Celebrating Shavuot … and More

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Shavuot is a two-day holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah. Dairy foods are often eaten because when receiving the Torah, the Jewish people could not cook meat in pots that had not yet been kashered. Honey and fresh fruits are served because learning the Torah is equated with much sweetness. It is said… Read More

Start Your Summer with Yummy, Healthy Foods

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Memorial Day weekend truly announces the beginning of everything summer. Juicy redberries and blueberries march out in time for our patriotic red, white and blue summer holidays. Of all the berries looking for attention, those blackberries call out to me the most.  They are simple, dark and juicy, and you can eat them, cook or… Read More

The Real Heart of the Pesach Seder

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The story of Passover is at the heart of every Seder meal.  It overflows with the rituals and tradition that make this holiday so different from any other. Passover reminds me of my late mother who stood in line to buy whitefish, pike and rockfish — the only mixture she would use — as she… Read More

It’s That Time Again! Let’s talk turkey and Shabbat

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It’s time to talk turkey. Turkey on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day is the quintessential All-American meal, dating back to the Pilgrims. For those used to poultry on Shabbat, Thanksgiving Thursday sometimes poses a dilemma: Eat turkey on Thursday or wait till Shabbat? When For instance, you can have roast turkey on Thursday and “Jewish up” the… Read More

Green and Healthy How to tweak your spring salads

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The new food movement/trend is eating well and healthy to look and feel better. And what better time than spring to jump-start lighter, delicious eating. From blueberries and strawberries to asparagus and spinach, good choices can improve moods for all ages. Local fresh foods really are healthier. You will enjoy higher nutrient levels because they… Read More

Midlife Health Clinics allow for whole health approach to women’s care

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Younger women typically rely on their gynecologist as their only physician, says Dr. Katharine Taber, director of the Women’s Wellness Center at Northwest Hospital, “but at midlife that really changes.” A single doctor can’t realistically provide all of the specialized services needed for midlife health, she explains, but women’s clinics have a network of expertise… Read More