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Walnut Sauce

Walnut sauce

I mentioned this walnut sauce in a previous post and was asked to share the recipe.  I got this recipe from one of Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbooks. She is a well-known Indian cook, author and TV personality. The walnut sauce tastes like a vegan version of a hollandaise sauce.  It’s quite tasty with broccoli or any veggie you like. Ingredients 1/2 cup shelled walnuts 5 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt or to taste 1/4 cup…
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Turnip-Leek Soup

Turnip Leek soup

This is a spin on potato-leek soup and I think I like this one better.  There are two reasons why you may want to opt for turnips instead of potatoes.  The first one is that potatoes are starchier and would have about 3 times higher carbohydrate count than turnips.  The second reason is that potatoes are in a class of foods called “nightshades”, which are known to promote inflammation in some people. If nothing else, this soup is a nice little variation to the…
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Carrot-ginger-orange soup

Carrot ginger orange soup

This is a lovely, warming soup.  The sweetness of the carrots is balanced by the orange juice that also tames down the ginger kick. Ingredients 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut in large chunks 1 inch slice ginger, peeled minced 2 medium onions or 4 shallots, peeled and minced 4 cups organic broth (chicken or vegetable) 2-3 oranges, juiced 1/2 tsp orange zest 2 tbsp coconut oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions Melt the coconut oil in a stock…
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Making skin care products on live television!

WCAX skin care demo

I was invited to do a segment on the local morning news show yesterday. We talked about winter skin issues and how to create a few simple home-made skin-care products. WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports- You can also watch it on the WCAX website here: Recipes: Skin brushing: Follow your dry skin brushing by applying an oil to your skin.  Use an edible oil like coconut, almond, olive or avocado. Immediately afterward, shower but do not remove…
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Cooking with ease: Roasted veggies

Roasted root veggies & broc with sauce

I have a confession to make: I don’t like cooking. Well, I guess I need to clarify that: I don’t like cooking on a daily basis.  Cooking for special occasions? I love it. But cooking dinner every day is just not my thing. I find it very tiresome. What’s my solution?  I cook a few things once or twice a week and then I’m the queen of reheating. The other trick? Cook A LOT of one thing at a time, especially things…
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October: Ebola & Breast Cancer

Scared 2

It’s the end of October and from a health perspective we can safely say that this month has been about breast cancer “awareness” and Ebola. And I am sad to report that I am not happy with the way either of them are addressed in the media.  Actually, I am not happy about the main message that seems to be central to each of these stories. When it comes to what you hear about Ebola and Breast Cancer “Awareness” in…
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10 kilometers. 51 obstacles


For the fun of it? That is the distance and the number of obstacles 12 friends and I tackled yesterday at the Shale Hill Obstacle Course in southern Vermont.  It took us 4 hours, a lot of struggle, many laughs and quite a few bruises. I have raw skin on my hands from torn-off blisters from climbing ropes and walls; scrapped arms from crawling in the mud under barbed wire; a rope-burned back right thigh; and bruises all over. At…
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What We Can Learn About Health from Horses


Last weekend I attended a retreat that was held at a horse ranch in Stowe, VT. The location was gorgeous, the program I participated in was truly transformative and all of the support people were stellar. However, it was the horses that captured my heart above anyone else, and they offered some interesting points of reflection when it comes to looking at our health habits. On Saturday morning as I sat on the deck, fifteen feet away from the horses…
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Coffee good or bad?


Lately I’ve been loving my coffee. I’m on a kick of drinking a cup every morning, which is not usual for me; so I’m paying attention. I also often preach moderation with coffee so I’m curious as to what this new ‘habit’ might be about. Depending on who you ask or what you read, you may hear that caffeine is terrible for your health or you may hear that it has great health-promoting effects. To illustrate the intensity of the debate…
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Mediterranean tuna lettuce wraps

Tuna boats comp

I love tuna! But unfortunately it’s not a safe food to eat on a regular basis. Like all of the larger popular fish we consume (like swordfish, cod, salmon, etc.) it has a long lifespan during which it accumulates high amounts of the heavy metals (mercury, lead, etc.) that now pollute our oceans. As a result, its meat is more toxic than smaller fish like sardines and anchovies. However, one in a while, I indulge in a little tuna and…
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