Monthly Archives: March 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged II

Here is an arrangement of shopping bags at the Macy’s Departmental Store in New York City.  This flagship store is a shopper’s delight of eight floors covering an entire block in the middle of the city.  Visitors to the city can pick up a shopping pass for 11% discounted prices!!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

Brioche menorahs arranged……at Eli’s Bread, Grand Central Terminal, New York City


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Eat Chocolate Daily And Get Slimmer?

This study sounds too good to be true….a National Institutes of Health funded study conducted by the Department of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego, found people who eat chocolate more frequently tend to be thinner than those who consume the sweet treat less often. 

Researchers asked nearly 1,000 adults in Southern California questions about types of food and beverages including how many times a week they ate chocolate. Body mass index, which is a measure of body fat, was also calculated as part of the study.  The participants who ate chocolate more often didn’t consume fewer calories overall, or exercise more, than their non-chocoholic counterparts. In fact, the more frequent chocolate eaters consumed more total calories! 

The researchers caution that the study doesn’t prove a link between frequent chocolate munching and weight loss. 

Rather, the findings suggest that the health benefits of chocolate may be linked to how many times in a given week chocolate is eaten rather than the total amount consumed in that week, says the study’s lead researcher, Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Eating a small amount of chocolate each of five days during a week was linked to a lower BMI, even if the person ate more calories overall and didn’t exercise more than other participants.

These findings were published as a research letter in the recent Archives of Internal Medicine, and this article details the study.

Madhu, this one seems just right for you – not sure you’ll read it all 🙂


Posted by on March 28, 2012 in General, Healthcare


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Through II

Searching for some particular pictures, I chanced upon this picture of the sunset…….through the leaves and branches…..


Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Photography, PostaWeek2012


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

View of a magnificent New York skyscraper seen through an opening between two other skyscrapers…


Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Photography, PostaWeek2012


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Stuffed Sweet Peppers

The weather has already turned balmy in NY and spring is in the air, golden yellow daffodils blooming, trees and shrubs flowering, and the pollen causing allergy sufferers to suffer very early in the year.  Yesterday afternoon was particularly warm for March, and I decided to go for a long walk and soak in some gorgeous afternoon sun.  Walking in the neighborhood, these beautiful sweet peppers caught my attention.  I knew I had to take some home with me and wondered what was I going to make with these lovely peppers, they looked too beautiful to leave behind.  So, an hour later, a pile of beautiful red and orange peppers sat on the kitchen counter, waiting to be dressed and served.

Just the other day I had seen Freshly Pressed Sweet Mini Peppers by We Call Him Yes! Chef! and checked it out again.  Hmmm, what else? And suddenly I knew I could stuff them with some cheese and herbs.  As always, the pantry and refrigerator are great inspiration for a recipe.  Are you like me who can stand and stare at the items on the shelves for several minutes?  Nothing new has mysteriously appeared on those shelves, yet I keep looking.  A few minutes of searching and moving cans and other items, I had some feta cheese, black pitted olives, fresh cilantro (had no fresh parsley), scallions, some leftover salami, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese.  After some dicing, mincing, grating, and crumbling, everything went into a bowl.  A quick toss and swirl and the filling was ready.

It took some time to slit the peppers lengthwise and remove the stems and seeds – then they were ready to be filled.

The peppers were stuffed with the filling.  I did not add salt but some freshly ground black pepper and grated parmesan cheese was sprinkled on top followed by a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.  The peppers went into a 400-degree pre-heated oven until the cheese was melting and gooey. 

It was tasty – olives, cheese, salami, breadcrumbs – can one go wrong with this combo?  It is a perfect appetizer – I know for sure that I’m buying more peppers before the store runs out of it.  Now, let me finish off the last few peppers – why save them when they are delicious warm and toasty?

Salami is optional – sausages would be ideal too.  Or, you could have a vegetarian filling and leave out the salami/sausage.  The next time I would try some other ingredients for a twist on this recipe – any suggestions?


Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Recipes


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

When you are strolling along NY streets, something unusual surely catches your attention……..



Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Photography, PostaWeek2012


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