Category Archives: Health

Turkey on a Road Trip

By Kathryn Matthews There’s something romantic about a road trip.  It sparks my spirit of adventure.  So, this year, not only did we drive 8-1/2 hours to Pittsburgh to spend Thanksgiving with family…we also volunteered to cook the entire Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Healthy Twists for Thanksgiving

By Kathryn Matthews Why not jumpstart your New Year’s resolution—”to eat more healthfully”—at Thanksgiving?  That’s right, I said Thanksgiving.  Because the basic inputs—turkey, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans or collard greens—are inherently healthful foods.  It’s what you do … Continue reading

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Healthy Eating Made Simpler…

By Kathryn Matthews The holiday eating season officially starts this Thursday, November 24th.  When confronted by an onslaught of tempting foods, what will you put on your plate? Forget strict dietary “rules”.  Instead, visualize the Healthy Eating Plate created by Harvard School of … Continue reading

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Wash Your Hands (A Lot); Get Sick Less

By Kathryn Matthews On a recent Friday evening at peak commuter rush hour, I boarded the Metro North train at Grand Central, sinking into my seat with seconds to spare.  I hadn’t noticed my seatmate.  But she soon got my … Continue reading

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At the Stove: Five Easy Pieces

By Kathryn Matthews Where farmers’ markets, farm stands and gardens bloom….our late summer go-to dishes are fresh, flavorful, healthful  and, most importantly, easy to cook.  Produce at peak flavor needs little manipulation.  For tips on choosing produce, see “Pick of … Continue reading

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Happy Trails!

By Kathryn Matthews My husband Christopher and I love to hike. That’s why we were excited to explore The Hyde Park Trail in Dutchess County, New York. A 16-mile trail system, encompassing local parks and a nature preserve, wends through … Continue reading

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A Thirst-quenching Summer Tonic

By Christopher Matthews This summer’s relentless heat and humidity has stretched into August, a happy reason to sip some cooling “silly season” cocktails. The ideal summer drink should “invigorate, restore, refresh or stimulate”— Webster’s literal definition of “tonic” — but without a high alcohol content, … Continue reading

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Cheap Thrills: Produce. Produce. Produce.

UpstateDowntown’s favorite Hudson Valley farm market and NYC farm stand Continue reading

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Gingerbread in July

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Spring Tonic: Cooking Up Ramps

By Kathryn Matthews “Do you want to come ramping with me?” Christopher asked.  It was a big deal for him to ask me, I knew, because my husband typically enjoys communing with nature—and this particular stealth pursuit—alone. Still. I found … Continue reading

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