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Glorious Gazpacho

By Herb Gardener - Botanically a fruit, but treated as a vegetable, born in the Americas but educated in Europe, the fresh tomato’s story is seldom told in the cold. As the days warm and lengthen, however, its true virtues are revealed in a soup that is the essence of seasonal enjoyment. Gazpacho is a frequent visitor to my spring and summer supper table or picnic spread. Easy to prepare, refreshing to eat, it is both light...

What’s in Your Basket? – Spying at Trader Jo...

By Kate Bennett - Well, perhaps “spying ” is too strong a word; but, I was curious. After every trip to Trader Joe’s, no matter my intentions, I always come home with the same things. As coveted as my little cache of items might be, one can’t help wondering: What about those hundreds of other things on the shelves and freezer cases that other shoppers have in their grasp. What am I missing out on?...

10 Foods For Me and Thee in 2014

By Chef Judi Gallagher - There are a few foods that I started eating about a year ago in restaurants or at a friend’s home or sometimes because I brought them home to cook. In my job, I taste and evaluate foods all day long, but there are always some that become personal favorites. Here are my new prize-winners and I’m going to eat a lot more of them in 2014. Most are healthy choices, but there are a few guilty pleasures on...

Mantras For A Better You in 2014

By Marsha Fottler - Mantras are a good thing. Essentially, they are little words or phrases usually associated with meditation. The sound of a mantra repeated many times in the right setting along with rhythmic breathing empties the mind to allow insight, awareness and serenity to take up the cleared space. Mantras can also be helpful to people who need self encouragement and motivation to commit to a healthier lifestyle and...

Sugar Alternatives, Know When to Use Which Ones

By Chef Judi Gallagher - When scanning the aisles at the grocery store, you’ll notice there are an incredible number of  refined white sugar alternatives. How do you know which ones to use? Isn’t fructose bad for you? Sugar is often associated with fattening foods, diabetes and high energy. But there are a lot of sweeteners (not the artificial ones) that have health benefits and taste just as sweet as white sugar. Here...

Successful Dieting in Spite of Holiday Temptations

By Marsha Fottler - If you’re into a weight loss/healthy living program and doing pretty well with your diet and exercise lifestyle routines, you realize you’ve got to chart a smart course through the holiday season (now through about the middle of January) that helps you sidestep social gatherings which are minefields of sweet temptation. You don’t want to give up the gains you’ve made. Stay focused and positive. To help,...
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