Brain Fitness Starts In the Kitchen

We have all been told by doctors, scientist and researchers, the key to healthily living is diet and exercise.  But recent research suggests exercise, not necessarily intensive exercise and eliminating processed foods can increase your life by 7 years!   The MIND Diet We have all heard about the heart benefits of the Mediterranean diet,Read more

My Garden First Crop

My garden first crop was 2 yellow crooked neck squash and 1 zephyr squash. Both are delicious!  Both varieties have the same texture and flavor.  The Zephyr is the one with the green tip.  According to “” Zephyr squash is a relatively new type of summer squash and botanically a part of Cucurbita pepo. ARead more

Bisphenol-A (BPA) Should Be A Health Concern

Campbell Soup Company announces the elimination of Bisphenol-A in can linings. Despite the Federal Drug Administration assessment that current levels of Bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA are  safe in our food supply, Campbell Soup Company has announced that by the middle of 2017, NONE of their products will include BPA in the container manufacturing.  ThisRead more

Top 5: Fiber Options To Remedy Your Deficiency

The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have written, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet and improve their overall eating habits.  It offers key recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.  Americans’ social and economical culture has precipitated unhealthy eatingRead more

Berry Basics

This is the season for berries.  Just wanted to write about a few basic tips when buying, storing and cooking with berries. Buying: Always buy berries that are plump, firm, dry and free of blemishes or mold. Follow your nose; the most fragrant berries will taste the best. Storing: Never wash the berries until youRead more

Mango salsa anyone?

Last night, I made my first mango salsa.  Not being a friend of many fruits, this was a big deal for me.  I get apprehensive about anything I don’t heat, cook or chill? Menu consisted of grilled lemon shrimp and grilled cod with a mango-mint salsa, over a rice pilaf. I wanted a light, refreshingRead more

Growing Herbs at Home

The springtime brings new warmer weather, entertaining on the deck and fresh, light meals.  April also brings the planting season for your culinary herbs.  Home cooks do not need a vast, huge English herb garden that can become to large to maintain.  Here are my six favorite varieties that I am growing this year andRead more