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Ode to Kate…

I think we could all use a little levity. Between the snow looming over the northeast and our bodies longing for flip flops, sunshine and warmth, we all seem to be in need of something lighthearted, perhaps silly?  I think I can help, and so can Kate. About a month ago I wrote a post entitled, They have a personal trainer for that?  The topic was about bladder issues, prolapsed bladder, fallen pelvic floor, however you wish to call it. The…

It’s going to snow…

Not exactly unheard of in upstate New York.  After all, it is March and Mother Nature rarely feels the need to permanently give into Spring this early. She can be very prickly. So far today, I have been to the gym, the market, the dry cleaner and Starbucks and all everyone is talking about and frankly, complaining about, is this pending snow storm. I work from home, yet I cannot escape 'business meeting chatter' by phone and email about possibly…

Easy Shrimp Scampi for Amelia and the Roomies

To my darling, sous chef, and novice cook, Amelia. Here is a super easy Shrimp Scampi recipe.  In order to be successful, however, you must attempt to utilize all these ingredients, or, as you found out, you will be left with a pot of butter and shrimp. While not terrible, it is not Shrimp Scampi. Your Italian heritage is there, buried somewhere under chicken wings, pizza, Ben & Jerry’s and other college type foods. Get in touch with your inner…

Is it just a dress?

I was recently at my mother's house and started to think about any old items that I may have stored there over the years. Amongst the old prom dresses, college text books and teddy bears, I remembered my wedding dress was under the bed forever sealed in one of those super air-tight preservation boxes. I pulled it out and opened the lid and there was my dress and head piece, impenetrably locked up tight, looking brand new.  A shoe box…

Cooking with Saffron- Saffron Cream Sauce Over Sole

Many cooks shy away from using Saffron. An expensive spice, but well worth the outlay for a special occasion dinner. Saffron comes from the flower of crocus sativus, but is commonly referred to as the saffron crocus.  The threads are dried and very delicate to the touch.  I assume harvesting is labor intensive and extremely time consuming, hence the price that accompanies it. It is commonly sold in small glass tubes and a little goes a long way. Just over…