Colourful side salad

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This is a great change from a green salad.

This slightly sweet and tart slaw really perks up a dull meal.

Red cabbage is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

It is also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin,

Folate, Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium,

and a very good source of fiber, Vitamins A, C, K, and B6,

as well as Potassium and Manganese. This salad is low in calories due

to the type of vegetables and the low amount of oil.

Finely slice 2 cups or about half of a small head of well-rinsed red cabbage

that you have patted dry. You can use a mandolin or do it by hand with a sharp knife. I use an 8 inch Kyocera ceramic knife.

Slice about a third of a medium sweet onion very thinly and cut the slices in quarters.

Grate 1 very large peeled carrot.

Grate 1 well washed organic apple (optional)

Mix and salt very lightly with kosher or sea salt


¼ organic apple cider vinegar

1-2 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. grainy mustard (you can use Dijon)

1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed

1½ to 2 tbsp. good oil


Mix well and toss with the slaw



Crunchy Herbed Guacamole

imusa-lemon-squeezerIt may be fall, but the weather is still perfect for casual

patio entertaining. Guacamole with warm artisan Taco chips

with spicy Salsa is favourite at my house.

I end up squeezing tons of lemons and limes for

the avocados and drinks. My favourite citrus squeezer is

made by IMUSA. If you haven’t  heard of it,

it is the leading Hispanic cookware brand.

We have at least five different citrus presses –

including a stunning vintage chrome Deco number. But our little

handheld IMUSA is our go-to! I use it for cooking and making drinks

– including Margaritas! I love it because it is so easy and quick

to use and clean. Even my little hands can get all the juice!

And the price of IMUSA is so reasonable!

Crunchy Herbed Guacamole

by George Duran for IMUSA

2 ripened avocados

¼ cup cilantro

¼ cup fresh chives

Juice of ½ lime

Bottled Chipotle Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)

3 small red radishes

Kosher salt or table salt, to taste

Scoop avocado flesh inside a Molcajete and add the cilantro, chopped chives, lime juice, and chipotle sauce. (I haven’t tried the IMUSA Granite Molcajete yet:  but I am going my hands on it soon).

Gently mash with the pestle until the desired consistency is reached.

Fold in diced radishes and season with salt to taste.

DolceDolce tip: Serve with gently warmed artisan-made Taco chips.

I always warm the chips and look for local, artisan-made chips.

This is also excellent with cold a Margarita

My House Margarita recipe 

For one drink

Juice of 2 fresh limes

(Rub rim of glass with rind of cut lime and then rub the wet rim in a little Kosher or  Sea Salt to coat)

2 tsp. of simple syrup homemade or bought

½ ounce orange, liqueur- use any good brand

2 ounces silver Tequila

Shake or stir with ice and pour over fresh ice in salt rimmed glass.



Doctor approved infused-water recipes

Healthy water ready for spin class!

Healthy water ready for spin class!

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If you resist buying infused-bottle water to avoid the environmental

impact and expense there is no reason you need to miss out on the benefits

We have recipes from top experts that we think taste better and fresher – You may agree. And there is no worry about what is in them because you control the quality!

And when water tastes this good – you drink more of it. I know I do!


DolceDolce note:

I used my Citrus Zinger Infusion Set sample to make the citrus and cucumber recipes. It made it so easy and very pretty too. The cucumber slicer connects to the 28oz BPA/EA-free bottle so it is easy to cut a ribbon of fresh cucumber right into the water. My set also includes the Citrus Zinger harnesses the power of fresh fruits by preserving their taste, aroma, hue, vitamins and minerals.



Here are the recipes:

All set work and hydrate!

All set work and hydrate!


 Mango Ginger

This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. a NYC anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.


Grapefruit Rosemary

Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.


Melon Mix

Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”


Citrus Mint Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds.


Cucumber Lavender

“The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.


Pineapple Coconut WaterThis one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate overnight with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, and collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”

Water does not have to be boring, it can be delicious. Drink up and enjoy the many benefits!


Pomegranate Soup

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When we lived in Moscow I grew to crave the fresh and

spicy food from the region. I was not alone most Russians adore it too.

We spent many a fine evening listening to balalaika music

while enjoying dishes tart with pomegranates and redolent with fresh herbs.

This colourful soup is a recipe from Samarkand: Recipes & Stories

from Central Asia & the Caucasus Hardcover by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford.


