Tuscan Chef and Author Gabriele Corcos’ Brooklyn Life
by Gayle Wilson
From the tender age of 5, Tuscan chef and cookbook author Gabriele Corcos cooked with his grandmother. By 7, he was skilled enough to have earned an inheritance: her recipe for almond cake. He recalls, “She entrusted me with a family heirloom, although I didn’t really see it that way at first.” The recipe sharing was life-defining for Corcos. Besides freeing him from having to rely on her for cake, it reinforced his growing reverence for food and his love of family.
In December 2012, Mahdi Bourhim’s mother, Rkia, traveled from Morocco to visit the Philadelphia area. Bourhim took his mother to a high end cosmetics store that carries a well-known line of argan oil cosmetics. With a lifetime of experience picking and grinding argan nuts to extract their oil, his mother was unimpressed with the products found here in the U.S. She found that not only were they not fresh, but they had been mixed with other substances. With the assistance of his mother and aunts in Morocco, Bourhim has been able to produce pure, authentic argan oil and import it here to Bath, Pennsylvania.
Just as the winter brings various ailments that we associate with cold weather, the warmer temperatures evoke their own set of issues. Instead of reaching into the medicine cabinet for acetaminophen after playing a little too hard on the beach, try natural remedies from homeopathy that are just as effective and less harmful to the body.
For the 15 million Americans who live with life threatening food allergies, there is no vacation—summer or otherwise—from the vigilance required to stay safe. Every season has its own challenges. During the winter and spring holidays it may be altering favorite family recipes or explaining the dangers of cross contamination to a relative. Often, it can also mean feeling it necessary to cook every single element of a meal personally.
It’s grilling season, which also means grill upkeep season. Taking care of the family grill doesn’t have to be a yearly project. Whether dealing with a top-of-the-line model or a gets-the-job-done version, performing periodic tasks all summer long will ensure that grill sees many more seasons to come.
In 1975, engineer Tom Dickson was grinding grains when he envisioned creating the perfect mixer to mill flour so he could make wholesome bread. Just as the smoothie was becoming popularized, Dickson had developed his commercial blending machine, called Blendtec.
Authors Cheryl Dodd Baldwin and Mary Ellen Finerty teach us about invoking grace, flow and ease into our lives with their book, Living with Grace, Flow and Ease. Each chapter is a story told by one of the two authors, taking turns relating how their experiences as touch healers are enhanced with these three single-syllable words.
Lu Ann Cahn, despite being an eight-time Emmy award winner for Channel 10, felt overwhelmed by all the new technology that had not been available when she started her TV career decades ago. As those of us over 50 know, the learning curve for recent technology can be steep. Cahn resisted learning all these “new-fangled gadgets”, but soon realized that keeping her head in the sand or entrenching herself in this rut of resistance would not work if she wanted to stay in her field.
Paolo Propato, known by many for his free meditation classes in Bucks County, has joined the staff of Bridge Acupuncture, in Doylestown, as a practitioner. The Bucks County and Florence, Italy native had many remarkable experiences with acupuncture, which inspired him to pursue studies and become a licensed acupuncturist.
Arlene and Larry Green, of the U.S. Kinesiology Training Institute, are coming to the Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE area in August and September to teach several sessions on balancing the body’s muscles and relieving pain. Anyone interested in learning a variety of hands-on skills to enhance their own health and share with others is welcome.