Peaches and Cream: A Healthy Version

I love peaches. Just the word "peaches" makes me think of summer orchards in the country, full of plump, sweet peaches, ready to be picked and eaten. I consider myself one lucky girl when it comes to peaches, since I live in Georgia and near South ...more

5 Ways to Make Quick Pickles

As Alton Brown says, “If you’ll just take a little time to learn a few basic procedures, not only the whole produce section, but the whole world, will be your pickle … and good eats.” It’s true: Quick pickles all sort of follow a pattern. You’ll be ...more

How to Make the Perfect Cobb Salad

Many of the fresh summer veggies that are usually spilling off my kitchen counter at this time of year have yet to make an appearance, because it's been so darn cool this summer (at least where I live!). But has that stopped me from creating ...more

5 Healthy Breakfasts You'll Love

Do you hate eating breakfast? Then don’t come over to my house. This meal will often have me making 12 servings of oatmeal, two or three dozen eggs, three loaves of whole-grain bread, a one-kilo tub of yogurt, or 24 whole-grain waffles, plus ...more

3 Ways to Transform Traditional Pesto

One of the most simple, delicious sauces is a classic pesto. Traditionally, pesto genovese, which is named after its originating home in Genoa, Italy, is a simple sauce made from nuts, cheese, garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt. While pine nuts are ...more

5 Ways to Make Dining Out Gluten-Free Less Scary

How to Make Dining Out Gluten-Free Less Scary What if you're met with an eye roll when you mention to the server that you have celiac disease? That doesn't exactly instill a level of confidence, does it? That's exactly what happened to me recently. It was a reality check about dining out gluten-free....more
Thanks for this resource. It is so, so hard. I've written about it, too. People just don't ...more

Protect the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

As kids across the country are going back to school, Congress is also returning to work after a long summer break....more
Hunger is such a deterrent to learning. We're starting a food pantry at my kids' school this ...more

15 Grilling Recipes for Your Labor Day Cookout

Labor Day marks the end of summer—and the weekend many of us host a blowout cookout for all our friends. Here are a ton of great recipe ideas to send off grilling season with a bang. BURGERS Image: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures ...more
Great collection of recipes, can't wait to try those stuffed mushrooms!more

Feeding My Family: School Lunches

It's September second. ...more

Fall Mantel with Rag Bunting

Our 3-day Labor Day weekend was a weekend of cleaning out closets, party planning and decorating for fall. ...more

Meatballs and Gravy with Noodles

This recipe is inspired by one I saw by Rachael Ray. It looks daunting but really this comes together in under an hour and it could be considered a pantry dish. Every aspect of this dish has been lightened up so while you’ll be satisfied after eating this dish, you won’t feel gross.

Time to Sparkle #76

Happy Labor Day…and the first day of September! Where has our year gone? Did you spend the day relaxing and enjoying good food with family or friends? ...more

Coconut Biscotti

Sweet Coconut Biscotti is perfect with your breakfast this morning! Dunk it in your morning coffee or tea, and I say you have a well rounded breakfast! Ha! ...more

Mushroom and Asparagus Farrotto with Tarragon

Lately, farro has been a go-to grain in my kitchen. I love that with its nutty flavor, it turns a regular dish into one that is healthy and delicious. I usually keep some cooked farro in my fridge so that I can stir in salads, soups, or whenever I want to give a dish some chewiness and texture ....more

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

With beats of "Boom Boom Pow" bumping in my head, I channeled my inner-Fergie and assembled this rockin' black-eyed pea salad. And just in time for football season! Woop! ...more

Week in Austin, Texas

We went to Austin because of a crazy Southwest deal a few months ago. At this point in our summer, taking a vacation seems like the greatest extravagance, and my penny-pinching heart would have canceled but for the fact that our flights and AirBNB accommodations were already paid for—great birthday gift we unintentionally gave to me. And while most people go to Austin for the creativity, the food, the music, the shock value (“Keep Austin Weird”), we went to get away to someplace new where it would also, conveniently, be ridiculously easy to eat well ....more

Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip “Cookie” Scones

These chocolate pumpkin scones have all the great flavors you know and love from pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies. PLUS there are chocolate chips in them and a delicious cinnamon-spice pumpkin glaze covering them! And it’s time to bring out the pumpkin ....more