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Warmer weather is here and with that comes summer gatherings. Whether you are hosting cocktails on the patio, a big summer Soirée or a casual barbecue, why not have a signature drink for your get together?

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I love that grilling season is here! I like to keep the heat out of the kitchen and make as much of my meal as possible on the grill.

Think beyond the entrée when it comes to the grill.

You can also grill fruit for desserts, salads and even appetizers. The heat caramelizes the fruit, bringing out the sweetness. Grill marks add for a pretty presentation. Have you experimented with grilling fruit?

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If I had to choose between a chocolate dessert and a lemon dessert, lemon would win, hands down. The citrus flavor is refreshing, and I love the combination of tart and sweet.

How about you?  Chocolate or lemon?

If you love all things lemon you will enjoy these four lemony desserts as well as a great tip on keeping lemon juice on hand.

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Growing up, I have such fond memories of my mother’s cooking. On Sundays we ate our big meal of the day around 2:00 PM which was after Church and when my Dad got home from work. After dinner sometimes we would go visit relatives or they would come to our house. That’s a tradition I miss.  Did you “visit” when you were younger? I’m talking no holiday, no special reason other than to visit.

Often our Sunday meal would be some type of roast. Nothing smelled better than that roast in the oven, stuffed with garlic slivers and wonderful seasonings.

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December is here which means the start of holiday party season! Often I am in need of an appetizer that I can not only make ahead of time but also one that is easily transportable. This week I have a neighborhood party that I need to bring an appetizer to. On Christmas day I usually take an appetizer to my cousin’s house.

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We had our first hard frost of the season on Saturday and there was a chill in the air all day. When the temperature drops, there is nothing better than coming home to a warm bowl of soup for dinner. Add some crusty bread, a great glass of wine and it’s the perfect fall dinner for me. I don’t need any other sides or dessert.

I wanted to share four of my family’s favorite soup recipes. They are easy to make and always receive rave reviews. The full recipes are available on my blog by following the links below.

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It’s officially fall this week and time to incorporate some fall flavors into your cooking. If you have plans to entertain during the autumn season, these recipes look worthy of trying. Scones and streusel bread for a brunch. A soufflé for a dinner party dessert. Truffles for a hostess gift.

Don’t be intimated by a long list of ingredients when it comes to fall baking! Often times it’s the list of spices that make the list look long but oh, so worth it! Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice, pumpkin pie spice. Love them all!   Continue Reading

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According to research in the American Heart Association’s Journal, Stroke, postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are not only less likely to have a stroke, but to die from one as well. Potassium is an essential mineral, and a type of electrolyte, that helps lower risk of heart disease and maintain a healthier heart. It also regulates the fluid and electrolyte balance and helps with metabolism, brain and muscle function.

The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, studied 90,137 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 79, for an average of 11 years. Women in the study were stroke-free at the start, and their average dietary potassium intake was 2,611 mg/day from food, not supplements. Researchers found:

  • Women who ate the most potassium were 12% less likely to suffer a stroke in general, and 15% less likely to suffer an ischemic stroke than the women who ate the least amount of potassium.
  • Women who ate the most potassium were 10% less likely to die from their stroke than those who ate the least amount.

While the women in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine study had an average intake of 2,611mg/day, the Food and Drug Administration suggests 4,700 mg/day of potassium for healthy people. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s rare not to get enough potassium from our diet as long as we eat healthy, balanced meals. FYI, junk food is not high in potassium.

If you take diuretics, laxatives, have chronic vomiting and diarrhea or eat less in order to keep your weight down, it’s important to have your potassium levels checked and repleted, if necessary. Some symptoms of low potassium include heart palpitation and rhythm problems, dryness of skin, muscle cramps, numbness and tingling, increase in urine output, fatigue, depression, dizziness, low blood pressure and hair loss. If you have any questions about whether you’re getting enough potassium in your diet, it’s best to check with your doctor.

Here are 10 potassium rich foods you might think about incorporating into your diet.

  • Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach and other leafy greens
  • Oily Fish like Salmon and Halibut
  • Sweet Potatoes or White Potatoes with the skin.
  • White, Black and Lima Beans
  • Winter Squash
  • Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce
  • Nuts
  • Oranges and Orange Juice
  • Bananas, Avocados and Watermelon
  • Fat-free or low-fat Yogurt and other Dairy products
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  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • 2 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
  • Red pepper flakes or multi-peppercorns

Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop flesh into a bowl. Add lemon juice, sea salt and spices to taste. Mash together with a fork, leaving a slightly chunky texture. Spread onto toast.