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Food Choices & Cookbooks

I Brake for Pumpkins

by carko on November 15, 2016

I can’t quite decide which season I like best. I am always super sad at the end of summer and I still feel like a school kid savoring my last days before it’s over and back to reality. Luckily, living in the Northeast affords us the beautiful pleasures all four seasons bring. There is something […]

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Natural Ways to Dye Eggs!

by carko on April 2, 2015

As a child, I loved dyeing Easter eggs with my siblings. Last year we took a shot at Natural Easter Egg dyeing. While it takes a bit more time and patience, I love the colors you get from dyeing eggs with ingredients commonly found in your kitchen such as: WINE, COFFEE, BEETS, PAPRIKA, GRAPE JUICE, […]

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Fiber: Why It Matters More Than You Think

by carko on February 13, 2015

Fiber is famous for improving regularity and helping lower cholesterol. But dietary fiber also performs other key roles that might surprise you, affecting everything from your skin to your gallbladder, heart and immunity. Fiber-rich foods work wonders in the body including regulating blood-sugar levels, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, […]

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I’ve never been super big on coming up with a list of short term New Year’s resolutions. I believe in keeping a long list of attainable Life Goals that I work at all year round. Having said that, when pressed by numerous people to come up with one New Year’s goal . . . the […]

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It’s a Good Day for a Guinness!

by carko on March 17, 2014

It’s official! I got the formal documentation from the Fed Ex man yesterday . . . I am an Irish Citizen! Whoo Hoo! Perfect timing for Saint Patrick’s Day. On my first of many trips to Ireland: October 1996. My sister and I decided to forgo the more tourist heavy attractions like kissing the germ […]

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My sister recently gave me two boxes of the most delicious dark chocolate from Venezuela and I always feel a bit guilty dipping into it in the afternoon. After all, like red wine, it’s good for you right? Well let’s take a look. Chocolate is made from plants. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants (nearly […]

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A quick Guide to buying Organic Produce

by carko on January 15, 2014

I am a huge proponent for buying organic but try not to be a fanatic when it comes to the realities that may not always make it possible. If 80% of what I buy is organic, or from a locally grown low pesticide farm, I am happy. Here’s a quick and easy guide to follow […]

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Fitting in your pocket book, this little handbook of ingredients could create BIG changes in the way you look at food and personal care forever. It’s an excellent reference guide to anyone questioning the safety of those strange sounding “naturally -derived” ingredients in many foods and skin care products. Let’s look at Aspartame because it […]

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Possibly due to the increased negative press about the side effects of Aspartame consumption, this low calorie sweetener will get a new name. As one of the most controversial food additives in history, it can be found in thousands of sweet tasting foods such as soda, gum, sweeteners, diet and diabetic foods, breakfast cereals, jams, […]

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Go Nuts but . . . Don’t Try This at Home

by carko on February 22, 2010

As a peanut loving Mom with a severely allergic daughter and a nut allergy sufferer myself, I found this new study very promising. Doctors in Cambridge believe they may soon have a cure for peanut allergies. The largest ever trial to find a treatment for potentially fatal peanut allergies is to give sufferers tiny amounts […]

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