Category Archives: food for thought

Musings on food, health and wellness.

dig in … for a change

So it’s been 19 days since my last post, ‘what gives‘ you might ask? Well since this is a blog about my exploration of health and wellness, and it includes the good, the bad and the ugly, I will tell you what’s been going on.

Over the last two months I’ve been experiencing some changes to my nest, and I don’t know about you, but change sends me into a place where I should pay MORE attention to my overall health and wellness. Change in one area of my life usually has a ripple effect on the other areas – exercise, my food choices, sleep patterns and the list goes on. Well these last couple of months I haven’t been exercising, I definitely have been eating way too much fat and sugar (and boy have I seen the ugly side of sugar) and my sleep has been effected. Change if I’m not careful (and I haven’t been) digs into the things I love like cooking, writing and living life to its fullest.

I have been shooting pictures and documenting the organic garden (a new blog on the garden will be out in a couple days) as well as documenting the food I have managed to cook lately. It’s important to focus on the positives – what I have been doing vs. the negatives – what I haven’t been doing.

So I leave you with these beautiful images to enjoy, and these few thoughts:

  • There’s never a better time than today to make a change.
  • Change happens one step at a time.
  • So what if you’ve fallen off the bike, pick yourself up (check for broken bones) then get right back on there because today is a new day!

The Spanish Steps in April, Rome Italy 2010





blood orange, filbert, and beet salad

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2 large beets 2 blood oranges 3 cups spring salad mix 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1/2 cup hazelnut oil 1/2 cup olive oil with organic blood orange 1/2 cup hazelnuts (filberts), roasted and chopped Pecorino cheese, grated salt and … Continue reading

blogging, bread and David Lebovitz

blogging, bread and David Lebovitz

Even when I’m not adding new posts to the blog, I am still creating … I’m trying out recipes, and photographing them for later inclusion. Drafting new blog entries, and practicing creative writing exercises.  Honing my cooking and photography skills by volunteering at Central Market’s Cooking School, taking photography classes and getting one on one help from chefs, photographers, and writers.

Here are some images of my most recent work.

whole wheat walnut bread

First Rise

Delicious. We ate a whole loaf with our friends Robin and Brad on a cold winter night along with some delicious,  rib-sticking shepherd’s pie that Robin made.

I assisted during David Lebovitz’s class at Central Market this past Friday. David made some delicious desserts including Spiced Chocolate Cake and Caramelized White Chocolate. After class we had extra caramelized white chocolate and cake batter, which I brought home and put to good use this morning for a birthday party.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the two Lebovitz books I purchased after class: Ready for Dessert and The Sweet Life in Paris. These will keep me busy for a while! Thank you David.

Central Market Cooking School, January 15, 2011 by Karen

buying local

farmer's market

Catherine in Campo Fiori, Rome by P. Pettit

Farmer’s markets are popping up in communities across the U.S., and it’s a good thing for us all. If you can support local farmer’s by all means please do. But if you like me work a long 40+ hour a week, and have a multitude of commitments that keep you from making shopping at your local farmer’s market a weekly habit, don’t despair. There are ways you can still support local food growers even when you can’t shop with them each week.

Shop with grocers who sell local food products. Familiarize yourself with the organizations that support farmer’s markets – like the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) in Austin, Texas – and keep up them on the web so you’ll know when new markets or programs are added that may work for you. Find out if there are weekly local food boxes – a food membership – that can be delivered to you or your place of work (SFC’s program is called Farm to Work). These are an excellent way to support local farmers, eat local, and explore a wide variety of fresh in season food.

farm fresh eggs