Category Archives: Holiday

Quick Face Fix

According to some estheticians and dermatologists, the easiest way to achieve glowing skin that has lasting effects is with food. Eating foods that are low insulin and inflammatory triggers will help de- puff your eyes, help ease dark circles and red eyes, perk up tired, dull looking skin and overall give your skin a refreshed and naturally moister completion.

Dr. Perricone, Yale University School of Medicine, recommends a three-day diet of fish, preferably salmon, for its high omega content that will fuel your skin and plump it up ─ the quick fix to get ready for a special event.

What to try a three-day experiment? Eat only the foods below and let us know if you see the difference.

• Mixed fruits such as cantaloupe, honeydew, apples, oranges, pears and berries


• Eggs ─ poached or omelet’s


• Lots of leafy salad greens, red peppers, broccoli, broccolini, broccoli rabe, kale, spinach, etc. A healthy portion of vegetable should accompany most meals.


• Avoid starchy foods like potatoes and cauliflower.


• Fish anytime is a good food choice. I frequently will eat fresh fish for breakfast ─ no sides, just a piece of fish. Pure Protein is a satisfying way to start the day. It keeps my energy up and hunger at bay for hours.


• White meat chicken

• No alcohol, pasta, rice, red meat, bread, sugary sweet foods and desserts, no salt or very little salt, no canned or prepared foods, no junk food, no soda or fruit juices, no cheeses and keep all dairy to a minimum.


Keep in mind incorporating this way of eating with modification into your daily lifestyle will not only improve your skin, but it will also put your body on a path for healing and good health.

Maybe even put you on track to lose those pounds you’ve wanted to get rid of!

Let us know how you do in the comments below.

Till next time- Sabina.

Healthy Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes

I love this meal! Hardy, warm, gluten free and the best left-overs! I’m having family and friend over to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and dig into some Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes. I’d would also like to serve some good old fashion Irish Soda Bread but still haven’t found a good source for a gluten free version, and when I do I’ll let you know!
The recipe and introductory text below are from Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen.

corned beefAlthough this dish is eaten less frequently nowadays in Ireland, for Irish expatriates it conjures up powerful nostalgic images of a rural Irish past. Originally it was a traditional Easter Sunday dinner. The beef, killed before the winter, would have been salted and could now be eaten after the long Lenten fast, with fresh green cabbage and floury potatoes. Our local butcher corns beef in the slow, old-fashioned way which, alas, is nowadays more the exception than the norm.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4-6)
4 lb corned brisket of beef
3 large carrots, cut into large chunks
6 to 8 small onions
1 teaspoon dry English mustard
large sprig fresh thyme and some parsley stalks, tied together
1 cabbage
salt and freshly ground pepper


Put the brisket into a saucepan with the carrots, onions, mustard and the herbs. Cover with cold water, and bring gently to a boil. Simmer, covered, for 2 hours. Discard the outer leaves of the cabbage, cut into quarters and add to the pot. Cook for a further 1 to 2 hours or until the meat and vegetables are soft and tender.

Serve the corned beef in slices, surrounded by the vegetables and cooking liquid. Serve with lots of floury potatoes and freshly made mustard.

Bon appetite!


The Boy Scout Motto

Be Prepared.

The Holidays are here again and honestly, this year was like a blur. It was busy, very full with exciting, nail-biting, educational, eye opening stuff. I laughed and shed some tears, but all in all I must say a blessed year. That’s life and something I’ve learned, no matter what life throws at me, it goes on.

Do you ever stop and wonder how being busy has become the norm?  Feel a bit guilty if not involved in a project? Modern technology has us wired into being continuously productive and we have become slaves to cell phones, computers, tablets, texting, email, junk mail and walking around with headphones in our ears in our ears; heaven forbid we miss something.

I have to admit I love the holidays, I come from a big Italian family and our traditions, inherent family values, and love for each other keep bringing us together. The annual marathon also keeps getting more challenging; Making time to write cards, decorate, shop, bake, see family and friends, cook and get the house ready for guests. All setting the stage to bring everyone together for this day that happens but once a year. And when we think we have it all taken care of, we second guess ourselves and feel like we’re forgetting something or someone!

