Category Archives: Health

This Spring, Clean Out the Plastics

By Christopher Matthews “Plastics.” One of my all-time favorite movie quotes, the famous “one word” of advice for young Benjamin Braddock in “The Graduate”, has only become more prescient over time — plastic rules our modern daily life, on a scale that … Continue reading

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Healthy Twist for Cocktails: Korean Red Ginseng

By Christopher Matthews Ginseng, with its herbaceous flavor profile and some new, drink-friendly forms — not to mention its purported healthful attributes — could be the next hot bar ingredient. At a launch event last week for Korean Ginseng Corp (KGC), three top … Continue reading

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Locavore Passion at Murray’s in Tivoli

By Kathryn Matthews Eating real food that nourishes the body is important to us.  And when we learned that there was a newly installed chef—Amy Lawton—at Murray’s in Tivoli, Dutchess County, we were thrilled. We’ve often found that women in … Continue reading

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Luna 61: Clean Vegetarian “Speaks” Good Asian

By Kathryn Matthews After a recent meal at Luna 61, a 17-year-old eclectic vegetarian restaurant in Tivoli, New York, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that husband-and-wife owners Debra and Peter Maisel, were able to deliver what I hadn’t been … Continue reading

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Coping with Christmas Tree Syndrome

By Kathryn Matthews As someone who has year-round allergies—pollen, ragweed, mold, dust, pet dander (especially cats and horses), nuts (specifically, walnuts and almonds), MSG, food additives and preservatives—I was distressed to add yet another allergen to my list last week: … Continue reading

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Birthday on the Hudson

By Kathryn Matthews Most years, I’ve hinted broadly­—and often bluntly—to my husband Christopher about how I’d like to celebrate my birthday.  (OK…so I’m a control freak who hates being disappointed).  This year, however, otherwise preoccupied, I surrendered the fate of … Continue reading

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Merrier with Molasses

By Kathryn Matthews Molasses makes our Christmas merry. It’s the foundation sweetener for two of our favorite holiday treats: gingerbread and spiced ginger cookies.  We appreciate molasses for so many reasons….how it produces a lovely dark golden-brown hue, a soft … Continue reading

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The Puppy That Came For Christmas

By Kathryn Matthews “I’d been taking some herbs, agnus castus and black cohosh….I had changed my diet to take more foods rich in folic acid…  I’d also contracted a charity called Baby Makers, who support people having difficulty getting pregnant….” … Continue reading

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Get Naked. It’s Healthy.

By Kathryn Matthews That’s the promise Naked Pizza makes: they’re naked…and you’re gonna feel good. ”Naked”, in this case, refers to a pizza stripped of processed ingredients. Pizza is one of those foods I’d never miss if it suddenly disappeared.  … Continue reading

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Less Meat, More Plants: One Home Cook’s Journey

By Kathryn Matthews Here’s the wonderful thing about my recent, albeit way-too-short, visit to Pittsburgh…good as the burgeoning, local-minded restaurant scene is here (and which I highlighted earlier this year in my NYT article), I didn’t have to set foot … Continue reading

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