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  1. 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 »


  2. 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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  3. Low GI Recipe: Zucchine in Agrodolce

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    June 2, 2011 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Zucchine in Agrodolce

    Nothing beats early homegrown summer squash fresh grown.  Zucchine are tender and lusciously filled with the flavors of the fertile earth they grow out of.  This is an old traditional Sicilian recipe whose sweet and sour (agrodolce) flavors “ripen” a few days after it is made.  keep reading »


  4. Low GI Recipe: Zucchine Carbonara-Lite Spaghetti

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    September 1, 2010 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Zucchine Carbonara Lite Spaghetti

    The traditional carbonara recipe contains a whole raw egg and bacon, among other scrumptious ingredients.  This is my vegetarian version that also eliminates even a minimal fear of Salmonella by using a pasteurized egg white product instead of a raw egg.  My dinner guests, even those seated around my table in Friuli, don’t seem to mind at all.  As with all of my recipes, additions and subtractions can be made as desired.  In fact, I was thinking about trying this recipe next time with a chopped toasted pinoli topping. keep reading »


  5. Low GI Recipe: Vanda’s Baked Frittata

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    June 10, 2009 by Johanna Burani

    Low GI Recipe: Vanda's Baked Frittata

    Vanda is my good friend and a fabulous cook. She lives in Friuli, northern Italy, in a small town very close to mine. She espouses to the freshest ingredients in her cooking. Her dishes are simple, wholesome and usually picked directly from her vegetable garden. This recipe is a great example of her delicious home cooking. 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

Expert in individualized, low-glycemic index (low GI) meal planning.

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