Creamy Leek and Broccoli Soup

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” Beautiful soup, so rich and green.  Waiting in a hot tureen.  Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful soup!”  Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

In honor of National Soup Week in the US, the soup pot has been bubbling with some delicious concoctions.   It’s no coincidence that soup and winter months go hand and hand. Soup is an easy way to boost nutrition to keep us healthy through cold and flu season.  After attending a lecture on nutrition by Jolene Hart, the author of Eat Pretty:  Nutrition and Beauty, Inside and Out(visit her site here ), I set out to create a super soup, loaded with nutritional goodness that was soulful and satisfying.  Served in a hollowed out bread bowl it was substantial and a meal in itself. Continue reading

Romantic Valentine Table for Two

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“It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.”

William Carlos William

Whether you celebrate Valentines’ Day or not, this intimate table setting could also serve as inspiration for a special anniversary dinner, which in my case, is one and the same.

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Decadent Gingered Dark Chocolate Mousse

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, chocolate desserts come to mind.  A classic chocolate mousse with pretty much just dark chocolate and water will surprise you with its simplicity of preparation and its richness.  Flavored with some chopped crystalized ginger, it is a decadent indulgence with health benefits.  Cacao is the food with the highest concentration of anti oxidants, has immune- boosting properties and provides a good source of magnesium to calm the nervous system and regulate heart rate(Eat Pretty).  Ginger is also a great anti- inflammatory food which aids digestion.  Choose one of the highest quality chocolate you can find in this recipe and a dark chocolate of at least 70% cacao.  Don’t skimp on quality in this recipe, as it’s all about the chocolate.

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