FOOD OF THE DAY: WALNUTS

FOOD OF THE DAY: WALNUTS. Omega 3, Manganese, Copper, Tryptophan, Protein, Dietary Fiber, Biotin, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc. That time of year is here again…winter! This is the time many people go shopping, feast, party and also find themselves saddled with seasonal depression and illness. It’s cold. It’s damp. And all that partying can deplete our brains and bodies of some good things.
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DIM SUM & A MOVIE

Last night two of my favorite things came together to create a perfect evening of laughter, discussions, and friendship. Dinner & Movie. A new friend had never seen the movie Working Girl. Yes, I know…a misfortune that I simply could not tolerate. So, I invited her over for dim sum. Dim Sum is a Cantonese meal of small snacks, dumplings and soups similar in fashion to Spanish Tapas or small plate meals. It allows you to create a huge variety of things to snack on while you chat.
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MIDDLE EASTERN DELIGHTS

A few days ago, a very lovely man that I have been working for came to my desk and stared at me eating my large bowl of Cous Cous Tabouli. First, he’s a 75 year old world renown businessman known for his candor and humor. Second, he is the son of a southern caterer who was able to knock your socks off with her ham and biscuits filled with butter and gravy. And, here I am little old me, smelling up the corridor to his office eating something he can’t pronounce. He says “That there smells good. What you call it again? Ta what? Girl, how you learn to make all this diabetic food?” I laughed. Diabetic food? “You know, all that healthy stuff? Vegetarian worldly food.” Again, I laughed and went on with working. Later, as I sat eating some Baba Ganoush and whole wheat pita chips, it took everything in me not to start laughing uncontrollably at my desk. I looked at my bag lunch, filled with Middle Eastern food. I realized why it’s so hard for my mother to remember that I am not in fact a vegetarian. Not that there is anything wrong with being vegetarian. I am just not one… at all…at all!
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EVERY DAY EXOTIC: CHICKPEAS & SPINACH

Over the past several days I have made quite a few dishes. Mouth watering as they were; trying to decide which one to start talking about first was not easy. After much debate, I decided the most democratic way to go was to simply start at the top and work my way through. First up this week, I want to look at some simple pantry staples that can go a long long way to keeping us healthy while costing pennies!  Chickpeas and Spinach.
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