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The Balanced Life: Healthy Meals  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Jan 06, 2014 - 12:43 PM
This morning, I’m feeling productive. It is the first Monday of 2014, and I woke up taking it in optimistic strides. Going to the gym, compiling leftovers for a healthy lunch, taking out the garbage, and other chores that the weekend aided in easily hiding out of plain sight.

Happy New Year…and cheers to 2014! 
By Jillian Bernardini - Jan 02, 2014 - 01:28 PM
Hello friends! I almost feel like today is January 1st because yesterday is a big cloudy blur of working 8am-5pm….then passing out around 9pm. Today, I am a bit more refreshed and feeling a sense of excitement for the new year and accompanying blizzard! I laugh when people live in Boston and they claim that they hate the snow. I think they are in the wrong corner of the US. Even though I’m 99% confident that I will...

Wintry dishes and holiday baking 
By Jillian Bernardini - Dec 17, 2013 - 01:20 PM
My walk to the gym is shy of half a mile from my apartment. I often spend this time with thoughts like, as long as you do a half hour it will be worth it, or what should I eat later after my workout, and sometimes, like today, wow it’s 12 degrees Fahrenheit outside; why am I doing this? Having lots of time by myself during the day, a bunch of random-silly-absurd-odd thoughts pass through my mind, but the incredibly brisk...

The simplicity of making citrusy curd  Recipe!
By Jillian Bernardini - Dec 09, 2013 - 10:02 AM
Thinking of a bright, verdant lime on a snowy-slushy day can perk up anyone’s mood. Citrus season is near, so I want to discuss and share a simple method of making homemade curd. Not exactly like curd, “curds and whey,” but more like curd that is spread on baked goods or found in a tarte citron, a traditional French custard pastry.

Dukkah: a complex spice blend new to the kitchen arsenal 
By Jillian Bernardini - Dec 07, 2013 - 04:03 PM
Fun to say, exciting to taste, dukkah is a unique medley of spices that also combines the toasty flavors of varying nuts and seeds. A condiment of Egyptian origin, this Middle Eastern spice mix is one of the most exotic combinations that I have welcomed into my pantry. There is no strict ingredient listing, as the array of spices, nuts, and even the use of chickpeas, can vary on the cook’s selection. The texture is not q...

Enhance the Homemade Cocktail: Seasonal Simple Syrup 
By Jillian Bernardini - Dec 06, 2013 - 10:13 AM
Picture yourself opening a plain mini-packet of granulated sugar, tearing it open, hoping that half of its contents don’t end up all over the counter, pouring those sweet granules into an iced tea or iced coffee, and then grimacing, frustratingly stirring the plastic straw to “mix” the sugar that already settled at the bottom of your drinking vessel and won’t really dissolve no matter how much you stir,...

It’s Time!! It’s Time!! Cozy, Cheery Holiday Season Treats+Eats 
By Jillian Bernardini - Dec 04, 2013 - 04:03 PM
Happy Holidays all! And more importantly, happy belated Thanksgiving! I am still full from the marathon of delectable eats we shared last Thursday. I’m certain that I blinked, and magically the calendar read December 1st! November became another one of those whirlwind months, so let me share with you some fun happenings in the hectic life that is ‘Jill Eats.’

Spread the ‘Aloha nui loa’ spirit with Aloha Spreads. 
By Jillian Bernardini - Nov 07, 2013 - 08:23 AM
One of many discoveries at the Waimea farmers’ market: local nut butters and honeys.  Using organic produce locally sourced from across the Hawaiian islands, Aloha Spreads creates spreads that are naturally sweet from raw lehua honey and are made in a variety of flavors.  These small batch, artisanal products provide a genuine taste of the Hawaiian food culture.

From Hawaii, new memories and inspiration. 
By Jillian Bernardini - Nov 04, 2013 - 10:53 AM
I remember it vividly: my first five steps out of the jet bridge, I take a deep breath.  It smells like release, the Pacific, and adventure.  I’m ready to escape responsibility, and to savor the exotic and unfamiliar.  One whole week of exploration on Oahu, trust me, it’s never enough time.

September Favorites 
By Jillian Bernardini - Sep 26, 2013 - 12:38 PM
Despite the first week of autumn welcoming itself to me with a first-of-the-season “common cold,” I have been traipsing around Boston’s neighborhoods discovering new food treats.  Some are locally made, a few consist of handmade chocolates, others are thick and jammy preserves, and a couple are plated masterpieces that inspire me to try new techniques in my kitchen.

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