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Meet the Chefs… Kerry Levesque of Artisan Bistro

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With just over a decade of professional pastry experience,
including a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, Kerry Levesque has become one of the youngest
talents to helm The Ritz-Carlton, Boston’s hotel pastry program. In her role as
Pastry Supervisor at the hotel, she has elevated the pastry program to
widespread acclaim. According to the hotel’s Executive Chef Robert
Bruce, Kerry’s pastry department touches every area of the hotel,
from desserts in Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar, to seasonal ballroom buffets
with extravagant party stations, to creating highly personalized
and themed guest amenities. She’s also been the creative force behind the
hotel’s holiday pastry décor which is seen and …

 

What is Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy has been traditionally used as an “adjuvant” treatment in many patients with cancer—administered after surgery to kill microscopic tumor cells that remain in the body after surgical removal of the tumor. More recently, it has also come to be used in a “neoadjuvant” setting—to shrink tumors before they are surgically removed.

In some cases, neoadjuvant chemotherapy can make for better surgical options for a patient: It can turn an inoperable cancer into a treatable one by decreasing its size. In others, it can allow patients to become eligible for less-extensive forms of surgery than they otherwise might have required.

Oral chemotherapy …

 

The Importance of Breast Cancer Research and the work of Dr. Rachel Freedman

Funds raised in 2019 will support the research of Dr. Rachel Freedman

Dr. Rachel Freedman is a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Medical Director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. Her research primarily focuses on the care of vulnerable patients populations who are not well represented in clinical trials to date and who suffer from worse outcomes once they are diagnosed with breast cancer. Her research has included large scale database and registry-based studies, focus group studies, survey studies, and interventions targeted towards improving the evidence base and outcomes for women at risk for poor outcomes. 

We will …

 

Here are 5 Ways You Can Help!

We share this from our friends at ValuLine!
These are ways you can always help and make a difference  in the fight against breast cancer all year long.
 

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, nonprofit breast cancer organization, npo

 

A Prescription for Healthy Living: How Diet and Exercise Can Help Cancer Patients

A Prescription for Healthy Living: How Diet and Exercise Can Help Cancer Patients

A patient’s treatment plan for fighting cancer doesn’t stop at the hospital door. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, in terms of diet and exercise, is especially important for cancer patients in reducing stress, minimizing side effects, and boosting energy levels to power through treatment and recovery.
More than 93 million American adults could be counted as obese in 2016, according to the most recently available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Obesity not only increases the risks of developing cancer; it also increases the risks of complications …

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer Survivor Thriving on Clinical Trial

A clinical trial at Dana-Farber has kept Sharon DeCosta’s stage IV metastatic breast cancer stabilized for three years, allowing her a full life of traveling and doting on her three young grandchildren, with a fourth due in December.
It may seem odd that DeCosta celebrates the anniversary of her diagnosis each year with a toast, until you realize the significance of the date.
“I found out I had cancer on April 27, 2015—my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary,” says DeCosta. “When the doctor told me I thought, ‘Wait a minute, I’m supposed to be on a beach somewhere sipping on a margarita, not hearing …

 

All Natural Chocolate Chip Cookies

Love chocolate chip cookies, but have an allergy or intolerance to ingredients inside of chocolate chips that stops you from eating chocolate chip cookies? Other chocolate chips contain milk, soy, artificial flavors, and may be made in machines that also process peanuts that stops many people with allergies from eating chocolate chip cookies. Try making cookies using Guittard, all natural, Non-GMO, peanut free, gluten free, chocolate chips instead. These chocolate chips have 5 simple ingredients: sugar, cacao beans, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin and real vanilla. These cookies are soft with the perfect amount of chocolate in each bite. You can’t …

 

Turkey Cupcakes

Want to make a fun dessert for the Thanksgiving?  How about a cupcake shaped like a turkey!
What? Did you think I meant a turkey in cupcake form? You can make that if you want, but today I’ll be showing you how to make a cupcake that is decorated to look like a turkey. Turkey cupcakes! The ingredients you’ll need is a brownie mix, chocolate frosting, red, orange, yellow gummy fish, and white and black decorating icing as well as cupcake tins, cupcake pans, a wire rack, a knife, a pastry bag or resealable food storage bag, and an oven to …

 

Healthy Thanksgiving

 
Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. For someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, being surround by food can be overwhelming. You love the holidays, but fear gaining weight. The average person gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Below are some tips to eating a healthy meal and not overeating during the holidays.
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should over indulge with unhealthy foods. A good tip to not overeating is portioning your food. Choose the healthier foods and only give yourself a certain amount so you …

 

Meet Linnea Blake, one of the Chefs of Sugar Rush 2017

Pastry Chef Linnea Blake of Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks is one of  five of the extraordinary Pastry Chef’s taking part in Sugar Rush 2017 on Monday, July 17 at 6:00 PM at the Rail Stop in Brighton.  Get your ticket on EventBrite and join us as we not only enjoy a 5-course dessert tasting but raise much needed money for breast cancer research.
Linnea Blake,Pastry Chef Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
Chef Linnea Blake directs the pastry program at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, including the entire Hotel Commonwealth Events Program and The Hawthorn. Linnea grew up in Milford in Worcester …