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  1. Soup for Breakfast?

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    January 29, 2016 by admin

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    When my husband was a little boy, his mother made him “pappa gialla” on cold, wintry mornings.  The northwestern region of Italy where he grew up was notorious for a bitter dampness that penetrated down to one’s bones.  His mother’s semi-soupy concoction of milk, flour, sugar, eggs and Marsala wine was her antidote to the intense cold outdoors.

    One nutrition trend that is emerging for 2016 is breakfast soups (aka smoothie bowls).  Served in a bowl or in a to-go container, this combination of your personal choices of fruit, dairy, protein, nuts and grains gives you all the powerhouse nutrients of a juiced breakfast PLUS the fiber that doesn’t get tossed.

    I think this can be a wonderful start to any day.  I’ve put together some of my favorite ingredients for a wintry breakfast soup, and, in deference to my mother-in-law, even added a touch of Marsala.  This is an out-of-the-box kind of breakfast.  Maybe it’s for you! keep reading »


  2. Mediterranean Overlap: from Sicily to Greece

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    September 10, 2014 by Johanna Burani

    I know.  I haven’t been around lately.  Last summer I disappeared for a while as I was recovering from shoulder surgery.  This summer I spent six glorious weeks in Europe, staying in familiar places, like our home in Friuli (northeastern Italy) and the lake region in southwestern Austria, but also in new areas, like the Cyclades Islands and the Peloponnese region in southern Greece.  Friuli and southern Austria never disappoint me, but the highlight of this summer’s travels was my introduction to Greece, its wonderful people, beautiful landscapes and scrumptious cuisine.wpid2022-Greece.jpg
    My husband, Sergio, and I enjoyed visiting Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and other Cyclades Islands.  We also had the extraordinary good fortune of being the houseguests of our relatives-in-law, Maria and Antonios Bistolaridis.  Although they left their Peloponnese villages nearly 40 years ago to build a new life in Michigan, their love for their homeland has never even remotely left their hearts.  They return every summer to their condominium in Paralio Astros.  They were magnificent tour guides!  We visited Meteora, Olympia, Sparta, Monemvasia, some beach towns and their native villages, Skortsinou and Vouno, where their families still live. keep reading »


  3. Welcome-Home Vegetable Soup

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    June 5, 2014 by Johanna Burani

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    My husband, Sergio, and I have always travelled a lot, many times to far distant places for several weeks at a time.  Decades ago, I developed the habit of making a big pot of vegetable soup as soon as the suitcases were unpacked and I did some local food shopping.  The recipe varies with the time of year, of course, because I only put fresh, organic produce in the pot.  Below is what I just made in our New Jersey home, after returning from a one-month fabulous stay (thanks to our adorable one-year-old grandson, Elia, and his parents) in our Friuli home.

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  4. Low GI Recipe: Pao’s Asparagus Soup

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    April 3, 2013 by Johanna Burani

    Pao's Asparagus Soup

    This recipe is not of Italian origin.  It came to me from Ireland during a culinary conversation with a fabulous Thai chef while we were visiting good friends in Bankok more than 20 years ago.  This chef, Boonraud Poonruang, fondly called “Pao,” made this soup while previously working in Ireland.  Pao recently left this life and it is in tribute to her that I share her recipe, just at a time when this year’s crop of asparagus is starting to show up in Italian markets. keep reading »


  5. Low GI Recipe: “Early Bird” Tomato Soup

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    July 5, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Early Bird Tomato Soup

    At some point in October, Italians harvest the last of their homegrown tomatoes.  They will not taste the luscious flavor of just-picked, perfectly ripe tomatoes again until early summer.  That’s when the first tomatoes of the season are sent to market from Naples.  The flavors in this recipe improve as the season wears on, but even those “early bird” tomatoes don’t disappoint! keep reading »


  6. Low GI Recipe: Broccoli with Orzo Soup

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    January 14, 2012 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Broccoli with Orzo Soup

    Leave it to the Italians.  All they do is boil fresh broccoli with some other fresh household staples and they get this wonderful tasting soup.  It’s usually served in the evening with bread, cheese and wine. keep reading »


Gushers vs Tricklers


"Gushers" are quickly-digested carbohydrates that cause a rapid rise in blood glucose and fuel appetite.

"Tricklers" are slowly-digested carbohydrates that are gradually released into the bloodstream and sustain satiety. These are the good carbs.


Johanna Burani
MS, RD, CDE
Nutrition Works LLC
Morristown, NJ, USA

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