Free FALLing: Sept./Oct. 2016

September 1st, 2016

While looking for the word for the changing colors of the leaves in Japan,  known as kouyou (紅葉) or momiji when referring to maples (Source:, I came across photos such as the one below, taken in Japan during their fabulous “flaming foliage.”  If you search the word “autumn in Japan” you will find many wonderful photos such as these. I never knew Japan rivaled New England in the autumn leaf department, but I stand corrected!


Fall is my favorite season of the year, and since it is too early to capture such photos here in Pennsylvania, I am featuring a photo I found on the Internet. Soon, but not yet, I hope to find such lovely photos such as this one, a perfect example of kouyou, noted above.

As the leaves begin to turn and the air becomes cooler, my thoughts turn to denser foods, such as stews and soups, although the late summer weather can still be warm, so there are some crossovers, with light salads on the late summer days, and warming soups on the chillier days. Here is photo from one of my previous soup postings. New ones are still on the  drawing board….


Here is an Internal link for Simple Squash Soup recipe that I posted in 2014:

Shifting to another food topic: During the summer, I experienced a bout of laryngitis that was diagnosed as LPR reflux or laryngitis reflux and I am now on a high alkaline diet/low acid diet, which I had written about before I knew I had this problem. Here is an internal  link to two books I reviewed on the topic of balancing acid foods with mostly alkaline foods that lists the top 10 alkalizing foods: (You can also type in alkaline foods in my search box for more links on my site.)  I will be posting some recipes that are more alkalizing once I receive two more food books I ordered.

Speaking of books, I just finished reading The New Mediterranean Jewish Table by Joyce Goldstein and hope to have it reviewed in a larger magazine and reprint the link here. Basically, the 400 recipes are based on foods from countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea (21 countries in all), so the 400 plus recipes can be enjoyed by everyone, not just people who are Jewish. Here is the beautiful cover from University of California Press:

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Perhaps the most important fact apropos for September is that it is Menopause Awareness Month (MAM).  The website I just found that you might find helpful is I plan to look it over before making any comments, but the mission posted on their homepage looks promising:

MAM’s goal is quite simple: educate people about menopause, and shine light on innovations in menopausal science and technology. We want to be the go-to online source for everything menopause. From general information about symptoms and treatment to anecdotal relief and support systems, MAM is here to help.

Here is a tidbit from the site you might like:



You sell your home heating system at a yard sale.
The person you sleep with complains about snow piling up on the bed.
Your husband jokes that instead of buying a wood stove, he is using you to heat the family.
You write post-it notes with your kid’s names on them.
You take a sudden interest in “Wrestlemania”.
Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
You’re adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
You’re using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says “How’s my driving-call 1-800-****.”
You’re convinced there’s a God and he’s male.
You’re sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.

Again, go to the website for more information:


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I will be posting more about this next month as I gather more information this month. There was a rally right here in Philadelphia by Breast Cancer Action (, which I support because they examine companies that produce products that are carcinogenic and work to expose them. Ironically, when they came to Philadelphia for the rally, I was in the S.F. Bay area, which is where they house their headquarters, so I missed the rally right here in Philly. This is a photo from their site that was taken in Philadelphia this summer.straight-on-shot-of-beverly-alyssa-karuna-marching-880x440


There is a lot going on in the fall, but I hope you will take time to enjoy the leaves turning their gold and red and russet. When I was a youngster, one of my favorite movies was Good News with June Allyson and Peter Lawford, and one of the songs from that movie was “The Best Things in Life are Free.”  That’s how I feel about Fall. Leaf peeping doesn’t cost a thing. You can go to a park or if you live in the suburbs, just stroll on any street and watch the trees become transformed. It’s FREE! I am dazzled by Fall every year. Even though I grow older, leaf peeping never grows old for me!

japan-image-353This photo from the Internet was taken, I believe, in the evening with ginkgo leaves in the foreground, possibly being reflected from a lake. I love it!


May 31st, 2016



The photo above is the work of Fred LeBlanc ( sails on The Heritage every year.  This is the schooner we will be sailing on the week of June 6th. To learn more about your own sailing trip, contact The Heritage at: or by phone at: (800) 648-4544

I plan to take photos and keep a journal, so I hope to come back with a “good report” of our trip to Maine.

While this is my Home Page for June, July and August, rather than make a list of all the things I want to post, as I usually do, I am leaving my plans open-ended, except to say I will be reviewing several books, one of which is an Italian cookbook by a local woman with a wonderful story about her creation with her son Frank. The name of the book is Italian Moms: Spreading Their Art to Every Table. I will feature a couple of her great recipes.

Since I will be away for one week in June and again the end of July, I may post some of my recipes from previous summer postings during those weeks. For example, asparagus is still readily available, so I may post my asparagus soup. (Photo below)

Finally, I chose Sail Away, Sail Away as my blog title for the summer,  because I am very excited about going on this trip (taking along some natural anti-sea sick remedy) and want to share photos and my thoughts with you when I return. I also chose this title because of the metaphorical meaning, that is, even if you are not going on a cruise or a schooner this summer, you can “sail away” at home by letting go a little and relaxing more, taking time to smell the roses. In other words, take time to “sail away” from daily chores and find activities that re-charge your batteries. Read a book, go for a swim, visit friends while the weather is good. Take time for yourself because you are worth it!

More coming in the next few days before I literally sail away……

P.S. For those of you who are regular subscribers, I would like to know if you would be interested in a personal e-cookbook, that is, I would send you a booklet of 10-12 recipes in one attachment of recipes that I choose for you after you tell me your personal favorite foods. Please email me at: I will work on this project during the summer.  For those who want to subscribe, I offer the same “gift” when you sign up. (Subscribe link in the upper right hand corner of the Home Page.)  Thanx! ellensue