My Vibrant Palette

When the cat’s away, the mouse will…crochet! Silly I know but hey it rhymes… Well I haven’t posted in the Creativity section in a while which is lapse of me. The reality is that I am always doing something creative, actually more like 2-3 things. In my youth I compared it to…

Minimizing Cancer Treatment Side Effects Through Nutrition

When you are first diagnosed with cancer, you realize you are in for the fight of your life. Then come the treatments that can be very exhausting. When you are in such a serious fight, you will want all the weapons at your disposal. The doctors have done their part. But there…

The Price of Privilege

Above: Circa 2009, Elsa and Marcos after receiving a present from their Nana — it didn’t take much to make them happy. The other day my ex and I saw something on the news about the Dominican Republic. We saw a picture of a rainy, flooded street and it brought back a…

Love Marriage

A few months ago an Indian woman that I didn’t know asked to be my friend on Facebook. This was on my personal profile, not Amor y Sabor’s Facebook page. This happens a lot actually because of the blog and I usually accept because I consider all Facebook to be public anyway….

Granola Bars

Granola bars are a healthy, portable snack bu I dislike using processed foods, especially in quantity, so I decided to investigate how hard it would be to make my own granola bars. This is what I came up with. These are so easy and so good for you. I have practiced this…

The Miguel Sano Story

Due to my experience and writing in this blog about the Dominican Republic, I was contacted by the filmmakers for a new film called The Miguel Sano Story which is a a followup to their documentary called Ballplayer: Pelotero. I am always happy to oblige when it comes to supporting the arts…

Indian Winter Stew

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day and I will be cooking a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage but last week I made a delicious winter stew with Indian flavors that was worth a share. Lamb could be substituted for beef as well. Indian Winter Stew   Print Prep time 30…

Potential to Do Harm

[Photos © Eliza Alys Young, first posted on December 22, 2012] In the days since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, we have, as a country, struggled to make sense of it all. Every parent has thought of their own children on that day and are grateful they are…

Healthy Eating is Learned Young

It’s very interesting to watch American television with my ex, especially us both having lived outside of the U.S. for so long. I see our culture as a foreigner. So what do I see? I see dramas filled with crimes, medical conditions and dysfunctional families. I see silly comedies where the characters…

Sinless Chocolate Mousse

Above Photo Credit [Source] — I don’t have my own photo (yet) because we ate the mousse before I could take one! Ladies…we love our chocolate. Not to exclude you gents but we ladies really love our chocolate. But we don’t love the guilt, the fat, the extra inch on our thighs….

Where Dreams Come From

Above: “Hood Angel”, Photo @ Eliza Alys Young dream [source] noun a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep the sleeping state in which this occurs an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake an object seen in a dream a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie…

Flu Fighter

As everyone knows, it is flu season.  Many will go the traditional route and get a flu shot which is fine if that is what you prefer but I believe in the healing power of good food so I bucked the norm and chose not to get a flu shot for anyone…

Angel Wings

These have been likened to funnel cake or beignets and I would imagine they are very similar. Angel Wings, also know as “Krusciki” are Polish in origin. Little bow-tie fritters that are fried and dusted with powdered sugar. Like the jam cookies, they are not overly sweet. Best served hot as they…

Jam Cookies

These cookies are insanely good because they are not too sweet. The combination of the jam with the shortbread-like cookie is to die for. This cookie is a Hungarian recipe. Jam Cookies   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 25 mins   I can’t take credit for…

Ode to Cranberry

Photo above: Cranberry syrup on vanilla pancakes I love cranberries and they are not just for Thanksgiving! Here are two recipes that work together and highlight this lovely flavor. Cranberry Syrup   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 25 mins   Super easy to make and a…

Indian Spiced Potato Patties

[Photo Credit] This a a great recipe that is easy to make and to vary. Similar to latkes but with a different taste. Can be a snack by itself, served with chutney or even ketchup, a part of a brunch, or a side dish. The hot tip is soaking the potatoes first…