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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 […]

Applesauce might not be the fanciest thing to blog about, but I’ve had some really crappy stuff in my life and with the holidays looming, I have to put my two cents in. I grew up on my mom’s homemade stuff. Living on the East Coast, there were a kabillion different varieties of apples to […]

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. […]

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 […]

We all know fruits and vegetables are good for us. They have vitamins and minerals, fiber and not a lot of calories. But there are some little details about these super foods that might surprise you. Here are a few examples: Carrots: I see so many people, parents, especially, do the grab-and-go with the mini […]

A Handy How-To Guide Summer means grilling and grilling connotes succulent meats and fish marinated in anything from soy sauce to red wine. But what about your vegetables? It’s easy to include them in your back yard BBQ-and with these tips on flavoring and cooking, they’ll be a welcome addition to your table, even for […]

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 […]

I’ve really been getting into vegetarian dishes lately. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my proteins. But because there are SO many different vegetables and fruits out there-so many more than types of animal protein-the creative possibilities are endless. I’ve eaten this combination before, but when I made it this time, I added the […]

Overeating isn’t just a holiday season worry. Although there are an abundance of occasions for eating celebratory meals and treats from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, many of us face the same dietary pitfalls all year long. It’s helpful to know that you can take charge of the social and environmental influences that may lead you […]

By Rona Lewis Photos by Cathy Arkle Who doesn’t love starchy carbs like rice, pasta and grains? My hips and thighs aren’t always so happy with them, but my mouth LOVES them! As a rule, I don’t eat them a lot to keep my weight down, but every so often, a big plate of pasta […]

If there wasn’t a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard here in LA with that name, I would have never known what the heck this is.  Pronounced “Cla-foo-tee,” this is a French dish normally made with a kind of custard and fruit (mostly cherries).  Recently, I’d heard people talking about making this with vegetables, so I thought […]

I don’t know how to cook for small amounts of people.  If it’s just Bobby and I, I have leftovers for 3 more days.   So, for Thanksgiving, there were 8 people to cook for, so I made a 20 lb turkey and a 4 pound brisket.  Needless to say, I have some leftovers. Now, being […]

I get food and wine emails up the wazoo every single day.  I love reading them and figuring how to re-engineer them.  this one stuck out and I saved it.  I think I got the original from Snooth, but don’t quote me on that.  Wait.  I just quoted myself.  Never mind… 🙂 The original calls […]

I looked at the last recipe I posted here, and it contained carbs.  Of course, it was about 3 weeks ago, so that shows you how often I eat them….but at least the Paella recipe was a healthier version-just like this Chocolate Bread Pudding recipe is much healthier than the original, which I found in […]

Guilt comes in many forms, doesn’t it?  Health-wise, you can cheat on your workouts, cheat on your mileage and the biggest one….cheating on your food. (notice I didn’t say “diet?”  I HATE that word!) As an advocate of the lower carb lifestyle, I only have the occasional dinner that includes starchy carbs.  When I don’t […]

I was asked about soy vs almond milk by a dear friend of mine the other day.  (Hey Paola, is it OK if I use your name?)  She asked me which was better to use as a substitute for regular “dairy” milk.   After all, milk from cows has calcium and all that, but it causes […]

I love a good pasta sauce.  Not that I have pasta a lot, but when I DO have it (usually with a whole grain noodle), I want something substantial on it.  Now, this dish has a few variations on it, as it’s a traditional staple in Italy, but most use guanciale (pig cheeks-Oy!) or pancetta.  […]

I’m just about finished with my second cookbook…writing it, that is.  Actually, MY part is done.  I”m waiting for my friend, Barry Wilner, who’s been kind enough to do my wine pairings for the main courses.  After that, it goes to Spencer Christian, former Good Morning America weatherman and current host of View From The […]

Try saying THAT 5 times fast!  This is a dish that my friend, Jeff, made for our First Saturday dinner last month.  It’s an incredibly rich concoction akin to Moussaka and Spanikopita (but with meat).  It was delicious.  Jeff warned me beforehand, “Uhh, it’s a little rich.”  Gee, Jeff…ya THINK?! He dared me to re-engineer […]

I was at my monthly Saturday dinner this past weekend.  This is a gathering of friends who all cook dishes related to the theme that the hosts think up.  This past month was Favorite Dishes Your Mom Made in honor of Mother’s Day.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll see my comments […]

I finished doing the nutritional breakdowns for the over 100 recipes I have in my new, as yet to be published, cookbook.  This is a labor of love, as it’s incredibly tedious.  Like looking in a pile of bubbles for a contact lens.   Writing a cookbook, for me, is so much fun.  Experimenting with food, […]

It was a whirlwind few weeks that just passed.  Between going home for the Passover holiday where everything either has 9 million calories or buckets of carbs, then coming back to LA, only to have a big Easter dinner with my honey’s family (not like I said NO to the delicious food or anything!) I’ve […]

At least food-wise, you can’t.  I just got back from a trip to New York.  Long Island, actually.  I grew up there and my parents still live in the same house.  THAT is a story in and of itself.  My Mom, as many of you know, is a very good cook.  However, the challenge I […]