January 18, 2020

Dazzle with Mouthwatering Main Dishes

I really enjoy this time of year because in addition to the religious significance, it gives me the excuse to entertain on a grander scale than usual. I love reaching out to friends, family and those I would like to spend more time with. It’s important to me that I spoil my guests, but that doesn’t mean with rich, tasty foods that aren’t necessarily good for you. There are plenty of FoodTrient-worthy entrees (or ‘centerpieces’ as I think of them) that are both indulgent and healthy for mind and body. There are a number of main courses in my book, […]
January 7, 2020

Effortless Tips To Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

We’re right smack in the middle of holiday-celebration season, and, if you’re like most of my patients, you want to indulge in all the food and merry making and not have to worry
January 15, 2019

Celebrate NYE With Appetizing Appetizers

New Year’s Eve happens to be my birthday, so I was born to celebrate holidays and special occasions with friends.  Every year, when I’m in town, I like to have a big party on New Year’s Eve. My friends know that when I entertain, the food matters because I put a lot of thought into the menu and the evening’s entertainment. Whether you plan to host a small gathering of friends or a large party during the holidays, you can start the evening off right with some enticing appetizers. When people are drinking alcohol, it’s a good idea to serve […]
November 13, 2018

Garlicky Green Beans

These green beans are easy to make and can even be prepped a day ahead of time, which makes them perfect for holidays and dinner parties. Marcona almonds make this simple side dish elegant. Green beans contain vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that boosts immune function and keeps eyes and skin healthy. Vitamin C helps the body resist infection, prevents cataracts, and boosts collagen. SERVES 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. green beans (about 6 cups), trimmed 2 Tbs. olive oil 2 Tbs. Marcona almonds 2 Tbs. lemon juice 1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley 1 Tbs. chopped fresh […]
December 11, 2017

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Perk Up Holidays

Nothing says it’s holiday time like peppermint – candy canes, peppermint ice cream, and now. . .Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies.  Chocolate and peppermint are a perfect pairing and will brighten up any holiday celebration. If you’re not keen on cold treats in the winter, the chocolate cookies are delicious on their own. This recipe is from Delicious Living Magazine, which suggests that you can substitute mint chocolate chip or mocha frozen yogurt or ice cream, if you prefer. You’ll have lots of ice cream left over to enjoy with another dessert. Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies Yield: 12 1 cup whole-wheat pastry […]
January 5, 2016

Brace Yourself – Tis the Season to Be Merry!

Here we go again, anticipating another holiday season.  I can’t help but ask where did the time go?  Is it just me or are you all feeling the same way?  Seems I was just writing about how to set goals for the New Year and in a blink another year has slipped away. I always tell myself that next year will be different.  I’ll slow down my pace for working, running, and doing so I can embrace all the precious moments the holiday season brings.   Yet somehow, I’m right back in the same place wondering how in the world will […]
October 18, 2015

Cherimoya Circles Full of Flavor

A tropical American fruit, cherimoyas are popular in the Southern hemisphere and Spain. In Britain they’re called custard apples which aptly describes their texture and flavor. Cherimoyas can be purchased online from Amazon.com or melissas.com and need to be allowed to ripen until soft before using. The black seeds are poisonous when crushed, so be sure to discard them. Cherimoyas offer vitamin B6—an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory, vitamin C, iron, and riboflavin for cell energy. These small, candy-like balls have a custardy flavor. Since many people have never tried cherimoyas, I like to serve them this way at parties as […]