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!

Quick and Easy Stir-Fry on the set of ABC News 8 “CT Style”

March 11, 2011

Once again, having fun with host Jocelyn Maminta on “CT Style.” Kick up your greens this spring and enjoy healthful, quick and easy stir-fries for one-dish meals. Enjoy! Quick and easy stir-fry:

Black and White, or Gray…

February 22, 2011

“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times .” ~ Everett Dirksen (1896-1969) It’s funny that in the kitchen I always experiment with a little of this and that, approaching food with great flexibility. The trick is applying this philosophy into everyday life. I’ve never paid much attention to my zodiac signs until…  Read More

With Time, Change…

February 16, 2011

“The time is always right to do what is right.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) A beautiful quote by a beautiful, gifted man, it reminded me of a situation that I had not resolved in my heart for quite some time. And then a shift! One that whispered “accept and let go,” and I did. Timing is everything. This morning I woke up to…  Read More

Fennel, a potent cooling herb…

February 05, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! Fennel is excellent in treating indigestion, anemia, rheumatism, menstrual and respiratory disorder, etc… It strengthens hair, refreshes the palate, sharpens memory, increases milk production in lactating mothers, and relaxes the body, among many other benefits. Roasted, sauteed, or raw, I love fennel’s cooling effect, from its fleshy bulb to its fronds and seeds! A main ingredient in Absinthe—a spirit…  Read More

Gung Hey Fat Choy…

February 02, 2011

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning…” ~ Joseph Priestley (1733 – 1804) An end gives rise to a beginning. I’ll take everything I know and all that I’ve learned and continue to grow…magical, indeed! On the eve of the Chinese New Year,…  Read More

A place of peace…

January 28, 2011

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935, ) I love to hold my mala while meditating, and I usually repeat my mantra at least one full turn through 108 beads. It’s a great way to get to a peaceful state. Another option when meditating is to focus on…  Read More

From lentils, a good pulse…

January 25, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! High in fiber and a great source of iron, lentils are full of nutrients including protein, vitamins, and minerals. Believed to help lower cholesterol, prevent cancer (especially breast cancer) and digestive disorders, they’re also excellent for keeping the heart healthy. Make soups, dips, and salads with these delicious legumes. Dating back to about 6000 B.C. and originating in Syria,…  Read More

Carb me up, please…

January 24, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! Good carbohydrates come in the form of fruit, beans, and whole grains, and are loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. Processed and packaged (“bad”) carbs are best avoided, but you know that. Good carbs offer essential nutrients, so unless you’re allergic to them, enjoy them mostly in the early part of the day! I grew up eating rice, noodles,…  Read More

Passion, my driving force…

January 22, 2011

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman (1899 – 1981) What makes me come alive is passion. With passion comes purpose, and with purpose comes true joy. I know this, so I keep following my passion, relentlessly. When…  Read More

Cabbage, naturally detoxifying…

January 20, 2011

A little fact, a little tip! Cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent source of vitamin C, a cancer-fighting agent. High in fiber, it is believed to help with weight loss, constipation, arthritis, heart disease, skin disorders, and more. It is an effective detoxifier, purifying the blood. Eat it raw (coleslaw) or steamed, stir-fried, roasted, or in soups! Cabbage, raw or cooked, purple or…  Read More