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A Mother’s Legacy: Smoked Gouda Stuffed Peppers

If “a mother’s heart is the child’s classroom,” then my mother, Joan M. Orlando, had the biggest heart of any mother I know, for the lessons she taught me during our 48 years of being together are countless. I was… Continue Reading →

Summer Salads – A Work of Art

Summer salads can be as beautiful as they are tasty. For a “work of art” that will dress up your table, start with an oval or round serving platter.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This broccoli cheddar soup is the ultimate in “comfort food” for me and it is so simple to prepare. The texture is thick and hearty which makes it perfect by itself, or pair it with a side salad or sandwich… Continue Reading →

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

My son loves cooking gadgets and cherishes the hours we spend together using them. He has received countless cooking gifts for Christmas and his birthday such as “The Chocolate Factory”, Pop Chef, and cake decorating tools. The most recent addition… Continue Reading →

The Natural Sweetener Debate–Strawberry Spinach Salad

The Natural Sweetener Debate Not all natural sweeteners are created equal. They seem to go in and out of favor, depending on the latest rage. At one time Doctor Oz recommended Agave Nectar as a sugar substitute because it has… Continue Reading →

Experimenting with Swiss Chard

My first encounter with Swiss chard was a few years ago at a fall fair, where local farmers were selling their vegetables in the farmer’s market section. One local farmer displayed huge bunches of rainbow chard, which looked so beautiful,… Continue Reading →

Eggplant Non-“Meat”-balls

I have always loved eggplant, but I often found myself throwing the eggplant away after a week or so in the refrigerator. It was just too time consuming to prepare eggplant Parmesan, so I vowed to myself that I would… Continue Reading →

Spices to Fight Cancer – My “Legacy”

Legacy is about life and living. It’s about learning from the past and building for the future. Without a sense of working to create a legacy, adults lose meaning in their life. I am “blessed” with the legacy of a… Continue Reading →

All About Avocados

We hear about the health benefits of avocados – from their vitamin content to their ability to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, their anti-inflammatory properties, their ability to promote eye health, regulate blood sugar levels, prevent birth defects, protect… Continue Reading →

Summer Tomato Salad

This is a recipe for tomato salad that was given to me by my husband’s cousin many years ago. It is so light and healthy, that I make it often during the summer. I like to mix “tomatoes on the vine”… Continue Reading →

Brussels Sprouts Sure Have Changed!

One afternoon this past winter after a long day of skiing, my family ended up at a quaint after-ski restaurant in Sunapee, New Hampshire for some much needed re-fueling. Upon studying the appetizer menu and noticing the choice of breaded Brussels… Continue Reading →

The Most Popular Healthy Team Snacks Part 2-Mexican Pinwheels

Mexican Pinwheels are another popular team snack, but be careful to wrap them carefully and store them in a cooler on ice until the players and family members are ready to eat them. Ingredients: (serving size: each wrap makes 6-7… Continue Reading →

Five Simple Ways to Incorporate Garlic into Your Diet

The health effects of garlic have been lauded for centuries as a cure all for the common cold, a cholesterol reducer, and an aid for high blood pressure. Some studies even tout its success in cancer prevention, primarily when consumed… Continue Reading →

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