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Coq Au Vin in a Crockpot
Wednesday, October 13, 2010      3 comments

With all this talk about French food, I got inspired! Coq au vin is one of those French classics. Julia Child taught America how to make it. The name inspires images of haute cuisine. Just like Spanish paella, though, coq au vin has ... Read more
Obesity in the US and UK
Tuesday, October 12, 2010      9 comments

Yesterday, I noted how much healthier a French/Spanish diet is compared to the US. Today I'm going to talk about the similarities with the country that is very similar to us with our obesity crisis: England. Culture wise, I think Canadians... Read more
Eating for Pleasure
Monday, October 11, 2010      4 comments

About 7 years ago, I did a lot of research on weight loss and good health. I was with eDiets at the time, not Spark, but they both had a common theme. In order to lose weight and be healthy, you have to get the right nutrition, portion size an... Read more
Asian/Mediteranean Inspired Week, and Weekly Count
Saturday, October 09, 2010      0 comments

On Sunday, I wrote a blog titled "The Sunday Sous Chef". I explained how I chopped up all my veggies for the week so it was easier to make meals. Here's the start picture: ... Read more
Spanish Paella in a Wok
Friday, October 08, 2010      5 comments

I just bought a new wok, and I don't know how I lived so long without one. I've heard professional cooks rave about cast iron cookware. I avoided it because I thought cast iron would be too hard to take care of. "Seasoning" the pan sounde... Read more
Korean Kalbi, Spicy Potatoes, plus Make Ahead Tips
Thursday, October 07, 2010      1 comments

This month on the Culinary Artists Spark team, our lovely hostess Thinronna asked, "Looking for ideas for cooking for 1 or 2...or 3". www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
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No One Can Make You Feel Inferior
Wednesday, October 06, 2010      5 comments

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt I've been doing a lot of quiet reflection lately about weight issues that are so common with women. In my youth, I always thought I was fat. Looking back at old... Read more
Spring Rolls, Take Two
Tuesday, October 05, 2010      5 comments

I screwed up my spring rolls that were supposed to go with my pork spare ribs for dinner last night. This blog is a correction. I just bought a new wok, so I decided to make Asian inspired dishes this week to take it for a test run. I wan... Read more
Homemade Chinese Takeout - Pork Spare Ribs
Tuesday, October 05, 2010      7 comments

In today's Spark episode of "Cathy's Kitchen" we're making more Chinese "takeout" at home. Today's recipe: Pork Spare Ribs. If you're interested, the recipe is here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/
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Healthy Stir-Fry in a Snap
Monday, October 04, 2010      4 comments

Yesterday, I wrote "The Sunday Sous Chef" where I explained how I do all my veggie/fruit prep work on the weekend when I have time. When I want to make something during the week, I just throw it in a pan and go. You can read more about it here... Read more
The Sunday Sous Chef
Sunday, October 03, 2010      9 comments

One of the most important keys to my weight loss and maintenance is making home cooked meals. I work 40-50 hours a week at a full time job, so I understand all too well the feeling of, "I'm too tired to cook. Maybe I should order a pizza". ... Read more
Essential Kitchen Tools for a Busy Life
Thursday, September 30, 2010      8 comments

One of the most common themes on the message boards is, "I'm so busy with work/school/kids, and I don't have a lot of money. I don't know how to cook well. How can I make meals at home?" Many of us still have the image of a home cooked me... Read more
Jerk Chicken in a Crockpot
Tuesday, September 28, 2010      4 comments

I just got back from a birthday vacation and I'm totally inspired by Caribbean food. This is why I love to travel. I love tasting FOOD! Since I've started to feel more confident with my cooking skills, one of my favorite hobbies is trying to ... Read more
Iron Chef Spark: Battle Eggplant Final Judging
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      4 comments

For the final results round of "Fiance bought eggplant From Costco and there's more eggplant than I know what to do with - HELP" edition of Iron Chef Spark, we have the following dishes. Dish #1: Grilled Eggplant with goat cheese tomato ter... Read more
Iron Chef Spark: Ratatouille
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      1 comments

For the final entry in this "What the heck am I going to do with all this eggplant?" edition of Iron Chef Spark, we have: Ratatouille! I was planning on making it for dinner last night, but I had to work late, so I didn't get organized. I ... Read more

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