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Yearly Archive for 2009

That’s a Wrap

Turkey “Wrap” with Maple-Balsamic Veggies What do you do with deli-sliced turkey breast when you can’t have bread? Eat it with a fork? TRY AGAIN. Time to taste a sexier, saucier wrap that’s not afraid to shed the bread: rustic-chopped veggies rolled with thinly-sliced roast turkey breast and drizzled with a warm maple-balsamic vinaigrette. This one’s […] [Read More]

Where the Rainbow Meets Milford Green

Rainbow Gardens Restaurant & Bar 117 North Broad Street Milford, CT 06460 203-878-2500 In 1996, Heather, John and Meg Profetto opened Rainbow Gardens, a cheery inn-like dwelling in the heart of Milford Green, across from the central gazebo. Nearly 14 years later, guests couldn’t be more satisfied. Myself included. The spectrum of shrubs, azaleas, ivies, […] [Read More]

Brandy is Dandy…Especially in Coffee

Tonight, instead of stopping at Starbucks, invite a few friends to your place and save a few bucks. It’s time to teach you a twisted coffee drink I dreamt up a few hours ago: a Maple Frapputini. Sweet, frothy and aromatic with coffee-flavored brandy, pure maple syrup and rice/almond milk, it’s not only cheaper to make than […] [Read More]

Tried & True Workout DVDs

    If you don’t want to pay for fitness classes but need a coach to motivate you, don’t lose hope. Here are my top workout DVD picks. Some of them are a few years old, but the routines never go out of style. The best part is that each one runs from 30-60 minutes, […] [Read More]

Christina Cooks from the Heart, for Your Health

(Photo courtesy of In the early 1980s, doctors said leukemia would kill her. Twenty six years, four books, two Web sites and a cooking show later, Christina Pirello is healthier than ever.                A culinary instructor at Drexel University who won an Emmy for her PBS series “Christina Cooks,” Pirello claims her macrobiotic/vegan diet helped cure her […] [Read More]

No-Fuss Fitness

  If you’re like me, you’re more likely to get sick of your workout than sick from the germs that linger in the gym. If you don’t change your routine every four-to-six weeks, your muscles get used to the same elliptical and treadmill workouts; if you follow the exact cardio and strength training routines each […] [Read More]

A Drink that Takes the Cake

Of all the drink names that bear absolutely no significance to the ingredients in them (e.g. Long Island Iced Tea, Sex on the Beach, Fuzzy Navel, and God help us, the Buttery Nipple), the one I had the other day wins the prize for being the most random and the most extraordinary.   So, while I’m sitting on […] [Read More]

Slow Cooker Soiree

If economic crises have slighted you with ramen noodles, you need the Foodie Fairy Godmother to rescue you from meal mediocrity. I feel your pain. Now that I just got my first apartment about seven months ago, I, too, am strapped for cash. It’s hard enough to afford a shopping cart full of nutritious fare, let […] [Read More]