Entries by Debbie Anderson


Wendy Mitchell’s Extraordinary Alzheimer’s Memoir (diagnosed at age 58)

The Observer Autobiography and memoir Interview Wendy Mitchell on her extraordinary Alzheimer’s memoir Nicci Gerrard Diagnosed at 58, Mitchell was determined not to be beaten: ‘Why feel ashamed of having a complex brain disease?’ The word can seem like a sentence, and the sentence can bring a sense of helplessness, dread, despair. Dementia – the […]


Mayo Clinic – “Mediterranean Diet: A Heart-Healthy Eating Plan”

The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet is a healthy eating plan based on typical foods and recipes of Mediterranean-style cooking. Here’s how to adopt the Mediterranean diet. By Mayo Clinic Staff If you’re looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — […]

Whole Grains Fact Sheet

Whole Grain (and some seeds) Factsheet Healthy and filling (protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron, fiber). Linked to many health benefits, especially when part of a Mediterranean lifestyle. This includes less brain shrinkage, ie healthier brains. ½ cup of cooked whole grains equals one serving. A grain is considered to be a whole grain […]

Learning to Live the Mediterranean Lifestyle

Brain Healthy Eating:  Learning to Live the Mediterranean Lifestyle   The Mediterranean Lifestyle is proven: Ancel Keys 7 Countries study from the 1950’s World Health Organization Guidelines, 1990 Blue Zones by Dan Buetner, 2009:  Sardinia, Loma Linda, Okinawa, Ikaria, Nicoya The Mediterranean Lifestyle: Consistent Exercise Healthy Eating Lifelong Learning Staying Connected Meditation/Yoga   Benefits Include Reduced […]

Olive Oil Cake

By Chef Kim Baretta This recipe was featured in Bon Appetit.  It is so moist with a lovely texture.   I use a good quality grocery store olive oil in the cake, but an expensive finishing olive oil or lemon flavored olive oil to drizzle on the cake once done baking.  It lasts easily for 4-5 […]

Fresh Macerated Strawberries

By Chef Kim Baretta This is a perfect summer recipe for dessert.  It’s quick, easy, healthy and requires no heating up of the kitchen!  You can easily substitute other berries or peaches.  You could serve with a small dollop of lightly sweetened mascarpone to make this dish more special.   Serves 8-10 1/3 cup good […]

Grilled Shrimp Wrapped in Mango

By Chef Kim Baretta   This is a light and fresh appetizer.  While its flavors are more Indian than the Mediterranean, it fits all the guidelines to the Mediterranean lifestyle.  Make sure you buy ripe, but not overripe mangoes.   Makes 24 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves 1 jalapeno, cored, seeded and chopped Juice of […]

Stuffed Eggplant with Tzatziki

By Chef Kim Baretta This is a wonderful make ahead dish.  The original recipe calls for ground lamb, but I substituted cooked lentils the first time I made it.   It’s perfect to serve at room temperature on a hot day.   Make extra tzatziki so you are sure to have leftovers to serve with whole wheat […]