Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

April is among us and with that, mother nature’s April fools day joke was snow in Ohio! Just as spring was making its appearance, and us Midwesterners were getting use to not having to bundle up every time we walk out the door, we are hit with a couple inches of snow. If you need…

Battling Cooking Fatigue

A year ago the world just about shut down forcing Americans, and the rest of the world, to change their lifestyle dramatically.   For most of the people in the United States, our lifestyles have always been “GO, GO, GO”! Because of the pandemic, over the last year, we have been forced into our homes with…

Cretan Medicinal Herbs

As we are deep into the winter months in Ohio, sickness has traveled through my home prompting me to pull out my dried herbs that I got on my last stop in Greece this summer- the island of Crete.  Stopping in Crete, my intentions were to further explore the Mediterranean diet and the gastrostomy of…

The Golden Liquid- HONEY!

After traveling from Athens to Agrinio, our next stop to experience the Mediterranean diet firsthand was an island in the eastern Aegean Sea named Samos. After having many meals rich in plant-based foods, fresh fish, olives and olive oil with the touch of creamy cheeses and lamb, we stumbled upon a small honey store that…

The Olive- One Key to the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well as the World Health Organization as it is considered one of the healthiest ways of nourishing your body.   The lifestyle of this diet has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.  This was first observed when it was noted that…

Health Effects of Added Sugars

More and more we are finding out that increased added sugars in our diets, coming from the large amount of sugar sweetened beverages and processed foods we consume in the United States, is leading to increased numbers of overweight, obesity and many chronic diseases.  In part 1 of my sugar series- The Truth About Sugar!,…

The Truth About SUGAR!

Sugar- it is lurking in almost all the foods we consume in our diets.  If you are buying something that comes in a package, box or, can, there is a good chance that sugar has been added to that product.  We are constantly hearing that sugar is bad for us but is it really?

Vegan Quinoa Salad

Eating vegan is a trend that is on the rise.  People decide to eat vegan foods for several reasons including animal rights and religious reasons.  While I am not a vegan there will be times that I eat vegan foods.  I will stress that just because you are eating vegan does not mean that you…