Cucumber Rounds with Hummus and Ratatouille

By Chef Kim Baretta This hors d’oeuvre is really refreshing.  It has become a staple at parties with vegan guests.  All 3 elements can be prepared the day before.   Makes 20 pieces   1 English cucumber   Hummus 2…

Mini Triple Chocolate Tart

By Chef Kim Baretta I found this recipe in an old Gourmet magazine and made it for Valentine’s Day.  This is the mini version.  They freeze well so, be sure to make a full batch.  They are a perfect small bite of dark chocolate,…

Gingered Squash and Pear Soup

By Chef Kim Baretta This soup is so quick and easy and it’s absolutely delicious.  It was in a Halloween magazine but can be served all winter long.  It is great in that it has no dairy.  It also freezes well. Makes 8 cups INGREDIENTS: 2…

Cannellini Bean, Roasted Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Dip

By Chef Kim Baretta This dip makes a nice change from hummus and is lower in fat.  Cannellini beans are a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and have a buttery, creamy quality.   They are also a good source of protein and fiber. 1…
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LIFE

LIFE It was my first day back in the Compass Plus program after the New Year Holiday and as ever Maureen was leading the participants in a creative and thought-provoking manner. My 11- year old Grandson, Brody, himself a seasoned volunteer,…
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Breathe Deep

Image Courtesy of Nick Follett  John Ratliff continues to write about the power of meditation. Breathe Deep Deep Breathing is a very powerful tool we all can use to improve our focus, reduce stress and help calm our minds. It only takes…
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Bizzy Beez

John Ratliff's poem about the "Bizzy Beez" brought a number of images and thoughts to my mind. The first being an artistic  photograph created by Barbara's God-daughter, Nicky Follett, who lives in England. She has a gift for capturing…
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Make me an Angel

From John Ratliff......... Make me an Angel Amélie accompanied me yesterday at Summit Place. During our set, one of the residents asked if Amélie might play a solo for her. Although she hadn’t prepared anything specific for the…
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Book Boxes

Purposeful reminiscing is good for your brain! From John Ratliff....... “Finally!” my wife exclaimed as I shared with her my intention to go through the three boxes of books in the garage that have been patiently waiting…
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'Tis The Season to Reminisce

Phyllis and Arthur Cooke: June 29, 1947 The Holiday Season is a time to enjoy your family, friends and all those you love. Especially, its a time for the children and grand children, embracing  their excitement in Santa and his…