Arugula, Fruit, and Nut Power Salad

This powerhouse salad is like a party in a bowl - with all the colors, textures, and tastes, each bite is different and all of them are delicious! It's also full of healthy proteins like cheese, sunflower seeds, and edamame. Broccoli, spinach, and kale give you a bite of beta-carotene, and then there's a cornucopia of chopped fruits in this super-tossed salad ....more

Blackberry Rose Party Punch

We love stirring up big pitchers of punch for summer parties - if you're careful about the mixology, you can sip a punch all afternoon in the sun and just feel a little more loving to all mankind. At Joe's birthday and my graduation party, we served White Summer Sangria. At...more

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup with Mint

Sometimes the heart has its reasons that reason can't explain...and sometimes, so does the stomach. I started craving a fresher version of Viet beef soup in the middle of a heat wave last summer. We don't usually eat hot soup in the summertime, and eating hot foods when it's hot seemed a little weird ....more

Light & Spicy Black Bean Dip

It doesn't get more healthy and guilt-free than this quick black bean dip! We've whipped up this quick dip for parties and a protein-filled side to tuck into our lunches with fresh vegetables. This one suits everyone - weight watchers, vegans, gluten-free friends, and paleo diet-lovers ....more

Pigs in a Blanket Breakfast Bake

A few weeks ago I was craving pigs in a blanket - perhaps craving isn't the right word. I'm pretty sure sausages in buttermilk pancakes were dancing through my dreams. Hey, there are worse things I could be obsessing about, right? ...more

Olive-Stuffed Italian Bread

My siblings share with me a special love for olives - something that has become a bit of a joke at holidays. We would not dream of a holiday celebration or family party that didn't include a big bowl of olives, and my older sister has a really cool olive-serving bowl shaped like a spiral. Growing up, I only knew of pimiento-stuffed green olives and canned black olives ....more

Bouillabaisse (French Fish Soup)

Bouillabaisse, we have conquered you. Quite a few times we've said, "We should really try bouillabaisse;" then we open Julia Child's cookbook and shake our heads at the 3 pages of directions. But my beloved F ....more

Brazilian-Style Collard Greens

I confess I don't know much at all about Southern Cooking - I'm about as Yankee as you can get. Like most Midwesterners about my age, we ate green leafy things in two ways - as boiled spinach in gloppy slimy wads, and as green salads, mostly full of iceberg lettuce or maybe a shredded cabbage coleslaw. Collard greens definitely looked like the slimy blobs of spinach I never wanted to eat ...more

Pick-A-Filling Pierogi

Pierogi, also called...more

Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Pea Crust

My first sushi experience was around 1990, and I really had to choke it down while distracting my mind screaming, "Oh gah, I'm eating raw meat! Raw meat! My mom told me not to do this!" The saner half of my mind was saying, "Shhh, come on now, people eat this all the time and they like it - don't think about it, don't think about it, you're eating unicorn bubbles and sun rays and it's ...more