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Deborah Smith on “Jersey Shore Cookbook”

Deborah Smith, author of “Jersey Shore Cookbook” and Jersey Bites blogger, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment”  to discuss how she chose the dishes in her new cookbook.

“From the beginning, it was my job to figure out which restaurants were going to be in the book,” Smith says of choosing which 50 shore restaurants would be featured. She needed to come up with some criteria to help narrow down the list.

Her first criteria was that the restaurant needed to be in a town that touched the ocean, which helped narrow it down. “I started with the ones that I knew, the ones that I go to,” Smith says.

She recalls that not every restaurant said yes. Some did not want to reveal their recipes, while others simply did not know what to expect.

“We were really going for that Jersey fresh theme,” Smith says. “We wanted them to use New Jersey sourced fish and produce as much as possible.”

Smith wanted people to know that New Jersey is more than just boardwalk food. “We have an amazing resource at our fingertips.”

To learn more and to order “Jersey Shore Cookbook,” click here.


Dr. Paul Dell’Aquilla on Platelet Rich Blood for Cosmetic Enhancement

Dr. Paul Dell’Aquilla of Spatologie sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss how a patient’s own platelet rich blood can be used for cosmetic enhancement.

Dell’Aquilla says that first, blood is drawn. Then, a special centrifuge is used to spin it. The top layer, which is basically all your platelets and all the growth factors that your body makes naturally, is taken off.

“Then, we inject it in various portions,” Dell’Aquilla says. “Whether it be the face for facial rejuvenation, or the hair for hair rejuvenation.” A patient’s own blood is taken out, separated, and injected back into the patient.

Dell’Aquilla describes a process known as Vampire Facelift, which fights aging by adding volume to the face by injecting the platelet rich plasma. “This will stimulate growth factors to be formed, and rejuvenation will occur through an increase of blood vessel formation, and also collagen and tissue formation.”

To learn more, head over to Spatologie’s website.

Shaun O’Hara on the Shaun O’Hara Foundation

Shaun O’Hara, former NY Giant great, sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss the Shaun O’Hara Foundation, which was set up to help fight cystic fibrosis and other life-threatening diseases.

O’Hara started the foundation in 2009 along with his wife Amy. He states that the foundation wants to “help increase knowledge and education in life-threatening diseases that affect children.” They hoped that after helping to cure cystic fibrosis, their main benefactor, they could then move to another epidemic.

“I got to know a young man named Sean Squires when I was playing,” O’Hara states. He recalls meeting Squires and knowing him for a year before knowing about his battle with cystic fibrosis. This inspired him to learn about the disease and to begin fighting for a cure.

Cystic fibrosis is an orphan disease, meaning it impacts less than 200,000 individuals in our country. “Yet, the orphan disease label comes from the fact that it gets zero federal funding. Our government doesn’t give any money towards research and towards finding a cure.”

He goes on to say, “My wife and I said, this is something we can get behind. Let’s use my name and our contacts to try to make CF stand for Cure Found.”

To learn more about the Shaun O’Hara Foundation, head over to their website.