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It’s Easier Than You Think

Sometimes – in fact most times – when people tell me they’re not a good cook, it’s because they think it’s hard. In my cooking classes I get the same comment from cooks and non-cooks when they learn how to make a new dish, “I didn’t think it’d be this easy”…a good thing to keep […]

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Feeling the Urge to Purge

When you get the urge to purge go with it. Inspiration is telling you that its time to do a little weeding out. If you can clean out closets, clutter and such, fully present, immersed in the project, you will find that a feeling of lightness begins to take over. As you discard what’s unwanted or […]

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A Recipe is Simply a Guide

When looking for a recipe for something you’d like to try making, always review a number of recipes before deciding which to follow. Chances are you’ll start to see many similarities and well as differences. Among them you’ll find one that suits you. Don’t be afraid to change a recipe, though you don’t want to […]

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Frugal Tips

The essence of the frugal gourmet is to use “humble” ingredients in simple, yet creative ways. Let the ingredients themselves inspire you to create dishes that satisfy the palate and are fulfilling in an authentic way. Start with this and be willing to see where it leads you.

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You Are What You Eat

The actual saying is below. It’s attributed to a French Physician in 1826.   “Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you what you are” Anthelme Brillat-Savarin   So if eating is a pathway to knowing myself…sign me up.     photo courtesy of

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Try Something New

Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to try something new. It takes us out of our comfort zone, our rut, and stirs things up a bit. You don’t need to quit your job, sell your home and move to a new city unless that’s what you want to do. Sometimes all […]

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The Ugly Duckling

As I started to write this section, I kept thinking that the metaphor of the bud and the leaf from this month’s note is all about personal growth, so what could I possibly write about without repeating myself? I pondered it a bit when my thoughts quickly went to the children’s classic, “The Ugly Duckling” […]

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How to Tell When Something is Cooked

Here are some signs to look for when gauging whether or not something is done. It also helps to take some of the guesswork out of cooking as you make your way from trial to triumph. Most seafood is ready when it turns from translucent to opaque or in the case of shrimp, when it […]

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Heaven on Earth

If someone asked me, “What’s your idea of Heaven on Earth?” I’d have answer, “To be gathered around the dining table with people I love, or want to get to know, sharing a delicious meal, good wine, meaningful conversation and lots of laughs.” Or maybe it’s sharing good pizza.   And I used to think […]

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