Shrimp Chowder – Jun 21, 2016

Box of shrimp

8 oz. cleaned shrimp, chopped 1 slice bacon, diced 1 cooked potato, diced ½ cup sliced leek and celery 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup shrimp stock ¾ heavy cream 2 teaspoons minced chives 1 teaspoon herb de province 1 bay leaf 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon potato starch Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne Saute the bacon until it is rendered, remove and set aside, retain the fat, add the butter and saute the leek and...

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Carrot and Ginger Soup – Jun 7, 2016

Cup of soup

Serving Size- 8 2 pounds fresh carrots -- Chopped 2 tablespoons butter 2 onions -- minced 2 cloves garlic -- minced 1/4 cup crystallized ginger 1 tablespoon fresh ginger -- minced 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon sugar 2 sprigs thyme 1 1/2 cups carrot juice -- divided 4 cups water 1 tablespoon vinegar salt and pepper -- to taste In a large sauce pan, melt the butter and saute the onions, both gingers and the sugar for about 6...

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Spinach and Portuguese White Bean Soup – May 10, 2016

Bella the Dog

1 cup chopped onions 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper 1 bay leaf pinch salt 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel 1 medium potato, scrubbed 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons dry sherry 8 oz. fresh or frozen chopped leaf spinach 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock 15.5 oz. no salt added cannellini beans, undrained black pepper to taste chopped fresh parsley for garnish In a soup pot, saute the onions and garlic...

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Quick and Spicy Rotisserie Chicken and Black Bean Stew – May 9, 2016

Bella the dog

Serves 4 Start to Finish: 20 Minutes 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small yellow onion, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chipotles in adobo sauce, finely chopped, sauce included 2 cups low sodium chicken stock, hot 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 2 cups shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken 2 tablespoons lime juice Toppings: 1/2 large avocado, cubed 1 medium tomato,...

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Garden Minestrone Soup – Apr 25, 2016

1/2 Cup thinly sliced celery 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can (14.5 oz.) tomatoes 1 Cup thinly sliced Zucchini 1/2 cup broken spaghetti 3 Cups hot water 1 teaspoon basil leaves 1 tablespoon parsley flakes 1/2 Cup thinly sliced carrot 3/4 Cup (1 large) potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1/2 lb. green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon (I use low sodium) In a 3-Qt. Casserole, combine all ingredients (how easy!). Cover (get's easier!)....

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Spinach Tortellini Soup – Apr 5, 2016

1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach (I use a bag of fresh baby spinach and add it in right before serving. You can also put fresh spinach into each bowl and pour the soup over it to wilt.) 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 cups water 2 cans (14.5 oz each) roasted garlic seasoned chicken broth (I have not seen this in years, so I'm generous with the minced garlic and use...

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Portobello Mushroom Chili – Mar 29, 2016

5 cups diced, stemmed portobellos 3 cups water 1 cup yellow onion diced 2 teaspoons diced garlic 2 cups tomato crushed (I used canned) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/8 teaspoon cayenne Garnish with green onion and cheddar Place all ingredients except garnish in soup pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer 15 minutes. Enjoy!

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Coconut Curry Lentil Soup – Mar 21, 2016

1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons curry powder ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste) 4 cups vegetable broth 1 can coconut milk 15 ounce can diced tomatoes 1 ½ cups dry petite red lentils, rinsed and sorted 2 to 3 handfuls chopped spinach, kale or other green Salt and pepper to taste Chopped cilantro, chopped green onion and/or...

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Spring Squash – Mar 15, 2016

Rabbits and a plant

Ingredients: 2 tart apples 1 Granny Smith apple 4 Tablespoon butter (I use less) 2 Cup finely chopped yellow onion 1 Tablespoon curry powder 3 pounds butternut squash or other squash or pumpkin (I buy the packaged cubes) 5-6 C chicken stock or vegetable stock 1 C apple cider or apple juice salt and pepper to taste fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped for garnish Directions: (put on some good music) Lovingly core and chop tart apples. (Granny Smith will be...

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Fulfilling Each Movement


Bella, the West Highland Terrier who works in my studio, inspired me to write today about fulfilling each movement. Bella has her own favorite Pilates exercises and I love watching how she milks every movement for all it’s worth. I can walk toward her treat jar or open the back door, but she will not move until she’s fulfilled each and every movement. First, she slowly extends her front legs and lowers her upper body into Shell Stretch. Then (and...

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