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What is Mindfulness

Mindfulness is part of all cultures, spiritual philosophies and religions and thus there are different definitions of mindfulness. Broadly speaking, Western-influenced definitions tend to be more cognitive-based whereas Eastern-influenced definitions are more emotion-based.A useful way to understand mindfulness is that it is a special type…

Almond Biscotti

In Italian, ‘biscotti’ means twice cooked. This is a great biscuit to have in the morning with coffee or in the evening after dinner.Ingredients:1 c whole almonds (with skins)2 c unbleached all purpose flour, good quality1 c sugar½ tsp baking powderpinch of salt3 large organic…

Panforte Recipe

Originating in Siena, Italy, panforte means ‘strong bread.’ It’s full of delicious and nutritious ingredients and it’s really a cake that can be served as a dessert with coffee or a liquor. It’s also great as a snack with a cup of coffee. In early…

When Was the Last Time You Said Grace?

by Pawel BiedrzyckiA question to which our answer might put us to shame, but one that definitely stimulates the mind to think more positively is what are the benefits of saying grace? A wise man whose name has long ago been lost in the sands…

Summer Italian Amari Recipes

A great home cocktail bar includes Amari – great to sip on or to use in cooking.Amaro translates to “bitter” in Italian. Amari are liqueurs made from herbs and most bitter liqueurs are made in Italy. Each has its own characteristics and pairs nicely with…

Limoncello Recipe

Limoncello has many uses including being served as aperitif or as an ingredient in other recipes.Making homemade limoncello isn’t difficult. You need time and you must use completely untreated (organic) lemons.8 organic lemons1 quart or 950 ml alcohol, 90%14 ounces or 410 ml sugar1 quart…

Date Squares

A homemade date square is a great post workout snack – you’ve “earned your carbs.” Do not add sugar to the date-filling mixture. Instead, take the time to cook slowly. This releases the natural sugar from the dates. Be sure to use the large, chunky…