Conscious Cook: The many charms of chocolate

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schulz With Valentine’s Day upon us, a conscious cook’s thoughts turn to that perfect expression of sublime satisfaction; chocolate. More particularly dark chocolate, a supreme ingredient not only in valentine dishes, but all year long. Love is a many splendored assortment of chocolate, … read more

Conscious Cook: Let in some sunshine

“So let the sunshine in. Face it with a grin. Smilers never lose. And frowners never win. So let the sunshine in.” — Milk & Sugar Swirling snowstorms, ice-slicked roads, tumbling temperatures and it’s only January! Right about now, many conscious cooks begin to pine for the warmth and radiance of summer sunshine. When frigid days and nights are pervasive, … read more

Conscious Cook: Slow and steady

“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, A frost-mailed warrior Striding a shadowy steed of snow.” — Edgar Fawcett The New Year is here, and with it, a desire to detox and decompress from the mega merrymaking of the holidays. Refreshing, restoring and rejuvenating the body and mind becomes of paramount importance with the beginning of a new year. … read more

Conscious Cook: The glory of a new year

“Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man his Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth.” — Martin Luther New Year’s Eve is a glorious occasion to reflect upon the past year, to cherish fond memories, acknowledge important events, and be humbled and educated by challenging moments. With the … read more

Conscious Cook: Cooking up a healthy, peaceful holiday

“Peace is the first thing the angels sang. Peace is the nurse of love. Peace is the mother of unity. Peace is the rest of blessed souls. Peace is the dwelling place of eternity.” —Leo the Great Finding peace and goodwill in your heart and towards our fellow men and women can be a challenge during the holiday season. Expectation … read more

Conscious Cook: Comfort in the kitchen

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” — John Ruskin Your kitchen is a central location for preparing a delicious life. Gathering with friends and family, especially during the holiday season, allows for the preparation of great pleasure, for mind, body and spirit. I think that perhaps there is no other place in the home, that offers a … read more

Conscious Cook: Pass the gravy and the gratitude

“Gratitude produces deep, abiding joy because we know that God is working in us, even through difficulties.” —Dr. Charles Stanley An entire day devoted to giving thanks — what a deeply delightful concept! The Thanksgiving holiday can be considered a true beacon of hope, reminding us all that no matter what darkness we face, there is always a bit of … read more

Conscious Cook: Keeping It Simple

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.” — Leo Tolstoy After all the excitement of Halloween is over, the costumes packed away and the last of the super sugary and sinfully sweet indulgences have been digested, it’s time for a bit of stomach soothing simplicity. Oatmeal is one of the most soothing and satisfying of … read more

The Conscious Cook: The goodness of the great pumpkin

“I’ve learned there are three things you don’t discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” — Linus Van Pelt Whether heaped in great, gleaming piles at farmers’ markets, or adorning front porches with their scary, spooky, smiley faces, pumpkins are synonymous with October! Pumpkins range in size from petite, creamy white specimens to gargantuan orange globes. Ever so … read more

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