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  I’m not one for extolling the virtues of making a list of New Year’s resolutions as they have the habit of becoming this year’s disillusions. But now that the holidays are behind us and the reality of over-consumption is staring us in the mirror, many of us will at least make an effort to eat a healthier diet in 2017. In my opinion (and I’m not alone on this), the single most important change we can make to our diets that will enhance the “happy and healthy” sweet spot in our lives is to significantly reduce the amount of...

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens            Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…          Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wing. These are a few of my favorite things. --Sung by Maria in Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (Broadway:1959; Movie:1965)   The holiday season is upon us with its requisite carols, commercials and consumerism- none of which are my favorite things about this time of the year. My preferences align with the constellation of family, friends and food. Since the Living Earth is all about providing the healthiest and tastiest foods available, I’ll...

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The floodgates to the holiday season are now open and the maelstrom of corporate commercialism is strategically poised to engulf us. Combine that with the contentious, mind-numbing presidential race we’ve endured for the past year and it’s no wonder that many of us are ready to throw our arms up in despair. May I suggest that you take a look at all the turmoil in other parts of the world and hope you’ll agree that we still have so much to be thankful for. Take a deep breath, gird yourself to ward off the incessant, blathering ad campaigns and enjoy...

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Pumpkins and goblins, crisp, cool days and nights, and the kaleidoscopic foliage fandango courtesy of our native sugar maples- yes, the marvels of October in New England are something to behold! And let’s not forget the return of a special number 12 who will finally be slinging the pigskin after his four week “vacation”. As the weather cools down on the outside, an inverse response from us heats up inside the kitchen- it’s baking season again. A key component to much of the baking repertoire is vanilla extract, an ingredient where only a teaspoon or two can elevate a simple...

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There is an aura of pensive wistfulness that hovers about the month of September. It is a month steeped in change that compels us to reflect on the passing of the carefree days of summer yet look forward to the crisp, cool, energized days of autumn. It’s back to school, back to work, back to whatever and back to football (sorry Tom, you’ll have to wait until October). September has sparked the artistic Muse in the creation of a myriad of popular songs throughout the years. September Song, the classic standard from the 1938 Broadway Show Knickerbocker Holiday, was recorded...

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