Category Archives: Self-Health Survival Guides

Beef Shank Osso Buco

This classic Milanese braise literally translates as “bone with a hole,” in reference to the succulent exposed marrow from the cross-cut shank bone. Although the dish is traditionally made with veal shanks, I’ve found that beef is not only much more economical but seems to contain more flavor than its younger counterpart, so it’s a […]

Tools for Becoming Your OwnSelf-Health Advocate

Acting as your own self-health advocate can be a challenge, especially when you aren’t medically minded by nature. When I first realized that I needed to educate myself about health-related topics—not just for my family’s well-being, but also my own—I wasn’t even sure where to begin. As I mentioned in a previous article about being […]

Coconut-Honey Flan

Flan is a classic egg custard dessert, particularly familiar to many Latin American tables. Though regional variations are found all over the world, flan’s roots are most likely found in France, where the custard is more commonly known as crème caramel. The dessert is essentially a reversed crème brûlée, with an exception that flan and […]

Here’s the Scoop on Poop

When you live in a house full of boys, bathroom humor is common, especially if your goal is some sure-fire laughs. It’s been my experience that there’s no age limit on this particular kind of hilarity, because scatological jokes create chuckles from the young to the old. There are times when the boys get on […]

Seared Scallops with Grapefruit-Avocado Salad

Spring is just around the corner, or so I keep reassuring myself. Without fail, there comes a very precise moment towards the tail end of winter where my body screams “Stop! No more soup! Please, please give me a glimpse of summer, and feed me something light and refreshing!” That moment generally occurs sometime between […]

Keep Your Spirits High When the Sun Is Low

It’s about this time of year that I begin longing for warm days and the bounty of summer. While it’s a subtle feeling, the shorter days of winter can still get a little heavy, and it’s during this time that I find myself needing a quick energy boost to keep me going. I know I’m […]

Healthier Chocolate Mousse for Two

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a sinfully decadent treat, especially one that’s handmade with affection. And you can’t get much more sinful and decadent than a rich, dark chocolate mousse. The fact that chocolate mousse takes mere minutes to prepare, and is practically fail-safe to boot, serves to really butter up your significant […]

Forget the Diamonds…Bring on the Chocolate!

If you don’t have a hankering for chocolate, I don’t think we can be friends. I kid, of course. We can be friends—we just won’t talk about chocolate. I’d have to prove you wrong every time the topic came up, and that’s no way to treat a friend. When it comes to the health benefits […]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Flourless Cake

Chocolate cake

Ask Chef Phyllis: Valentine’s Day is special to me, but my husband is gluten intolerant. Cakes are so festive—and he loves chocolate. Any suggestions? —Loretta Spano from Port Richey, Florida How romantic to do something special for your husband! This gluten-free Chocolate Flourless Cake will make his day. Ingredients Cake 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips […]

Curried Squash and Apple Soup

I think I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again; I’m a soup person. I truly think I could be content eating soup once a day all year long, even in the heat of summer. But I can think of no better time to make a big pot of hot soup than at times […]

Plant an Extra Row to Help Hunger

What cause always gets you riled up and ready to pitch in? Most people have at least one thing they feel so strongly about that it never fails to get their attention—and their support. My cause has always been food and hunger. I believe every living being deserves to have this basic need met on […]

East Coast Chili con Carne and Easy Scallion Corn Bread

Ask Chef Phyllis: I don’t like the kind of chili that restaurants make out West, with pinto beans. I’m looking for a recipe with red kidney beans that my mom used to make on the stovetop. Can you help? —Mike Corbin, Sante Fe, NM Oh, yes, I remember a huge pot of chili con carne […]

Mongolian Stir-Fried Lamb with Cumin

I’m always on the lookout for new, unusual flavors and unique combinations of ingredients that harmonize well with each other. When I came across the concept of a spicy, Sichuan-style stir-fry, combining classic Chinese staples, like soy sauce and chiles, with cumin, a spice most associated with Middle Eastern and Mexican cooking, I was thoroughly […]

Avocado: The Green Machine

The avocado is a delicious little mystery. It has a pit, so it’s technically a fruit, and yet it’s almost always used as a savory element in recipes. In fact, I have yet to open up one of my cookbooks and find the avocado listed as the star ingredient in any of the desserts. All […]

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Dill

Everything’s better with bacon, right? Well, most vegetarians may disagree, but to me it’s completely understandable why this stuff is called The Gateway Meat. I actually personally know some folks who proclaim they “don’t really eat meat, except the occasional fish…oh, and bacon.” I’m of the impression that if it’s not made better with bacon, […]

Tools to Shop By

Have you ever found yourself in the grocery store thinking something along the lines of, “Ugh, what types of oil did that article I just read say to avoid?” Okay, maybe it wasn’t what kind of oil to buy or not to buy, but surely you’ve experienced something similar. You read a great article from […]

Crispy Salmon Cakes with Quick Homemade Tartar Sauce

The month of January prompts many of us to increase our focus on self-improvement. I personally make every attempt to avoid use of the term “resolution. It somehow seems to turn this time of inner reflection into more of a cliché than it should be. However, the beginning of a new year is a fitting—some […]

Water: The Simplest Drink There Is…or Is It?

Have you ever given any thought to the water you drink? If you’re like me, you probably didn’t think much about it for the first half of your life. It was always there, and you assumed all was well as you drank the recommended amount. But we might be wrong in our assumption that water […]

Boeuf Bourguignon

As much as I enjoy all the happiness and cheer of the holiday season, I, like many, am often quite exhausted after the hubbub is over. I have come to accept the fact that my chosen career path is one that requires working additional long and strenuous hours during most of the exciting occasions throughout […]