Culinary Terms of Endearment

Savor Moments as Much as You Savor Flavor A few weeks ago I experienced one of those surreal transitions that you refrain from pondering too closely, for fear you’ll be consumed by a grief too large to contain. It was time to move my dad into an assisted living facility. Now there’s one thing you need to know about my dad. He loves food. Every meal was a “party” and his idea of a perfect Saturday afternoon was traveling from market to bakery to butcher to pick up all the trappings for a sumptuous meal. […]

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Cup of Tea

My life work is teaching people how to prepare elegantly simple foods that are both healthy and delicious. My life love is chocolate. When I can find a way to combine the two, I get very excited. This morning I enjoyed a cup of Tisano Cacao Tea. It was delighful, from start to finish. When I opened the can of loose leaf tea, I was enchanted by the aroma. In this world of highly processed foods, aroma is all too often absent from our culinary experience. I enjoy the ritual in preparing a pot of […]

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Wine & Chocolate

Sometimes get-away weekends are more relaxing than leaving town for an extended stay. On Saturday morning my husband and I took off for a celebratory weekend at the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia. I wanted to tell my friends I’d be celebrating my birthday in Paris this year. On the way, we decided to do a little wine tasting. Linden Vineyards is one of my favorite wineries. Jim Law (winemaker extraordinaire) recently wrote an article: Zen Winegrowing. He says, “The best winegrowers are guided by a subjective palate, not scientific protocol.” I like the idea […]

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Eat Only What You Can Savor

True confession: my love affair with chocolate began with Little Debbie Nutty Bars. You know, those long wafer-like cookies filled with fake peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Yes, I loved those crunchy bars of peanut butter wonder. Heck, I was a kid. What did I know about chocolate? There wasn’t a whole lot of chocolate in my childhood. My mother was on a perpetual diet and my grandmother, the cook in the family, had a proclivity for lemon. Lemon pie. Lemon cake. Lemon cookies. She must have been pining for the subtle scent of lemon […]

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Food and mood—that’s the topic I began to write about for my Conscious Bites Newsletter this morning. It was a slow but sweet start. I work a little slower on Saturdays. First I make myself a tall glass of electric green juice. Some start their day with java. I prefer a green jolt. Next, I check in with a few friends on facebook. I need my social fix. Then, I fill the bird feeders and decide what I’ll prepare for dinner. Once I have all that sorted out, I sit down to write—something—anything. Natalie Goldberg […]

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