Can You Guess the Best Scent for Weight Loss?

That's right, it's Olive Oil.  In addition to all the wonderful things we already know about olive oil, it now seems a German study has found when people ate food previously infused with the scent of olive oil they ate fewer calories, had lower glucose levels, and had higher serotonin levels than the study's control group....more

What you ought to know about the benefits of OLIVE OIL inside and out.

 When it comes to choosing the best oils to use for your culinary needs, Olive Oil has always been tops on my list. Being by far one of the oldest culinary staples, it can be used in so many ways with so many dishes and unlike other oils, it smells and tastes good even on its own. Crusty bread dipped in Olive oil with Balsamic Vinger and parmesan cheese... Mmmm-Hmmm!...more

3 Kitchen Finds That Can Transform Your Hair

How many times have you found a "natural" hair product that advertises exotic fruits and extracts on the cover but turn out to be 80 percent chemicals? More than you can count I am sure. Luckily, you don't have to go very far to get the health that your hair is begging for-- it also is a lot cheaper.It turns out that your kitchen is a hub for great natural hair care that is completely under your control. Here are three shine boosting, moisturizing, and curl enhancing kitchen items that can transform your coils....more

Homemade Mayonnaise with a Taste of Italy, a Cooking VLOG

This homemade mayonnaise recipe is dedicated to Elaine Plummer, aka elaineR.N., who many of us have dubbed “BlogHer’s resident health blogging nurse.” At her request and loving encouragement, I am now sharing my recipe. However, here I have made a little taste twist from the mayonnaise she recently tasted from our meeting at Picchetti winery. I’ve given it a taste of Italy, by infusing it with the greenness of olive oil and the sweet-and-tart of balsamic vinegar....more
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Battle of the Virgins

Why is olive oil so complicated? Why can’t there just be one olive oil on the shelf that you use for everything? In the reality there is a hierarchy that needs explanation.Read more:

Balsamic Vinaigrette

This post was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend (who shall remain nameless) a few days ago. This friend was telling me about a salad she had at a local restaurant which was, according to her, the best salad in the world. I was obviously intrigued. She told me the salad consisted of roasted vegetables atop baby spinach with balsamic dressing and feta cheese. Immediately I’m thinking, “mmmm, that would be even better with goat cheese. Wait, no, pan fried, breaded goat cheese…”. I digress. But I’ll be posting THAT recipe shortly....more

Eating in Shangri-La

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A Slippery Subject - Oils in a Vegan Diet

Photo from Healthy Cooking Oils - ExplainedFat is something of a dirty word in our society....more