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Kitchen resolutions: Recycle, Repurpose, Renew

How about making some New Year’s resolutions that feel good and do good?

Like many of you, the kitchen is the center of my home.  So, I thought this would be the perfect place to focus some of my resolutions.

Let’s get a fresh start here, focusing on recycling, repurposing and renewing. The beauty is that it is fairly quick to do; you will be doing a good deed; and your meals will thank you afterwards.


I’m not talking about your glass and plastic, here. It’s your pantry that I’m interested in – those items that are months (years?) beyond their expiration dates, and need to go to that great compost pile in the sky. Read the rest of this entry


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Recipe: “Magical Fish”

Magical Fish recipe at HLM cropped

When talking about “healthy eating”, fish comes up in the conversation almost every time.  Why?

Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, or the “good” fats. Since the human body can’t make significant amounts of these essential nutrients, fish are an important part of the diet. Also, fish are low in the “bad” fats commonly found in red meat, called omega-6 fatty acids. — source:  EDF Seafood Selector

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Event: Signature Chef Auction for the March of Dimes

1376697_684360544921923_1871279596_nEvery October for the last 4 years, I’ve been part of something delicious, fun and worthy:  the March of Dimes’ “Signature Chef Auction“.

This event is a huge fundraiser for this organization whose mission is  “to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality”. Money is raised by ticket sales, sponsorships, a huge silent auction, a live auction featuring lavish meal and vacation packages, and an old-fashioned raffle.

The draw, undoubtedly, is the food. Read the rest of this entry

Rural Intelligence, meet Your Spice of Life!

I had the honor of being interviewed in Rural Intelligence, by free-lance writer Nichole Dupont.   RI covers food, art, style, travel, community and most other things that we cherish in life, so it was fitting to include this piece on my organic spice adventures!

The writer colorfully describes me as

“…the founder/owner/operator and basic all-knowing-Oz woman behind Your Spice of Life, her Hillsdale-based organic spice company which offers vibrant gem-colored, high quality spices and spice mixes to pique the palette.”

Laura at Hillsdale Day 2011

Laura at Hillsdale Day, October 2011

The various product photos in the article were snapped by Nichole at two of my local stores, The Hillsdale General Store and The Village Scoop. Big thanks to them for allowing me to use their beautiful settings for the shoot!

It has been exciting for me to get calls from all around the area, from both friends and total strangers who saw the piece. Best of all, a gourmet shop in Great Barrington was so intrigued that they called to invite me to put product on their shelves! I have been eying this shop for some time, so I was tickled to get that call.

Rural Intelligence: The Online Magazine for Eastern New York, Western Connecticut and the Southern Berkshires

You can sign up for the Weekly newsletter form Rural Intelligence by visiting the link on their home page.


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