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Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

There are many delicious vegetables in the world but there is something special about carrots and a small potato called the “yukon gold”  which has only been around for about 30 years. The Crop Watch Potato Education Guide (yes, there really is such an entity) put out by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln reports the yukon gold is a result of cross breeding by scientists in Canada. Oval shaped and small, these potatoes with a yellow interior almost look like they have been buttered when in fact, the yellow tinge is the potato’s natural color.  Read more »


What To Do In Vevey, Switzerland

Vevey, Switzerland is a vibrant town on the north shores of Lake Geneva (Lake Leman) about 18 kilometers (11 miles) from Lausanne or 50 kilometers (32 miles) from Geneva. The town is most famous for being the home of Charlie Chaplin for the last 25 years of his life (1952-1977) although the Swiss may tell you Vevey is most famous for being the place where milk chocolate was invented in 1875. Or, they may tell you that Vevey is where the Nestle Company was founded in 1866 by Henri Nestle.  All may all be true but Vevey is also where the Musee de l’Alimentation or the Food Museum is located. Read more »


A Life Coach, Really?

Lately, I’ve been reading and hearing quite a bit about life coaches. There was a time when the only coaches in my universe were for sports:  football, soccer, baseball, water polo, track, and all the other sports Americans are just mad for.  But in recent years there has been a proliferation of coaches for every aspect of life:   diet, health, exercise, executive, business, financial, dating, conflict, religious, and the big one of all:   LIFE. Read more »


Cream of Tomato Soup (Without the Cream)

It’s a keeper, mom” – those were the words spoken by my daughter last night after I made a my newest version of her favorite soup: Cream of Tomato.  Music to my ears after a week of strike-outs (Rice and Shrimp Salad with Peas, Low Fat Italian Meatballs – frankly, I should have known better than to try something low-fat linked with the word “Italian”). Read more »


Zyliss: The Swiss Queen of Gadgets

In my home, I am known as the “Gadget Queen” – a nickname that was given to me a few years back by a friend who noted that every time he and his family visited, I had a new gadget. He would barrel in the front door and before putting his suitcases down would say “so, what’s the new gadget this year?” Read more »