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Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Monday, January 9, 2012

De Tox

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By Erin Hobday, SELF magazine

Find yourself eating too much junk food lately? You might be feeling the urge to detox. But resist the call of juice diets, fasts, and other trendy but potentially dangerous cleanses. Our plan involves "eating clean"- focusing on naturally nutrient-rich whole foods, and cutting back on processed bites.

Related: The Healthiest Cities for Women

1. Skip added sugars
"White sugar, brown sugar, honey-all sugar pumps calories into your diet and spikes your blood sugar," says nutritionist Joy Bauer. Consuming too much of it also promotes inflammation, which can increase your risk for heart disease and certain cancers and make you feel foggy and fatigued.

What to do? Stay away from foods that list sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or dextrose on the ingredients label. High-fructose corn syrup sweetens many processed foods, including cold cuts and ketchup, and food makers often add it to reduced-fat foods to make them tastier. Just like table sugar, HFCS can cause spikes and dips in your blood sugar, and some research suggests it may mess with the hunger and fullness signals the hormone leptin sends out, leaving you less satisfied.

2. Avoid bad fats
Saturated and trans fats can clog your arteries and promote inflammation. Nix trans fats by sidestepping fried foods and anything made with hydrogenated vegetable oils (check labels). And limit saturated fats to less than 7 percent of your total daily calories by wiping out high-fat marbled meats and choosing skim or 1-percent-fat dairy products instead of full-fat ones.

What to do? Saturated fat can also make you... well... fat. According to a recent study, certain types of saturated fat (think: red meat, whole milk, cheese and butter) may actually override those handy "whoah, I'm stuffed, stop eating!" signals your body sends out. But don't clear fat off your plate entirely: oleic acid, the type of unsaturated fat in olive oil, avocados and nuts, don't have the same effect. Oleic acid also helps curb hunger and improves fat digestion.

Related: 21 Good-For-You Snacks

3. Pump up proteins
Lean proteins from sources such as chicken and wild salmon preserve your lean body mass, and having some at every meal stabilizes blood sugar levels and helps you feel fuller longer. Divide your body weight in pounds by 2-that's how many grams of protein you should aim to get each day, Bauer says.

What to do? Pumping up your intake of protein from non-animal sources such as whole-grain cereal, tofu and beans may also lower your blood pressure. These foods are also rich in fiber and magnesium, which can help reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 5 percent. Toss tofu in salads or snack on unsalted nuts and seeds.

4. Be a teetotaler
"Alcohol is taxing on your liver, plus it lowers your inhibitions, making it harder to resist unhealthy foods," Bauer says. Drinking too much not only increases your risk of high blood pressure and obesity, it also messes with your skin!

What to do? Stick to water, seltzer, tea and coffee most of the time, but do indulge in an occasional glass of red wine. Resveratrol, the potent antioxidant in red vino, may help prevent cancer, keep your heart and brain healthy, reduce inflammation, and even help stave off diabetes!

5. Reach for fiber
Soluble fiber in oats and beans is filling, making it a key weight loss tool. It also helps pull cholesterol out of the bloodstream, moving it through the digestive tract.

See more: 12 Ways to Think Yourself Slim

What to do? Make a list of high-fiber foods you love and keep a supply at the ready. We're not just talking about cereal-berries, fruit, potatoes and edamame all count. Work as many as you can into your day. Studies suggest that people absorb up to 6 percent fewer calories when they follow a high-fiber dietor at least 34 grams of fiber a day. Have two foods with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving every day.

6. Chew, swallow, repeat
Taking in calories at regular intervals keeps your blood sugar stabilized and metabolism revved. And did you know that certain foods that you could eat more of to weigh less, including steak, eggs and Parmesan cheese? The right foods help you drop pounds by revving your calorie burn and curbing cravings.

What to do? Have breakfast within 90 minutes of waking up, Bauer says, and aim to eat about every four hours. Eating every four hours also means being prepared. Store healthy snacks at work, and keep an energy bar in your purse for hunger emergencies!

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• 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss
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• 38 Antiaging Foods
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Lo cal recipes

From Yahoo:

.Even though half of all Americans want to lose weight, fewer than one in ten keeps track of the calories they eat in a day-suggesting that it's just too hard, according to a 2011 survey from the International Food Information Council. To make healthy eating easy, here are five of Food & Wine's tastiest low-calorie dishes.

Click Here for More Low-Calorie Recipes




Roast Beef with Root-Vegetable-and-Green-Peppercorn Salad.



