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Martini vs. Vodkatini vs. Vesper

Martini vs. Vodkatini vs. Vesper

A real Martini is made with gin. Despite what James Bond says in the movies, if you use vodka, you get a Vodkatini. In the James Bond books by Ian Fleming, the character actually drinks a Vesper. They pay homage to the Vesper in the James Bond flick, Casino Royale,...

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St. Joseph’s Day Pie Recipe

St. Joseph’s Day Pie Recipe

I'm half Irish and half Italian. In March there are two big holidays, St. Patrick's Day on March 17 for my Irish side, and St. Joseph's Day on March 19 for my Italian side. St. Joseph's Day in my house means St. Joseph's Day Pie. While everyone celebrates St....

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French Green Lentil Soup

French Green Lentil Soup

I found this lentil soup recipe on a package of Bob’s Red Mill Green Lentils. I varied the recipe slightly. Lentils are often seasoned with cumin, coriander and black pepper, but this recipe calls for thyme and bay, which gives the lentil soup a more delicate...

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Arugula and White Bean Salad

Arugula and White Bean Salad

This tasty Arugula and White Bean Salad brings with it a taste of spring. Arugula has a fresh peppery flavor that balances with the mildness of the beans. Arugula is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, while the beans provide folate and dietary fiber. A...

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Green Bean Potato Salad

Green Bean Potato Salad

This recipe for Green Bean Potato Salad was part of my first video for Vlogust 2017. You can access the video here. I served it with salmon baked in a packet. It's part of my Mediterranean lifestyle immersion I'm concentrating on for the entire month of August. I hope...

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Eat 10 Servings of Vegetables and Fruits per Day

Eat 10 Servings of Vegetables and Fruits per Day

Researchers at the Imperial College of London are recommending that people eat at least 10 servings of vegetables per day. Doing so is believed to lower your chances of heart disease, stroke, cancer and premature death. Serving sizes are actually small — about 3-4...

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10 Reasons To Get Rid of Your Microwave

10 Reasons To Get Rid of Your Microwave

I don't own a microwave oven anymore. In the modern world that may seem crazy. But I'm going to present you with 10 reasons to get rid of your microwave. And I've prepared a free downloadable list of ways to survive without your microwave oven. How did I end up...

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9 Dieting Mistakes That Make You Fat

9 Dieting Mistakes That Make You Fat

  I'm not a proponent of diets. In the United States there are a lot of foods available that are marketed as diet foods or healthy alternatives. When in reality they are the exact wrong things you should be eating if you want to live a healthier lifestyle. I've...

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Eating For Beauty

Eating For Beauty

We are what we eat. How many times have you heard that phrase? It's one of those axioms we know to be true but somehow don't always follow. Eating for beauty is easy. These 9 foods will help cleanse and detox your body, making you look and feel more beautiful. They...

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