A Great Way to Reduce Anxiety

I just read about some research out of Brazil that found when individuals inhaled the scent of citrus before taking a test, their anxiety significantly lessened as compared with individuals who only sniffed water and saw their tension increase by a whopping 21%.  So, before your next test or job interview, slice open an orange and enjoy the aroma for a few minutes.  It just might make a big difference.  ...more

Enchantment

This week has been good for painting.  I finished the oranges, Enchantment, inspired by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Cross Creek: Enchantment lies in different things for each of us....more

Greek Yogurt and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Citrus Gelée

Panna Cotta is one of my go to desserts when I'm entertaining, it's simple to make, it can be made ahead of time and it's a crowd pleaser. Panna Cotta originates from the Piemonte region of Italy. I've used Greek Yogurt (to mimic the incredibly thick cream produced in the Piemonte region) in the Panna Cotta and I've layered the dessert with Citrus Gelée....more

Tangy Citrus Smoothie

It looks really refreshing!more

What To Do With All of That Citrus?

My husband gets a few thing given to him from clients every year that we obviously appreciate but sometimes wonder what we are going to do with it.  One year we got a Chrystal Sherry decanter. It was lovely but it had a tacky plastic 'brass' name plate on it bearing the companies logo.  I tried to pry it off...ya, that didn't work.  Plus, I mean...who drinks sherry anyway?...more

Marmalade

Marmalade   ...more

My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine ...more

Blood Oranges and Sunsets

Last week I was so stoked to find blood oranges at the market. I love blood oranges. Actually, I love most any food that's visually stunning. Looks are a lot for me when it comes to food.And as it turns out, names are a great influence to our girls....more

Citrus Mint Julep

[Editor's Note: Though the Kentucky Derby has raced on by this year, there's no rule that there have to be horses on the track to enjoy this refreshing twist on a traditional cocktail. This variation looks particularly delicious! --Genie]...more

Healthy Desserts... An Oxymoron?

Readers email me about a lot of different things… cooking questions, substitution ideas for recipes, to tell me funny stories about their children or dogs, but the most common messages ask for healthy dessert ideas....more
Healthy desserts definitely do exist, you just need to think outside the box a little bit when ...more