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Peregrino Toasted Almond Tortas

Seville, Spain is a city defined by its traditions, one of which is the “tortas de aceite” which is directly translated to mean “olive oil cakes” although these sweet, thin, crisp, flaky treats are more like a dessert cracker than a cake. Made by hand in Seville, tortas de aceite are typically made with flour, extra virgin olive oil,  sugar, baking powder, sesame seeds, anise seeds, and a touch of salt although there are many variations made by adding crystallized oranges and spices that may include cinnamon, rosemary, and thyme.

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Mediterranean Orzo

Garlic, lemon, and capers along with fresh herbs add an abundance of flavor to pasta and vegetables in this recipe for Mediterranean Orzo. Adapted from a recipe of the same name by the Purple Carrot, Mediterranean Orzo is a colorful dish that you would expect to be served at a cafe in the Mediterranean…but, without all the oil. Dairy-free, low in fat, high in protein, and with no added sugar, this plant-based dish is easy to cook and ready in less than 20 minutes.

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10 Better Halloween Treats

Halloween is that one day of the year when it’s all about the candy from the moment the kids wake up to that serene moment when you tuck their sugar laden bodies into bed. Although most people have to go with the flow and tolerate their kids bringing bags of sugary candy (is there any other kind?) home, there are ways to work around the system and provide trick or treaters (and your kids) with a delicious treat that isn’t loaded with garbage.

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Who To Trust For Nutrition Advice?

Lifestyle choices are one of three aspects (the others being genetics and the environment) that greatly affect our health. We can’t pick our parents and environmental factors are not wholly within our control but we can focus on lifestyle choices that affect our health so who do we turn to for advice?

Everyone has an opinion about diet and nutrition which makes the amount of information to sift through a monumental and often overwhelming task that typically leads to confusion – which is just what the industries who are threatened by the power of nutrition want.

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Easy No-Knead Whole Grain and Seed Bread

We light the oven so that everyone may bake bread in it.                                                                         ~Jose Marti

Most of us don’t have to light our ovens anymore but we certainly can put them to good use so why not make a  delicious loaf of bread with whole grains and seeds? Making homemade bread (sans a bread machine) can be an intimidating and daunting, messy task especially for inexperienced bakers. It’s one thing to spend precious time and energy to make a homemade loaf and quite another to have the bread turn out flavorful and delicious. But, what if you could make a scrumptious loaf of bread by simply combining a few ingredients, waiting for the dough to develop, and then baking it?

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18
Sep

Lupa’s Tropical Paradise Sprouted Trail Mix

Lupa’s Tropical Paradise Sprouted Trail Mix is paradise in a packet. Made of all organic ingredients:  currants, cashews, pumpkin seeds, pecans, brazil nuts, dehydrated mango slices, maple cinnamon walnuts (made with organic walnuts, organic Grade A 100% pure maple syrup, and organic Saigon cinnamon) and walnuts, Lupa’s Tropical Paradise Sprouted Trail Mix is the trail mix to take along to the beach or when you just want a wholesome, delicious healthy snack. Read more »

16
Sep

Where Does $100 to The Boys and Girls Club of America Go?

The Boys and Girls Club of America, Inc. (“The Boys and Girls Club“) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) that offers programs – primarily after school – for young people. Based in Atlanta, the national office of The Boys and Girls Club also has regional offices in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. In addition there are more than a thousand local chartered offices throughout the country targeting disadvantaged youths to help them “reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Funding for the organization is primarily from both the public and the government. Read more »

14
Sep

The Splendid Things We Planned

Blake Bailey is best known for his biographies of very talented but troubled writers (Yates, Cheever, and Jackson) so when The Splendid Things We Planned – a personal family memoir – was published in 2014, readers took note because it’s one thing to write about other people’s lives but quite another to open the flood gates on your own family. Read more »

12
Sep

Why The Big Picture Matters

Several years ago I started making donations to sanctuaries specializing in the rescue of animals from slaughter houses and abused “homes.”  The stories were heartbreaking and I knew my dollars were primarily going to the veterinary care of the animals, food, shelter, and the selfless staff devoted to taking care of these animals.

