Living Lite

Don't Miss Georgetown's 'Live Jazz On The Lawn' Every Thursday In September!

September 4, 2019

Treat yourself and someone you love to "JAZZ ON THE LAWN: LIVE!" in the heart of Georgetown every Thursday evening in September.


One of the most anticipated and endearing annual Georgetown traditions is immersing yourself in sublime jazz, blues, gospel and spirituals among the breezy, beautiful and romantic gardens of historic Grace Church every September. 


It's not always easy to tear yourself away from an "urgent" work project ... or to take a detour while stressed and exhausted on your way home from the office, but your mind and body - and anyone you may want to please, impress (or woo) - will thank you!


Bring a blanket, a picnic supper, or purchase from an on-site concession hosted by local restaurants for a very special al fresco dining experience. And prepare to be transported ...

Historic Grace Church (Photo by: Wikipedia) Historic Grace Church


* Grounds open at 5:30 pm    * Music starts from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

The September 2019 Lineup:

September 5: The Washington National Cathedral Band – Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Spirituals

September 12: Project Natale – Lou Natale, drums; Joe Natale, bass; Carl Cornwell, Tenor; Bob Butta, keyboards: featuring original compositions by Lou and Joe

September 19: Blues Alley Youth Orchestra – select combo

September 26: Marshall Keys, sax & Herman Burney, bass - Jazz of All Kinds


Suggested Donation: $10


2-hour FREE parking at the Cinema Garage on K St, just East of the Wisconsin Ave intersection with a validation ticket from Grace.


For More Information contact, call 202.333.7100, or visit


Grace Church is located at 1041 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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An Unexpectedly Flavorful Salad with Local Summer Peaches and Kale

July 31, 2019

Rush to your Farmer's Market this week! In Georgetown, there are markets on SaturdaySunday and Wednesday. And, of course, year-round is the behomoth Dupont Circle Market on Sundays. The local peaches are exceptional: sweet, juicy, flavorful, and with a perfect velvety texture. This recipe is a tasty way to feature them at any gathering. And it's always a favorite. 

Fresh Kale & Summer Peach Salad with Toasted Almonds and a Balsamic Vinaigrette
Excerpted from my book: Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!

Serves 6

3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

 Salad Ingredients:
6 Handfuls of fresh Kale, washed, tough stems removed, and torn into bite-sized pieces or chiffonade
2 Cups Fresh Sliced Summer Peaches
2 Ounces toasted slivered Almonds
½ Sweet Onion, peeled and sliced

In a large bowl, add the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk until blended. Add the kale, onion, almonds, and peaches. Toss together. Serve immediately.

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Paleo Diet Linked With Increased Heart Disease Risk

July 25, 2019

The "Paleo Diet" is based on the idea that the human genome has not adapted to eating products of agriculture. Paleo dieters eat meat, fish, eggs, nuts, vegetables and few fruits, with no processed foods, grains or dairy products included. Short term, it may have the benefit of weight loss for some because of the sudden exclusion of refined starchy and sugary foods. But the long term picture isn't so positive, according to a new study in the European Journal of Nutrition.

Whole Grain Foods (Photo by: USDA ( Whole Grain Foods

The study divided participants into groups of people consuming a strict paleo diet, more relaxed Paleo plans, and a traditional healthy diet, based on current health guidelines. The study found that because the strict paleo diet adherents ate zero whole grains, this apparently caused the increase of a compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) in the blood, which is associated with a significant rise in cardiovascular disease risk.

The researchers attributed this negative result to the disruption in the gut microbiome caused by the lack of fiber and nutrients contained in whole grains. The gut's microbiome is the collection of 100 million microorganisms in the digestive tract, which we now know, can make or break your health. Two recently published clinical studies confirm decades of evidence demonstrating that the nutrients and fiber in whole grains, such as whole wheat, oats, barley, rye, brown or wild rice, etc., are essential for overall well-being. They improve gut health (an emerging factor contributing to overall health), the immune system, cardiovascular health, blood sugar regulation, weight loss, and reductions in inflammation, a risk factor for diseases such as colds, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

How much whole grain should you be consuming? My advice would be three to four one-ounce servings daily. For instance, two one-ounce slices of whole wheat, whole oat or whole rye toast in the morning, or two slices of whole grain bread for a sandwich at lunch, would be two servings. One cup of cooked brown rice or whole grain pasta would comprise another two servings. It doesn't take much to receive health benefits. And the calories are lower than you'd expect. 

One whole grain serving, about 70 to 100 calories = 1 ounce dry (a typical slice of bread) or 1/2 cup cooked whole grain. Read more about whole grains.

A favorite summertime whole grain recipe of mine and my clients is Tabouleh with Chick Peas, Seasonal Vegetables and a Lemony Vinaigrette.

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