Seasonal Eating: Late Summer Ratatouille

My garden cannot stop producing.  There are twinges of fall in the air, the sun is lower in the sky, but I am continuing to have an abundance of beautiful, vibrant vegetables.  My Late Summer Ratatouille is perfect for using up all those extra garden or CSA vegetables. A trip to the farmer's market would do the trick too.  Have you been lately?...more

10 Cooking Tips That Will Save You Tons Of Time In The Kitchen

I cook a lot, and I love to cook, but there is nothing worse then spending endless hours in the kitchen when you don't need to.  I like to have my kitchen streamlined so I can easily access my utensils and appliances I really use  and need. I also appreciate a good plan of action. Here are my top ten kitchen time savers that will save your sanity and give you peace of mind in your kitchen.Tip #1 Keep Sharp Knives...more

7 Ways to Use That Container of Baby Spinach

These days, spinach doesn't come in one overgrown bunch, it comes in a clamshell. You know, those large, clear plastic containers stuffed with perfectly picked baby leaves.  I am sure you have bought one,  with ambitions to use all those greens, only to have it slowly wilt away in your refrigerator.  You meant well, you really did. Before you give up on spinach, one of the best foods around, let me give you some ideas, and recipes, for how to use it, before you lose it....more
I've been trying to up my daily veggies servings, and  I'm addicted to spinach/feta omelettes ...more

Vegan Caprese Salad

Who knew you could still create and delicious version of the Caprese Salad. This recipe recreates an italian yummy caprese salad using basil, tomatos, tofu, and balsamic. Definitly perfect for impressing guests over a fancy dinner. For the full recipe Vegan Caprese Salad...more

How to Choose the Right Oil for Cooking

How to Choose the Right Oil for Cooking...more

Beef and Veggie Burger with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Now that I have sufficiently gorged myself with food over the holidays, it is time to tone it down a bit.  The jeans are feeling painted on, and if I wore my wedding ring, my finger would be gasping for breath.  Yep!  It’s time for lighter, healthier eating.  This beef and veggie burger fits the bill....more

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Applesauce

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5 Kitchen Appliances That Turn Healthy Cooking Into Easy Cooking

Nobody wants life to be hard.  With all the things life gives us - a career, kids, a house with bills to pay, the last thing we want is to have to worry about cooking a healthy meal every once in a while.But time ultimately gets in the way and tries to thwart any of our good efforts....more

5 Healthy Cooking Tips

Most of us are pretty savvy about what to put in our grocery carts. With each grocery trip we are reading more labels and adding more organic foods. However, to truly maximize the health of your family’s meals you must analyze the way you are preparing the ingredients. For instance, scientific studies show that low cooking temperatures and short cooking times are two of the most valuable components to enhance the flavor of food and help it retain important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. ...more
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5 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do with Butternut Squash: Butternut Squash Lasagna with Blue Cheese and Mozzarella

Traditionally, my family has always relied on the “it’s Thanksgiving!” mentality of roasting squash—pop that baby in the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and serve it as a side dish to puckered-faced children who’d rather crawl under the table than eat a vegetable that color.  Butternut squash isn't orange like a carrot or yellow like a banana, but this weird version of the two (depending on its raw or cooked version,...more