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Fall Favorite: Healthy To Die For Apple Pie

Tis the season to indulge oneself and what better way than with a healthy, easy, to die for apple pie.

Plantain Fries — A Healthier Option

One of the things about becoming healthy is all the foods you must give up. I’ve had a love hate relationship with French fries my entire life. My taste buds love them and my hips hate them. Potatoes are something… Continue Reading →

Looking For A Little Gluten-Free Breakfast Treat?

What is gluten? Gluten is what gives bread products its elasticity. It gives shape, strength, and texture to bread and other grain products. Avoiding gluten is important for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, as they can experience serious… Continue Reading →

Trying To Eat More Healthy Foods This Winter?

If you are trying to eat more healthy foods this winter, I have a great recipe for you. Making a stuffing for beef or chicken or fish is a great dinner option because it adds interest and taste to the… Continue Reading →

Make Your Own Coffee Cake

This is my all-purpose coffee cake recipe that our family loves. I can vary the filling and shape it to create a different cake each time. The basic procedures are the same for whatever filling you choose. Seasonal fruit filling is… Continue Reading →

Pondering The Possibility: A Tease of Orange Blossoms

I’m a sucker for trivia questions that ask what a group of a particular type of animal is called?  The fun being when the names are distinctive and not what one would expect.  Yeah, a pride of lions, a parliament of… Continue Reading →

The Evolution Of Jovina’s Pumpkin Pie

Throughout much of the United States, it is traditional to serve pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner. I began making pumpkin pie for my family on Thanksgiving not long after I married, but back then, I used the recipe on the… Continue Reading →

The Best Fresh Fish — Italian Style

The best way to get the freshest fish available is to simply ask. Ask your local market – what’s fresh today? This will sometimes require being flexible about the kind of fish you cook that evening. Fresh fish always tastes… Continue Reading →

Luscious Fresh Figs

Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. Figs can trace their history back to the earliest of times. They are thought to have been first cultivated in… Continue Reading →

A CSA Share Becomes Summer Corn Chowder

I received my first share on Saturday from the CSA I belong to near my home. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you join a CSA, you are essentially buying a farm share. Members pay in advance for a… Continue Reading →

Eat Your Veggies: Easy, Healthy Vegetable Tarts

Italian cuisine includes many different varieties of vegetables and they are cooked in every conceivable way.  Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers are popular in southern Italy and cabbage, asparagus and potatoes are more popular in the north. Vegetable tarts are great to… Continue Reading →

Is It Time For A Three Pyramid Food Chart?

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On a very basic level, choosing what foods we eat in a day are some of the most import decisions we make.  Too often, though, these decisions fall prey to other priorities — time, energy, availability, mood. . .  So we wind up making… Continue Reading →

Cooking With Winter Produce

Just because the farmers’ markets are closed for winter doesn’t mean we have to retreat from fresh fruits and vegetables.  Fresh winter produce is abundant, nutritious, and tasty. From hearty root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus, winter produce delivers a… Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Traditions of Harvest And Sharing

When we think of tradition in America, celebrating Thanksgiving certainly jumps to the forefront. This holiday has been observed since the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest with a dinner consisting of corn, squash and the vegetables they were able to… Continue Reading →

Lost and Found News: Probiotic Beer, Gut Checks, Toxin Heroes, Team Gut

A round-up of recent, ponder worthy gut health (yes, gut as in part of our digestive tract) news you may have missed: Probiotic Beer may become the new yogurt If you have never gotten on the probiotic (healthy bacteria for your… Continue Reading →

Recipe: Paleo Non-Wheat Thins To Tempt Even Non-Paleo Eaters

It’s winter.  It’s cold.  Another record arctic blast is predicted.  Time to fire up the oven and distract everyone with the delicious aromas of something warm and wonderful wafting from the kitchen. Last year, my husband and I made a 3-month commitment to tackle some… Continue Reading →

A Paleo Year of Change

Last year, 2014, became our paleo year of change. Our New Year’s resolution was to change our lifestyle, live healthier, and make significant headway fighting my husband’s type two diabetes.  Paleo was the result of months of research.  Starting in October… Continue Reading →

Movie: Jon Favreau’s CHEF

Though I’m late to the party, I’m thrilled to have discovered Jon Favreau’s fabulous film CHEF.   A sleeper hit when it was released in May on a modest budget and with no marketing to speak of, CHEF gained traction solely by word of mouth… Continue Reading →

For The Joy Of Animals: Gambolling Cows

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Thoughts of spring usually bring to mind sunshine and rain; budding trees and daffodils; baby animals and -- gambolling cows? After a winter spent cooped up in a barn eating oats and grains, can ...

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