Judy Dedmon Coyle

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Judy grew up in a military family. Her early exposure to different cultures, foods and ideas influenced her world view. Learning how to not pack up and move every two and half years has proved to be one of life's great challenges. Now that she's managed to live in Dallas for 22 years, it's possible that she has conquered the restlessness of her early life. The same cannot be said of her career choices. Well in to her fifties, she is still open to new opportunities.

In January, after twelve years as a stay-at-home mom, she started a program in health and nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and as of July 2009, she is a Certified Health Counselor.
From first grade to Law School, she attended 18 different schools, graduating from Oglethorpe University with a degree in History and Political Science before going on to graduate school.

She earned a Master's degree in Library Science in 1973 and a law degree in 1977 both at Emory University. Four years at the Department of Interior practicing Environmental and Real Property law somehow led to a fifteen-year stint at Fannie Mae.

After three years in the legal department, she moved into management. She served almost ten years as Senior Vice President of the Southwestern Regional office in Dallas, overseeing 250 employees and over 300 lenders in a ten state region. She retired in 1996 to spend more time with her family.

During her stay at home years, she got reacquainted with her husband and children, took up exercising, polished up her healthful recipes, and erased the effects of fifteen years in corporate America. Judy wrote a book, not yet published, but there's plenty of time. She volunteered for her sons' schools, her community and her church, and organizations including Children's International Summer Villages and Boot Camp for Goddesses. She joined three book clubs because left to her own devices, she reads books the world will not long remember. And because old habits die hard, she travels the United States and the world.


Stories from Judy Dedmon Coyle

duomo
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
If Milan were in any country but Italy, I bet people would love it. How does a city compete with Rome and Florence and the beauty of the Cinque Terre? Maybe by ignoring the zings from people who haven't been there or live in southern Italy. My own view of the city was shaped by a few train changes there through the years and anti-Milan slurs from people I know born in Florence and Rome. 
Monday, April 16th, 2012
If you ever starting thinking that they just don't make things the way they used to, we invite you to consider the family Marinelli, makers of bells since 1339 in the town of Agnone. Yep, the same family in the same business in the same town. And while there are some modern tools and machinery is used when needed, the basic process is very much the same as it's always been.
Monday, April 9th, 2012
Vasto, a town on the Adriatic Sea about forty minutes from where we're staying in Carunchio, has lovely beaches that are most lively in July and August so we missed the frenzy of tourists and wall to wall bodies on the beach. We visited the 'Costa dei Trabocchi' a 15 km swath of beach with nineteen trabocci, or fishing shacks, some of which have been there since the eighteenth century.
dino with pasta
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Today's recipes surprised us-the tiramisu proved to be easier than we expected and the pasta lots more difficult. If any of us order handmade pasta in a restaurant, we will eat it with proper reverence. It's fun but not easy to make.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
We covered a lot of ground today. An early start got us to Fratelli Bruno, a family owned Salumificio, by 9:30. We tracked the meat curing process from pig bone to aging room. Ventricina, a specialty of Abruzzo, utilizes whole chunks of pork from the bone, salted, lightly peppered and rubbed with paprika and wild fennel. The name comes from stomach or ventre, in Italian, the casing used for the big chunks of meat.
Monday, March 26th, 2012
A few weeks ago when looking for a culinary vacation, we found a great deal for the Abruzzo Cibus cooking school in Italy. What's Abruzzo? We knew about the wine called Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, but that was the extent of our knowledge. In fact, up to a week before the trip we were pronouncing the double zees in the region's name with a buzz sound instead of TS as in pizza. We have since learned that Abruzzo lies east of Rome along the Adriatic and is the most mountainous region of Italy.
Monday, March 19th, 2012
My husband and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Los Angeles this year. We wanted magic and that's what we found. The Magic Castle Hotel at 7025 Franklin Avenue is a three minute stroll from the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. It's close to all the action yet surprisingly quiet.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
The Little Owl at 90 Bedford Street in the West Village is a restaurant success story. A small place with excellent service and terrific food in a charming space-the owners make everything appear so simple that you may be tempted to launch your own little cafe. But wait, there's some magic going on here. Service has just the right balance of warmth and city cool and the menu has been honed to a small but wide selection of great dishes.
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
French food is tricky. Too often it's overdone: over-sauced, over-cute, over-small. But when it's done right, there's no more satisfying meal. Le Gigot, a tiny place in New York's Greenwich Village does French bistro food just right.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
After our amazing cruise of the Galapagos Islands, we planned two days in Quito to see the sights of this Ecuadorian capital. It wasn't enough time. We never got into the city to see the old town, the historical rock murals, and the Basilica with Galapagos turtles, armadillos, and iguanas for gargoyles and grotesques. Those will have to wait for our next trip. Instead we went north: on the first day we went into the cloud forest and on the second, we went to the highland markets.
red dresses
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Dig out that fabulous red dress. Pull on those red cowboy boots. Grab that flashy red leather jacket. The first Friday in February is National Wear Red Day®. It's not just for Valentine's Day anymore. We may not look like celebs in haute couture, but  we can all show our support for heart disease awareness in our own way!
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Our trip to Sicily began on the east side of the island in Syracuse, a city with deep Greek roots. We visited the Greek theater and the Archimedes museum. The Romans built on and over the Greek ruins they found. Then came the Arabs and Normans. Sicily is a wonderful blend of cultures left behind and stunning mountain and seascapes. From Taormina we had close up views of Mt Etna and in Monreale we visited an 11th century church and cloisters.