Roast Beef with Root-Vegetable-and-Green-Peppercorn Salad



Calories per recipe serving: 407

"Brined green peppercorns aren't particularly popular, but they're fantastic in a dressing for sweet roasted fall vegetables and roast beef."

INGREDIENTS
1 pound sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 pound celery root, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 pound golden beets, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
4 large unpeeled garlic cloves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
One 1 1/2-pound eye of round beef roast, trimmed of visible fat
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons brined green peppercorns, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon of brine
1 teaspoon honey
4 cups baby arugula (about 3 ounces)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat the oven to 425° and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes, parsnips, celery root, beets and garlic cloves with 3 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt. Spread the vegetables on the baking sheet and roast on the bottom rack of the oven for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until browned and very tender. Let cool slightly.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Season the roast with salt. Add it to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer the roast to a plate and pour off the fat in the skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet and cook, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the pan juices into the large bowl.
3. Return the meat to the skillet and roast in the oven for 25 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 115° for medium-rare meat. Transfer the roast to a board; season with black pepper.
4. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves from their skins into the meat juices in the bowl and mash with a fork. Whisk in the vinegar, peppercorns, brine and honey. Add the roasted vegetables to the bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the arugula and toss again.
5. Carve the roast into thin slices and serve warm or at room temperature with the salad.

Click Here for More Low-Calorie Recipes



Warm Shrimp Salad with Kamut, Red Chile and Tarragon

Warm Shrimp Salad with Kamut, Red Chile and Tarragon

Calories per recipe serving: 330



"Kamut is an heirloom variety of wheat with a sweet, almost buttery flavor. F&W editor Kristin Donnelly loves using it in her warm shrimp salad."


INGREDIENTS
1 cup dried kamut or spelt berries
4 ounces haricots verts, cut into thirds
1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, halved and thinly sliced
Salt
2 teaspoons minced fresh red chile
1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/4 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon
Lemon wedges, for serving

DIRECTIONS
1. In a heavy medium saucepan, toast the kamut over moderately high heat until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over moderately low heat until the grains are tender, 1 hour 10 minutes; drain off any excess water.
2. In a medium, deep skillet, combine the haricots verts with 1/4 cup of water. Cover and steam over moderately high heat, stirring, until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.
3. Wipe out the skillet. Melt the butter in the oil over moderately high heat. Add the shallot, season with salt and cook, stirring, until softened, 2 minutes. Add the chile and cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add the shrimp, season with salt and cook, stirring, until just pink, 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the kamut and haricots verts and cook until hot. Stir in the tarragon, season with salt and serve with lemon wedges.
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Whole Roasted Fish with Potatoes and Thyme.

Whole Fish Roasted and Potatoes

Calories per recipe serving: 388



"Cooking whole fish is insanely easy, delicious and cheaper than fillets."


INGREDIENTS
2 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
18 small cipollini onions or large shallots, peeled and quartered
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
12 sprigs of thyme
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Two 2-pound cleaned whole black bass, striped bass or other sea bass
1 lemon, thinly sliced, plus a lemon half, for squeezing
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat the oven to 425° and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, toss the potatoes and onions with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 4 thyme sprigs and season with salt and pepper. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are blistered in spots and barely tender.
3. Rub both fish all over with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil; season generously with salt. Stuff the cavities with the lemon slices and the remaining 8 thyme sprigs. Stir the potatoes, pushing them toward the sides, and set the fish on the baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, until the fish are just cooked through and the potatoes and onions are tender.
4. Transfer the potatoes and onions to a platter. Using two forks, pull the skin off the top of the fish and discard. Remove the fillets from the bones and transfer to the platter. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fish, potatoes and onions, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.


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Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach.


Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach



Calories per recipe serving: 323


"Runny eggs transform simple sautéed mushrooms and spinach into a luxurious meal that's fabulous for breakfast, lunch or dinner." View recipe.


Click Here for More Low-Calorie Recipes





Chicken and Noodles in Spiced Broth.


Chicken and Noodles in Spiced Broth



Calories per recipe serving: 277


"Alternative healers use star anise to fight cold and flu symptoms. Melissa Rubel Jacobson combines the licorice-scented spice with cinnamon and ginger-both stomach soothers-to flavor a restorative chicken-noodle soup." View recipe.



Click Here for More Low-Calorie Recipes


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Low-Fat Recipes


Healthy Italian Recipes


Healthy, Fast Weeknight Dinners


Christmas Recipes



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superfoods

From Yahoo: how many do you eat?

