When I lived in Sicily, I went to the “supermercato” only once a month. I would stock up on dry goods to provide the foundation for delicious meals for weeks. Vegetables and fruit were obtained by frequent visits to the local vendors, or hand-picked from the gardens where I lived. These days, I go to the grocery store way more often, but I still maintain a pantry full of delicious and healthy ingredients that can be the building blocks of quick and easy, satisfying meals and tasty snacks.
These days, gut health dominates talk in the wellness world. We read again and again that a healthy gut is imperative for good health and that we should consider what we are eating for improved gut health. But, apart from good digestion, why does gut health matter and how is it linked to hormonal and overall body health?
For parents trying to raise happy, functioning children in today’s modern world, there doesn’t seem to be a strong enough barricade to effectively regulate what enters our homes from the outside world and hijacks our children’s minds (often without our knowledge or permission). Cultivating the art of mindfulness through eating was a sentiment that inspired a chef-psychologist husband-wife team to write a book that’s part cookbook and part life primer putting the family kitchen front and center again.
Grilling season is typically a time of July 4 fireworks, baseball, and Hot Dogs. Still, this year many Americans feel that the eternal sense of American optimism that has kept us grounded and united as a people in this extraordinary democracy is diminishing.
"Our lives should have meaning, and that meaning is to help people suffer less and help them to touch the joys of life. When we have compassion in our hearts and we know that we are able to help a person suffer less, life begins to have more meaning. This is an important source of nourishment for us and can bring us a lot of joy. One individual is capable of helping many living beings." -- Thich Nhat Hanh, How To Eat
Sourcing locally has become one of the most important ingredients when creating bold and flavorful culinary dishes at some of the best restaurants in Monmouth County. Chef Brian of Piccola Italia feels the time and effort in connecting with local farmers and artisans is not simply a trend, but a key component of many restaurateurs who want to ensure fresh and tasty ingredients, support local businesses, and promote environmental sustainability.