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Coffee Buzz

Hi everyone! There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to the health benefits of different items we consume and it can be very frustrating as well as a deterrent to cooking. Why should we bother to invest our time and energy to learn to cook and make homemade meals if even our ingredients are bad for us? Well, here’s some good news! There are few things I like better than to

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Gluten Free Carob Brownies

Hi everyone! These brownies should really be called “community brownies with a touch of deception”. Let me explain the community part: I received an email from the director of our Montclair YMCA, Kimberley Griffiths which contained a bunch of recipes that the Y’s nutritionist recommended. When I read about brownies that incorporated black beans, I had to try it. The problem was that I barely had any cocoa powder left and I couldn’t find my

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Sex, Meatloaf and Rock n’Roll

Hi everyone! I recently met a really cool cookbook author, Gio Bellino, who is a woman after my own heart! She creates frozen seasoning mixtures to add to food for quick and healthy additions to her dishes. She now teaches people how to make them so that they can still make a homemade meal but in a lot less time. She also won me over because she has some great cooking stories about famous rockstars

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Peruvian Quinoa Salad with Mote

There is an incredible Peruvian restaurant in Montclair, NJ called Costanera. I often have their delicious large corn called mote that they prepare with many dishes. I was inspired by them to make a healthy salad with the mote that you can buy dried or canned. Canned is obviously easier but if you cannot find it canned, you can soak overnight and then boil until tender. Alternatively you can use s pressure cooker. Enjoy! Peruvian

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A Trauma Surgeon’s Guide to Safe Cooking

Hi everyone! I recently came across the book The Power of Peak State  at the National Publicity Summit  in NY by a trauma surgeon by the name of Akram Alashari, MD. He discusses the concept of obstacles keeping you from your peak performance and I asked him about this is regards to cooking. He had a lot to say about his surgeon experience  in the kitchen and he was kind enough to share some of

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Healthy Fruit and Nut Cobbler and What’s With Wheat?

Hi everyone, As many of us know, wheat has become a big problem for many kids and adults in recent years. WHY???? Cyndi O’Meara has created a really interesting documentary that I implore you to watch. Spoil alert: It’s not about the wheat itself but what’s done to it. In the meantime, I don’t think I have ever posted my friend Cynthia Green’s amazing Fruit and Nut cobbler that I served at a fundraising dinner

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