Cristina Ferrare

Health Benefits Of Nuts & Seeds


Nuts and seeds make up an important part of any healthy diet. For years, I have been incorporating both not only into my diet, but also into my family’s diet, as well. Packed with nutrients and your recommended daily dose of protein, both nuts and seeds are no longer a side kick to your favorite dishes, but instead are standing alone as super foods that can play an essential role in healthy diet and disease prevention. Read more »

Vases Out Of Vegetables


It’s about that time again when you walk into your local grocery store and are welcomed by the colors of fall surrounded by the beautiful myriad of colored squashes, pumpkins, and cabbages.  I use them as bowls for stews, pureed soups, and as candleholders. I also use them to display floral arrangements for tablescapes. Here are a few examples.

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Terra Cotta Pot Halloween Wreath

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One of my favorite things about this DIY is that you can custom design it for any  season or holiday.  With Halloween just around the corner I wanted to make a wreath from terra cotta pots that is  spooktacular!   Read more »

Tip Tuesday: 5 Heart Healthy Swap Outs


Looking for ways to incorporate more heart healthy choices in to your diet? This week  for  Tip Tuesday I am sharing five food swaps that you can do in your daily routine  to help keep your heart healthy as well as reduce your calorie intake and boost your mood! Read more »

Pumpkin Soup


This is the perfect cold -weather soup, hot and creamy, without the calories! It’s one of my very favorite soups to serve all winter long. On Thanksgiving I offer it to my family and guests when they first arrive. I serve it in a demitasse cup or small coffee cup or teacup. It gives everyone something warm and satisfying to whet their appetites while waiting for the big meal. Read more »


We just returned from out family vacation in Italy where we enjoyed the heavenly cuisine. Pasta, risotto, gnocchi, ravioli for days. I especial enjoyed the ravioli dishes I tried.
Long gone are the filling my nona use to make, now they stuff these little pillows with, lobster, shrimp, short ribs all kind of vegetables and even fruit!
Fall is in the air and fall veggies are at hand. I made this delicate sweet potato ravioli with a lemon sage brown butter sauce, savory, sweet with a bit a tartness! Perfect fall dish!

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