The Best Way to Cut an Avocado

Do you have an OBSESSION with avocado like I do? Ever since I was pregnant it has definitely been one of my favorite foods! Not only because it's delicious but because of the numerous health benefits it offers. Avocados are rich in vitamin A, B, C, E ...more

What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden

So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!!  ...more

A Child's Look at the White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July ...more

The Secret to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries!

Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and go for sweet potato fries instead of its less colorful cousin. The problem, though, is that they generally don’t get all that crispy. They just kind of lay there.  ...more

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in 15 Minutes

This ice cream is a cinch. An absolutely cinch. No cooking, no cooling, no churning, no icy lumps. It’s in the freezer within 15 minutes and ready to eat just two hours later. It’s incredibly soft and creamy while being rich and decadent from the ...more

5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
ImproveCenter us too. Summer always feels like we eat fresh and get outside so much more.more

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Iced Coffee

There is nothing like a cup of really good iced coffee on a warm summer day. You know you are in for a treat when the barista hands you a cup filled with liquid that sparkles like a dark diamond. Taking that first refreshing sip, the flavors slowly blossom, starting with the robust, toasted notes of the coffee beans and ending with a slightly sweet flavor that lingers on your lips. There is no need for sugar or milk; with one sip, you are totally in the moment. ...more
I make coffee ice cubes which solves the problem of the ice watering it down. :)more

10 Summery Lasagna Recipes for National Lasagna Day

Just like Garfield, I hate Mondays and love lasagna. National Lasagna Day falls on a Tuesday this year—so I am practically purring with delight. I've collected 10 ideas that run from cheesy classic to super-vegan, with lots of smart variations (and even dessert!?) in between. ...more

OCEAN CLAM BAKE!!!

 On tap this weekend-Out of State Company and an Oceanside "Clam Bake". The Seafood Market I frequent had my Littleneck clams, sea scallops, jumbo shrimp! I prepare them in aluminum foil packets on the grill, with a yukon gold potato, corn-on-the-cob, carrot, onion. These are truly glorious  and tasty! I can't wait... Hoping Y'all have a great weekend! I can not believe it is August 1st already...I will close wishing you Good Health. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser. ...more

Chilled Lemon Basil Avocado Soup

Even as a big-time fan of soup, I’m the first to admit that it takes a back seat in summer cooking. Not because it’s a hot dish — we still drink coffee and make big pots of barbecue baked beans afterall — but maybe because it’s just so cool-weather-comforting that it almost seems a waste to have soup in the summer, when that big warm hug in a bowl just isn’t necessary. But summertime doesn’t mean soup is left completely in the lurch ....more

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles) with Marinara Sauce

Every time I use the spiralizer I feel like a hero.Same happens when I use the flashlight function on my smartphone, when I do handstand push-ups against the wall, or when I run into the subway as the doors are about to close.But the spiralizer...the spiralizer is like the Superman’s cape in kitchen gadget form.The first time I’ve tried it, I was blown away by how easy it is to use. I became hypnotized by the curly noodles spirals of veggies that came out.I ransacked the fridge and spiralized just about everything that was large enough to fit onto the mechanism - big carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, parsnips, and of course my fingers (friendly reminder: it’s important to use a spiralizer safely...these things are SHARP!)Creating noodles with raw vegetables has to be one of the coolest thing ever and yet, I haven’t posted a single recipe that calls for the use of a spiralizer on TIY.Frankly because I thought that the spiralizer was a fairly uncommon kitchen gadget. Like the jalapeno corer, the corn kerneler or the bear paw meat handler forks (seriously, who owns those things?) That was until I went to a kitchenware store in Amsterdam (as usual, I was looking for photography props) to found that they sold not one, not two, but three different types of spiralizer.Apparently it’s a much more popular kitchen gadget than I originally thought.I bought one for my sis — just like the one I have at home ....more

Grilled Chimmichurri Shrimp

Pair grilled shrimp with the bright flavours of chimmichurri for an easy, healthy summertime meal. Low carb and paleo-friendly. One thing I love about summer in New England is...more

Sweet and Salty Brownie Cake Pops

Craving something sweet and salty? ...more

My Spidey Senses Are Tingling

It's Spider-Man Day! RAISE THE ROOF!! Er, with your hands, Spidey ....more

Paleo Macadamia Cookies

Let’s begin with the story of how these delicious Paleo Macadamia Cookies...more

How To Plan THE Perfect Brunch: 5 Must Haves

How To Plan THE Perfect Brunch?? Have you ever wondered about this? Of course you can go out to a restaurant, but there's something special about getting together with your friends either at their house or your own on a Saturday or a Sunday and catching up over good food and beverages ....more

A Beautiful Farm Wedding in Seattle

Two weeks...more

Blackberry White Chocolate Smores

To share or pin this post, click Blackberry White Chocolate Smores I apologize in advance, honey. But you know I have to tell the story. I was inspired to make these when blackberry popped into season, and I had an extra bag of marshmallows tucked away after an interesting experience making burnt-marshmallow “shot glasses” for my sister’s birthday ....more