Cooking Demos 2006

Kusum Gupta "Lentils: Small but Mighty"


Holly Ann Shelkowitz (Constant Cravings)

Organic Nectars "Sweet-N-Slo Using Slo-Carb Agave Nectar in Gourmet Dipping Sauces"

Jennifer Stack, MS, RD, CDE Harmonious Family Meals

Delicious, Healthy and Clean Food That Has It All! Presented by Ric Orlando


Are you doing all you can to stay healthy and help prevent future problems with delicious and nutritious meals and snacks?

Learn easy, new ways to prepare and enjoy your favorite foods from several talented chefs and renowned nutritionists. With their great ideas and recipes, you may not even realize you're decreasing your risk of heart attack, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and other diseases and conditions. Oh, and best of all  free tastings!

Enjoy and learn from these great demonstrations and workshops:


Lentils: Small But Mighty
by Kusum Gupta

Indulge your appetite, spice up dinnertime and treat your taste buds to an exciting array of flavors. Kusum Gupta shares her wisdom about foods from India that are high in fiber, and low in saturated fats and cholesterol , with a concentration on how to include lentils in our daily diet.

Find out why Rebecca Rothbaum of the Poughkeepsie Journal, wrote: Healthful, nutritious food often suffers a reputation, deserved or not, as bland, dry and generally unappealing. Kusum Gupta is doing her best to turn that notion on its head.

Kusum Gupta is the author of Recipes with a Spice - Indian Cuisine for Balanced Nutrition, a collection of 260 recipes from different regions of India, using whole grains, lentils, vegetables, and different spices and herbs. A graduate of Delhi University, Gupta worked for IBM in the US for nearly 25 years before retiring in 1992. Her love of cooking and her quest to promote multiculturalism and a healthy way to live have led her to teach Indian cooking in several community education programs.


Constant Cravings
by Holly Ann Shelkowitz, Certified Nutrition Counselor/Whole Foods Chef

Do you find yourself frequently craving sweets? Chocolate? Bread and other carbohydrates? Do you find that you need coffee, a sweet snack or chocolate to get you through the day or night? Does your energy level seem to crash around 3 p.m.?

holly_shelowitz.jpgIf you are answering "yes" to any of these questions, please join us as Holly Ann Shelkowitz sheds some light on the meaning of those cravings.

By examining your daily lifestyle choices and behavioral patterns, you will learn easy, tangible ways to take better care of yourself. You'll leave this class with an understanding of the intimate language of your body and then you cangive it what it truly craves.

Holly Ann Shelkowitz is a Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, and is a Certified Nutrition Counselor, accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). In addition, she holds a certificate of advanced herbal apprenticeship with Pamela Montgomery, and has studied with leaders in the field of herbology and aromatheraphy. She lectures and teaches classes and workshops throughout the United States and Europe.


Sweet-N-Slo: Using Slo-Carb Agave Nectar in Gourmet Dipping Sauces:
Organic Nectars

At the recent ExpoWest, the world's largest natural foods expo held in Los Angeles in March '05, keynote speaker Andrew Weil, M.D., leading expert on nutrition and health, pointed out that one of the top health concerrns facing Americans today is "diabesity," the link between diabetes and obesity. This epidemic is caused largely by the standard American diet of overprocessed, overcooked fast foods, depleted grains and highly refined sugars and chemical sweetners. Americans are currently in a chronic state of malnutrition even though they're eating more than ever before.

According to Brenda Davis, RD and Tom Barnard, MD, authors of Defeating Diabetesagave.gif and noted dieticians and nutritional scientists, "the one caloric sweetner that stands out above all others for people with blood sugar challenges is agave syrup, which has a lower glycemic index than any other nutritive sweetner."

At Organic Nectars, we apply our culinary, nurtitional and promotional expertise to offer gourmet-quality raw, organic component condiments and develop recipes to inspire the food industry and home chef. To replace refined sugars and corn syrup, we use only pure, low glycemic ingredients such as our 100% raw, organic agave nectar, integrating it into all cuisines. At our presentation at the Women's Health Expo, we'll demonstrate how to create easy-to-make Asian dipping sauces and discuss how you can incorporate this revolutionary sweetener into your day-to-day cooking repertoire for healthy, delicious and fulfilling dishes.


Harmonious Family Meals
Simple Ways to Feed Your Family When Everyone Has Different Diet Needs
by Jennifer Stack, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Culinary Institute Trained Chef

If you are struggling to provide healthy meals that your family will eat, this presentation will show you how to make it happen. Jennifer Stack, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., a Registered Dietitian and an award-winning graduate of The Culinary Institute of America will discuss ways to juggle everyones nutritional needs and preferences without preparing separate meals. Simple recipes and meal ideas will be provided.

Jennifer Stack has over 12 years experience providing counseling for people with difficult dietary problems, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity/overweight and eating disorders. Her training includes a Master of Science degree in nutrition from New York University and a dietetic internship at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Stack is an award-winning graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, a registered dietician, and has been a guest on CNN, MTV, ABC-TVs Good Morning America, and The Food Network. She has written for Cooking Light and Womans Day magazines, and has had stories syndicated through The Associated Press News Service. Stack is chef and proprietor at Cedar Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast.


Delicious, Healthy and Clean  Food That Has It All!
Presented by Ric Orlando

For a Real Treat - Drop by to Learn What Chef Ric Orlando is Cooking Up! Professional Chef Ric Orlando stated, We Want Clean Food, referring to his healthy vision of food and nutrition. He is a firm believer in connecting flavorful gourmet dishes and health foods and he consistently practices this concept in his own kitchen(s). Ric hopes to inspire cooks and food lovers to realize that they can create tasty gourmet delicacies that can be deemed "clean". He encourages the usage of sustainable seafood, free-range grazing methods, isoflavones and antioxidants.

Orlando has a varied background of punk rocker, model, poet, music video star and producer and accomplished chef. He is the executive chef and driving force, along with his wife, Liz, behind the famous Saugerties, New York New World Home Cooking Cafe and New World Catering. Orlando has trained and cooked in the kitchens of some of the most widely respected chefs in the United States. He can be seen on the PBS network series, Ric Orlando's TV Kitchen, WMHT.PBS/Schenectady, N.Y. He has been published numerous times, lectures as a cooking instructor and, he donates time at numerous charitable events.

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