Enjoy Life with Valerie’s Cookies

It is important to enjoy life. Obvious, but bears daily reminder. One thing living in New Orleans has taught me is –frequent celebration is the secret of life. If you ever need a prompt to get your celebration on, check out National Today, a fantastic website that regards every day as a holiday. For example, […]

Be A Cookie Monster this Christmas with Krusteaz

In Cookie Monster’s dreams, some famous cookie company arrives on his doorstep and puts boxes of their cookie mix and sprinkles in his blue carpet palms and his eyes spin opposite on their orbs like big banged worlds going round in a blink. Well, dreams come true, Cook. Call me Cookie Monster, and thanks to […]

I Love Yuzu

My Seattle in-laws are coming for a visit so I’m pulling out all my old salmon recipes to score some points! It’s still pretty summery here in New Orleans, and there is this citrus-esque stuff called yuzu really does it for me. You can blend it up as a marinade for fish, or swizzle it […]

Coconut Curried Red Lentil Dip with a side of Meditation

We’ve been hunkered down here in back-to-school/back-to-medicine hustle and bustle. I’m experimenting with how to use meditation as a way to bottle and slow-release my own vacations and the accompanying good vibrations back into my life—a redistribution technique of joy. Here’s the current method: take a photo you took on your most recent vacation or […]