This is also the time of year that I hear from exhausted women, not necessarily complaining, but just trying to make it through a season meant to be filled with joy and fun – by the way that goes for everyone!

Our female hormones never forget us, keeping in touch with us, giving us status reports on how we are doing, every day. If you’re already  dealing with symptoms of menopause, this time of year can easily have you feeling hormonally turned inside out and upside down. Increased stress, changes in diet, over eating, eating things that you normally don’t eat, lack of sleep, change in routine and too much Champagne! No wonder so many feel overwhelmed by the pressure of the holidays; physically, emotionally, energy levels near depletion, hot flashes and impatience penetrating your otherwise cheerful self. Listen to the voice in your heart and head that says the holidays are a gift in themselves to be enjoyed, not a chore and a race to the finish line.

Endurance Strategies

Give up perfectionism

Ask for help

Powers whine

Keep repeating: Joy is not in things, it is within us.

Make a list of all the things you will and won’t do next year

Take care of yourself; it’s not selfish, it’s the most important thing to the people who love you.

Stay well and enjoy the holidays!



My Favorite Things

Ho! Ho! Ho!

This year, I wanted to share with you some of my gifts ideas. If you have run out of creative ideas check these out…

The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

Winner of the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Book

This is not a cookbook- it’s learning how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. This is a guide to creating deliciousness in any dish. Readers learn to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients to excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal. I only have two books in my kitchen and this one is by far my favorite. Buy The Flavor Bible

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

This book was first published in 1982, truly a classic and one of my favorite books, a magical saga of the women behind King Arthur’s throne from the perspective of the women. A great read for anyone, man, woman or teenager who likes to read! Buy The Mists of Avalon

Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Know someone whose gluten free? DO you want to get them something special and yummy? Erin has Gluten Free down to a science, I know because I’ve been gluten free for so long that I’ve forgotten what real pizza taste like! Her shops are in NY, LA and Orlando and ship throughout the US.

Everything she makes is refined, sugar-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan and kosher.

Willow Curve

If someone you love suffers from chronic joint pain and inflammation, the Willow Curve is an innovative, portable digital pain-relieving device designed to help temporarily reduce minor joint pain. The Willow Curve has been used successfully to treat a number of conditions in thousands of hospitals and clinics nationwide, as well by the Navy SEALS and in professional sports training facilities.

Kee’s Chocolates

Sometimes I torture my NY heart and soul and think about all the endless scrumptious things NY has to offer tucked away in its streets! I didn’t think about that when I decided to move to FL!

If you happen to be in NY and have never been to Kee’s Chocolates, it is a mist! Their truffles, chocolates, and macaroons are to die for! What can I say that hasn’t been said already in Gourmet, New York Times and Zagat’s to mention a few.  Kee’s is one of New York City’s BEST chocolatier’s.  They do ship, weather dependent. Buy Kee’s Chocolates


Zona Plus

Anyone can suffer from high blood pressure at any age. Medication is not always the answer, and they come with side effects that may be unpleasant such as water retention and insomnia.  The Zona Plus is a computer-controlled device designed to improve cardiovascular health which fits easily into the palm of your hand. It is easy to use and safe, with no known negative side effects. Young or old, early stage or severe hypertension, medicated or not, nearly everyone could use and benefit from Zona Plus. (Please note, always consult your doctor before making changes to you blood pressure treatment.)


You’re baking, cooking, shopping, wrapping presents, sending cards, decorating and going all out for all those you love. Don’t let the symptoms of menopause take away the joy of the season. This is the gift you buy for yourself and the women in your life you cherish. No one needs to suffer through the holidays!


Dr. Alkaitis Skin Care

Love your skin, celebrate your beauty. “If you can’t eat it don’t put it on your skin”. Dr. Alkaitis uses this absolute guideline in formulating his products. These products are a meticulously formulated and highly effective skin food. I have to say I love everything from this line. My daily favorites are the cleanser, toner and face oil. A LITTLE really does go a long way. Buy Dr. Alkaitis Skin Care


Create a beautiful day! Stay well, take care.