Plan Party! Include Salt, Fat, & Water

Wine Pairings by Eat Know How. Optimize your health by understanding the benefits of the Mediterranean Lifestyle

Perception of  good wine can be done through matching it to the appropriate food. Many times the association of a “GREAT WINE” comes by serving it with the proper dish, only then providing a lasting impression of the beverage. In other words, the wine should enhance the protein, carbohydrate, or fat that one is eating and it should simply be an extension of the plate being consumed. For the sulfite sensitive reader, there are many wonderful organic wines or vineyards (i.e. Chianti)  that have not been exposed to chemicals and can be enjoyed without risk of headaches.

Four tips to promote an enjoyable meal and unforgettable wine:

1. Include salty foods to the menu which will reduce headaches associated with sulfite sensitivity. All grapes “Naturally” have sulfites within their skin, so by default all wines will have  “contains sulfites” on the back of the wine bottles. The introduction of sodium chloride (table salt) provides a molecular balance allowing for further decomposition in the presence of a weak acid, (wine).

2. Eat Fat! Cheese, olive oil, butter, meats, or fried vegetables provide a source of fat. Give the alcohol molecule some fat to attach to and it will then avoid the brain.

3.  Drink water after a drink in order to rehydrate. Alcohol can both stimulate and dehydrate; it is important to provide balance to your body and consume water while at parties. I suggest lemon water.

4. Encourage 2 ounces of wine per glass giving the guests an opportunity to taste 3-4 glasses of wine. Exploring and tasting wines are popular at parties.  (A suggestion is to choose someone to be in charge of wine pouring and have someone ready to taxi drive guests home.) Men should consume 10 ounces of wine and women 5 ounces.

5.  Set up food stations. Select the appropriate wine to pair to each food item and place them into their own areas.

With the appetizers all lined up enjoy “lighter” tasting wines first and then move “heavier” wines. At our wine pairing class these are the drinks that were aligned with our menu.

Prosecco is a wonderful way to start any party. Serve with a raspberry or strawberry in the glass and salty foods on the side.

Prosecco $14.99  (Sparkling Italian Wine) serve with: olives, sliced peccorino or parmesan cheese, pretzels or crostini, prosciutto.

Sauvignon Blanc (Vinas Chilenas at Trader Joes)$6.00-$20.00 serve with: marinated vegetables i.e. Roasted Peppers / zucchini, artichokes, Eggplant and Sundried Tomatoes Also goes great with soups:  chicken, vegetable, or zucchini soups.

A wonderful light tasting grigio that is a fantastic addition to most fish dishes, soups, or sautéed vegetables

Pinot Grigio Orvieto (by Canaletto or Ruffino sold at most stores)$8.00-$27.00 serve with: Most white fish, fried Calamari, shrimp Mussels in Creamy Wine Sauce , clams, lobster stuffed peppers.

Chardonnay $6.00-$20.00  serve with Turkey or Chicken Marsala

Pinot Noir $8.00-$30.00 serve with: Smoked Salmon and Mozzarella,  Smoked Tuna, Kale Salad with Balsamic glaze.

Syrah (sold at Trader Joes Coastal Syrah OR DMZ from South Africa sold at Bottle or Two)  $6.00- $18.00 serve with: salami, walnuts, blue cheese, Eggplant Parmigiana

Honore Vera is a Garancha more dense in weight; perfect match to rustic or beef dishes.

Garnacha (Honoro Vera sold at a Bottle or Two) $10.00-$19.00 serve with Risotto and Truffles, Risotto and Porcini. Beef Roast.

After dinner digestive from Croatia.

Choose an after dinner liquor not experienced at most parties: KRUSKOVAC $15.00 is from Croatia and goes will with almonds or chestnuts. (Party Source)


  • What are Sulfites?
  • The Chemical Equation of Sodium Chloride and Sulfites.  Sodium Sulfite decomposed by weak acids.
  • Resveratrol prevents fat accumulation in livers of alcoholic mice.  Donna Krupa

Hypertension: Best Fall & Winter Foods to Reduce Blood Pressure

Fall & Winter Foods that contribute to overall reduction of blood pressure are in abundance as we move through the cooler moths. Eating seasonally is important for your body’s overall health as the variety of nutrients contribute to the body’s natural cleansing and healing abilities.

Fruits and vegetables that are higher in potassium rid the body of excess sodium, providing balance for the body and reducing overall blood pressure and contribute to weight loss. The following list of nutrition have all been researched and have shown evidence of reducing hypertension. Include them in your daily dietary intake!

Vegetables                                                                                             Fruits  

  • Baked Potato                                                                         Bananas
  • Beans                                                                                      Dried Apricots
  • (brown, kidney, lima, pinto, white)                                  Oranges
  • Lentils                                                                                     Prunes
  • Dark Chocolate (1 square per day)
  • Mushrooms                                                                            Dairy
  • Olives and Olive Oil                                                               1% Milk/Skim
  • Pumpkin                                                                                  Yogurt
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach                                                                                    Fish
  • Sunflower Seeds                                                                     Salmon
  • Winter Squash
  • Yams
  • Zucchini

Herbs and Spices to Reduce Hypertension

The following list of herbs, spices and vegetables have shown to reduce blood pressure. Their protective properties also contribute to overall heart and kidney health.

