Category: Reviews

Extreme Eating Makeover: Are You What You Eat?

What has more calories? A plate of fresh chicken and broccoli pasta or a colossal burger? No, it’s not a trick question. Ruby Tuesday’s colossal burger has a whopping 1,940 calories but Ruby Tuesday’s pasta dish has 2,060 calories.  Thanks to its parmesan cream sauce and layer of melted cheese, and 128 grams of fat, it’s equivalent […]

Going Bananas (as part of a healthy diet)

Bananas should be part of a healthy diet. Comparatively speaking, bananas are inexpensive and provide many of the daily nutrients that your body needs. Here are 10 reasons why everybody should eat a banana a day to keep the doctor away: 1. A banana is filling and helps to satisfy hunger pains. 2. Bananas are […]

Turkey Leftovers and Memories

One of the great things about cooking a turkey is the leftovers. I remember Thanksgivings past when when my mother and when my grandmother was living — we would spend hours in the kitchen peeling, chopping, stuffing, and doing all the dishes. This was either before the dishwasher or my family was not affluent enough […]

The Blender Bender – A Must Have Kitchen Appliance

If I were to name three must-have kitchen appliances, the blender would be one of them. There are some cool blenders out on the market that are color coordinated like Waring blenders. This green one reminds me of milkshake machines from yesteryear. Any blender will do just make sure your blender crushes ice. Blenders take a few simple ingredients […]

KitchenAid Coffee Grinder Earns Coveted Space on My Countertop

Deciding to buy a new KitchenAid coffee grinder was one of the easiest decisions my husband and I ever made together.  This is quite remarkable given that in our marriage we work as a team with equal voting power, and as with all “committees”, this can sometimes slow down the process to the point of […]

My First Cup Of Coffee

Believe it or not, I didn’t have my first cup of coffee until I was in my mid-40’s. Both my parents were coffee drinkers; Dad took cream and Mom liked it black.  So, I was raised with it in the house.  Still, I never drank it.  It always tasted bitter. Mother always bought Maxwell House […]

Thanksgiving: Let’s Talk Turkey

It’s that time of year again when the bird is the word. I remember my first year away from home, I decided to make a turkey for Thanksgiving. At that time I found it extremely gross to stick my hand inside the bird and pull out the packaged gizzards. It just felt like some weird invasion […]

Wine Flights

One of the best ways to taste more wine when you’re out to dinner or cocktails is to order a wine flight instead of individual glasses of wine.  With a wine flight (no need to fasten your seat belt just yet) three to five different samples of a specific varietal allows for comparison.  Samples are usually served […]

Food Humor: Dieting Circa 1974

Okay. Some of you reading this weren’t even born in 1974 but some of you were. If you’re like me you’ve been on every diet known to woman. I’ve been on the Weight Watchers diet and have received a key, Atkin’s (no carbs), the grapefruit diet, the ice cream diet, the Beverly Hills diet, Nutri-Systems, Jenny Craig, the […]

World Foods: Dim Sum – Better than a PuPu Platter

I lived, what I call my informative years in the dining melting pot of Los Angeles, with so many ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods that L.A. seemed to lose its own identity in this world market. Cruise down Olympic Blvd near Western Avenue and all the signage is in Korean and Korean BBQ rules. Head north […]