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Carol’s Quiche, My Most Requested Recipe!

Pâte Brisée (Basic Pie Crust)

Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts

Makes two 8-10-inch single pie crusts

2 ½-cups all-purpose flour
1-t salt
1-t granulated sugar
1-cup (2-sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
¼ to ½-cup ice water

  1. Put the flour, salt, and sugar in the food processor. All ingredients should be cold.  Add the pieces of butter and process for approximately 10 seconds, or until the mixture is crumbly like coarse meal.
  2. Add ice water, drop by drop, through the feed the with the motor running, just until the dough holds together without being wet or sticky; do not process more than 30 seconds. Test the dough at this point by squeezing a small amount together.  If it is crumbly add a bit more water.
  3. Divide the dough into halves and roll into two equal size balls. Then turn the dough out on two large pieces of plastic wrap.   Press the dough into a flat disc about 6-inches round.  Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for at least an hour.  I prefer to place the discs in freezer bags and freeze overnight.  When you’re ready to roll out, remove from freezer and thaw until the center is still a bit cool.
  4. Lightly butter the quiche plate you will be using. On a lightly floured board, roll out the pastry to a thickness of 1/8th-inch.  Place the pastry into the bottom and sides of the quiche plate, leaving an excess of an inch or so higher than the quiche pan.   Tuck this overhang to the inside of the pan before crimping for extra reinforcement.   Chill the pastry-lined plate before filling.

Egg Mixture:

7-large eggs
½-cup half and half
½ t salt

By |August 21st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Carol’s Quiche, My Most Requested Recipe!

Feeding Your Feelings?

 

Emotional eating is simply a result of the discomfort of unwanted feelings. We tend to want to avoid painful feelings; we could say we swallow them as we overindulge in food—a way to stuff our emotions down to a place where they can be ignored for a while.

Eating becomes a way to disassociate from thoughts and feelings that make us uncomfortable. It is a temporary distraction from the products of our restless minds. But notice the word “temporary.” When the cake is gone, the feeling, the issue, the conflict, or the problem is still very much present—along with the additional pounds.

-The French Twist, Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and natural Weight Management

How can you be sure it’s emotional eating?

  • Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.
  • Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait until you know exactly what you have a taste for.
  • Emotional eating is like a case of amnesia- you may not be “awake at the plate” or remember eating.
  • The idea of physical hunger doesn’t enter the equation- hunger stems from a sense of feeling emotionally undernourished.
  • Boredom, anxiety, tension, joy or sadness and restlessness replace physical hunger and prompt you to eat.
  • Emotional eating leaves behind feelings of guilt; eating when you are physically hungry is satisfying.

Mindless and emotional eating is dangerous. It results in excess weight and a host of health-related issues: type 2-diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol to name a few. Beyond the physical health risks, overweight individuals suffer with feelings of depression and isolation, creating a vicious cycle of emotional eating.

 How can you overcome emotional eating?

Fad Dieting is a […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Feeding Your Feelings?

Carol’s LAST CALL Gift Guide!

gift-guide

 INITIAL MUGS | FRENCH TWIST | CASE & CALENDAR | ARTISAN MARSHMALLOWS | CAROL’S PERFECT LIP

INFUSED WATER BOTTLE | HANGING HERB BOX | MARKET TOTE | EARBUDS | APRON | CHAMPAGNE GLASS

PARIS PLATE | FRENCH COOKBOOK | CHAMPAGNE STAND 

By |December 19th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Carol’s LAST CALL Gift Guide!

The Art of Fermentation

“Hey honey, let’s go to the movies.  There’s a documentary I want to see about a man and a fermentation fetish.” Said no wife ever…until now.

That’s exactly how it happened when I asked my husband to join me at the premier of Sandorkraut at DOC NYC’s shorts program at IFC a couple of weeks ago.  Sandorkraut is a documentary portrait of the famous food writer and fermentation guru, Sandor Katz. As a nutritionist, I’m a known probiotic pusher.  However, on a more personal level, I was especially thrilled to attend the screening since one of Sandorkraut’s Producer/Director’s is a colleague of mine from my film days.

We hopped off the subway and exited conveniently right outside of the theatre where my longtime pal, Ann Husaini, spotted us in the sold-out crowd. Excited and glowing, she waved us through the mass.  She’s exactly as I remember her fifteen years ago when I hired her for her first legit editing job—still youthful, friendly, funny and openhearted.  But after viewing this fabulous film, I can also say that Ann has evolved into a wonderful filmmaker. The storytelling skills and tactful eye that I admired in her early days as an editor have served her well.  Ann and her Co-Producer/Director Emily Lobsenz have created much more than a food film.  Sandorkraut is an intimate story of the ancient culinary practice of fermentation and the mysteries around it.  But, it’s what Sandor unearths in the process that gives the film its fertile worth.  You see, the story is also about how Sandor has transformed his relationship with life and death.

Ok—maybe you […]

By |December 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on The Art of Fermentation

7 Things I’ve Learned About Aging

 

Beauty has no age

I became aware of my age, or better said, my mortality, when Joel- my boyfriend from the 1970’s died. In my mind, the two of us would forever remain nineteen. His death left me depressed and grieving beyond what seemed appropriate, given our brief relationship over thirty-five years earlier. It’s been more than three years since Joel’s death- still the sad and untimely news of his passing at only fifty-three years old remains a shock and a great loss. I’ve come to appreciate that in grieving Joel, I am also grieving my own youth. The rhetorical question, where have the years gone, takes on new meaning for me.

The fear of aging is really the fear of being irrelevant or worse yet, dead. Even after all of the remnants of the years—failing eyesight, grey hair and saggy skin are lifted and tummy-tucked away, the fear of no longer being relevant remains. We come to understand as I did through the jolt of Joel’s passing, that we are entering the last trimester of our lives. And even though we tend to focus on the external changes, it’s what’s happening inside of our heads that frighten us most—the thoughts and feelings that we’re working hard to avoid. Rather than looking inward for grace and enlightenment, we focus on superficial changes through procedures that are no more than diversions- like facelifts and fillers. The truth is, until our fears are reconciled on a spiritual level, we will never come to terms with aging. Never mind aging gracefully.

If you read my book, The French Twist, Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management, some of this philosophy may sound […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment
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