1. Steak
Beef has a rep as a diet buster, but eating it may help you peel off pounds.Try to consume local organic beef; it's healthier for you and the environment.

How to Eat More: Grill or broil a 4-ounce serving of top round or sirloin; slice thinly to top a salad, or mix with veggies for fajitas.

2. Eggs
Dig in to eggs, yolks and all: They won't harm your heart, but they can help you trim inches.

How to Eat More: Omelets and scrambles are obvious choices, but if you can't cook before work, bake a frittata on Sunday; chill it and nuke slices for up to a week. An easy recipe: Vegetable Frittata

3. Kale
Long sidelined as a lowly garnish, this green belongs center stage on your plate. One raw chopped cup contains 34 calories and about 1.3 grams of fiber, as well as a hearty helping of iron and calcium.

How to Eat More: Mix chopped raw kale into cooked black beans. Or slice kale into thin strips, sauté it with vegetable broth and top with orange slices. Make it a meal by tossing the mix with quinoa.

4. Oats
All oats are healthful, but the steel-cut and rolled varieties (which are minimally processed) have up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, making them the most filling choice. Instant oats contain 3 to 4 grams per serving.

How to Eat More: "Instead of using breadcrumbs, add oats to meat loaf-about 1 cup for a recipe that serves eight," Iserloh recommends. Or try her recipe for turkey and oatmeal meatballs.

5. Lentils
Lentils are a bona fide belly flattener. Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.

How to Eat More: There are many varieties of lentils, but red and yellow cook fastest (in about 15 to 20 minutes). Add cooked lentils to pasta sauce for a heartier dish, Zuckerbrot suggests. "Their mild flavor blends right in, and because they're high in protein, you can skip meat altogether."

6. Goji berries
These chewy, tart berries have a hunger-curbing edge over other fruit: 18 amino acids, which make them a surprising source of protein. Snack on them midafternoon to stay satisfied until dinner. The calorie cost? Only 3-5 per tablespoon.

How to Eat More: Mix 1/4 cup of the dried berries (from health food stores) with 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup walnuts for a nourishing trail mix. Or for dessert, pour 1/4 cup boiling water into a bowl with 2 tbsp dried berries; let sit 10 minutes. Drain, then spoon over 1/2 cup lowfat vanilla frozen yogurt.

7. Wild salmon
Not only do fish fats keep your heart healthy, but they shrink your waist, too. "Omega-3 fatty acids improve insulin sensitivity-which helps build muscle and decrease belly fat," Grotto explains. And the more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns. Opt for wild salmon; it may contain fewer pollutants.

Eat more You don't need to do much to enhance salmon's taste, says Sidra Forman, a chef and writer in Washington, D.C. "Simple is best. Season a fillet with salt and pepper, then cook it in a hot pan with 2 tsp oil for 1 to 3 minutes on each side."

Related: 21 Good-For-You Snacks

8. Apples
An apple a day can keep weight gain at bay. People who chomped an apple before a pasta meal ate fewer calories overall than those who had a different snack. Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat or an "apple shape."

How to Eat More: Apples are the ideal on-the-go low-calorie snack. For a pie-like treat, chop up a medium apple and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp allspice and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Pop in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

9. Buckwheat pasta
Swap plain noodles for this hearty variety; you'll slip into your skinny jeans in no time. "Buckwheat is high in fiber and, unlike most carbs, contains protein," Zuckerbrot says. "Those two nutrients make it very satiating, so it's harder to overeat buckwheat pasta than the regular stuff."

How to Eat More: Cook this pasta as you do rice: Simmer it, covered, over low heat. For a light meal, toss cooked buckwheat pasta with broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and onions. Or make buckwheat crepes using our tasty recipe.

10. Blueberries
All berries are good for you, but those with a blue hue are among the best of the bunch. They have the highest antioxidant level of all commonly consumed fruit. They also deliver 3.6 grams of fiber per cup.

How to Eat More: Instead of topping your cereal with fruit, fill your bowl with blueberries, then sprinkle cereal on top and add milk or yogurt, Iserloh recommends.

11. Almond butter
Adding this spread may lower bread's glycemic index (a measure of a food's effect on blood sugar). A study from the University of Toronto found that people who ate almonds with white bread didn't experience the same blood sugar surges as those who ate only the slice.

How to Eat More: Try it for a change from peanut butter in sandwiches, or make a veggie dip: Mix 1 tbsp almond butter with 2 tbsp fat-free plain yogurt, Iserloh suggests. Or add a dollop to oatmeal for flavor and protein.

12. Pomegranates
The juice gets all the hype for being healthy, but pomegranate seeds deserve their own spotlight. In addition to being loaded with folate and disease-fighting antioxidants, they're low in calories and high in fiber, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your diet.

How to Eat More: Pop the raw seeds on their own (many grocery stores sell them preshucked) as a snack at your desk. "Use them in salads instead of nuts," Iserloh says. "They're especially delicious on raw baby spinach with lemon-poppy seed dressing." For another take on the seeds, use our easy recipe for sweet and spicy pomegranate salsa.

13. Chiles
One reason to spice up your meals: You'll crank up your metabolism. "A compound in chiles called capsaicin has a thermogenic effect, meaning it causes the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chiles," Zuckerbrot explains.

How to Eat More: Stuff chiles with cooked quinoa and marinara sauce, then roast them. To mellow a chile's heat, grill it until it's almost black, peel off charred skin and puree the flesh, Krieger says. Add the puree to pasta sauces for a one-alarm kick. Or stir red pepper flakes into any dish you enjoy.

14. Greek yogurt
Dietitians often refer to plain yogurt as the perfect food, and for good reason: With its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady.

How to Eat More: "Use lowfat plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise in chicken or potato salad, or top a baked potato with a bit of yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice," Krieger says. You'll save 4.7 grams of fat per tablespoon. Look for Greek yogurt, which has more protein than other versions.

15. Quinoa
Curbing hunger is as easy as piling your plate with this whole grain. It packs both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein, a stellar nutrient combo that can keep you satisfied for hours, Krieger says.

How to Eat More: Serve quinoa instead of rice with stir-fries, or try Krieger's take on a scrumptious hot breakfast: Cook 1/2 cup quinoa in 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup orange juice for 15 minutes. Top with 1 tbsp each of raisins and chopped walnuts.

See more: 12 Ways to Think Yourself Slim

16. Sardines
These tiny fish are the unsung stars of the sea. They are high in protein and loaded with omega-3s, which also help the body maintain muscle. And they're low in mercury and high in calcium, making them a smart fish pick for pregnant women. If the flavor doesn't appeal to you, "soak them in milk for an hour; it will remove any trace of fishiness," Iserloh says.

How to Eat More: "Use sardines in recipes you like that call for anchovies, including Caesar salad and stuffing," Iserloh says. Or make a sardine melt: Toss whole sardines with chopped onions, fresh herbs and diced bell peppers. Put the mixture on top of a slice of pumpernickel or rye bread, cover with a slice of cheddar and broil.

17. Tarragon
You can use this herb, a staple in French cooking, in place of salt in marinades and salad dressings.Plus, tarragon lends a sweet, licorice-like flavor to bland foods.

How to Eat More: Rub 2 tbsp dried tarragon on salt">chicken before baking or grilling. Or make a tasty dip by mixing 1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon into 4 oz lowfat plain yogurt and 1 tsp Dijon mustard, recommends Jacquelyn Buchanan, director of culinary development at Laura Chenel's Chèvre, a fromagerie in Sonoma, California.

18. Parmesan
Drop that rubbery lowfat cheese and pick up the real stuff. Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds.

How to Eat More: "Grate Parmesan over roasted vegetables," Buchanan offers. Or snack on a 1-ounce portion with an apple or a pear.

19. Avocado
Don't let the fat content of an avocado (29 grams) scare you-that's what makes it a top weight loss food, Kraus says. "The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat it contains increases satiety," she says. And it's terrific summer party food.

How to Eat More: Add avocado to your sandwich instead of mayo for a creamy texture and a shot of flavor. Avocados do contain a lot of calories, so it's best to watch your portions. One easy way to do it: Try Wholly Guacamole's 100-calorie fresh guacamole packs ($3; grocery stores or WhollyGuac.com). They're easy to pack in your lunch and pair with chopped vegetables.

20. Olive oil
Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite. But that's hardly its only slimming feature. "Research shows it has anti-inflammatory properties," Kraus says. Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to metabolic syndrome.

How to Eat More: Drizzle your salad with olive oil and you'll increase the antioxidant power of your veggies, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition notes. Or toss pasta with a few teaspoons of olive oil, fresh basil and sauteed garlic, Kraus suggests. Add this oil to your summer menus for a flatter tummy by fall.

