spinach pasta fagioli

2011 is here and after week upon week of holiday festivities and overindulging in chowtime cheer, I am ready to return to my prior life of lighter, nutrition-laden fare.    As a matter of fact, I am sprinting back with open arms.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this month-long stint while it lasted, but my system has definitely been working overtime processing refined carbs and red meat, something it's not accustomed to the majority of the year.  I sensed my body's mayday signal when I woke up on New Years suffering from a sore throat, headache and bloated belly.  After spending the majority of the day grazing, hydrating and finally squeezing in a dusk workout, I knew it was resuscitation time and I began to think about my next blog post... Read more »

rosemary white bean dip

Last Saturday night, Joe and I met up with a group of our friends for dinner at Anthony David's in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Upon sitting, our server presented the table with a basket of crusty bread and a small vessel loaded with the most marvelous white bean spread.  Not only was the spread delicious, it was addicting.  We kept going back for more and unabashedly requesting a fresh replenishment course after course.  As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure I would have been completely satisfied for the night feasting on those two things only (and of course my glass of red wine).  However, I still went on to enjoy another sensational meal of grilled octopus, Chilean sea bass, and bourbon glazed doughnuts [drooling on my keyboard right now] at one of Hoboken's finest establishments.. Read more »