Category Archives: Self-Health Survival Guides

Finding Opportunity in Challenging Times

Stating that these are challenging times isn’t exactly a news flash, right? Because of COVID-19, so many people are worried about every aspect of their daily lives—jobs, finances, their own health and the health of the people they love. While it would be foolish to tell you there’s nothing to worry about, posing the right […]

A Simple Guide to the Art and Preparation of Paella

In a post from about six years ago, I wrote about feasting (and I do mean feasting) on paella at a restaurant called Trader Vic’s in Puerto Rico. It was a truly memorable and romantic evening in February. Back in early 1960s, many in-the-know New Yorkers would jet off to sunny Puerto Rico to escape […]

Supporting the Organs of Immunity:
The Terrain Is Everything

Louis Pasteur is credited with developing “the germ theory of disease” (which I loosely translate as “germs jump into bodies”). Yet many other researchers and scientists of the time, including Claude Bernard, focused their research on internal regulation and the importance of nutrition, among other things. These scientists expanded their focus beyond germs to consider the state […]

The Mediterranean Lifestyle:
Salsa al Pomodoro

This post is about a treasured recipe: the best pomodoro sauce ever! Pomodoro translates to “golden apple,” although we know it is the Italian word for tomato. This sauce, which is everywhere, really is the golden apple of Italy. (Word origins do fascinate me.) My family has enjoyed this recipe for generations on traditionally lazy […]

Hawaiian Oxtail Soup:
Welcome the Shift to Spring with a Light, Nourishing Dish

I have yet to visit Hawaii, though I’d love to someday. Between the volcanic landscapes, lush rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls—not to mention the truly unique culture and food—the islands have piqued my interest for many years. Traditional Hawaiian cuisine is a compelling fusion of tropical Polynesian and Asian flavors with a signature flair that entices […]

How Clean Are Your Hands?

In light of everything we’re hearing on the news lately, it’s important to remember that the little things we do throughout the day can have a big impact on how we feel in the days that follow. Besides the usual diet and exercise recommendations, one of the most essential daily habits you can adopt for […]

Reclaiming the Lost Art of Nourishment

In this day and age of instant gratification, the art of truly nourishing our bodies has been lost. Rather than looking to food for its honest purpose—providing the fuel our bodies need to accomplish everything it must do each day—food is now just the stuff we consume to fill the void in our bellies. We […]

Lomo Saltado (Peruvian Beef Stir-Fry):
Fusion Cuisine at Its Finest

When it comes to food, I’m a fusion nut. I love pairings of unusual yet strangely harmonious flavors as much as I love marrying the tastes and techniques of different cultures. I credit much of this to my early obsession with sweet-salty pairings. (My favorite being cheese and honey sandwiches—a true delight that, to this […]

American Goulash for the Slow Cooker

Ask Chef Phyllis It seems like just yesterday it was New Year’s Day, but as I glance at the calendar, I see that we’re already at the end of February! Any time now, these slow, bitterly cold, never-enough-sunlight days will be coming to an end. However, though spring is just around the corner, winter is […]

Winter Citrus, Olive, and Red Onion Salad:
Brighten Up a Winter’s Day the Sun-Kissed, Seasonal Way

It’s always around mid-February that I start getting antsy for spring. Colorado is well-known for our interesting weather: hot and sunny one day and a winter storm the next. Just a few weeks back I spent a lovely afternoon in a tank top, soaking up the sun’s glowing warmth. I even put my feet in […]

Mexican Chori Pollo (Chorizo Chicken):
A Flavor-Packed Family Meal

As someone always looking for super simple ideas for putting a filling meal on the table—especially one that my whole family will eat and that’s tailored to their personal dietary quirks—I was surprised that I’d never come across chori pollo (chorizo chicken) until recently. Since then, it’s become one of my absolute new favorites. Chori […]

What’s Keeping You Healthy This Cold and Flu Season?

If you’ve been considering yourself lucky because you’ve managed to avoid catching bugs from the people coughing and sneezing around you, I daresay that luck has nothing to do with it. The thing that’s been keeping you healthy is your immune system, plain and simple. And it takes more than luck to keep it—and you—strong […]

It’s About Time (for Carol Anne’s Warm Artichoke Dip)

Now that we’re already into the second month of 2020, perhaps it’s about time that I write one of my “that’s-the-makings-of-yet-another-post” post, as I’m fond of saying. (My regular readers surely know what I’m talking about—and any new readers will know soon enough!) There may be many of these over the coming year, but for […]

Slow Cooker Steak and Vegetable Pot Pie:
Homestyle Comfort Food Made Simple

In the last month or so of winter I start feeling a bit stagnant in my food creativity. Personally, I’m content to eat the same thing over and over until I get sick of it and move on to the next meal. But to ensure my family eats well, I like to mix it up […]

Anna Vocino Wants You to Eat Happy Too

It doesn’t take much digging to discover Anna Vocino is a woman of many talents. Spend a few minutes on her website, and you’ll see what I mean. When I took some time to talk with her awhile back, I quickly learned that her life has taken her down a diverse career path. Vocino, a […]

Lobster and Fingerling Potatoes, Carpaccio Style:
Reimagining an Italian Classic

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of you may be mulling over how to celebrate with a special someone. I’m not into the overblown emphasis we put on the day, nor the need to spend uncanny amounts of money and effort on lavish gifts, fancy dinners, and overpriced flowers, which only places unnecessary […]

Top 3 Benefits of Having a Hobby

Many of us think we should only spend time on our hobbies once we’ve taken care of everything else (you know, the important stuff). After you get the house clean or set the annual budget for your business, then—and only then—you can finally do that fun activity that you get completely lost in. Well, that’s […]

Grain-Free Stromboli with Ham, Havarti, and Pesto:
Super Snacks for the Big Game

I may not be an expert in football, but I sure know how to whip up some fantastic food to feed the fans. One thing I’ve always loved about game-day grub is how it often revolves around snacking—lots of easy, hand-held foods that keep me interested, regardless of the occasion. And few other sporting affairs […]

Coconut Flour:
Not Allowed on the GAPS Diet

Coconut. Coconut milk. Coconut cream. Coconut oil. Coconut butter. These can all be great alternatives to dairy, providing healthy saturated fats and immune-boosting lauric and caprylic acids. They are all okay on the GAPS diet, as long as they do not have any fillers such as xanthan gum or guar gum. But coconut flour? Not […]

Curried Winter Squash Soup with Coconut Milk:
Soul-Warming Food for Chilly Winter Days

In Colorado we usually get to enjoy an abundance of sunshine even in the midst of winter. The ability to soak up some rays in January is a real treat, and it’s one of the many reasons I love living here. Irrespective, I also appreciate more typical winter weather. Sometimes, during a particularly mild or […]