Pomegranate Soup

Serves 4

150g yellow split peas

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 onions, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 litre hot vegetable stock ( You can fine good tasting organic in most supermarkets)

400ml pomegranate juice

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses pinch of sugar (optional)

2 spring onions, chopped

150g spinach leaves, roughly chopped a handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves,

Roughly chopped a handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves, roughly chopped

sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

To serve seeds of 1/2 pomegranate 1 tablespoon mint leaves, thinly sliced


This is an Azerbaijani soup with sweet, tart and complex spice flavours.

Substitute the split peas for green or brown lentils if you prefer.

Unless your split peas are very fresh, soak them overnight in cold water.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and soften the onions.

Add the garlic and spices and stir for a minute or two, until fragrant.

Tip in the split peas, add the stock and pomegranate juice and bring to the boil.

Cook for 30-45 minutes, until the split peas are tender.

Add more hot water if you want a thinner broth.

Stir in the pomegranate molasses and taste the soup for seasoning.

If it is tart, a pinch of sugar will mellow the flavour.


Red, White and Berry Watermelon Cooler

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A Signature cocktail is fun and easy way to entertain.

Set up your bar with wine, beer, soft drinks, water and one stand out cocktail for

a fabulous summer soiree or afternoon BBQ.

Smirnoff Red, White & Berry is a limited edition vodka infused with

cherry, citrus and blue raspberry. It is even more refreshing with fresh watermelon juice, lime, and mint.

Try our Red, White and Berry Watermelon Cooler at your next party.

Red, White and Berry Watermelon Cooler

Liquefy, strain and chill the juice from one fresh cut,

seedless watermelon, use only half a melon if the one you have is large.

1 ½ ounce Smirnoff Red, White & Berry Vodka, chilled

3 ½ ounces fresh watermelon juice

Juice 1 lime per drink

Handful of well rinsed mint leaves

Muddle (smash) some mint with ice in the bottom of

a cocktail shaker, with crushed ice

Add vodka, watermelon

Shake and pour over fresh crushed ice

Garnish with mint and enjoy!




Blueberry Thyme Smash

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 If you are looking for a new and refreshing cocktail to add a twist to-Blueberry Thyme Smash

your Memorial Day celebrations, try this Blueberry Gin-Spiked drink made

with refreshing lime from The Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar in NYC.


2 parts The Botanist Gin

¾ part fresh lime

1 part simple syrup

10 blueberries

2 sprigs of thyme

Muddle 7 blueberries and 1 sprig of thyme in a mixing glass

Add rest of ingredients with ice, shake well until chilled and strain over fresh ice.

Simple Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Combine ingredients in a saucepan

Bring to boil and simmer until sugar is fully dissolved, stirring frequently

Set aside to cool.


Sprig of thyme and 3 blueberries on a noshi gushi (knotted bamboo) skewer




Bikini friendly cocktails!

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Beach season will be here before you know it, so it is time to get into shape. Blue Ice Vodka is handcrafted, gluten free, NON-GMO potato Vodka with half the calories of your standard vodka. It contains, according to its makers contains, precisely 52 calories per ounce. So if you are looking for a bikini-friendly cocktail try it straight up or in the recipe below.

Vodka Lemon

2 ounces of Blue Ice Vodka

2 tsp of Lemon Juice

2 tsp sugar (1 tsp Petite Canne Sugar Cane Syrup, very pure prepared sweet sugar syrup that will dissolve completely in cocktails.)

Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with a little lemon juice and dip in ½ of the sugar to frost. Mix vodka and remaining lemon juice and sugar in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.


Clean water

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After the horrible water crisis in Flint, Michigan most of us are looking at our city water

with a new and, perhaps, more suspect eye. ZeroWater is the leader in water filtration.

ZeroWater has added a sleek, 8-cup Stainless Steel Pitcher. I love the sample they sent.

It looks perfect in my modern kitchen. It is BPA- free and comes with a laboratory-grade water testing meter. The meter is useful as it tells you when you need a new filter.

The ZeroWater filtration system removes “virtually all dissolved solids from tap water,

so you taste nothing but the water”. They use 5 different technologies.

According to the company, “ZeroWater is the only water filtration system

to receive NSF endorsement for its reduction capabilities in chromium-3, chromium-6 and lead”.

I thoroughly looked into ZeroWater the first time we featured them.

I was so impressed that since that time they are only table-top water filter in my house.

And when the handle broke on my original blue pitcher after a year they replaced it -no problem!

ZeroWater also reports: “We have been very instrumental in getting

clean water to Flint through our Filters for Flint Program.”

I have used a ZeroWater pitcher for years. My husband and I both really like it.

We also love the new stainless pitcher. It is perfect for our kitchen.

They make different sizes and models from portable to family size.