gluten-free

Post image for Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New York. AFYW, as everyone calls it, is having a workshop day for students. I was invited by one of the teachers to talk about writing, […]

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Post image for Gluten-free pasta-making class — photos & review

Now that gluten-free goodies are a booming multi-billion dollar industry, it’s no longer hard to find decent, wheat-free boxes of pasta at the supermarket. Even more exciting — it’s also possible to easily buy ingredients to make fresh, gluten-free pasta from scratch. Delizioso! My daughter Gabi and I recently had a great time exploring this […]

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Post image for 4 reasons to avoid sugar

If you’re not interested in dealing with the issue of sugar addiction, the new August issue of of National Geographic might change your mind. The cover story on the evils of sugar uses gorgeous photos, historical facts and trending data to show why we’re in big trouble. Refined sugar is amazingly delicious but offers absolutely […]

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Post image for In praise of the suburbs, or, why I’m never moving back to NYC

I never thought I’d lived to see the day when anyone would call my life in the suburbs a hot trend. But that’s what The New York Times is saying, so it must be true: Hastings-on-Hudson, which is where I’ve lived for 13 years, is featured in an article entitled “Creating Hipsturbia.” Loved the story! […]

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With Lady Gaga, Katie Couric and Demi Lovato all going public about their bulimia, I hesitate to say anything about my food issues for fear of seeming trivial.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before! A pop star, a TV anchorwoman and a judge from the TV show “X Factor.” Wow,  big personalities. I applaud […]

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Post image for Simple dietary solutions for skin allergies

For whatever reason, I’ve suddenly been running into people who want to know how both my daughter and I cleared up our skin problems by simply watching what we eat. This is actually a good time to revisit the issue because back-to-school week has many parents worrying about packing healthy kids’ snacks and lunches — […]

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