Jun 7, 2011

Low Calorie Summer Beverages: Iced Russian Tea

I have never been an iced tea lover.  Forced into trying it–through thirst or politeness–it seemed either cloyingly sweet or tongue-bitingly bitter.  But in my quest for alternatives to Diet Coke, iced teas are simply too big to ignore.  Even better, tea has been linked to a number of health benefits from delivering a healthy dose of antioxidants to possible cardiovascular … Continue reading

May 27, 2011

Finding Cinderella in a Bleeding Heart

My first clear memory of my grandparents dates back to the age of 7.  I can still hear my mother delivering the news that we would be moving to a new town.  I took this in stride but there were two things I wanted to know— would we be closer to my favorite vacation spot (yes) and would we be closer … Continue reading

May 25, 2011

Simple Mussels in Wine

Mussels in Wine is one of my favorite foods.  Typically served as an appetizer, it is substantial enough to work as an entrée.  I used to indulge this way often.  Go out to dinner, order an appetizer, stay thin and happy.  Who could feel deprived with seafood, wine and garlic melded in front of them?  When I left the corporate … Continue reading

Ginger Violet Salad

May 19, 2011

A Locavore’s Challenge: Ginger Violet Salad

It is  May 19, and spring is officially, desperately late.  My refrigerator is down to a few gnarly carrots and I am desperate for something with no trace of rot or ice crystals. My tomatoes are ready to plant but the ground is too cold and I know that our crops will be tardy in kind (though the lettuce inches … Continue reading