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She Might Be (Healthy) Soul Food’s Biggest Champion

Posted on 06/18/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeIf you’re celebrating National Soul Food Month and Juneteenth this month, you’re probably well acquainted with crispy fried chicken, ham hock–laden collard greens, smothered pork chops and gooey macaroni and cheese. But what about wheat sautéed tilapia salad, grilled salmon cake panini, black-eyed pea dip and roasted green beans? In the eyes of restaurateur Vonda McPherson, that’s soul food, too. The chef and owner of Vonda’s Kitchen in Newark, N.J., is on a mission to make fresh and organic a …

What’s Mom Worth? Between $62,985 and $118,905

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkIt’s difficult to put a price tag on moms (or so we’d like to think). Nevertheless, as Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, two websites calculated a mom’s worth based on her various jobs around the house. Think top chef, chief accountant, chauffeur and teacher. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data that correlates with those jobs outside the home, Insure.com said moms are worth $62,985 in 2014. That’s higher than their value last year, which was $59,862. >> Sign up for …

Slow Cooking: Maidu Indian Style

Posted on 08/9/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFast food is frequently blamed for the rise in obesity across the nation. Although a causal relationship between fast food and surplus pounds in adults has yet to be established, one study clearly linked the rise of childhood obesity with the rise in children’s fast-food consumption. According to the study of 6,212 children, one out of every three children eats fast food on a daily basis, and the trend “likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year.” …

Making Calories Count: Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore—Mouth-Watering, Healthy Chicken Dish

Posted on 08/2/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthMy neighbor Richard Scammell is a wonderful cook. Cooking is Richard’s hobby, but when it comes to food preparation, Richard is a highly skilled and well-educated professional. (He’s even traveled to Europe to take cooking classes.) Richard and I share a love of creative, healthful cooking. When I asked him for ideas that I could share with readers, he sent this simple recipe for Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Cacciatore): Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Hunter Style, from Umbria, Italy) Serves 6 …

Shopping for the Cheapskate Chef

Posted on 12/19/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsEverybody in my family knows that I love to cook (cheapskate-style, of course).  So for holiday gifts, people often give me kitchen utensils or small cooking appliances.  Now, I love my family dearly and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind their gifts, but I like to keep things simple in my kitchen. I’m not big fan of novelty kitchen gadgets that just take up space. Do I really need a special tool to remove olive pits, AND another one to remove cherry pits? But …

Sweets Minus Guilt = Better-For-You Holiday Cookie Recipes

Posted on 11/30/2011 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. I’m committed to my healthy lifestyle, but the idea of a holiday without cookies makes me really sad. That’s why I was so excited to find not just one, but several collections of better-for-you holiday cookies. They all include healthy swaps to help cut the fat, calories and guilt that often go hand-in-hand with holiday sweets. A word of caution, however – even though these cookies …