New Year: Walnut Apricot Bundt Cake

To ring in the New Year, my 9-year old and I baked all-day-long.  Most of the appetizers were our usual favorites:  Mom's Baked Brie, Crescent-Wrapped Beef Franks. But, we both wanted to bake the Walnut Apricot Bundt Cake recipe we found in The New York Times.  Apparently ring-shaped foods are symbolic of good luck-- the rings symbolize the year's coming full circle, and eternity. Lucky for us, we had all of the ingredients on hand (even buttermilk) so we could immediately satisfy our baking desires.  Interestingly enough, we realized the … [Read more...]

Kitchen Gadget Makeover for the Holidays

While many people will be revamping diets, fitness routines and personal goals as part of their 2015 New Year’s Resolutions, why shouldn’t kitchens get a makeover as well? For those looking to refresh the heart of the home, check out some of these  small appliances from The Legacy Brands: Omega Juicers and Blenders and Excalibur Dehydrators; a new eco-friendly, chemical-free cleaning brand, Zabada, organic cotton table linens from Coyuchi; and finally, housewares and kitchen décor from Ten Thousand Villages that add unique flair to spaces … [Read more...]

Little Book of Thin

Ten years ago, I witnessed the power of Lauren Slayton’s nutrition acumen... My fellow work colleague had undergone a major lifestyle transformation and had lost approximately 40 pounds.  When you’re pulling 8-10 hour days with an intimate group of people, it’s inevitable that you start to function as one unit. So, as my friends’ weight came off, we too picked up some nutritional cues and celebrated her milestones along the way. Little did I know at the time, my colleague was a walking poster child for Foodtrainers, Lauren’s successful … [Read more...]