The Road to Wellness

Charlie Trotter Dinner Follow-Up

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If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!As I posted last week, August 17 marked the first annual Charlie Trotter Day. In honor of the man who inspired me, I decided to create my own tribute with a Charlie Trotter meal consisting of some of his dishes as well as one from the modernist tradition. The Terrine For my meal, I prepared his Potato, Portobello Mushroom, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Terrine. Right away, it was evident that this type of dish…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 34, 2014

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“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.” ~Oscar Wilde photo credit: Sham Hardy via photopin cc

Charlie Trotter Day, August 17, 2014

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On November 5, 2013, the culinary world lost an artist, a chef, and a culinary genius. Charlie Trotter brought creativity and generosity to his industry. I owe Mr. Trotter a debt of gratitude myself. He introduced me to gourmet cooking and haute cuisine. On August 17, 2014, the culinary world will celebrate him and his legacy. Learning from the Master I don’t know how I first heard of him. Perhaps I read an article about him in Wine Spectator. Later, I bought a book by him, “Gourmet Cooking for Dummies.”…read more


Anatomy of a Habit

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You either love or hate a habit. Sometimes, it keeps you on course; other times, it is a curse. To rein  habit in, it helps to understand what it consists of and the triggers that drives it. A paper presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention provides some insights. Making a Habit Stick Habits result from associative learning. We make correlations between our situation at a given time that in turn, drives our actions. We operate based on cues from within us and from our environment. Maybe you…read more

Say Mmm Cooking App Review

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Say Mmm—remember, three Ms—is another choice for the serious cook/planner/shopper. It only makes sense that you’d want to use one app for all of these tasks. You know this if you’ve ever dealt with the frustration of trying to find a recipe, but can’t remember where you found it. Planning Your Weekly Menu Out of all the apps I’ve used for this task, Say Mmm is the best. Entry is easy, as is editing. You can easily move items too. The app and web interface allow you to enter all…read more

Weekly Inspiration–Week 33, 2014

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“The best way out is always through.” ~Robert Frost photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin cc