Self-Help Me: Eat Early, Witness Fear Often


          I'm a basically happy person, but I can still use all the support, and self-helpful hints, I can get. Earlier this year I bought two books that I'm hoping will help me be a better version of myself. (That's all I'm going for - not "fixed," as … [Read more...]

Mwah! The Case for Gushy Fan Mail


Every day I get an e-newsletter called Cynopsis, which is a genius look at what's going on in the wild world of TV production. Most of it is beyond me and I don't always have time to read it all, but one day a small item grabbed my eyes: The first-ever vegan cooking show was coming to TV this fall. … [Read more...]

Dinner, a Frenchman, and My Breasts: A Love Story?

Chef Eric Ripert, host of "Avec Eric" and my band-aid for tomorrow evening.

Before you tell my husband that he’d better read today’s blog and ask me what the heck is going on, rest assured that there’s no hanky-panky, fake food, or other strange doings in our house. Nathan is well aware of everything I’m writing about, and he’s given me his Hubbins seal of approval, which … [Read more...]

Monday: Meatless recipe sources and news!

Your veggies are here! Now...what do you do with them? (Read on.)

Hi everyone, and happy pre-holidays! If you've been reading this blog lately, you know I've committed to the Meatless Mondays campaign, and I'm in good company: celebrity chef Mario Batali also joined up with MM, along with lots of other people who have discovered that making even this small change … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Recipe: I Can’t Believe It’s Meatless Loaf!


First of all, apologies for being AWOL! There were several reasons for my blog blackout: 1. Dad got pneumonia around Thanksgiving, and I tend to shut down when worried. (He's fine now, back to grumbling at the TV, and thanks for all who sent good wishes.) 2. General holiday madness, and I'm way … [Read more...]

Oh yeah it’s a Happy Monday!

"Cherries" got a thumbs-up on Dr. Oz's website! My morning is off to a great start...

Three reasons for me to be cheerful on a Monday morning, even one where I'm tired because Tootsie was howling for half the night: * Cherries in Winter is on Dr. Oz's website today! Yes, THE Dr. Oz, America's favorite doctor, Oprah's #1 MD, and a man I've personally interviewed and can say, in all … [Read more...]

Pismo Beach: Buggin’!

Hot Lix of Pismo Beach, a sweet shoppe that features scorpion lollipops. Oh, at last. I was just really craving one of those the other day, y'know?

The Hubbins, David Keeps (host of Ovation TV's fab travel show The Scenic Route), and I continued to eat--er, drive our way up the Pacific Coast Highway. So, we went from LA's Indian-Mexican mash-up to Pismo Beach, a salt-water taffy seaside town. The local specialty? Clam chowder in a bread bowl, … [Read more...]

LA, Tandoori Burritos, & Me

Masala sauce. Fries. A marriage made in heaven (and Los Angeles).

Sounds like a setup for a road movie: one photographer (The Hubbins), one TV show host (David Keeps of the Ovation station's travel TV show, The Scenic Route and one of my Best Friends Ever), and one food-obsessed author (moi) going from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway. … [Read more...]

Hey, What’s for Breakfast?

My vegan lemon poppyseed cake--not a bad way to start the day.

I've been very intrigued by New York Times food critic Mark Bittman's story about eating vegan during the day and whatever he wanted at night. He did it for environmental and health reasons, and in addition to helping to save the planet with the power of his plate, he ended up losing about 35 lbs. … [Read more...]

OMG: I Married Paula Deen.

My husband.

Fourth of July weekend menu: similar to our Memorial Day weekend menu, which was similar to a Brazilian barbecue--all meat, all the time. Hamburgers (grass-fed, at least), hot dogs, beans with a hint of ham hock, grilled chicken with crispy skin on, unhealthy style. What, I was going to worry about … [Read more...]