AS WE GET OLDER, we all experience what I call brain fog. You know the days where you just can't seem to focus. It's those times when concentration is hard to obtain and you find that when you read a book or a magazine, for instance,  you keep reading the same line over and

How Well Do You Know Your Pasta?

WHEN YOU THINK of Italian cuisine, you think of pasta. In fact pasta is to the Italy, what rice is to Asia.  Pasta is so ingrained in the cuisine of Italy that most people believe it was being consumed before Roman times. Not so. The twisted history

National Kale Day

WHO'D EVER THINK KALE would get its own holiday? Thirty years ago, the green leafy vegetable was simply relegated to the life of a lowly garnish. Chefs tossed the leafy vegetable on dinner plates strictly as decoration, adding a splash of green to their meals, never intending for the diner to actually eat the

Get On Your Gratitude Attitude

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ― Maya Angelou   THERE IS NOTHING like a natural disaster to make you feel grateful. A few weeks ago South Florida was facing one of the

Think Yourself into Positive

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see a shadow” Helen Keller   Life is not easy. There are so many twists and turns in life, often filled with surprises that include heartache and failure. Life’s unexpected pitfalls are enough to turn a good attitude upside down, inside out and sideways. Certainly

My Active Summer Vacation

A PERFECT VACATION is similar to cooking. It's all about the right mixture of ingredients, designed for your particular palette. My tastes revolve around a coastal vista overlooking the sea, combined with outdoor exercise and a healthy scooping of gourmet food and delicious wines. All mixed together and you have the ultimate Carmel Baronoff

Get a Move on It

IT'S HARD TO argue the negative effects of exercise. Since the beginning of time, the benefits of exercise haven been preached far and wide. We use exercise to lose weight, to maintain cardio vascular health, to achieve muscle tone, to lower blood pressure - basically to feel and look younger. All good.  

Girlfriends are Golden

SISTERS ARE SPECIAL, guy friends are great, but girl friends are golden! Anyone who knows me, understands the importance of girl friends in my life. They are like sisters, though not related, always around for life’s milestones, both happy and sad. They are a support system, personal cheerleaders, shoulders to cry on, arms to

Start Horsing Around with Horseradish

HORSERADISH! What a funny name. Especially considering it’s only loosely related to a radish and feeding it to a horse would be dangerous since the pungent root is extremely poisonous to animals. Yet you have to admit that the name horseradish certainly gets your attention, as does its spicy taste that clears out your

Give Me a Hug

I’M ITALIAN SO WE love to hug. I would even bet we invented the hug or at least perfected it. Everyone knows that a good strong abbracci is the way to an Italian’s heart! We hug everybody; our children, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers and just about everyone we greet. 

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