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Bone Suckers and Bone Builders

Did you know that every bone in your body is constantly changing?  Bones are made of cells that grow and die, just like every other tissue in your body, and every day, you lose some bone but then it’s replaced. When you’re young (until your 20s), your bones are doing lots of growing and strengthening, so you tend to gain more bone mass than you lose. But around the age of 30, everyone’s bones start to break down a bit more quickly, and new bone is replaced a bit more slowly.  So if you’re a women who is over the age of 30, you need to show your bones some love every day to help maintain them.  If you’re a postmenopausal woman, you REALLY need to pour on the love, because the process of breaking down bone density really accelerates, and the process of forming new bone slows down considerably after menopause. Continue Reading..

Baked Ricotta with Caramelized Tomatoes

I’m smitten. Cheese. Bread.  Roasted Tomatoes.  I had a variation of this dish as an appetizer in a restaurant last week, and as I was eating it, all I could think was, why does ricotta cheese only get used in lasagna and Italian desserts? And why, oh why, have I never thought to bake it before? The only time I actually pick up a container of ricotta is when I think it’s sour cream, and I grab it by mistake.  What is wrong with me?

True, it’s a pretty bland tasting cheese, but that actually makes it the perfect partner for SO many different flavors. Like lemon zest and fresh thyme. Or garlic and rosemary. Or just fresh herbs and olive oil. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!  Yes, I’m screaming at you. Continue Reading..

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