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How to Savor Summer

We get 13 weeks of “summer” in New England. And you better believe I’m enjoying every ounce of this unleashed, soul warming, daylight filled summer-and I hope you do too. Yes, I know that June 21st is officially the first day of summer. And that the season ends on Sep. 21, the fall equinox. However, I’ve always lumped up the care free splendidness of summer into the months June-August. Let’s face it-as soon as Labor Day is over the ease and flow that summer brings with it gets washed away with the back to school craziness. Planning out a care free summer may sound like a paradox, but the planning is half the fun! In fact, a 2010 study from The Journal of Applied Research and Quality of Life, shows that the anticipation drummed up from planning a vacation increases one’s happiness factor. So how does one plan for an amazing summer? Carve out some time, break out your calendar and reach out to the people you most want to include in your summer fun …

Empanadas-The Flavors of Family

On New Year’s Eve I taught Grace how to make the empanadas my Puerto Rican abuela used to make for me.  This is a special treat that takes a lot of time, love, and patience.  Grace likes to help me in the kitchen, so I thought the time had arrived for her to learn one of my favorite family recipes. Dishes that remind us of our loved ones are like a thread that ties the generations together.  The aromas and flavors of family dishes evoke childhood memories filled with the same love and “sabor” that they were made with.  I have many memories of my abuela in the kitchen preparing a buffet of Spanish food:arroz con gondules (Puerto Rican rice with pigeon peas), sorullos (deep fried corn sticks), platanos maduros (sweet plantains). She made everything with love and would sit back and smile when she would see everyone savoring her food. I remember her hands always smelled of Spanish herbs and garlic when she hugged me or rubbed my head, and there was such a …

What I’m Loving Now

The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren  Feel like spooning your smoothie?  Get an acai bowl!  You can mix in all kinds of healthy ingredients, but the acai is what gives the bowl it’s signature name.  What the heck is acai?  It’s a South American berry that’s loaded with nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats. Recently, I tried The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren, RI-basically I had dessert for breakfast!  Usually I opt for one of their protein smoothies, but I was in the mood to mix things up.  The bowl was bursting with flavor: bananas, coconut, nutty granola, almond butter, and honey.  In the future, I would go lighter on the coconut and honey, to reduce the amount of sugar.  I like the variety that acai bowls bring to the table and the berry itself tastes like a mix between a grape and a blueberry.  Want a DIY version?  They sell frozen acai berries at Whole Foods.  And you can find pureed berry packets at Trader Joes. Pacemaker As we …