Cauliflower Purée

December 3, 2012
Cauliflower Purée

Are their certain movies you could watch over and over? Some guilty pleasure you have to pause on every time it’s on cable? While I tend to like movies and shows I have not seen before, Doug has several movies that he has watched thousands of times. If Knocked Up, I Love You Man or The Preacher’s Wife is on he just can’t look away. Maybe it’s a male female thing? Maybe I just bore easily?

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Vegetable Ceviche

November 29, 2012
Vegetable Ceviche

I have many habits that most people would consider odd. I call them quirky. I won’t wear my heaviest winter coat until at least January. My thinking is if I break out “the big guns” in November I will be too used to the extra warmth come January when it is REALLY cold. If I start a book or TV series I always stick with it, even if it is really cheesy or just bad because I feel guilty abandoning fictional characters.  I only drink white wine never red (rose in the summer) no matter what I am eating or what time of year. I can eat ceviche, which most people consider a summer food anytime of year. While I prefer my ceviche served with margaritas on the beaches of Mexico I am happy to get my fix in freezing cold New York City as well!

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

November 27, 2012
Frozen Hot Chocolate

Something about the holiday season makes me feel a little bit like a kid again. All of a sudden I want to go ice-skating, wrap presents, decorate a tree, light a menorah and drink hot chocolate. Frozen Hot Chocolate that is. Growing up my most favorite treat on the planet was the Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity. This incredibly decadent treat is/was served in a giant glass and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. One of them is enough to give four kids a major sugar high. I have not touched the stuff in at least twenty years but I can still recall the experience vividly.

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Gratitude

November 22, 2012
Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! Doug and I started of our day with a 90 minute Turkey Burn with our beloved Laurie Cole at SoulCycle. We may not eat turkey, but this special ride is something we look forward to all year. At the end of class Laurie asked us to think of one thing we are grateful for. I was immediatly flooded with overwhelming emotion.

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Truffle Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Happy almost Thanksgiving! We are celebrating with Doug’s family at a restaurant this year instead of cooking at home. While this may seem like an a-typical choice I am very much looking forward to it. It means we get to dress up, be served delicious food…and no body has to do dishes! Since I do not have the opportunity to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal this year I have been making some of my favorite dishes for dinner this week to get my fix! Lot’s of pumpkin pie, roasted sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts!

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie

November 20, 2012
Crustless Pumpkin Pie

I have loved pumpkin pie ever since I was a little girl. The rest of a traditional Thanksgiving meal never really appealed to me. Even in my omnivore days I was not a fan of turkey. I never understood exactly what gravy was. I didn’t like the taste or texture of stuffing. But pumpkin pie? Yes please! I would often have two pieces at Thanksgiving dinner, and if I was lucky my mom would let me have a piece for breakfast. Hey, I never said my childhood was the healthiest! Read more

Brick Church Holiday Fair Wellness Day

I fully believe that the holiday season can be a time for health and wellness as well as indulgence. There is no reason that come January 1st you should feel like a bloated, exhausted version of yourself!

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Roasted Sunchokes

November 15, 2012
Roasted Sunchokes

Is it just me or does the holiday season come faster and faster each year? I always thought that the holidays started with Thanksgiving, but recently as soon as Halloween is over I see gift guides and holiday menu ideas everywhere I turn! Every morning my inbox is full of websites promising me they have the perfect gift for everyone on my list.

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In The Spotlight- Cari Smulyan of Bubby’s Vintage

Some people just have great style. Every time you see them they look perfectly put together and perfectly effortless at the same time. Cari Smulyan is one of those people. Cari has an amazing eye for style and design. Looking for the perfect every day dress? Just ask Cari. She will email you ten options that are not only perfect, but perfect for you. On top of being a great stylist Cari also has an incredible vintage jewelry line, Bubby’s Vintage. Whenever she is in NYC I selfishly host a trunk show for her so I can snap up some new goodies for myself.

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Spiced Chocolate Pudding

November 9, 2012
Spiced Chocolate Pudding

Happy Friday! I am incredibly excited for the weekend. Last weekend was so packed with moving back home after the hurricane that I could really use a few days to relax and unwind. Tonight Doug and I have a movie date planed; we are both very excited to see Flight! Tomorrow we were supposed to be running in a 5K for the American Brain Tumor Association  with Doug’s family and some friends but sadly it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Instead, we will be having a family brunch so that we can all see each other 5K or not! Tomorrow evening we are celebrating a dear friends birthday over dinner. Finally, Sunday will be spent making 150 batches of my Clean, Pure and Simple Pumpkin Spice Granola to sell at the Brick Church Holiday Fair next week. Ok, so maybe this weekend won’t be so mellow after all! Amidst all the plans I know I will find some time to lay around and relax.

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