  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamon
  • Hawthorn (found in supplement form)
  • Garlic
  • Onions

Almond Citrus Talapia

Almond Citrus Talapia

Improve on the dietary benefits by adding almonds to talapia fish! Talapia is an easy fish to prepare, but carries lower amounts of nutrients compared to other fish.  Adding a handful of crushed nuts to coat the fish, boosts the health of  the heart and blood pressure by more than tripling  the amounts of: omega oils, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.

The dinner is easy to prepare and in less in than twenty minutes is ready to serve!

Preheat Oven to 350 F

6 fillets of Talapia
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup crushed almonds
Zest of 1 lemon

For Rice
1 & 1/2 cup Arborio Rice
1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sesame seeds

Side of Spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
6 cups of packed spinach


Preheat oven to 350 F
16 minutes to prepare rice
In a large pan add 4 cups of water and rice, bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and cover allow to boil for 14 minutes.

4 minutes to prepare fish
While the rice is boiling, begin to coat the talapia fillets with bread crumbs and place in a baking dish one at a time. Sprinkle with salt. Scatter almonds over all the fillets. Top off by placing lemon zest onto each fillet. Drizzle olive oil over the fish. Place into oven and allow to bake for 12 minutes.

3 minutes to prepare soy sauce
Place sauce pan on medium heat, add soy sauce and sesame seeds. Bring to a simmer for 3 minutes and turn off heat. Cover with lid.

2 minutes to prepare spinach
In a frying pan, warm oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add garlic and spinach to pan. With 2 spoons or tongs begin to toss the spinach in pan for 30 seconds. Turn off heat remove pan from heat and cover pan with a lid to seal heat; spinach will continue to slightly wilt.
Drain water from rice.

Place rice onto dish. Pour soy sauce over rice. Next, layer spinach onto bed of rice. Lastly, place baked almond talapia on spinach! Enjoy!!!

Cod with Potatoes and Herbs

Creamy Potato Cod and herb dish!

Cod is an easy fish to work with as it seems to absorb most flavors that are added to it while baking in the oven. A great source of phosphorous and potassium add cod to your dietary plan twice a week.

Phosphorous is a mineral that bones and teeth need; it is a contributing factor to how carbohydrates and fats are used, how energy is stored, and how protein is made for growth, maintenance and cellular reparation.

While potassium is important for contributing to electrolyte balance flushing excess sodium from the body.  Low potassium is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders and infertility.  Additional dietary intake of 4 fruits and 5 vegetables a day provides our bodies with the vitamins and minerals needed to keep us healthy and strong.

Serves 2-4 people. Easy to make with two recipes to choose from. Preheat oven to 400 F (180 C)


1 Potato large (yellow gold)
1 Onion peeled and sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp Capers
1 Tbsp Parsley, freshly chopped
2 fillets Anchovies
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup milk or 1/2 & 1/2 cream
2 Cod fillets

Preparation Option 1

In a sauce pan add olive oil, capers, parsley and anchovies; allow to simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes. Thinly slice one potato and line the bottom of a baking pan with the sliced potatoes. Place cod on top of the potato slices; salt fillets. Pour milk or cream over cod and potatoes. Top off by spooning onion sauté over cods. Place into oven and allow to bake on 400 F (180 C) for 20 minutes.

Preparation Option 2

1 Potato large (yellow gold)
1 Onion peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Thyme
1/2 cup milk or Half and Half Cream
2 Cod Fillets

Thinly slice one potato and line the bottom of a baking pan with the sliced potatoes. Place cod on top of the potato slices; salt fillets. Pour milk or cream over cod and potatoes. Top off with thyme and sliced onions. Place into oven and allow to bake for 20 minutes on 400 F (180 C). 

3.5 Times Better vs Average Diet….YOUR SUCCESS!


Those are OUR numbers… Your Trust Means Your Success!   THANK YOU to 100% of my dietary consults. CONGRATULATIONS to the 70% who successfully completed 3 months to obtain a new Lifestyle!

A recent study released by a UK food company challenged me to address the program that I have set forth for my dietary consults and I was pleased to see the impact of the Mediterranean Lifestyle.  (UK & USA have similar dietary habits so the relevancy will produce more research in the states.)

Promoting longevity and a healthier lifestyle for others is paramount in my approach to coaching others to nurturing a long term habit, while avoiding the pitfall of a quick tip to a short term weight loss.  Slow and steady are the results that individual notes weeks, months, and years later as maintenance is easy to do, because adaptation to nutritional intake becomes the new norm.

The individualized Mediterranean Lifestyle that I set forth for my clients is tailored for that person’s dietary needs, and it is performing at a FANTASTIC rate compared to other “diets”. We are doing 3.5 TIMES better than those who pursue other types of diets!

A UK food company surveyed dieters, finding 2 indivduals out of 5 quit within the first 7 days! 1 person out of 5 complete one month, the number does not change in reaching 3 months of practicing the new diet. In conclusion, only 20% of individuals keep their commitment to an improved lifestyle.

The cooking classes provide a support system to the “Lifestyle” that is set forth for dietary consults and for those who want to improve on familial / individual nutritional habits.

Fall classes are back in session please check the following link to so that you may set up attendance or for open or private sessions.

Grateful for your trust,

Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio BASC DTR


USA Article Published September 19, 2013: Cynthia Sass MPH RD
Original UK Article September 16, 2013: