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13 05, 2021

What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Gadget?

By |2021-05-13T13:30:48-04:00May 13th, 2021|Easy Cooking, Just for Fun, Product Review, Wellness|Comments Off on What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Gadget?

Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget or utensil? I have lots of them! Having the right tools in your kitchen makes cooking much more enjoyable. One of my must-haves is my kitchen shears. I like to use them in many unexpected ways: To cut pizza, snip herbs, [...]

1 05, 2021

Dip it! Tasty Tip for Enjoying More Fruits and Veggies

By |2021-05-08T09:13:42-04:00May 1st, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family, Food Facts, Food Trends, Health Professionals, Heart Disease, Recipe, Wellness|Comments Off on Dip it! Tasty Tip for Enjoying More Fruits and Veggies

There's bad news, and good news. Bad news: A recent report showed people are eating fruits and vegetables less frequently, down nearly 10% since 2004. Good news: A simple dip recipe makes snacking on apples even more appealing! This dip adds flavor, calcium, and fat and protein for [...]

14 04, 2021

Asparagus: An Elegant Spring Vegetable

By |2021-04-14T15:24:55-04:00April 14th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family, Family meals, Food Facts, Recipe, Wellness|Comments Off on Asparagus: An Elegant Spring Vegetable

My father had a robust vegetable garden for years before deciding to plant asparagus. After he passed, we continued the tradition. Asparagus is a perennial, and once seedlings grow, it will take a couple of years to bear stalks that you can pick and eat. The growing season [...]

12 04, 2021

Blood Pressure Lowering Ricotta Banana Bread

By |2021-04-12T17:05:11-04:00April 12th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family meals, Heart Disease, Recipe, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Blood Pressure Lowering Ricotta Banana Bread

If you've been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure), your doctor may have recommended some lifestyle changes. Diet, exercise, stress reduction and compliance with medication are all part of the plan. If you are already physically fit, you may be wondering how else you can improve your cardiovascular [...]

24 03, 2021

Personalizing Your Plate

By |2021-03-25T10:38:04-04:00March 24th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family meals, Food Facts, Food Trends, Healthy Aging, Heart Disease, Recipe, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Personalizing Your Plate

This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® is about personalizing your plate. I encourage you to work on this all year long. Every five years the USDA publishes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The DGA are dietary guidelines based on the current body of evidence that associates [...]

17 03, 2021

Stuffed Mini Potato Bites

By |2021-03-17T15:06:17-04:00March 17th, 2021|Easy Cooking, Family, Family meals, Food Trends, Healthy Aging, Heart Disease, Recipe, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Stuffed Mini Potato Bites

Growing up in Pittsburgh, we often went to the St. Patrick's Day parade. My godfather was a city detective, and while he was Italian, his wife was Irish, and I always enjoyed celebrating St. Paddy's Day with them. Of course he would cook spaghetti at the post-parade social [...]

25 02, 2021

Getting Comfy in the Kitchen: Tips for College Students

By |2021-06-16T11:33:20-04:00February 25th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family, Food Facts, Recipe, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Getting Comfy in the Kitchen: Tips for College Students

Are you a college student, know a college student, or are going to be a college student? I was recently a guest on SpotOn, a podcast hosted by Dr. Joan Salge Blake from Boston University. The episode was "Cooking For a Few or JUST U". We chatted about [...]

18 02, 2021

Listen More. Talk Less.

By |2021-02-19T09:32:13-05:00February 18th, 2021|DASH Diet/Wellness, Easy Cooking, Family, Family meals, Food Facts, Food Trends, Health Professionals, Weight Management, Wellness|Comments Off on Listen More. Talk Less.

I attended a virtual conference session this week, sponsored by General Mills Big G Cereals, but was not paid for this post. The thoughts and opinions voiced here are my own. It’s really quite simple: ⁣⁣Listen more. ⁣⁣Talk less. ⁣⁣Allow people to be heard.⁣⁣ This was the nugget [...]