Three Bean Salad

By Chef Kim Baretta Beans are such a great source of fiber and protein that you should eat them every day.  This salad is a perfect accompaniment to fish or chicken or can be served as a light lunch. Serves 6-8 Dressing 1 large shallot,…

Farro Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

By Chef Kim Baretta I served this at a “girls’ night out” and it was a huge hit.   Farro makes it nutty, chewy and filling. It holds well in the fridge for a few days.  Just don’t add the cilantro and walnuts until ready to serve…

Avocado Toast

By Chef Kim Baretta Avocado toast is my favorite breakfast.  Think of it as a canvas that you can top with anything you’d like…from feta, to a poached egg, to leftover shrimp from dinner the night before.   Here, I keep it simple and…

Roasted Green Beans with Lemon, Pine Nuts & Parmigiano

By Mike Cooke and Davide Giannotti 1-1/4 lb. fresh green beans, rinsed well, stem ends trimmed 1 small head garlic 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest (from 1 to 2 medium lemons), plus…
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ALZHEIMER’S: BILL GATES TO THE RESCUE?

  Bill and Melinda Gates Finally! We have someone of substance, indeed a philanthropist of global renown, with a voice that people of all persuasions will listen too. A man with a major Foundation, able to lead and bring huge finance…
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GO BACK IN TIME AND SPEAK TO YOURSELF!

I'm 69 years old (yes I admit it) although my Grandkids probably think I'm older than that, or "really old"! I hope that along the way I have become a little wiser than I was as a pre- teenage kid, but sometimes my mind wanders back to when…
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CONNECTIONS CLASS: THEIR FAVORITE MUSIC

"I Believe"  Elvis Presley I believe for every drop of rain that falls A flower grows I believe that somewhere in the darkest night A candle glows I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come To show the way I believe,…
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MUSIC TO MY EARS!

"There's nothing you can do that can't be done Nothing you can sing that can't be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It's easy". John Lennon - The Beatles - from "All You Need is Love" I have some really…
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RAISE YOUR VOICE!

Let me start by saying that I make no apology for returning to a theme discussed elsewhere in my posts over the past year! Neither is this a political commentary. It is about fact and reality, passionately stated on behalf of our caregivers…
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ART: A GIFT TO BE TREASURED

ALL OF THE ART FEATURED IN THIS BLOG HAS BEEN PAINTED BY OUR AMAZING CONNECTIONS CLASS PARTICIPANTS! Some people are born with the God given talent to be an artist. e.g. a painter, sculptor or a musician. The remarkable gift, can…