Jun 28

“Just because you cook in a crappy little kitchen does not justify a crappy meal!” So says Chef Jennifer Schaertl, author of GOURMET MEALS IN CRAPPY LITTLE KITCHENS. In it she tackles the myths about gourmet cooking and shows home cooks how to make fun and delectable meals despite the lack of counter space and high-tech, expensive appliances, and gadgets. She offers practical hints and tips that help make the most of any crappy little kitchen

This week Jennifer’s offering four brand-new, never before published, recipes developed just for you.  The FREE recipes are Holy Moly Chicken Pasole, which is a gourmet version of the Tortilla Soup, No Body Better Lay A Finger on My Corn Fritter, Make No Mistake Coffee Cake & Rhubarb Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend. It’s her way of saying “thank you” to her cookbook fans and friends.

So, enjoy these new recipes, and if you have your own blog, you have our permission to reprint them on your site.  Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend. Hope it’s delicious!!

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May 07

Your mother and/or grandmother may be having sex right now.

Add that to the Santa-Claus-Easter-Bunny-Tooth-Fairy list of Busted Myths and Profound Disappointments. And if your mother or grandmother is not having sex right now, she may be… most people want to finish that sentence with “gardening,” “petting the cat,” or “watching the Food Network.” But the truth of the matter is, if your mother and/or grandmother is not having sex right now, she may be fantasizing about it, grooming for it, reading about it, or talking about it in either the virtual or real world (or both).

A University of Chicago study recently published in the Journal of Gerontology revealed that 84% of men and 62% of women between the age of 57 and 64 are sexually active. That’s your mother and father. In addition, 38% of men and 17% of women between the ages of 75 to 85 are still having sex. That’s your grandmother and grandfather, and maybe even your great-grandparents who are still “doing it.”

This gives new meaning to the phrase, “Happy” Mothers Day.

The sexual activity of mothers and grandmothers isn’t the Mother’s Day image that most adult children are conjuring up as they shop for the perfect gift to express gratitude to the sainted matriarchal figures in their lives. But maybe it should be. According to an AARP Sexuality Study, seniors who are sexually active have less stress, less depression, better health, and a more positive outlook. If grown up children can support that kind of lifestyle for their aging parents, why wouldn’t they?

“Most teenagers and young adults think they invented sex. They find it inconceivable to imagine that their parents, or anyone significantly older, are ‘doing it,’” says Dr. Doree Lynn (a/k/a Dr. Dorree), a Washington, D.C. psychologist and author of the book, “Sex for Grownups: The Truths, Lies and Must-Tries for Great Sex After 50.”

“Women at every age can and do masturbate regularly, have sexual fantasies, and enjoy sex,” Dr. Doree says. “At every age, your body, though changed, is still sensual, interesting, sexy, and a great playground to explore. Whether we want to think about it or not, our mothers and grandmothers are having much different “playground” experiences than they did when we were young.

Dr. Doree knows for certain that women over the age of 50 are playing on a different kind of “playground.” because she works with moms and grandmas, and dads and grandpas all the time in her practice. “Some people over 50 do give up sex entirely, but most do not,” Dr. Doree says in her book. “While sex in the second half of life does change over the years, it never dies.”

For most people over the age of 50, the question is not whether they should be having sex or not, the question is how to keep their sex parts working and how to make their sexual activities the best they can possibly be.

The most frequently question that Dr. Doree gets asked about sex after the age of 50 are…

>> Click here to see Dr. Doree’s questions and answers about “Sex After 50.” >>

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    Feb 22

    Thirty million obese children in the U.S. might be slimmer and healthier if they read more, according to the findings of a recent study by the Duke University Medical Center. The “Study of Children’s Literature and Healthy Lifestyle” found that obese girls from 9 to 13 years old who read an assigned novel decreased their Body Mass Index (BMI) seven times more than girls in the program who were not assigned a book to read.

    The results of this study seem counterintuitive since sedentary lifestyles are pointed to as one of the major causes for childhood obesity and reading isn’t exactly an aerobic activity. In this case, though, the assigned reading was a fiction novel with an overweight heroine who creates a healthier lifestyle for herself. Presumably, the heroine became a role model and her success in the story inspired readers to create success for themselves.

