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It’s Summertime!

It’s Summertime!

It’s summertime! That means plenty of fun outside playing basketball, tennis, hiking and other summer sports. With higher temps comes a higher risk of injury when playing outdoor sports. This year I established a goal for Lively Kitchens to partner with like-minded professionals that are experts […]

Nourishing Moms

Nourishing Moms

Happy Mother’s Day parents.  Enjoy the lavish brunch and pampering.  Next week you may go back to eating cold half eaten leftovers off your child’s plate. Or, consider ways to nourish moms, physically, emotionally and playfully.  This year I established a goal for Lively Kitchens […]

Soothing, Humble Soup

Soothing, Humble Soup

Out of curiosity, I looked up a definition of Soup. How can we define a food that is so basic and universal? Wikipedia says “Soup is a primarily liquid food, generally served warm or hot that is made by combining ingredients such as meat and […]

Time to Change Your Clock

Time to Change Your Clock

Spring invites us to change and look forward to new beginnings. Whether it’s time to change your clock, smoke detector or fitness goals, there is no time like the present to take steps to improve your physical and mental well-being. This year I established a […]

The Sweet and Sour Kumquats

The Sweet and Sour Kumquats

We don’t see kumquats in our produce departments very often, but when you do, buy some! They are in season from November through March and can be found in Asian stores—since they are native to China—and some higher end grocers. They look like little oranges […]

Onion, A Functional Vegetable

Onion, A Functional Vegetable

Perhaps it isn’t fair to call the onion “lowly,” but it certainly is common to so many recipes that we might not think much about it as an individual ingredient. Just go to the vegetable bin and grab one, right? You always have some stored […]

Step Into the New Year

Step Into the New Year

The Holidays of many faiths and cultures all converge at the end of December and then we all step into the New Year together. I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy some of the best foods of your own culture and maybe those of […]

Choose A Happy Healthy Holiday

Choose A Happy Healthy Holiday

To change a popular song a little bit: This is “the most dangerous time of the year.” I’m not writing this to put a downer on anyone. I want to remind myself as well as my readers that our Health and Happiness is ALWAYS up […]

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

A “christmas tradition” means snow, right? And cut out sugar cookies, right? And turkey? No wait—ham. And . . .well, it’s really kind of impossible to define a traditional christmas for everyone. It’s more fun to discover what a wide variety of christmas traditions there […]

Thanksgiving Tasty Tips

Thanksgiving Tasty Tips

Enjoy more vegetables more than starchy foods Enjoy more water than wine or pop Enjoy time with family and friends Help out and appreciate your host(s)  Happy Thanksgiving from my kitchen to yours