What’s All the Fuss About Gluten?

You’re sure to have heard about gluten by now. Gluten free diets are all the rage at the moment, and everywhere you go, from the grocery store to restaurants, you can find food products labelled gluten free.  Everything from bread to cookies to pickles and mayonnaise have those two words emblazoned across the label like […]

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The Mother of All Sugar Cravings

A few days ago I had a problem. I had worked all day, hadn’t eaten enough, and had gone to the gym for a good workout.  So I was REALLY HUNGRY!  I had to stop at the grocery store-not to shop, but to pick up a non-food related item.  I found myself roaming the store with […]

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Care and Feeding of your Gut

If you want to take care of your brain and your body, take care of your gut too! If you follow health related news, you have probably heard about the microbiome, or the environment of our digestive system and the thousands of different types of bacteria and other organisms living there.  I talked about this in my […]

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Listen To Your Gut!

Gut feeling. Gut reaction. Gut instinct. Have you ever felt that your gut was telling you something? Well, in a very real way, it is. Or rather, the microbes that live in your gut are telling you something about the health of your body and your brain. The fact is that the human body is […]

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It’s National Cherry Month!

Even though they’re not in season yet, February is National Cherry Month. Maybe it’s because we’re in the dead of winter and the thought of cherries brings memories of warm June sunshine, but whatever the reason, it’s always a good time to celebrate this favorite fruit.  Cherries are versatile, delicious, and extremely healthful! There are a […]

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It’s February! Time to give your heart some love!

Is it a coincidence that Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month are both in February? No doubt you’re seeing hearts everywhere-in the gift card section of all major department stores, in advertisements for everything from jewelry to appliances, and of course in the food industry (chocolate and oysters anyone?).  Since we all have hearts on our […]

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Ryder Cup Fun!

A few weeks ago Minnesota had the distinct honor of hosting the Ryder Cup….which to the non-golf lovers out there is basically the equivalent of the Olympics of golf.  I am one of those non-golf lovers, and in April of 2015 had no idea what the Ryder Cup was…had never heard of it.  So when […]

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Sugar, a not-so-sweet love story

Have I mentioned that I was a pastry chef for many years? I have often been asked if I ever got sick of sweets and pastries, since I spent all of my working days making cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, ice cream, wedding cakes, and all manner of other goodies.  The answer was always a resounding NO!  […]

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Happy Blueberry Month!

It’s July, and that means it’s national blueberry month!   This post is all about the wonderful thing that is the blueberry.  I really hope that you eat these little beauties, because they are packed with nutrition and they are delicious!  Here are a few things that blueberries are good for: They’re good for your […]

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my story

Hi everyone, I’m Amy. Welcome to my brand new shiny website, and my very first blog! My journey to this new place in my life has been a long one, and I’m very happy to be here. I have always loved cooking. My mother was a wonderful cook and an avid gardener, though as a […]

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