Cooking Demos 2008


Jim Robertson: Eat to Live & Live to Eat



Don Lewis: Wild Hive Farm


Kusum Gupta: "A Tasty Technique With Greens"


Julia Elliott: Pack a Healthy Lunch


Holly Anne Shelowitz: Understand Your Sweet Cravings.

A Tasty Technique With Greens
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Kusum Gupta, a gourmet cook for healthy meals will demonstrate how to incorporate multiple servings of greens and other vegetables in a sumptuous dish. It is topped with freshly made cheese. The recipe is given below and is from her book Recipes with a Spice - Indian Cuisine for Balanced Nutrition. Visit her at . She has also published Hindu Spirituality - A Practical Approach Based on the Bagwad Gita. Her prime interest is finding new ways to cook and promoting a healthy wy to live, physically and spiritually. The recipe is available here.

Kusum Gupta, a graduate from Delhi University, India, worked at International Business Machines (IBM) for nearly 25 years and retired as Advisory Programmer in 1992. Since then, she has been involved in several community activities such as:

  • The Dutchess County Interfaith Council and Hindu Samaj; she gives presentations on Hindu Spirituality.
  • The India Festival; she organizes this event in collaboration with local organizations to promote multiculturalism.
  • Continuing Education Programs in schools; she teaches Indian Cooking and provides general cooking presentations.
  • Served on the board of €˜Community Family Development' for several years. Acted as President for two terms.

Her prime interest is finding new ways to cook and promoting healthy ways to live physically and spiritually. She has also published:

  • Recipes with a Spice - From Asian Indian Kitchens
  • Hindu Spirituality - A Practical Approach Based on the Bhagwad Gita.

Eat to Live & Live to Eat
By Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson a.k.a. €œChef Jim€ has been cooking for over 34 years. He is a health and nutritional consultant and one of the top chefs and culinary presentors in North America. A Vietnam Veteran, having served with the United States Navy, a graduate from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, cooking instructor, author of three cookbooks, past owner of J.P.Littles restaurant in New Paltz, NY, President of Chefworld Inc., Chefworld Seasonings & Gourmet Foods, and Chefworld Pet Gourmet.

Chef Jim is s a firm believer that if you season your food properly, using the right seasonings, utensils, and proper cooking methods, you will always make great tasting food.

Jim has a passion for teaching the proper method of food preparation by using the nutritional gourmet health system method. This method of cooking will not only save you time in the kitchen, but will help you and your family retain important vitamins and minerals that are lost through traditional cooking methods, and will also help to eliminate the added grease and fats, giving you and your family a healthier lifestyle.

Julia Elliott
Help Curb Childhood Obesity: Pack a Healthy Lunch

With a rise in the number of overweight children, parents must be extra vigilant when planning meals. Understand some critical components regarding the fight against childhood obesity and how packing their lunch can be less expensive and healthier. Julia Elliott, mother and grandmother, will share some valuable tips and recipes that will help battle this rising epidemic.

Don Lewis
Wild Hive Farm

Don was raised on a farm in the Hudson Valley. His experience with the food system is rather extensive, ranging from commercial beekeeping to aquaculture and farming. He is currently living on the Wild Hive Farm in Clinton Corners, located in Dutchess County. Aside from growing Shiitake mushrooms, he is operating a sustainable flour mill and bakery using only freshly milled, locally grown organic grains. His commitment to providing access to clean, local foods is highlighted in the variety of breads, grains and flours that he sells; his product line showcases not just good taste but the restoration of heritage grains and the right to healthy, nutritious food. At the Women's Health and Fitness Expo, Don will be selling his products and providing cooking demos on the easy preparation of Wholegrain Polenta and the quick resurrection of leftovers into nutritious and wholesome meals for your family's enjoyment. Check his website for dates and locations.

Understand Your Sweet Cravings. Presented by Holly Anne Shelowitz
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Do you have Sweet Cravings? Do you rely on something sweet to get you through the day or night? Does your energy crash around 3:00? Join Holly Anne Shelowitz, Certified Nutrition Counselor for this inspiring cooking demonstration and workshop, so you can finally understand what your body is trying to tell you. You will get to sample some of Holly's delicious creations as you learn!

Holly Anne Shelowitz

Holly Anne Shelowitz is a Certified Nutrition Counselor and Whole Foods Educator and Director of Nourishing Wisdom Nutrition. Holly'€™s unique approach teaches clients tangible ways to incorporate nourishing foods into their lives and make positive changes that last. Her group and individual programs include in person and long distance nutrition counseling sessions, cooking classes, shopping trips to natural food stores, tours of local farms, telephone classes, and nutrition seminars in the workplace. She has been featured in numerous publications in the Hudson Valley and throughout the Northeast. Visit her website at to learn more.