The Road to Wellness

Weekly Inspiration–Week 10, 2015

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Where finally gold flecks began to dance. They poured hot water then, sterilized a birchwood-bowl and little corrugated butter-spades. Their short stroke quickened, suddenly a yellow curd was weighting the churned up white, heavy and rich, coagulated sunlight that they fished, dripping, in a wide tin strainer, heaped up like gilded gravel in the bowl. ~Seamus Heaney photo credit: Butter churn (in a jar) via photopin (license)

Limit Device Time

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You know that sitting for long periods of time has health risks. New research from the Universities of Zaragoza (Spain) and São Paulo (Brazil) observed another issue concerning device time and children that is equally as disconcerting. The researchers found that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of the TV have a 30 percent greater risk of developing high blood pressure. And it’s not limited to TV; any type of device time has the same effect. Device Time and Sedentary Behavior Sitting in front of…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 9, 2015

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“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” ~Julia Child photo credit: Burn! via photopin (license)

Walking versus Running

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One of the age old questions in cardio exercise concerns walking versus running. Both are weight-bearing exercises and can help maintain bone density. You might wonder which is better for your health. Some take up running even though they don’t like it just for its calorie burn. It turns out walking may have the edge on health benefits. Walking versus Running Health Benefits A study by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory compared the health benefits of similar energy expenditure between moderate-intensity walking versus running at vigorous intensity. The researchers…read more

Greatest Cooking Skill

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You may think that you need a slew of skills to be a good cook. Well, it certainly helps. The greatest cooking skill you need to cultivate doesn’t involve knives or fancy cookware. It is simply resourcefulness. Honing the Greatest Cooking Skill By resourcefulness, I mean the ability to adapt with a recipe and its ingredients. It means not panicking if you don’t have vegetable broth on hand. It means that a pot pie without mushrooms is just as good as one with them. It’s all about call and response….read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 8, 2015

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“Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.” ~Julia Child photo credit: Arctic Iris via photopin (license)

Chicken Meatballs Worth Making

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Chicken meatballs might not be the first thing that comes to mind for a special dinner. However, if you make the recipe from, you may change your mind. Chicken Meatballs Re-Invented As a whole, the recipe presents some challenges. A lot is going on. But you can plan your time easily to stay busy and not overwhelmed. My special challenge was to make this recipe gluten free. I don’t go this route because it’s trendy; I have to. The questions for the meatball part were the stock and bread…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 7, 2015

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“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” ~Julia Child photo credit: Theresa Carle-Sanders via photopin cc


Pressure Cooker Stew

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If you’ve never had one before, you owe it to yourself to try a pressure cooker stew recipe. Get ready for a taste sensation, sure to knock your socks off. Why Make a Pressure Cooker Stew? The biggest advantage of using a pressure cooker is time. A stew that might take hours to braise is complete in a half hour. I know; I made one last night. I followed the recipe, “Pork Shoulder Fricassee with Apples and Morels,” from Nathan Myhrvold’s book, “Modernist Cuisine at Home.” On a side note,…read more

Umami for All!

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It’s not bad for you. You won’t grow a third eye, nor will your toes fall off. As researchers from Tohoku University Graduate School of Dentistry, Japan explain, you needn’t fear monosodium glutamate (MSG). In fact, bring on the umami! The Flavor Boost of Umami Umami is that savory sensation you experience when eating certain foods. MSG is trigger of this taste. Sure, you’ll find MSG at your grocery store in the spice section. I always have a container in my cabinet. You’ll also find MSG in common foods like…read more