the perfect new years eve dinner

The Perfect New Years Eve Dinner

When you know you’ll celebrating the new year with liberal doses of lip lickin’ libations, it is a good idea to have a fatty meal before you party. Not a bacon cheeseburger and french fries, but some quality fat such as coconut oil, ghee, butter, fish oil, or walnut oil. Fat will stick to the stomach lining…

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! May your digestion be strong, your blood sugar levels balanced, and your heart filled with joy!  One final dish marks the closing of the holiday:  Last Course Cheese and Fruit Sampler Served at the end of the meal, Italians prolong the time spent with family and friends with…

Whole Roasted Fish with Sliced Potatoes

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Whole Roasted Fish

It’s just not a Feast of the Seven Fishes without a Whole Roasted Fish, and this recipe is the Italian bomb! Move over Mario Batali, here I come! I used all your typical Italian ingredients and salted the fish generously. At first I thought I might have gone overboard with the bay leaves, but in…

Black Cod Poached Baccalà Salad

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Poached Baccalà Salad

The feast continues with delicious black cod in Poached Baccalà Salad! This is a very traditional Christmas salad for Italians celebrating the feast of the seven fishes. I only adapted it in a few areas to decrease the oil and salt. I also did not soak the cod in milk as the traditional recipe suggests, rather…

healthy snickers® replacement

The Needed Disclaimer for this Healthy Snickers® Replacement

So, I’ve been writing about the downsides of refined sugar for a long time now and if you’ve read my book you know I am something of a sugar nazi. But every once in a while (especially around the holidays), it is nice to tickle your dopamine center with something sweet. So to that end…

Butter Lettuce Salad with Smoked Trout and Herb Dressing

Feast of the Seven Fishes: Smoked Trout Salad

When I decided to celebrate Christmas Italian style I knew I needed a salad to serve after the main course. I wanted one that would be light and refreshing, yet keep with the seven fishes theme. I got the idea for this smoked trout salad after having dinner at one of the seafood restaurants in Seattle.…