Category Archives: Healthful Living

Valentine’s Day Dining: Don’t Be A Dummy

Back in the days of my restaurant, Goldie’s by the Bridge, we used to brand some holidays as “dummies’ day-out”. Valentine’s Day was the queen of them all. These are occasions when people who don’t usually dine out suddenly do. … Continue reading

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Breakfast or Dessert? The Mighty Ricotta Pancake

I’m not much of a “sweets” person and have thankfully never craved sugary flour (I typically take a pass on the cake and donuts). But on New Year’s Day, I decided to be decadently creative with our leftover ricotta cheese … Continue reading

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Eureka!: The Other 8 Magic Ingredients with Long Shelf Lives

Don’t you hate when you open the refrigerator or kitchen cabinet to find only condiments, a piece of moldy cheese, and a half-consumed bag of chips? No longer is there a reason to go hungry at home, simply because you’re … Continue reading

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8 Magic Ingredients: Refrigerator Staples with the Longest Shelf Lives

Doesn’t it always seem like the cupboard is bare? You can drop $200 at Whole Foods and turn around 4 days later to find nothing with which to create a full meal. Well, let me share a little secret with … Continue reading

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The Simple Pleasures: Old-Fashioned Ginger Ale, Prepared at Home

The way I imagine the ginger ale of long-ago is as a carbonated beverage of subtlety and purity….a natural, lightly spicy drink of understated refreshment that need not be extreme to be interesting. Somewhere along the line, as with so … Continue reading

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The Recipe That Saved Thanksgiving: Last-Minute Biscuits

It’s down to the wire for all of us who are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. If you’ve been down this road before, you know the factors that can lead to last-minute cooking mishaps (something gets burned or otherwise ruined … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Stuffed Turkey: 4 Tips for Savoring the Holiday Spread Smartly

Holiday time is upon us, and with it comes various challenges for those of us who want to eat healthfully and stay trim. Sugary snacks abound and good cheer overflowing, combined with shorter daylight hours during which to burn those … Continue reading

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Fading Fast: Last Call at the Autumn Green Market!

The signs of winter’s approach are inevitable: Trees are turning bare, it’s dark in the middle of the afternoon, and I can see my breath when I walk in the morning. But unfolding more slowly than autumn is the transition … Continue reading

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Corn’s Dirty Secret: A Truth That’s Hard to Swallow

Just the thought of corn right off the grill makes my mouth water. I can feel the juicy kernels popping between my teeth, taste the sweet butter and salt, and smell the squeeze of lime and Parmesan cheese that turn … Continue reading

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The Zen of Quick: My Asian Soup Recipe

Like all New Yorkers, I have a list of my favorite ramen houses tucked neatly into my brain, for when I feel the need to devour a healthful, majestic bowl of noodles on the run. In some of the finer … Continue reading

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