    It makes sense that a fictional character could make this kind of impact, considering how much teens are influenced by fictional characters in movies. A 2006 study by Dartmouth Medical School found that the more movies that children watched in which alcohol was consumed, the more likely they were to start drinking alcohol while they were still in their teens. Dartmouth researchers also found that the children who most often observed smoking in films were twice as likely to start smoking themselves.

    So if the real-life behavior of teens and pre-teens is influenced greatly by entertainment channels, it only makes sense that messages that combat the growing childhood and teen obesity epidemic would be best delivered through an entertainment medium that has an impact on them.

    This is exactly the logic that led a 14-year old boy in Georgia to create a fitness plan for himself that was inspired by his favorite video games. He called it “The Ultimate Fitness Game” and, with the same gaming strategies he had used to rack up high numbers on a video game scoreboard, he started creating low numbers on his bathroom scale. Three years after taking on the starring role in a three-dimensional game of his own creation, Taylor LeBaron has lost – and kept off – 150 pounds, half of his highest body weight of 297.

    “As soon as people started noticing my weight loss, I began to hear, ‘How did you do it?’” Taylor wrote in his book, “Cutting Myself In Half,” which explains his Ultimate Fitness Game. “They were looking for my secret so they could lose a lot of weight too.”

    “The secret is: There is no secret,” LeBaron writes. “Weight loss isn’t quick. It isn’t easy. And gimmicks don’t work for long.”

    LeBaron believes that taking it slow is one of the most important strategies that can help other obese teens. “Naturally we all want fast results – we’re the DSL generation,” he says in his book. But trying to achieve too much too fast with weight loss is a big mistake, in his experience. Putting it into video gaming terms that teens can relate to LeBaron says, “In gaming, that’s called ‘overlocking’ – running your processor at a faster speed than it’s rated. That burns up the processor and can ruin it permanently.”

    The teenage desire for instant gratification is not an easy mindset to reboot, however. Perhaps that’s why there is so much discussion going on about using gastric band surgery as a treatment for obesity in teens. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that gastric band surgery resulted in obese teens losing more weight more quickly. This surgical approach, however, is controversial because it creates a drastic change to a child’s physiology, and there are no statistics about what kind of long-term effect those changes might have on their overall health and well-being.

    Instead of making drastic surgical choices, First Lady Michelle Obama is working to encourage obese children to make drastic lifestyle changes instead with her “Let’s Move” program. The First Lady is challenging children to take one hour out of the usual seven that they spend in front of electronic entertainment each day to work on achieving the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. The award is given to children who achieve exercise goals five days per week for six weeks.

    Speaking about exercise, Obama said, ‘There are so many ways that we can make this fun, make it a competition, have the rewards be really cool. And kids respond to incentives.”

    That’s a philosophy that LeBaron agrees with wholeheartedly. That’s why he thinks about everything in his own fitness regiment in gaming terms. Calories are money. Unhealthy food is the enemy. Eating healthy food gets energy points. The overall score is measured in weight loss. Just like the First Lady says, LeBaron made it fun, made it a competition with himself, and the rewards, so far, have been much “cooler” than he could have imagined. LeBaron has discovered that permanent weight loss is all about attitude.

    In January, Taylor LeBaron was one of ten teens who were chosen by Coke to carry the Olympic torch in the relay leading to the 2010 Vancouver games. As an obese video gamer he couldn’t walk to his mailbox without getting winded. As a physically fit “Ultimate Fitness Gamer,” the 300 meters he ran with the Olympic torch in his hand was “the most incredible distance I’ve ever traveled,” LeBaron said in his blog.

    According to the Journal of Obesity, if things keep moving the way they have been in the United States, 86% of men, women, and children will be overweight or obese by the year 2030. For future generations, that statistic would resemble the tragic life depicted in the Disney movie, “WALL-E.” For Michelle Obama, that statistic would represent a “move” in the wrong direction. For Taylor LeBaron that statistic would mean one thing for the population of the United States of America… “Game Over.”

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