18
Jan
2018

LET’S EAT 1

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The other evening while reading Fast Company I had a sort of AHA moment  meaning what did I like reading about or doing?  I love reading about food, cooking, learning about different cultures through their food.  I've been reading cook books since I was a kid.  Food is more than its nutritional value or health benefits or risks.  Though I have taught nutrition…

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01
Jun
2017

The Grape’s Spiritual Purpose?

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Is it possible for the grape to have a spiritual purpose that impacts human life? In his best-selling book The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan lyrically describes relationships between humans and plants, from the plant’s point of view. Pollan posits that plants have a purpose; that the purpose of the apple, tulip, potato and marijuana is to fulfill human desires…

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20
May
2012

Wine Characters

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Seeing all the bottles of wine on a shelf in a store, you are stymied - which should you buy. A daunting task.  If only you knew which one you would like - some sort of message that jumped out at you assuring "YOU'LL LIKE ME." I liked this wine. With its flowing full-bodied softness, it filled me with its…

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08
Nov
2011

Why the Grape?

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What is so unique about the grape that it is the only fruit used to craft vintage wines called ‘bottled poetry?’ One of the answers relates to its chemistry, another to its elemental nature and spiritual purpose. The Grape's Molecular Legacies First a grape’s uniqueness depends on its tangible chemical properties. Only the grape contains tartaric acid. Unlike all other…

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01
Nov
2011

Ancestor tales – grandmother stories

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  On this hallow's eve I find old writings about one of my dearest ancestors, my grandmother. Getting ready to light the Friday night candles with my mom’s candles and my grandmom’s candlesticks I am swept into the tide of memories of days past. Grandmom covered her head with a scarf and ‘Ben shlecked’ the candles.   She’d light each one…

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10
Apr
2011

Shaping Taste

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  • caffeine . chemical tastes . design . salt . sour . sweet . umami .

All my words and pictures about the art and shapes in wine may strike you as odd. However there is some scientific grounding in the idea of the shape of molecules.  They have a complementarity meaning they must fit another molecule in order to exert their effects.  In the case of taste, sweet and savory share receptors, bitter has a…

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28
Dec
2010

Will imagine eating stop you from eating?

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Well, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University answer is “yes.”  The core of their studies had people repeatedly imagine eating pieces of cheese, 3 M & Ms, or 30 M & Ms, one at a time.  Then when given the imagined food, those who thought about eating those 30 M & Ms, ate a lot less.  Maybe they were already full.…

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12
Jul
2010

Legacies

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I’ve often thought that a legacy I would leave would be scientific discoveries or artistic creations.  Tonight after talking to both my children – grown adults with families of their own, I realize my legacy, so far, has been the love of food and cooking. My son lives in LA, daughter in NY and we discovered that this week we’ve…

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11
Mar
2010

A Fat Taste

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Great news – our tongue has graduated from its 5 tastes to 6. Science Daily (2010-03-10) – A newly discovered ability for people to taste fat could hold the key to reducing obesity, researchers believe. They also found that people with a high sensitivity to the taste of fat tended to eat less fatty foods and were less likely to…

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11
Feb
2010

Cultivating health

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SCHOOL GARDENS Hat’s off and shovels down to Michelle Obama for setting the example for growing our own food. What a concept for starting a health program.  Getting in touch with the beginnings – from seeds to something good to eat. My first experience with a garden that schooled me, was at a small seaside town on the Left Coast…

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