Releasing Anxiety

Simple summer fresh sweet treat

Summer berries, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla cake That is what we crave in the heat.  Nature provides these gorgeous berries throughout the season.   Combine that with a simple vanilla cake and whipped cream to add the sensation of full-bodied flavor, sweetness and texture. The one, two, threes…it is

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The Isle of Capri, layered in a chicken breast

Gratefully I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel to some of the most luxurious locations in the world (trust me, my journeys have just begun!). Treasured ingredients offered in each unique location become another grain of sand on my “culinary beach”. Each experience building my palette, my appreciation and

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Sushi At Home–Yes You Can!

Sushi.  I crave it at time.  The flavors, so fresh, intrigue my palette.   Going out for sushi dinner is one of my favorite meals out.   One of my dear friends is a Japanese Sushi Master, he’s taught me a few tricks to create these same healthy tastes at

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Sometimes,  actually most times, when I go on vacation it takes me the first few days to process and let go of all the things that cause stress in me.  Sometimes I find that there is more I’m holding on to than I ever realized. To relax and let go takes time.  Patience does not always come easy for me in these times.  I want everything fast and now.  If I go to a restaurant I want to sit and eat immediately. If I’m headed to the store, I want to be done shopping almost before I begin.  It’s like I want the next minute to come before I’ve lived this one.  That’s not me – normally

However, I find cooking helps me with this.  It relaxes me and causes me to do something that takes time.  Patience in cooking soothes my spirit and releases anxieties.  So many people could never understand why I treasure spending my free time to cook and create on vacation.  It is for this reason that I love to stay in a place with a kitchen, instead of just a hotel room. I love to embrace local and regional ingredients.  A foreign market or grocery store excites me.   Then I get to experiment. Sometimes I don’t succeed but I learn.  Then I relax.  Then I release and detach from that which was holding me back.  Then my vacation becomes about me.


That’s when I go out to eat!

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