The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending 25 years working in the Nestlé Test Kitchens, one could say I’ve learned a thing or two about chocolate chip cookies. I’ve tested and eaten more cookies than I care to admit! Ruth Wakefield was really on to something when she created the Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe back in 1939! To this day, the classic recipe is still my favorite. Having said that, I have modified the recipe ever so slightly to my liking.  Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the…

Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Springtime can be lovely, but if your pets have allergies, this season can also be very uncomfortable for them. Just as with people who have hay fever or other allergies, your pet’s immune system can overreact and become hypersensitive to a particular substance, causing itchy skin and unwanted responses. The good news is that there are a variety of treatments to remove your pet’s discomfort. Pets can have allergies to the same things people do: food or things they come in contact with; but the most common pet allergy is…

LOVE SPARK CHALLENGE #3

The Conejo Guardian’s monthly “Love Spark Challenge” continues! With each “love spark,” readers are taking the challenge to make a difference in our community and in the lives of others.  Let’s extend our care to those who keep our grocery stores running: store managers, cashiers, stockers, folks behind the meat and deli counters and in the produce and dairy areas, and those ensuring our carts are free of germs.  Instacart workers are also part of this great group. Hats off to all who support our access to food and supplies!…

The Wellness Corner: Smile More

Gardening may be good for the soul, but it can also be an intimidating task with so many things to consider before even getting started. However, with the right information, new gardeners can start planting some happiness gardens.  California’s Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters allows so many different plants to grow and thrive.  By considering the following factors before planting a garden, gardeners and their plants will be well on the way to gardening success. The first thing to consider is the garden’s style. Similar…

Plant Some Happiness This Month With Your Own Garden

Gardening may be good for the soul, but it can also be an intimidating task with so many things to consider before even getting started. However, with the right information, new gardeners can start planting some happiness gardens.  California’s Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters allows so many different plants to grow and thrive.  By considering the following factors before planting a garden, gardeners and their plants will be well on the way to gardening success. The first thing to consider is the garden’s style. Similar…