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Sicily is wild and wonderful--unexpected, whimsical and thrilling. In winter, the crowds are smaller, the weather cooler and more changeable. Everyone from the Greeks and Romans to Normans and Arabs left their mark on this small island and you'll find lots to see and do on a winter visit.
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Nothing grabs my attention quite as quickly as someone behind me on an airplane sneezing uncontrollably. Avoiding germs when traveling can be difficult, but there are ways to dodge them, or at least reduce the chance that your fellow travelers will infect you.
Friday, January 6th, 2012

My only memory of Venice from a trip taken with my family when I was six years old involves my gelato, attacking pigeons, and their aggressive dominance of Piazza San Marco.  My image of Venice rivals a scene from The Birds. Finally, after over fifty years, I made a return trip and have fresh, more pleasant memories of this beautiful city.

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Tucked under the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge, at 279 Water Street, is a small red brick building that has been sitting there since 1794. The oldest serving tavern in New York City, it's been a food and beer shop, a restaurant, a pirate bar and a brothel. It hasn't been a brothel for a while now. In 1979, a young couple purchased the building, remodeled the space and opened the Bridge Café.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Close your eyes and imagine a trip to New York City. If you're like most people you visualize the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center covered in dollar bills. Visiting New York can get very pricy. All those luscious dinners out and high-end hotels eat into your travel budget. However, with some clever planning you can spend your whole trip free-wheeling around New York. Get out your sturdy walking shoes and some sunblock--there's lots of ground to cover.
poster from company cafe
Monday, December 26th, 2011
Those of us with gluten allergies or celiac disease are somewhat used to interrogating wait staff on what we can or cannot eat.  It's a totally different experience at Company Café in Dallas, Texas.  Gluten eaters may find themselves asking for the gluten version of things because pancakes, French toast and bagels are gluten free, unless you request the full flour version.
Monday, December 19th, 2011
New York City's Times Square. Can you think of a more romantic way to spend New Year's Eve? It's fun to do if you're prepared, patient, and warmly dressed. It's not the only thing to do in Manhattan on December 31 though. The city will be hopping.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
High in the Andes, nestled in among the mountains, the Inca people discovered a wide swath of land so fertile and hospitable, they named it the Sacred Valley. Corn, potatoes, and grasses grew on the terraces cut high into almost every mountain, but down in the Sacred Valley peas, beans, asparagus and other luxuries were cultivated. From Ollantaytambo at the west to Pisac one hundred miles east, the valley is lush with crops that can be grown in any season as long as there is water.
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