i spend a good portion of every day thinking about, reading about, and talking about whole, unprocessed, real FOOD, and preparing meals for my family. i believe what we eat is directly related to our physical and emotional well being. my romance with food (and my love for cooking) began as a child in my grandmother’s kitchen in tehran, became more refined (i’d like to think) in the south of france, and continues to evolve in southern california. i’ve learned a few things along the way I’d like to share.
my (beautiful) grandma
  • ~all recipes on this blog are original, unless otherwise noted/cited.
  • ~i’ve chosen not to capitalize my writing here-keeping it simple, i guess.
  • ~here’s how it all began with a (not-so-simple) cleanse and some oven roasted veggie’s!
  • ~recently came across this meaning of the name minette (apparently a variant of the old german names Mina and Minna) :  star of the sea; love; will; helmet; & protection   -it’s all beginning to make sense now :-)
  • unless otherwise noted all blog content and photos are Mina Kaz’s own work and belong to cooking minette. please do not use any images or content from this blog without permission and a link back to the original post. thank you!

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  • came across this information in an article: the “Seven Healthy Habits” rcommended by Dr. Breslow:
  1. Don’t smoke.
  2. Drink moderately or don’t drink at all.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep of seven or eight hours.
  4. Exercise 30 minutes at a time, several times a week. Walking vigorously is a top choice.
  5. Forget the scales. Eat moderately to maintain weight in relation to height.
  6. Eat regularly, whether that’s two meals a day, three or five. Whatever you do normally, keep it up because it’s the regularity of life and moderation in eating, sleeping and exercising that makes all the difference.
  7. Eat breakfast every day.

From the New York Times atricle: A follow-up study showed that those who followed better habits were less likely to become disabled. Of those with four or more good health habits, 12.2 percent were likely to be disabled 10 years after the study began; those with two or three, 14.1 percent; and those with only one or no positive health habits at all, 18.7 percent. Dr. Breslow found that a 60-year-old who followed the seven recommended behaviors would be as healthy as a 30-year-old who followed fewer than three. to read the whole article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-hannah-grufferman/the-simple-truth-about-ag_b_1426740.html?ref=fifty&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

doing what i do best :-)

doing what i do best :-)


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