For the past six months, I ate anything and everything, mostly out of convenience. As a result, I felt sluggish, moody and less alert. So two weeks ago, I made the choice to eat healthier and have been swapping full-fat ingredients with lower fat alternatives. I've been using extra virgin olive oil as a substitute for butter, and recently tried the Fillipo Berio brand....more
Are you looking forward to summer? (I sure am!) And do you feel like you really need some time to relax and unwind? (I definitely do!) Then you're undoubtedly looking for ways to simplify your life over the next two or three months. And that probably means you're looking for ways to save time and energy on menu planning, food prep, and cooking....more
The holidays of my kids are over and they are ready to go to school. I knew the month of September was going to be very hectic for me. Their curriculum and other school activities are gearing up for a good start. Everyone in my family is trying to get into the routine after enjoying the slow months of summer holidays.For me being a working mom it’s tough to plan my dinner every night as most of my time goes off with my kids. They need their mother to settle down many things for finishing up their school assignments and much more....more
Pop-Pop Regan was a chemist before he practiced law; he said he knew what alcohol did to brain cells, so he didn’t drink. He was a tee-totaling leprechaun of a man. He had shelves upon shelves of books, all annotated so universally, it looked as if he’d underlined every line he read. Squirreled-away butterscotches were his gold coins. He had his own special charm: he named each dog he owned, “Ace,” and before every dinner, he said an Irish grace.
Our family would be just about ready to dive into a holiday meal, when someone—an aunt, an uncle, my dad—would beg...more
Why have families gotten away from eating dinner together these days? The reasons are plentiful: lots of after school activities, both parents working longer hours and having longer commutes, kids would rather eat in front of the computer/game console/TV, no one having the time to actually prepare the meal and the list could go on and on....more
As long as we’re here in Northern Italy, let’s stay another week. Primarily because there are so many wonderful foods and recipes to share from this region. Risotta is a northern Italian staple and it’s a staple in my house as well. You can add just about anything to risotto but this combination is one of my favorites.Risotto...more