When a cow escapes from a slaughter house in Brooklyn, I cheer for the cow (and curse the people chasing it) and often send a donation to the kind person who rescued the terrified animal.  So, before I go further, I want to unequivocally say these charities deserve our support because they spotlight the abuse and horrific way people treat most animals. They make us think twice about our choices. Read more »

10
Sep

Remembering Sean Booker, Sr.

Tomorrow will mark 16 years since 9-11 with most of us remembering 9-11 as the day that changed the world. 2,996 people were killed and thousands more were wounded.  Survivors were left without fathers, mothers, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, husbands, wives, partners, and friends.

Sean Booker, a 35-year old Xerox technician was working in the Marsh and McLennan office on the 93rd floor of the North Tower when the first hijacked plane (American Airlines Flight 11) struck at 8:46 am between the 93rd and 99th floors. Sean Booker lost his life. Read more »

8
Sep

Where Does $100 to Feeding America Go?

Feeding America is a 501 (c) (3) whose mission is “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger.” With an estimated 42 million people experiencing hunger every day (or 1 out of 8 people), Feeding America seeks to alleviate hunger by procuring and distributing food, creating public awareness and educating the public, lawmakers, and public policy influencers, and conducting research on hunger.

Established in 1988, Feeding America has been around for nearly three decades and has grown substantially through the years. For the year ending, June 30, 2016, Feeding America raised $2.438 billion of which $2.289 billion (94%) were non-cash contributions (i.e. food) and $149 million cash – from contributions ($87 million), program revenue sources ($24 million), royalties ($35 million), and other sources ($3 million). With most contributions being food for distribution to the vast network of food banks across the country, the question that most donors want to know is how the $149 million in cash revenue was spent. Read more »

6
Sep

The Ultimate Brownie Spatula

Getting brownies out of the pan intact has always been difficult for me. First I cut the brownies in the pan with a knife and then try to maneuver a spatula under the brownie which invariably results in crumbled pieces in the pan or broken brownies.

The brownies still taste great but they just don’t look as delicious on the plate. For years, I’ve searched for the right spatula but most are just too big (12 inches long or more) for the job until I discovered the Fox Run Cookie Brownie Spatula:  a 7 inch by 2.25 inch stainless steel spatula with a wood handle that makes cutting and serving brownies a breeze. Read more »

4
Sep

Things I Do When He’s Away……

When my husband travels, I used to feel like a fish out of water unsure of what to do without my best friend around but gradually through the years, I’ve learned to embrace this time and do a few things differently.

Let’s start with baking. I only bake vegan desserts (which my husband gobbles up) but there are some desserts – namely, brownies – where nuts are an issue. Brownie lovers are usually divided into two lots: the purist (my husband) who likes his brownies with nothing added, and the adventurer (me) who loves walnuts or pecans and a few extra dark chocolate chips sprinkled throughout (just to make sure the brownies are gooey enough). So, when he’s not home, making a pan of walnut studded brownies (instead of half plain, half nuts) is on my to-do list. Read more »

2
Sep

The American Diabetes Association versus Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

We envision a life free of diabetes and all its burdens, which is fueled by our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of al people affected by diabetes.                                                    ~American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) works to “prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” The organization does this by education, advocacy, and providing grants for research.

Approximately 30 million Americans have diabetes with the majority (an estimated 29 million according to the ADA) suffering from Type 2. An additional estimated 84 million Americans 18 and older are prediabetic.  In other words, 113 million people or 1 in 3 people in the United States suffer from prediabetes or diabetes. Read more »

31
Aug

Where Does $100 to the American Diabetes Association Go?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reported the receipt of $181 million in revenue in 2015, which primarily came from 5 sources:

  • $135 million (75%) from contributions, gifts, and grants;
  • $32 million (18%) from subscriptions, registrations, sale of materials, and booth rentals,
  • $5 million (3%) from advertising income;
  • $5 million (3%) from royalties; and
  • $4 million (2%) from other sources.

During the same year, the ADA reported expenses of $183 million (net of depreciation) – $2 million more than the organization took in. Because the organization had $89 million in net fund assets, they were able to cover the excess expenses. Read more »