Organic Food

How to Cook Savoy Cabbage and Love it!

One of the traditional dishes at my in-laws’ Christmas Eve feast is what they call “Fooey.” Fooey? Where does that come from? I have no idea. It’s probably an Italian-American version of some long-lost Italian word for cabbage. (Please let me know if you have ever heard of this!) It’s one of those dishes that […]

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How to Make Sober Fruitcake Muffins

Look, I know right away this blog post will be controversial. First, who really likes fruitcake? It’s a joke, right? But someone must keep eating it, because you can still buy it. Well, I like it, and for a very specific reason. So here is my fruitcake story…. Once, long ago, someone I loved dearly […]

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How to Make Italian Sausage

Sausage is one of those things that most people would rather not know how to make. Unless you are like me, and won’t eat it unless you know EXACTLY how it is made. When I first married into an Italian Catholic family, I thought it was downright weird that they would wait to go to […]

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Turkey Soup for the Soul

Unless you’ve frozen your Thanksgiving turkey carcass, it’s too late to make this soup now. But if you make a turkey for Christmas, or just for any old reason, this soup will be one of the best things to come from it. This soup has a special place in my family’s heart. It’s the soup […]

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Float of the Month for November: Cranberry Float

My monthly ice cream float recipes make a quick and tasty treat perfect for each season. This month, if you’re looking for a last-minute cocktail or refreshing desert for Thanksgiving that requires absolutely no work, this is it. It’s colorful, it’s festive, and it’s fabulous. Plus, it will take you all of two minutes to […]

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Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

Did you ever have a recipe for something that everyone loves but you? It’s not that I hate pumpkin pie…I just don’t LOVE pumpkin pie. And yet, every year my family—and extended family on the Italian side—beg me to make my pumpkin pie from scratch. I don’t mind making it. I don’t mind eating it, […]

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Autumn Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Last night Lucia and I were home alone for dinner. I asked her what she wanted to eat and she said “salad.” Ahhh, the happiness of a child after my own heart. If I had only one food to live on for the rest of my life, it would be salad. Salad in all its […]

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A Visit to My Kitchen: Ayala Laufer-Cahana, MD

  Ayala Laufer-Cahana, MD, is in my kitchen today to talk about the whole-circle benefits of organic food, her healthy favorite foods from childhood, and her well-rounded sources of news. Dr. Laufer-Cahana, physician (pediatrics and medical genetics), is an artist, serious vegetarian home cook, mother of three active school-age kids, and cofounder of Herbal Water […]

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