogged sunglasses and awkward, socially distant gatherings, where we waved at…

The Days Roll On

The Days Roll On

The days became weeks; became months and here we are. The days roll into each other. We savor small changes, small freedoms as we continue to navigate this pandemic. We…

The Joy of Still Cooking

The Joy of Still Cooking

Ah, the pandemic. 2020 has been such a delight (she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm). As the weeks and months of COVID life drag on, I find solace where…

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….

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…

Family Meal

Family Meal

I continue to cook three meals a day.  Even though life is opening in every way, which makes me so happy and grateful. I just don’t feel comfortable eating outside…

A Midsummer Night Dinner Party

A Midsummer Night Dinner Party

As social distancing and limited exposure to people not in your nuclear circle (like people with whom you share a home) continue, I am thinking about dinner parties and other…

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

After months of lockdown and stay at home orders, it looks like summer might just begin and without masks. Our new normal will dictate the rules but many of us…

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…

Failing in the Kitchen

Failing in the Kitchen

Kitchen failures happen. It’s simply the reality of life when we cook. My very wise macrobiotic cooking teacher once told me that for every great dish there were 100 disasters….

The Root of It All

The Root of It All

With cooler weather as the order of the day, we look to our food and cooking styles as our first line of defense against the harshness of cold days. And…

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