The Scoop

July 23, 2018

July is the time when certain things in your garden just take off.  For me, the mint is growing by leaps and bounds and to be honest, I enjoy it in the occasional cocktail but I knew there had to be other uses.  I stumbled upon several recipes that suggested mixing herbs into plain yogurt [...]

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June 28, 2018

Summertime begs for refreshing flavors ---sweet, tangy and cooling! And when I don't want to turn the oven on, I turn to some favorite ingredients.  This combination of crunchy jicama, tropical fruit and plump shrimp is sure to satisfy.  It was originally conceived to be part of a fish tac [...]

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April 11, 2018

Cabbage is the unsung hero in my home this spring.  We can't get enough of it especially when it's in a slaw.  Cabbage is part of the cruciferous vegetable group.  A  classification of vegetables which are known for their anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, pro-health benefits. In fa [...]

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March 15, 2018

With the winter chill still upon us, I'm thinking soup for dinner.  I have actually spent the last few months making my favorite soups that require some time and culinary skill.  Now I'm done---ready to just have the warming cup without the extra work.  So here it goes.  A very s [...]

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March 7, 2018

The NY Times article sends the powerful message to do the one thing that you have been putting off.  The snowday is a gift to do just that.  Of course, you may think I am encouraging you to do your taxes or rearrange your closet but with my motto to "maximize your health potential", my tho [...]

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January 30, 2018

Move over ketchup and sriracha and try some harissa!  A spicy North African condiment made of a blend of hot chile peppers (which are often smoked), garlic, olive oil and spices.  It comes in a thick paste in a tube or as it is gaining popularity, many companies are packaging it in gl [...]

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December 14, 2017

I am a lover of the tried & true holiday favorites but I am always looking for something new to add in to the mix. Edamame is often served as a starter in Japanese restaurants but out of the pod they are quite versatile. High in protein and fiber they will fill you up and leave you quite satisfi [...]

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November 30, 2017

I am not a skilled mashed potato maker so when I picked up a ricer before Thanksgiving, I thought this would be my year to shine.  Of course, I didn't realize that the thin skins on the Yukon golds are best peeled first to let the ricer create the fluffiest mash.  Sharing the labor with my [...]

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November 13, 2017

Need a great idea for a yummy meal that you can make ahead and just warm up when you get home? These savory "cakes" or veggie burgers cook up quickly and can easily be frozen and reheated as needed.   My recommendation is that you make small ones as described below so that the outside becomes c [...]

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August 25, 2017

Farmers markets and produce aisles are brimming with zucchini. But what to do with Mother Nature's bounty? This may be the best time of year to skip the pasta and "get spiralized!" You can create ribbons of delicious tendrils of zucchini that are low in calories but packed with nutrition.  The [...]

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