That gentle, spring, powdery scent of fresh violets.  It’s an old-fashioned smell.  It reminds me of powdery old-lady kisses and victorian valentines and heavily-curtained, doily-covered sitting rooms. But violets also remind me of spring.  That first burst of gentle spring, where you can’t quite believe that these delicate flowers are actually pushing up through the so-recently-frozen

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Do you ever have those days when thoughts are swirling in your head?  You feel a bit spacey and scattered – too much to do, not enough time.   In that state of mind, I’m never very productive.  Instead of focusing on work, I seem to just get stressed and add more items to my

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Local. Seasonal. Organic. Those are the buzzwords of the day for foodie culture. And if you can reduce your food miles to just a few feet by growing food in your backyard, you’ll be the envy of many a food lover! While I would love a big garden for planting and pottering in the summer, my

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A bright red cabbage arrived in our veg box the other week.  I’m not a huge cabbage fan unless it’s fermented (or if you use it to color Easter eggs!)  I was feeling light and springy.  I wanted something colorful.  And purple is my favorite color.  So I thought, why not make a bright purple

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“I can’t slow down.  If I slow down, I’ll get tired.” says Anna, our adopted Italian nonna (Grandma) for the day. At 77, she has been making pasta several times per week for most of her life.  In the beginning, she’s not sure what to make of us … English speaking ladies with cameras, who aren’t so

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Ahh kale, everyone’s favorite green, nutrient-dense veggie. When I trained as a health coach back in 2011, we all got a little obsessed with kale.  Regular kale.  Curly kale.  And my very favorite, Cavolo Nero. I started eating kale a lot – almost daily! Including raw in my morning breakfast green smoothie. Then I had

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I’d never heard of Elderflowers until I moved to England.  (Then again,  I didn’t pay much attention to plants in general until a few years ago.) But elderflowers, along with strawberries & cream, Pimms and picnics are an essential of the Great British Summer. Once you know what they look like, Elderflowers are really easy

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It is rare that I get up on my soapbox and start ranting.  But this makes me so angry and frustrated.  In the USA, at least, food manufacturers are hiding trans fats within food products – and still labelling them as zero grams trans fats!  This is completely unacceptable, even if they can claim that it’s

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Coffee falls into the stomach … ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop … the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similies arise, the paper is covered with ink … -Honoré de Balzac Coffee is my bad boyfriend.  We have an on-again, off-again love affair.  I crave it, I love the

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Want a quick, easy and nourishing soup for Spring?  Want to eat more greens?  Want to do both of these things while saving money on your grocery bill?  Have I got the soup for you! This recipe was a last minute light supper for us over the weekend.  I was out picking more clivers for

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