Jan 9th and outdoor blooming pansies and orchids with SAD

Today is random, random warm weather, random thoughts, random Mondays. It was nearly 60 on F., and I thougth I should be looking at flowers. Then I realized it was the first week of January, and the old Christmas Eve. I have as small pot of trick or treat pansy that was on my porch, and is still alive, having survived erratic weather, a very little snow, and some early frost. It is now inside, with my African violet and orchids. It is the black pansy, of which I am so fond. I hope that my black holly hocks will bloom.

Last night, in Moby Duck, I read of chocolate orchids, really a deep purple. No one quite knows how they got their name, but the old joke is to tell someone to sniff it; they smell like orchids, but you are expected to think they smell like chocolate. My large orchid is now dropping blooms; does anyone have any ideas why? I have been very careful to give it the right light and not to overwater. Will it bloom again?

I would like to read/experiment with stews as recommended in the current Cook's Illustrated, but no time. Also, I'm still very sick and run down, and it is all I can do to get through the day. My hand is still bad, as well. Perhaps we should share Pick Me UP tips for the month?

Placed as finalist in a poetry contest, which surprised me; I wrote the poem many years ago, and didn't think anyone liked it. Go figure, but I'm very pleased.

Visited Eagle Days, and saw the owls, wolves, and
Eagles.
the River Action people were there showing items they pulled out of the river. Moby Duck discusses items pulled from the oceans, in various "garbage patches." The book is fascinating; it reminds me a little of Kon Tiki, a favorite of mine from childhood. More later, and let's all Pep up!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: From Strong National Museum of Play

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Publications and Magazines 2012; some Ideas, Organic Gifts, Vegetarian Party foods, L. Vanel's Kitchen Notebook, and Pot Pourri Recipe


It is bitterly cold here, but I wish you all a Happy 2012! May we have peace the world over. Just two days ago, it was over 50 degrees, and now it is below zero! I am still into the 12 days of Xmas, and I don't think I will ever get over the unwanted trees tossed on the curb, or the sadness of picked over ornaments at the after Xmas sales. The wond was tossing around snowmen and lights, and blew the outdoor ornaments of my trees. It is another sad holiday without my mother, and now the sad news that my dear friend in England, a well-known writer, is suffering from Alzheimers. I will still write to her, and email, if only to brighten her day a little.

Our coop newsletter/mag, Catlyst, had some interesting ideas, and I also picked up a copy of Cooks Illustrated to read all about stews. I'll keep you all posted. Also, as I told my good friend V., today, MSNBC had great ideas for making extra money in 2012, and these are on their site. I will try to find and post the link.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/45846671#45846671

Interesting topics out of the Fall 2011 Catlyst:

Domestic Fair Trade: Doing the right thing

Links and an article about Roundup and coverups involving its links to birthd defects: in the Huffington post[http://s.coop/huffpo], and in The Ecololgist [http://s.coop.ecolog]; Round up and Birth defects: Is the pbulic being kept in the dark? [http://s.coop/fullreport]; and Monsanto's response http://s.cloop3fv6.

Good recipes, including AFrican Groundnut Stew to serve ten. If anyone wants the recipes, just let me know in comments; I'll type them in.

Winter 2011-2012 includes:

Vegetarian friendly Holiday foods: Dolmas-stuffed grape leaves; Pitas chips andhummus, olives, spanikopita or Greek spinach pie, chees and other spreads, bakehouse breds, beeting haert salad with beetw, edamame and rice salad, twice baked potatoes, lasanga, pot pie vegetarian style, quizhe, shortbreads and truffles, pumpkin and fruit pies, cheesecakes. Bon Apetit.



There are tips for making your home comfortable for guest, including puttign organic shampoos int he guest path, and other toiletries of a similar nature. [Frogive my typing, not only is my hand bad, but I'm also sick with some type of pestilence/malaise seasonally related. Vitamin c and juice help, along with home made honey/lemon cough syrup.], Tom's of Maine toothpaste, Kiss my Face Lotions, alfalffia shower gelll, Cn\andles, homemade potpourri on the stove, my mom and I loved this:



3 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
1 t. ground cloves
2 fresh lemon slices, or 2 T dried lemon peel
2T fresh orange peeol
1/2 t gorund nutmeg
1 quart water.

Mix and simmer overlow heat.
Add water as needed, use medium pan.

Finally, I follow Lucy Vanel's Kitchen Notebook, a gorgeous French blog, with newsletter updates, wonderful links and photos. Google her, and feast your senses. Very inspirational!




Happy 2012