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A few weeks ago, my friend Donna and I were planning a small get together to watch some movies. There were going to be 5 of us. Donna is also a fantastic cook (She’s Italian-it’s in the genes), but we wanted to do something healthy. The Today Show happened to be on and they showed […]

One of the best things about Fall is that it’s PUMPKIN season! I adore pumpkin. Pretty much anything that has pumpkin in it, I’ll try (except if it has licorice or coconut in it). I can’t tell you how disappointed I was that most of the pumpkin products from Trader Joe’s were discontinued after Thanksgiving. […]

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the extension of Germany’s biggest selling spice company, Just Spices, (www.justspices.com) here in the US. They specialize in blends-really original blends to make your life easier. They had a bunch of sample foods there and I fell in love with their Pancake Blend. (I had […]

Last night was one of my “First Saturday” monthly potluck dinners in Manhattan Beach. It’s hosted by my friends, Diane and Paul Basile. They’re wonderfully generous, holding this fantastic dinner. Paul is the gourmet cook, choosing the main course. We happily suggest side dishes, appetizers, salads and desserts for him to choose for us to […]

How to keep motivated when you’re tired, stressed and cranky Yes, this happens to me. It’s OK to admit you don’t feel like exercising. There are days when I have clients, articles to write, companies to visit and a dog to walk. I get up at 5 am and don’t finish until 8pm. Would YOU […]

Every so often, I get a wonderful perk from a company that would like me to “test-drive” their products. Last week it was some great chocolate. (I’ll tell you about that in my next post). A while ago, Larry Kandarian from Kandarian Organic Farms sent me a whole big box of his amazing organic ancient […]

What the HECK are FODMAPs?! The acronym FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. (Aren’t you glad you asked?) These short-chain carbohydrates are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and can be easily fermented by gut bacteria. These sugars also exert an osmotic effect, increasing fluid movement into the large bowel. The fermentation […]

Supplements that improve mood I’ve never been considered a pessimist. Or a downer. But there are days where I wake up cranky. I don’t know why, it just happens. It might be hormones, it might be gas. There’s no telling. The good news is that I can take one of many naturally occurring supplements that […]

It’s been taken for granted that as we age, we shrink. But, in one of the biggest projects to date, coming from the University of California, Harvard and Peking University found that certain lifestyle choices had a large impact on height loss. Shrinkage mainly occurs in the spine. Bone density decreases as we age, as […]

A condition like high blood pressure is sneaky. You don’t feel it, and it generally doesn’t cause any outward signs or symptoms. Yet it silently damages blood vessels, the heart, kidneys, and other organs. High blood pressure — also known as hypertension — isn’t a disease. It is a sign that something is wrong in […]

When you eat starchy carbs and refined sugar, are you aware of what happens inside your body? These foods enter the bloodstream quickly, causing a sugar spike. Your body then produces the hormone insulin to drive that sugar from your bloodstream into cells. But over time, high levels of insulin can make your muscle cells […]

Yes, it’s true! My brother, Mark, just sent me an article from one of his hospital periodicals and I want to share the information with you. For years, you’ve been hearing how fish oil (specifically Omega 3s) is great for your heart. According to a study that was just published in the May 9th edition […]

Why do some people get fat even when they eat relatively little? What creates that irresistible urge for a bag of potato chips or a hunk of chocolate cake, as opposed to a nice crisp apple? Can food urges be irresistible? Physiologists are unraveling the role that your hormones and brain play in urging you […]

When I was in New York a few months ago, I stopped by a wonderful store that sold 3 main things-flavored olive oils, flavored vinegars and salts. There are many different types of salts that are available to buy. Most are, indeed, flavored (or infused) with various spices and herbs or have different minerals in […]

With the plethora of different methods available claiming to be able to help you lose weight, its no wonder that people are generally confused as to which is the best method for them. It’s also no wonder that so many people throw away so much money on so called revolutionary programs only to find that […]

You can start a fitness program, or continue being active, without spending a lot of money. These budget-friendly approaches will help you increase your physical activity, build strength and burn calories for little or no cost: 1. Trade the gym for your home or workplace. By moving activity to your everyday environment, you gain time […]

Many people look upon massage as an indulgence that is simply not necessary, I have to admit that I enjoy getting a massage every few weeks and I feel it when I don’t. Most massage styles have miraculous healing powers and a good massage can have a plethora of benefits for the body-relaxation not withstanding. […]

Too often, women and their healthcare practitioners think weight loss is all about cutting calories and exercising more. But I know several women who’ve tried these avenues with no success. The majority of women are genuinely trying to do everything “right” for their health. They exercise regularly, eat well, take their supplements, and so on. […]

Fat, although systematically proven useful to the human body, is not only gotten through an excess of food, you need to be incredibly non-moving, too! If you’re overly fat, you’re obese, no bones about it (pun intended) and you do indeed have a disease. It can sneak right up on you like a homicidal maniac. […]

There are two ways I know summer here: There’s more gloomy clouds in LA more than any other time of year and tomatoes start to be seen at the farmer’s markets. Gorgeous, juicy, sweet tomatoes. Granted, we don’t have those mealy hot house tomatoes like they sell in the East Coast supermarkets, but to have […]

I’ve had my share of crab cakes in my life. I really love them. They’re versatile. You can get them as an appetizer or main course. Some of the best I’ve had were in Maryland. These were succulent because they were mostly crab meat with very little filling and they had that legendary taste of […]

After almost 6 months of learning all aspects of cooking and baking, it was time for us to see if anything actually sunk in. We were nervous wrecks for the last few weeks. There were so many techniques and possible course combinations, we didn’t know what to expect. According to May, the first week of […]

Photos by Cathy Arkle This is the last week of learning for my Pro Chef Level 1 course and appropriately enough, like finishing a fine meal, we made desserts of all kinds. Dessert sauces can take a basic cake to a higher level. We learned all the main types of sauces that are used. They’re […]

Photos by Cathy Arkle In this second week of baking, we learned about making pastry dough and various quick breads. All pastry dough and batters have similar ingredients, but it’s the proportions that change per recipe. Quick breads have no yeast. Here, baking powder and soda are used. Baking powder is actually a combination of […]