CultureKitty Is Now Fresh And Lively!

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but it hasn’t been for lack of inspiration. I’ve been hard at work on a brand new website and blog, complete with a new name: Fresh and Lively! (Cue fireworks, streamers, and Blur’s Song 2!) I so appreciate the support you all have given CultureKitty over the […]

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Roasted Beet Hummus With Toasted Caraway Seeds

Healthy Roasted Beet Hummus recipe - vegan, paleo, clean

You guys, my whole kitchen is pink. (And no, we haven’t repainted.) It’s because I’ve been making this beet hummus recipe several times a week since I invented it on Super Bowl Sunday. And so, at any given time, you’ll find several puddles of pink beet juice splattering my counter top, dotting my dish towels, […]

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Easy Vegan Chocolate Truffle Recipe for Valentine's Day - Paleo, raw, healthy, clean, no-cook, treats

If my husband’s name was a dictionary entry, it would look something like this: Scott: (Sk-AH-t) n. A large, bearded fellow who hates Valentines Day, but loves pastries, ice cream, cookies, and anything sweet and chocolatey. Synonyms: sweet tooth, sugar freak, chocoholic While I hate Valentine’s Day as much as he does (We’re a regular match made in heaven!), I’ll […]

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I Read Rachel Hollis’ New Book And Here’s What I Think

Book Review: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis’ success is nothing short of meteoric. A year ago, I couldn’t have told you who she was. An ex-boyfriend’s neighbor? My best friend’s co-worker? The dog walker I run into every Tuesday? But in the past year, I’ve come to admire the momentum this self-educated self help guru has managed to create. Do […]

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Five Reasons I’ll Never Live In San Francisco

Why I Love Living In Mill Valley

Before my die-hard SF friends get upset, I need to clarify something: this is not a piece bashing San Francisco. As a former journalist and SF city editor, I have a deep and genuine love for the city by the bay. I just prefer to live near it as opposed to in it. Here are […]

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What Is An Oil’s Smoke Point + Why Do We Care?

What Is A Smoke Point + Why Do We Care? Tips for healthy cooking

Up until a few years ago, I cooked everything in extra virgin olive oil. Not only was I sold on its heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory omegas but as a French- and Italian-American, it’s what I grew up with! While I was wary of it’s low smoke point (and annoyed by the acrid taste this produces), I was […]

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Vegan Chocolate Cake Batter Spread

Vegan Chocolate Cake Batter Spread Recipe! A healthy Valentine's Day treat!

I’ll never forget when I first learned that the chocolate fountain was a real thing. I was 11, and a family friend was going to have one at his Barmitzvah. He was VERY excited about this. I, however, was skeptical. The concept of an actual fountain spouting liquid chocolate simply seemed too good to be […]

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8 Unexpected Reasons To Start Working Out

8 Unexpected Reasons To Start Working Out

My last post explained how New Year’s resolution to get healthy changed my life. So it may seem hypocritical for me to say that I don’t think it’s a good idea to start working out just because it’s a new year. I’m not saying you shouldn’t start your exercise plan this month. What I am saying […]

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The Best New Year’s Resolution I Ever Made

How a promise to eat healthy and quit smoking 13 years ago changed my life.

Thirteen years ago, I made two decisions that changed my life: I quit smoking and started living a healthy lifestyle. One pregnancy and a million other life changes later, and I’m still doing it. This is the story of the New Year’s resolution that changed my life. A Little Backstory My generation may have been the […]

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Why Cardamom Is The New Turmeric + 10 Ways To Use It

10 Ways To Cook With Cardamom

There’s a reason every culture uses herbs and spices in its cooking. Not only do they make food taste better, some of them also help us feel better. I tend to use a lot of cardamom this time of year. After all, it pairs so well with holiday flavors of ginger and orange! But when I looked […]

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