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Round Salt


So remember your high school chemistry class, where you learned that salt is a crystal, an item on the periodic table of elements and square? Yeah, forget all that. Two scientists from India have done what sounds impossible. By adding glycine to a brine solution, they’ve created round salt molecules. Several […]

How the Rich Get Thin by Jana Klauer, MD


While in the library the other day, I noticed this book on the shelves of “new non-fiction”. The title made my lip curl in a well-practiced midwestern sneer….How the Rich Get Thin; Park Avenue’s Top Diet Doctor Reveals the Secrets to Losing Weight and Feeling Great. In a past career, I worked for a […]

Berries for Mental Health


Recently, a study from Tufts University was published which seems to indicate that berries can improve metal health. Now we know that blueberries, in particular, are full of anti-oxidants and may even reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, so the findings of this study arenít revolutionary. But this study is […]

Fruits of my labors


All summer long, I’ve been growning tomatoes, with a modest level of success. The picture above shows the sum of 3 months work. Yes, the two tomatoes pictured above with a quarter, are all the fruits that I got off my 6 plants.
They’re cute, I’ll give you that. But not really worth […]

Low Carb Crustless Quiche


I must admit, I am NOT a fan of the low-carb craze that has been sweeping America for a couple of years now. Yes, I’ve read the South Beach Diet book, and seen some folks (my parents among them) lose big weight with that method, but the idea that I am to leave bread, […]

Peach Melba


Peach Melba is a classic dessert. The story goes that it was created for a famous actress in the late 1800s. My own first experience with it was in Paris in the late 1980s. I was 14, traveling with a student group, and someone who was much more cultured than I was […]

Tomato growin’ Part 2


At the end of my last article about tomato growing, I was hoping that I would be able to report that I had some blossoms on my tomato plants. Earlier this week, I went out to water one morning and noticed blossoms! On my tomato plants! I was thrilled to see that, […]

Healthy Mexican Wedding Cookies?


Sorry, but I’ve decided that the answer to that is no. Any recipe that starts with a cup of butter isn’t going to be “good” for you. But this recipe does make an honest effort to use more whole grain and organic ingredients. And surprise, the cookies are really yummy. I […]

Stuffed Tomatoes


This is a quick, easy, and fun way to use fresh tomatoes. I could eat the combination of tomato, mozzarella, and basil forever, but simply chopped in a tomato/basil/mozzarella salad gets boring, and uses far more than an actual serving of cheese, which is ONE OUNCE. Don’t be tempted to use lower-quality ingredients […]

Tomato growin’


This journey began after I read The $64 Tomato by Bill Alexander. His gardening insanity is contagious, and I had a bad case after reading the book. Iíve never had much of a green thumb; I kill plants. Not intentionally, but time and again, it happens. Whatís my secret? Oh, I […]