The Spice of Life

January 14, 2015 Blog


I remember the moment well. Partially because I was on my honeymoon, partially because it was one of the most pleasurable food experiences that I have ever had. Greg and I were sitting in a small local restaurant in Thailand. We opted for the local dives off the beaten path, rather than the well-worn tourist […]

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Not Your Grandma’s Turkey Any More

November 17, 2014 Food

The centerpiece of the meal.

While out on a walk last evening, I came upon the five wild turkeys that roam our neighborhood. As I stood there watching them waddle across the street in front of me, I thought, ‘What was it that drove us to make the turkey the official bird of Thanksgiving, because unless they are in full […]

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Olives and Opera

November 12, 2014 Blog

Filling the bucket

The olive tree. Its branches are a symbol of peace and goodwill. Its oil signifies prosperity and purity. Its wood is a symbol of vitality and life. Its fruit is. . . well, it’s simply delicious. The olive tree was one of the first plants to be cultivated, growing best in climates that are mild […]

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25 Truisms for Thanksgiving

November 5, 2014 Blog


Things are pretty much normal these days – by that I mean the usual normal of feeding a family of six, driving kids to school, play dates and after school classes – then finding time for myself, to spend with Greg, to clean the house . . . So, as a result of my ‘normal’ […]

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10 Tips to Help you Get More Whole Grains into your Diet

September 16, 2014 Blog

Make the Switch!

Today is Tuesday, and that means it’s time for our Ten For Tuesday. For this week’s post, we turn to the Whole Grains Council for a bit of inspiration. In case you don’t already know it, but September is Whole Grains Month. Every year the Whole Grains Council celebrates with special events and promotions all […]

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Enjoying Grains: Farro

September 8, 2014 Food

A firm, chewy texture and nutty taste

  Farro is considered the Mother of all grains; the original grain from which all others come from including rice, barley, wheat and rye. Farro is a type of wheat called emmer and has been around for more than 6,000 years when the Egyptians began using it in baking. Long-loved by the Italians, it was […]

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School Lunch: Packing a Punch

August 13, 2014 Food

Off to School

It is that time of the year again, when many parents take a deep breath and dive head first into packing school lunches. While the majority of parents opt to purchase a lunch at school, a recent study published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that 41 percent of U.S. […]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Butter Lettuce

February 18, 2014 Food

Butter Lettuce

  Go beyond salad and sandwiches, and embrace the versatility of Butter lettuce. Lettuce has a long history in the kitchen, with the seeds of European lettuces being brough to the Americas as early as 1494. Lettuce is classified mainly according to its shape with Butterhead lettuces having  soft, pliable rounded leaves which gently overlap to form […]

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Our First CSA Box Adventure

February 3, 2014 Blog


I have been purchasing organic produce for some time; sometimes at the farmers market, mostly at Whole Foods during my weekly excursion. I’ve had friends suggest that I head to Costco for the great prices on organics, and a little voice in the back of my head has been saying, “Try a CSA box.” I’ve […]

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Organized in the New Year

January 16, 2014 Blog


We’re two weeks into the new year and I am slowly making my way through a resolution to be more organized in many aspects of my life. And, a big part of that has to do with what goes on in my kitchen. Sometimes I’m organized and calm. Other times I just can’t seem to […]

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