Older Not Old -- Warding Off a Broken Heart

No, this post is not about romance or about secrets of a lasting marriage! But with Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to think about hearts in general and my heart in particular. Nearly every late relative on my dad’s side of the family had heart disease

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Major culinary and food trends in 2016

On a recent sponsored trip to London, I got a preview into food and culinary trends for 2016, with a perspective from across the pond. Here, a brief write-up in Produce Business UK; photos courtesy of The Big Event (DMC).

http://www.producebusinessuk.com/insight/insight-stories/2016/02/16/foodfluence-event-identifies-major-culinary-and-food-trends-to-watch-in-2016

 

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Ramp-ing Up the Spring Celebration

This past Wednesday morning was beautiful and clear, too nice to spend our usual hour or so working out in the gym. Eric and I decided instead to walk on our local treasure, the North County Trailway. Formerly train tracks, the Trailway has been paved over for use by walkers, runners, and cyclists. It

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Screaming for Ice Cream

If I could choose only one food to eat, I would pick ice cream. I love its combination of cold and creamy and never tire of trying new flavors. Here’s my little secret – ice cream is the first thing that I eat when I wake up in the morning. A couple of spoons of

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Food as Art and Craft

On a beautiful Saturday in May, my husband and I spent the afternoon at Crafts at Lyndhurst, a well-established and well-attended crafts festival at one of the historic Hudson River mansions. What I noticed more than the art was the food. Whether the organizers were filling booths or filling shopper stomachs, they included in the

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Humming About Hummus

Wow, not that many years ago, most people hadn’t heard of hummus, let alone ever tried it. Thanks to companies like Sabra, Tribe, and Athenos, hummus has become ubiquitous in the supermarket. In fact, an article in the Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2013 says that the growing popularity of hummus is creating a

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Power of Protein

Protein is king in the eyes of the American shopper. A March 27, 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal explains why: dieters think it fills them up, athletes turn to protein for muscle building and endurance, and parents push protein to keep kids going during the long school day. Does it really work? Science

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Frank Bruni Talks about Paula Deen and Weight

Thanks @frankbruni for talking about the dark side of indulgent food shows and recipes. Healthy weight is a 24/7 job. http://nyti.ms/w5z1kV

Let's Focus on the Benefits of Eating Wholegrains

Although eating 50% of grains as processed grains may not be harmful per new study (http://bit.ly/w4GymO), better and more positive message is to eat more whole grains for better health.

Cooking By Number – Muffins

Last week, I spoke for a group of nursery school teachers on healthy snacks for preschoolers. When I asked the director whether the kids cooked in school, she mentioned that they made muffins but needed healthier ideas. Hey, who says muffins can’t be healthy? These get their moisture from pureed fruit or veggies. You can

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