Wondrous winter wellness

Avocados brighten winter.

I wonder if the snow loves the fields and trees, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again.” — Lewis Carroll   Despite the  frigid temperatures and short, dark days, ...

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A sensational recipe for the New Year

A sensational recipe for the New Year

“Each New Year, we have before us 365 brand-new days. Let us fill each and every day with loving intent. Choose your words with the utmost of care, share loving thoughts with all you meet and bestow charity upon those less fortunate than yourself.” January is a glorious testament to the ...

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Chestnuts roasting in a warm oven

Chestnuts — a holiday treat.

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love” —Hamilton Wright Mabie   One of the many joys of cooking during the holiday season is experimenting with new ingredients to create delicious healthy recipes. Imagine my delight when a dear friend recently cooked ...

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Pass the gravy and the gratitude

Thanksgiving dinner.

“Thankful for friends and loved ones, too, Thankful for all things, good and true, Thankful for harvest in the Fall, Thankful to Him who gave it all.” —Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer I am so grateful for Thanksgiving, a holiday that encompasses the concept of gratitude in such a delicious way. ...

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Miraculous comfort in the kitchen

Miracle worker: garlic.

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” —John Ruskin Whenever I am in the kitchen I realize there is no other place in the world that offers a more comforting, loving and cozy atmosphere. Here is where we can gather with family and friends and enjoy the great pleasures of ...

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No tricks — just treats for Halloween

Garlic for a Halloween dip.

“Shadows of a thousand years, rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween’ ” —Dexter Kozen As the days shorten and the night begins to cast its dark shadows ever earlier, the stage is set for Halloween. Children begin to vibrate with excitement as the annual candy ...

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Fabulous fruitfulness of fall

Pears, fall treats.

“Each tree, laden with fairest fruit, that hung to th’ eye. Tempting, stirr’d in me sudden appetite to pluck and eat…” John Milton (Paradise Lost) Fall is full of such sensuously ripe and robust flavors to enjoy, especially the fruits of fall like crisp, juicy, round apples, creamy, curvy ...

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