Recipe by a Menopausal Chef: “Improvised Linguini & Tuna Mélange”

By far this has to be the best pasta recipe, to date, that I have put together on a spur-of-the-moment, improvised, a mélange of ingredients from the pantry and fridge—simplicity at its finest. And to think, foolishly though, that this very morning I’d convinced me and menopause, my alter ego, we’d once-gain start our diet! I said it before and I’ll say it again, “what was I thinking?”...more

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~Virginiamore

Sedating Menopause, That Wailing Banshee, With a Meatball Sandwich!

Happiness knows no bounds when I am in the kitchen, brainstorming a seductive meal to calm Menopause, that Banshee, my alter ego—that ever wailer of distress. And though yummies is the best sedative EVER, those few moments of tasty pleasure—a supercharged endorphin-like release—soon becomes obvious on the thighs and rear and tummy. If only they made full-body suspenders that helped against nature’s pulling gravity, and a magic wand that lifts and tucks. Sigh!...more

I think I should follow your lead and take a tough piece of meat and beat it till it is tender. ...more

Another Glorious Morning For A Walk…And Menopause Came Along!

I have always believed that I am my own woman, why then do I dance to the tune of menopause; when most days now I am assuredly the other woman—living with a dual personality. I have fallen out of step and am never in sync. Because She, the other woman, thinks and talks faster than She is able to get the words out, and She puts more on Our agenda than We have time for, and nothing ever gets done that was begun. Sigh!...more

Melanie, you are such a lovely lady to come by and give my heart's writing support. I so ...more

I Am a Child; I Am a Woman; In All that I Am, I Am Menopausal

I am a child at heart—because I refuse to grow up—disguised as a grown woman—enjoying the pleasures of being one. And though my wrinkles have yet to show, my hair is streaked with shades of gray, and on my face and eyes you read the many years I’ve already walked, because hidden within my heart, my mind and spirit, I bear the scars from fierce battles faced, some won, some not. As a woman, with a child’s spirit, I’ve at times thrown my obvious tantrums, crying and demanding to have, crying and demanding to be seen and heard. Sometimes winning, sometimes not!...more

Thank you, Elaine, for your kind words and support, it is very much appreciated. And now I need ...more

Pampering Menopause with Ultimate Chocolate Indulgence: A Recipe

Sometimes a good dose of chocolate can be the most potent sedative on earth, when menopause—that Titan of fiends—unexpectedly threatens to take charge of your perfect day. Well, that and sitting next to your special honey, with his arms wrapped around you, and a romantic comedy playing. Yeap! Nothing beats sitting on the couch, in front of the TV, holding half a cake’s serving of deep, rich chocolate cake, layered with jam and topped with silky peanut butter frosting, to chase away Mr. Hyde, and transform you back into a voluptuous Salma Hayek!...more

Feeding my Menopausal Heart: Spaghetti with Creamy Marinara & Clams

Wouldn’t you know it? Sunday I’d convinced myself that come Monday morning I would once-again make an effort to diet. Riiight! Monday morning came and already my brain was working out a menu for dinner (and a low-cal menu was not considered): Homemade Margarita pizzas, with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Then on Tuesday—because I obviously didn’t go through with my diet—was spaghetti with creamy, garlicky clam sauce, oven toasted garlic bread, and a glass of old vine zinfandel. So what was I thinking when I thought to “diet?”...more

The sauce was sooo good that my hubby hummed and yummed through his entire meal.

And you are ...more

Roasted Yam Arugula Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, by a Menopausal Chef

Becoming menopausal has not only altered my personality, but it has also triggered food cravings; and sweets seem to arouse my heart’s desire to no-end. Little did I know that my vinaigrettes—my heart’s creations on a whim, fashioned to sate my sweet-tooth with tartness—would be so well received from family and friends. I now make these often for them, served vegetarian or with shrimp. It is for this reason that I have decided to share my treasured recipes, here on Blog.Her. And this dish, in particular, is simply dazzling on the taste-buds. A great combination of flavors!...more

A Menopausal Chef Sharing Her Recipe: Lemon Curd & Lime Vinaigrette

I am a home-reared chef. My culinary training was at home, with my mother, just as she was taught by her mother, and she as well learned from the great cooks my grandmother employed for her many lavish parties—entertaining politicians and the very wealthy. Our recipes and techniques go back a long way, and over the years they have developed, morphing into modern dishes, with a taste of the old. And from as far back as I can remember, from the moment I could walk and talk, I was taught to cook. Hanging out in the kitchen, I watched and learned and memorized....more

Hubby and Me and Menopause Makes Three…Crowded!

I have no doubt that my husband—like most men—didn’t dream that his sweet-natured bride, oh-so pretty and in the greatest shape of her young life, would in the future morph before his very eyes. From one disappointing personality change—Mothra VS Godzilla in action—to gaining a whopping 100-pounds—like watching Dr. Bruce Banner morphing into the Hulk with an eating disorder. Time to wake-up and smell the roses; that was yesterday; this is today; it’s all downhill from here. But my hubby would never complain; he’s much too Mr. Rogers for that....more

The Idiosyncrasies and Muses of Menopause

This is about things that could only happen to someone afflicted with the syndrome called Menopause, but then we are the only ones who could care less! Although it sure isn’t how I would have felt even five years ago. And, of course, I never saw this day coming. I’m sure no-one does. You wake-up one day and see yourself a different person, in a different body, and ask, What happened? When did I go?...more

Hello Izzy!

Many women simply dismiss their time in menopause because they are embarrassed by ...more