It’s Small Business Week

Support small businesses this week and every week. By doing so, you build your community, teach your children the value of small business and benefit from these entrepreneurs.  Take a moment and think before you purchase. Sometimes it takes a little longer to get a cup of coffee from a local barista but you are supporting your neighbors. Lost a button or need something hemmed?  Find a local seamstress. They are out there and they are great! Farm to table…

Bacon Brownies: Friend or Foe?

Bacon and brownies, what do you think? I ask you, "Who doesn’t like those two yummy foods?" Well my friend Kim, proprietor of The Healthy Café Food Truck in Albany, NY is our guest blogger today. Kim and crew of the Healthy Café Food Truck pull into downtown Albany each day loaded with fresh and delicious healthy food. From wraps to salads tossed with a joke or two: “If two vegetarians get into a fight, is it still called a…

Summer is on the way- Time for Pickled Red Onions

I am trying very hard to be optimistic as I sit here in jeans, Ugg slippers, and a warm sweater. It is, after all, May 3rd, and Mother Nature is really holding on tight. None-the-less, the flowers are blooming, and the deck furniture is out so let’s start thinking about grilling and summer food! Pickled red onions are spectacular. They can be used in anything from salad, to fish tacos. The acidity and texture are a welcome addition to summer…

A challenge to all you yogi people out there.

A yogi is defined as one who performs yoga. Further explained as someone who exercises with a practice to promote control of the mind and body. I like the control part; it is the rest of yoga that kills me. Note: I have a problem with silence. Remember this post: 2 Minutes 49 Seconds? Joining a new gym presented the opportunity to try new things and expand my exercise regimen. I have enjoyed almost every new class I took with…

The magic of tomatoes- Sugo all’amatriciana.

It is no secret that I love being Italian and I love to cook. Most Italian food is very simple and, in that simplicity, comes happiness to the senses. Just writing this I can smell this sauce simmering, briefly, on my stove-top. The kitchen aura created an image of my grandmother Amelia, apron around her 4’10” 205-pound frame, wet hands ready to hold my face and kiss my cheek. What I wouldn't give for that kiss just one more time.…