Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

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What To Cook

Sunday is Mother’s Day and with the current need for social distancing and face masks, it will make celebrating with Mom impossible for some. For those who are fortunate enough to be with their moms, here is my favorite main couse and a lovely dessert for her special day.

Chicken Francaise<

If you can make chicken cutlets, you can make this lemony, buttery recipe; the only difference is an easy pan sauce that brightens the whole plate. This version includes lemon slices browned in butter, which are pretty and tasty but entirely optional. [..]

Serve with something starchy to soak up every drop of the sauce; pasta is traditional although rice pilaf works, too

This dessert is from the New York Times: a crumbly yet tender layers of almond cake layered with mounds of fresh berries and a rich filling of mascarpone and crème fraîche. It’s not difficult to make.

Almond Berry Layer Cake

The recipe is after the jump.


For the cake:

  • Unsalted butter, for greasing pans
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 1 ¾ cups whole blanched almonds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla or almond extract

For the filling:

  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch or amaretto, optional

For assembly:

  • 2 pounds (about 6 cups) mixed berries
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush 3 (8-inch) round baking pans with butter and line the bottoms with parchment paper cut to fit. Brush with butter again and dust with flour, tapping out excess.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon flour, the almonds, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  3. Fill a pot (large enough to set the bowl of an electric mixer in it without the bowl touching the bottom) with 1 inch water and bring to a simmer over low heat.
  4. Place the eggs, egg whites and sugar in the bowl and gently whisk to incorporate. Place the bowl over the pot of steaming water and whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  5. Return bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until pale yellow, thick and fluffy, about 7 minutes. Add vanilla and gently stir to combine.
  6. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold almond mixture into batter. Divide batter evenly among pans and bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. The centers will rise and fall during baking. Transfer pans to a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edges of the cakes and turn them out onto a flat plate or cardboard round. Peel off parchment and invert onto another plate or round. Cakes should be right-side up. Cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap if not using immediately.

For the filling:

  1. In a chilled metal bowl, whip the mascarpone and creme fraiche, either by hand or with an electric mixer, until it holds its shape and is not at all runny. Add the lemon zest, confectioners’ sugar and liqueur, if using, and beat to combine well. Add up to 2 tablespoons more sugar, to taste, if you choose.

To assemble:

  1. Place one of the cakes on a serving plate. Top with 1/3 of the mascarpone filling and 1/3 of the berries. Repeat with the remaining 2 layers, leaving the prettiest berries for the top. If not serving right away, chill until ready to serve. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

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