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Spring Cleaning for Your Body

By Nanci Theoret – Think of your body as that cluttered closet: Full of stuff you don’t need and due for a good spring cleaning. Cleansing diets, particularly juice and liquid plans, continue to grow in popularity with their claims to detox the body, remove toxins and improve complexion and skin health. But not all liquid diets are alike nor should any be followed longer than a few days without medical supervision....

Culinary Cures for the Wintertime Blues

By Chef Judi Gallagher – In most parts of the country the air is biting cold and the winter blues are threatening to get the best of us. Time for some kitchen therapy. I always think of February and March as a time to take out cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens. Simmer stews and soups while the oven is warming loaves of cranberry walnut bread and baked apples. Filling your home with the warm and comforting aromas of...

Gourmet Highway: Release The Gypsy in Your Soul

By Doc Lawrence – Love should never become dormant. Old love is mature love, but sometimes creeping benign neglect takes a toll. The good news that rekindling the coals isn’t rocket science. Dining adventures during this special month when we honor love as an essential institution is tailor-made for rejuvenation through celebration. It’s a journey filled with roses, Gypsy music, Flamenco dancing, white linen...

LED for the Garden Makes a Beautiful Nightscape

By Steven V. Philips – As I may have mentioned over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time creating a landscape at my house that some of my neighbors falsely claim is an attempt to make yards in the area look like pastures. Though I am often referred to as a pain in the mulch, they don’t understand that I retired from a job in a business suit to play in the dirt. I’ve become pretty good at it. But,  as...

Flavors Inspire Harmony at a Quarrelsome Table

By Marsha Fottler – In preparation for an upcoming trip to Israel that will focus on ways that social harmony might be achieved through a celebration of the many wonderful elements that make up the food culture of the region, I’ve been reading the illuminating and optimistic cookbook Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. Both cooks grew up in Jerusalem in the 1970s and 80s, but didn’t meet until they were...

Luxury Features for Your Kitchen

By Marsha Fottler – When today’s homeowners build new or commit to a grand renovation of a dated kitchen, they are increasingly seeking high-end luxury features to create a personal statement that merges form and function but definitely emphasizes dramatic stylistic statements. This is especially true in the open-concept kitchen that flows into other rooms of the home. This kind of kitchen looks more “furnished” than...
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