Assorted berries

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Rerun The Happy Days
Take a little piece of something that makes you smile with nostalgia and bring it back into your life. For actress Gwyneth Paltrow, that means preparing recipes she cooked with her late father. In her recent Vogue interview with Jeffrey Steingarten, Gwyneth says, "I always feel closest to my father, who was the love of my life until his death in 2002, when I'm in the kitchen." In her upcoming book My Father's Daughter, to be released in spring of 2011, she explains, "Health food was never really on the menu, it was about fun and deliciousness and togetherness." 

For me it was picking berries with my mom. We'd go to those family farms where you pick the berries yourself and take home your bounty. She'd always tell the farmers: "Better weigh my daughter on the way in and on the way out so you can charge for all the berries she eats out there!" 

Having berries on hand makes me happy—fresh from the farmers market, frozen when that's not possible, and picked ourselves when ripe on the berry plants we have at home. When I really need a lift, it's off to the pick-your-own-fruit farm with my family to pass on the good times and the good-health tradition!

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