This is my journey – things I’ve discovered along the way, people who have inspired me, books I love to read over and over again, recipes I create to feed my whole being, moments I simply want to share with you… my reflections!

My 12-Steps to Mindful Eating

July 02, 2012

YOUR BODY IS NOT A YO-YO… Fad diets are here today, gone tomorrow. There’s a reason for that. Sure you may drop the weight quickly but do you notice how fast you put it back on? What does that tell you? Diets, which are about deprivation, simply do not work in the long run. Not only do they not work, but they are damaging to…  Read More

Figs are most definitely sexy!

July 01, 2012

So you want to know about figs? Sweet, moist, and soft, there is nothing more delicious than a ripe fig in season. It’s only the beginning of Summer, but temperatures rising, I’m already hunting for figs, one of my favorite fruit (and possibly the sexiest on the planet.) I love the texture, the subtle flavor and it’s natural sweetness. I love to split it with…  Read More

Give Your “Temple” a Break… Fast for 24 hrs!

June 28, 2012

It’s Summertime, the temperature is rising, and you’re probably not as hungry as you usually are during the coolest seasons of the year. Take advantage of this because the Summer is actually a perfect time of year to introduce fasting into your lifestyle. Indeed fasting for 24 hours a week is actually good for you. Your body needs a break from all the chewing and…  Read More

Finding Balance in Paradise, aka “Fiji”

May 04, 2012

It’s February. I’m in Connecticut sitting in the glassed in porch of my beach cottage overlooking the Long Island Sound. It’s gray and dreary and I’m wrapped in a wool blanket. I want to open the windows but it’s too cold outside. I keep looking out and up for the sun to shine but it rains, instead. While I love all seasons and I generally…  Read More

Back at Stage 8 at ABC News Channel 8′s “CT STYLE”

February 03, 2012

Love cooking with hosts, Teresa and Jocelyn, at ABC News Channel 8 for my MINDFUL EATING segment on CT STYLE. Check it out along with the easy, healthful recipes. Start slowing down the pace, engaging your sense, and living a balanced life. The importance of mindful eating:

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Al Roker on the TODAY SHOW!

February 03, 2012

I love doing cooking segments… In this one Al Roker celebrates the Year of the Dragon in costume on NBC’s TODAY SHOW. Great food, great festive red decor for good luck, and great fun!  Check out the segment and the recipes here Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Chow Down in Montréal…

October 15, 2011

Okay…granted Montréal is a car ride away if you’re from the NY tri-State area or better yet Vermont, for example. Still it’s easy to get to and affordable. And if you don’t want to drive, there’s always Air Canada, which is reasonable and not anymore expensive than any other airline going to Montréal, so you might as well enjoy the full Canadian experience from the…  Read More

Change is good…

June 09, 2011

“Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) Change is a funny thing. It’s constant, exciting, and scary. It comes with a fair amount of discomfort at times, but ultimately I’m convinced that change is good. If anything it forces me to reflect and grow from the experience. From my screened-in porch, I have a spectacular view of an ever changing sky, the…  Read More

Olé for small bites

May 19, 2011

“Food is our common ground. A universal experience.” ~ James Beard (1903-1985) In Valencia, Spain I was reminded how the simplest things in life can be the most enriching of experiences, how taking the time to enjoy a moment makes it that much more special. At Casa Montana, I sat for several hours savoring and sharing life. Small bites go a long way. And, you…  Read More

The art of being patient…

March 17, 2011

“He that can have patience, can have what he will.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) With patience, many lessons can be learned. I’m still learning the first…patience! Patience is something that does not come so easily for someone as fiery of spirit as I am. Over the years, however, I’ve learned to be patient really considering every aspect of my life and the decisions that have…  Read More