It’s Always A Perfect Season For Soup

Recipe: It’s Always A Perfect Season For Soup

I love soup! On most Sunday afternoons I find myself on a sad veggie hunt. I search my refrigerator, looking for the droopy little veggies – the slightly old ones or the leftover small pieces of ones. These are the veggies that will be heading to the soup pot! I…

When a Loved One Develops Dementia

When a Loved One Develops Dementia

My Mom loved life, socializing, and enjoyed spending time with her friends.  She could speak for hours on the phone, and was just an all-around people person. Mom was well-loved in our community because she was warm, caring, and giving to a fault. Mom and I spoke almost daily when…

Essential Spice — Turmeric

Enhance Your Meal — Essential Spice —Turmeric

Turmeric Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that is often referred to as the “Golden Spice.” The curcumin that it contains gives it the golden color as well as its healing properties. Origins Turmeric is a plant (its botanical name is Curcuma longa), and the turmeric spice comes from the…

Summer Slow Cooked Peaches And Plums With Star Anise

Recipe: Summer Slow Cooked Peaches And Plums With Star Anise

The first time I had star anise was on a lovely evening in the Veneto Hills near Asolo, Italy. As all Italians do in the summer, we were eating al fresco and finishing our dinner with a light, seasonal fruit dish. I fell in love with star anise that night…

Pears with Cloves

Recipe: Pears with Cloves

Poaching is a lovely way to prepare a fruit for dessert. In the 1990s when I was living in London, the rage was to poach pears in red wine. Now, being older and wiser, I poach in water. My Pears with Cloves recipe is excellent for people with blood sugar…

A Morning Tradition I Still Follow Today!

Lemon Water, The Perfect Way to Start Your Day!

My Grandma Rafaela, who lived with my family when I was young, had a morning routine of drinking hot water with a squeeze of lemon. I can still remember the kettle boiling and the smell of fresh lemon as I headed out to school. I started to follow her routine…

Essential Spice – Cinnamon

Enhance Your Meal – Essential Spice – Cinnamon

Cinnamon Cinnamon is a spice that most people use in baking, but there is so much more you can do with it to enhance the flavors of your food! In fact, it’s one of the ingredients in five-spice powder, a mixture that is essential in Chinese cooking. Sprinkling it on your…

Recipe: Saffron Honey Glazed Root Vegetables

Ingredients: 2 Carrots, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes 2 Parsnips, peeled, and diced into 1 inch cubes 1 Onion,  peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes 1 Fennel Bulb, washed well and cut into wedges with the end intact (this will help keep the fennel together) 1/4 Cup…