warming carrot soup.

As the nation’s biggest food holiday of the year approached (that’s Thanksgiving for all you non-US readers), I needed to make some room in the crisper. Making soup is one way to clean out the fridge, fulfilling my deep love for using up the last bits of things – this month alone, I’ve made vichysoisse, […]

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me versus the meringue.

My father-in-law is the undisputed king of meringue in the family – I’ve never seen someone whip up a batch so effortlessly.  I always get nervous when making meringue – will it be too dry? Too tacky? It’s a crapshoot every time, at least for me.  But when I saw these gorgeous organic raspberries at […]

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Springtime = Scafata

When winter finally packs its bags, it’s time to keep an eye out for the first spring vegetable bounty.  Tender baby artichokes, spring onions, and favas are some of my favorite seasonal veggies and when I am able to get them straight from the farmer’s market, I don’t have to do too much to enjoy […]

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a celebration of spring

I look forward to the spring each year, because Jules’ annual company meeting happens around that time, and that means I get to tag along and head to Europe with him. The weather in France at that time of year is completely unpredictable, and I usually spend an unusual amount of time figuring out what to […]

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life changing crackers {gluten-free, paleo}

The amazing woman who owns the Pilates studio where I teach is a nutritionist and expert in cooking for people with numerous dietary restrictions.  I’ve been fortunate enough to get some of her advice for baking gluten-free and paleo, like which almond flour to buy and where to look for a crowd-pleasing paleo chocolate chip […]

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good things come to those who sweat.

Genius is one percent inspiration, 99% perspiration. – Thomas Edison Just like acupuncture, ayurveda, and cupping, sweating for spiritual and physical well-being has been practiced by many cultures throughout history. My college friend from Sweden used to regale me with colorful accounts of vodka-fueled winter sauna sessions with his buddies. My husband and one of his best friends sometimes travel to […]

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indoor plants to make life better

Did you know that one rule of decorating is that there needs to be something living in every room? Our living spaces become more vibrant with a fresh floral arrangement or a simple potted ficus – the pop of color that a plant adds can really change the feel of a space.  But can plants […]

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5 great DIY masks that actually work

  I’m a beauty product junkie, but lately I’ve been super vigilant about the kinds of things I put on my face. Your skin is the body’s largest organ, acting as a filtration system and potentially absorbing everything that is in the air or that you come in physical contact with. For that reason alone, any […]

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