Mediterranean Diet Good for Your Heart

The benefits of following a Mediterranean Diet have been touted for quite some time based on observational studies, which showed an inverse association between following a Mediterranean Diet and risk of cardiovascular disease. Until now. This week, the results of a randomized controlled study – the cream of the crop when it comes to research – were released and showed that about 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high r… read more »

Menu Plan Monday (February 25-March 3)

It’s the last week of February, can you believe it? I am so ready for spring – slightly warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and of course some new produce to add to the repertoire. I have to admit, I’m getting a little tired of the limited winter fruit and vegetables and finding it hard to come up with new and exciting meal ideas for every day of the week. It took me longer than usual to put together this week’s menu. Some of it was inspired by what I already have in the fridge, as… read more »

Oscars in the Kitchen: Ratatouille {Recipe ReDux}

The biggest movie event of the year is just three days away – the Oscars. Just like New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday are commonly celebrated with parties that revolve around food and watching the tube, so too the Oscars have become an occasion for gathering with friends. In honor of the Oscars, this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is  Oscars in the Kitchen The challenge: create a healthy recipe inspired by your favorite food scene or featured dish from any movie. I honestly hav… read more »

Menu Plan Monday (February 11-February 17)

If you live in the Northeast, you may have spent a lot of time indoors this past weekend due to snow storm Nemo. Despite the 16+ inches of snow we got in New Rochelle, we did manage to get out for dinner Saturday night and have brunch followed by a nice walk Sunday morning. The rest of the time was spent indoors. I for one can’t wait for the spring!   Did you make good use of your time at home and cook anything interesting? Tell us about it!  I had a little trouble coming up with this week’s menu, e… read more »

Creamy Baked Acorn Squash {Recipe}

In the final issue of Everyday Food (cue the violins), I saw a delicious-looking recipe using acorn squash. In the past, when I made acorn squash I have used it as an edible “bowl” to hold a mixed rice dish. I even once filled it with turkey bolognese – that was an interesting combination, one I’m not sure I would repeat. The squash has always been a vessel of sorts, not really the star of the show. When I saw the recipe for Creamy Baked Acorn Squash, I liked the idea of highlighting… read more »