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Fat’s gotten a bad rap for a long time in the wellness world. It’s not hard to understand why, given that its own name has become synonymous with muffin tops and cankles. But having been raised on olive oil fried eggs and the philosophy that an avocado a day keeps the doctor away, I’m glad that people are finally putting down the fat-free SnackWells cookies and starting to reevaluate their healthy choices according to a different barometer.
Despite this progress, I still get criticized all the time for slapping the word “healthy” on my recipes alongside a few tablespoons of butter.… Continue Reading
After our epic July 4th in Rhode Island, in addition to a rosacea flair up on my forehead from too much rosé, I came home with lots of leftovers. There was the readily edible sort like Charlie’s pull and eat shrimp and my flank steak. But then there was the annoying sort, like random half bunches of herbs, a quarter head of cabbage, and enough limes for 500 coronas.
A side effect of a full weekend of host duty and the subsequent following week of full body exhaustion is that the last thing you want to do is cook.… Continue Reading
There are few occasions where being a vegetarian is particularly depressing, and most of them involve social gatherings around a grill. I don’t know from experience of being one. But I have dealt with the annoyances of having to cook for one in less than ideal, carnivorous circumstances like the Fourth of July.
In college, the vegetarians always stood out at a tailgate like the one token bisexual male in a women’s studies seminar. They’d come bearing a package of partially thawed Boca burgers in their book bag and patiently hover by the grill with hungry eyes, waiting for a spot to open up that wasn’t completely contaminated with burger residue.… Continue Reading
The food item that’s been most responsible for pushing me head-first off the gluten-free wagon is pizza. I confessed a little over a year ago that I have, on more than one occasion, shamefully eaten an entire pie of Co. pizza in the comfort of my home, a block away from the restaurant. This year though as part of my pursuit of wellness, I’ve been pretty good at maintaining the integrity of my intestines. But when I fall, I fall hard.
The last time this happened was in October at my friend Sophie’s wedding. There was a late night pizza truck, and when I saw all the other drunk people pouncing on the pies as they came out of the brick oven, like vicious glow-stick wearing hyenas, I just couldn’t help myself.… Continue Reading
Some weeks I feel like I’m cooking just to keep up with the wilting greens in my fridge. I try my best to grocery shop with a plan of attack, and not just let my eyes and appetite do the choosing, otherwise I’d be up to my ears in organic produce and very poor. But part of cooking for my private client every week means that I end up coming home with lots of scraps of this and that. A lot of the time it’s a partially used bunch of herbs or half a clam shell of salad greens. And if so, I immediately turn them into a pesto.… Continue Reading
I can’t believe that I successfully made it though my 30 day detox. I hit a really dark patch on the third weekend, as I sat around the dinner table and watched my friends drink a nice decanted Vacqueyras while eating gluten-free chocolate cake. But other than that, the month kind of flew by.
The process of retox-ing this weekend with wine, chocolate, and green tea was almost as interesting as the elimination experiment itself. People talk a lot about mindful eating. But as I was faced with my first glass of grape juice in a month, I think I learned what mindful drinking feels and tastes like.… Continue Reading