Recipe: Strawberry-Banana Redemption Smoothie

With the double whammy of an earthquake and a hurricane, last week was a nail-biter here in New York.  And since I live quite close to one of Mayor Bloomberg’s evacuation zones, my husband and I went through all the usual hurricane prep with determination: bottled water, check; batteries, check; candles, check; more food than 2 people could possibly consume in a few days, check.  Because isn’t being stuck inside during a storm kind of like being on vacation: you don’t have to play by normal dietary rules?  Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Perfect Sear

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

Have you ever been to a restaurant that served pan-steamed tuna or scallops?  No?  That’s probably because it sounds about as appetizing as hospital food.  Pan-seared on the other hand sounds like a little slice of culinary heaven.  Crisp and caramelized on the outside, still tender on the inside, no matter your protein, you can’t go wrong with this cooking technique.  While perfectly searing a scallop or piece of tuna may sound daunting, Continue reading

Cool As A Cucumber

Cucumbers get a bad rap.  They’re often lumped into the loaded with water category of vegetables that people feel offer little to no nutritional value.  Much like iceberg lettuce.  And yes, iceberg may not be loaded with essential nutrients, but that water hydrates people, and many people often do not drink enough water, and we need water… and I think you can see where I’m going here.  For the person you know who eats little to no vegetables and barely drinks water, iceberg isn’t such bad lettuce for them to eat.  But back to cucumbers…. Continue reading

Healthy Food And Cost: Top Money Saving Tips

For a large majority of Americans, highly publicized health foods and products have become similar to luxury goods.  We’ve been bombarded with the idea that a healthy diet is expensive, something only for the affluent, and must come from high-end grocery stores that are over-priced.  You know the one I’m talking about.  I disagree. Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: Osmosis In The Kitchen

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

Salt has many magical kitchen powers – the most common being the enhancement of flavor to food and the extraction of moisture from food.  The process in which salt extracts moisture from food, specifically vegetables, is called disgorging.  And thank goodness for it as there are a handful of vegetables that can become a watery mess if not salted and drained prior to cooking.  The biggest culprits: Continue reading

Oregon Pinot Noir and Resveratrol: A Match Made in Wine Heaven

Willamette Valley

Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world and remain a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.  The grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France and in more recent years, The Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Willamette Valley is at the same latitude as Burgundy, and has a similar cool, damp climate in which the finicky Pinot Noir grapes thrive.  Both regions are widely considered to produce Continue reading