30 Days of Vitamix: Lemon Meringue Pie Smoothie

January 9, 2015

One of the best things about winter is citrus. Enjoying citrus on a cold, snowy morning is one of our digressions from “eating local.” I have had lemon chess pie, lemon bars, and lemon meringue pie on my mind. Thanks to my in-laws, I have a big supply of beautiful, organic Meyer lemons. This is […]

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Tomorrow’s Bean

January 8, 2015

This video is going around asking you to imagine your life in jelly beans and how you will statistically speaking, spend them. It’s an interesting graphic depiction of the fact that our days ARE numbered. On average (US stats) we have 28,835 days (that’s 79 years y’all).   My Beans Maybe we could reimagine this […]

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Letting go and moving forward – a ritual for the new year

January 1, 2015

Rituals are a comforting thing. They give order to our lives and provide structure to our grieving; sitting shiva or a wake. They frame our celebrations; weddings, birthday parties. My New Years Eve tradition includes a small ritual to help me let go and move forward. Letting go Take two small pieces of paper; on […]

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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies – Dipped and Salted and Wonderful

December 24, 2014

It’s easy to love a site that delivers consistent recipes you can trust. There are a couple I turn to often, particularly if I’m making something I haven’t made in awhile. I know I can trust their straightforward technique and reliable results. Elise Bauer’s Simply Recipes is as advertised. Simply Recipes. Check out her chocolate […]

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Oysters Deluxe at The Boston Wine School – a great gift for yourself or a friend

December 22, 2014

Aren’t you starting to think about next year already? I know I am. In the last flush of holiday hustle, there are so many decisions to make. I’ve been intrigued by the notion of decision-fatigue. Even President Obama understands the power of eliminating decision-fatigue. I think I read that he wears only one or two […]

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Crackly Sparkling Cranberries

December 19, 2014

This is one of our holiday favorites, albeit it newer tradition. This year, I had a bottle of Basque still cider that I wasn’t fond enough of to drink, it was so yeasty and apple-y I couldn’t toss it. What to do? Cranberries, of course! The added benefit: at the end of the process you […]

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30 Days of Vitamix – Say hello to Red!

December 14, 2014

I like red for so many reasons. It’s lucky. It’s life. It can pull me out of blue. It’s the color of World AIDS Day, the color of Women’s Heart Health. And it’s just plain sexeh. Meet Red There’s my early Xmas/Birthday present: a Pro Series Vitamix in Candy Apple Red. I’m calling her “Red.” […]

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Foodservice East | Guest Column: Ten Points of Liability & Ten Best Practices

December 5, 2014

15 Million Americans have food allergies and we crave a great dining experience just as much as our non-allergic friends and families do. Restaurants that “get it” and offer us a relaxing and safe dining experience will be rewarded with repeat business. Restaurant staff in all positions – front of the house, back of the […]

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Mescal and Apple – a Match Made in Heaven

November 26, 2014

With gratitude to Misty Kalkofen (goddess of mescal) for the inspiration. Mansana de Mañana 1  oz Basque Apple Cider simple syrup 1 1/4 oz Mescal 1/2 oz lime juice (half a lime) 1 cardamom pod, pinch of cinnamon Muddled cardamom in shaker. Add ice, remaining ingredients. Shake well. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with […]

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No Soggy Bottoms! One Perfect Pumpkin Pie with Meringue Topping for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

Who doesn’t love pie? I do, and I have had to learn to make them at home since the advent of my dairy allergy. Impossible to eat one out. Pie without butter? Is it any good? Yes. Yes it is. This recipe represents the best of three different recipes and many years of hosting, preparing, […]

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