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August 16, 2017 – 2:31 am

Good eating, an eclectic Toastmasters group, hospice training, Zen meditation, depression, social phobia, orgasmic meditation, tears — and laughter — all come into play in Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press), an insightful gem of a memoir: writer, editor, foodie and adventurer Wanda Hennig’s first.

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If it’s extra virgin, it must be olive oil

March 17, 2009 – 2:16 pm
The virgin olive oil lunch.
Ever thought of using virgin olive oil in your chocolate cake instead than butter? Just one of the delicious ideas in Fran Gage’s latest book, The New American Olive Oil — Profiles of Artisan Producers and 75 recipes.

And one of the many delights served to guests at a book launch lunch and olive oil tasting ….

The Great Truffle Scuffle

February 25, 2009 – 3:07 am
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Does your worst recent food faux par beat this?
Story and Pictures by Wanda Hennig
Picture the scene. A famous French chef …

Wisdoms of A Culinary Traveler

February 25, 2009 – 2:10 am

She’s been called Alameda’s Julia Child and like Child, Weezie Mott is in a class of her own.
By Wanda Hennig
From …

Napa and Sonoma Cook

February 16, 2009 – 1:00 pm
Chef's kitchen, CIA.

You can too!
Have you thought of adding “culinary education and cooking skills” to your wine country travel menu?
Story and photos …

An Appetite for Slow

January 31, 2009 – 5:25 pm

What’s fabulously fresh, scrumptiously seasonal, lusciously local and satisfyingly sustainable?
By Wanda Hennig
First published in Alameda Magazine, November 2008
It’s 9:30 …

Slow Pleasures

January 31, 2009 – 5:12 pm

The Slow Food Movement is, among other things, about making choices that nurture our families, the environment and our bodies. …

How to rekindle sexual passion when the fire is dead

January 25, 2009 – 11:02 pm
beautiful woman holding apple

It’s late at night and you’re in bed. The body to your left, pushing gentle zzzzs, radiates a comfortable warmth. The radio to your right plays softly. Your mental meanderings are suddenly jolted into focus by Rod Stewart’s voice. It’s golden oldie time and he’s warbling on about passion. “I need passion. You need passion. We need passion. Can’t live without passion.”

South Africa turns up the volume in Salt Lake City

January 25, 2009 – 10:48 pm
South Africans go on the map in Salt Lake City.
The multitude, representing 37 countries, was nearly 4,000 strong. Easy to be lost and invisible. But you couldn’t miss the South Africans.

First you heard the ululations and the shrill whistle blasts. Then you saw the flags. A big one swirling above the heads of the multinational throng crowding the cavernous lobby area of the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, USA. And many smaller flags waving and dancing with their bearers.

Several in the party, which numbered around 35 at a quick count, were uniformed — if a collection of crazy head-consuming jester hats adorned with South African flag emblems and bells qualify as a uniform. A core group, it seemed, was there, to make noise. The less raucous were … Read more

Slow Jammin’

January 25, 2009 – 10:45 pm
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Fruit, spice and all things nice …
By Wanda Hennig
From Alameda magazine, November 2008
Rachel Saunders is in the commercial kitchen space …

Corporate Cutbacks — Victim or Victor?

January 25, 2009 – 10:39 pm
Every minute of every working day, people are being laid off — fired — retrenched. Is there a way to turn this potential catastrophe to your advantage?