Mashed Potato Chicken Bowl

The days are getting shorter.  Have you noticed?  Before we know it, it'll be dark around 4 and I'll be ready for bed by 6.  Not really, but it isn't too far from the truth.  Comfort food is beginning to make an appearance at our table.  How about yours?  What is your favorite comfort food?  Do mashed potatoes make your list?  They do mine and on one super busy weekday I came up with a plan involving mashed potatoes....more

Fabulous Fall Farro Salad with Gold Beets, Feta, Spiced Pecans & Chive-Sage Dressing

This is fall in a dish. The farro is both chewy and tender, the chives are the main vocals while the sage sings back-up. The gold beets both glow and add a sweet, earthy nuttiness. The interplay of cayenne and maple syrup atop the pecans is sublime. And the feta lends a creamy tang that makes the whole even better. Healthy, beautiful, delicious!Ingredients:...more

Chickpea & Kale Asian Rice

Per usual, we have too many projects to do and not enough time. I don't know if it's the change of seasons that we are now feeling the rush of fall 'to-dos', but it's getting to be crazy! Also, with the change of seasons I find myself wanting to live in the kitchen. I am quickly realizing that I love fall foods. The harvest is bountiful. Everything seems to be ready to pick, eat and be made. My kale, I can't keep up with ... what a great problem, right? ...more

Light Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

As far as food folklore goes, “carrot cake is healthy” is right up there with “lobsters scream when boiled.” So not true. Until now. By cutting the oil in half, lessening the number of egg yolks and upping the carrot quotient, Lisa has once again proven the impossible. IngredientsMoist Carrot Cake2 cups flour...more

lemon & blackberry goat cheese tart

i do not remember every birthday but i remember a few.1992. aged six. i wore a black and white checked jumper and leaned back in my chair at my grandmother's house in des moines, iowa. the house was surrounded by woods, dark and heavy as a thicket. i remember white cake. candles....more

Lamb, fig and almond tagine

We have a young turtle dove in temporary residence at the moment. At least I think it’s temporary....more

Savory Monterey Jack and Green Onion Pancakes

I've been wanting to make savory pancakes for a while, so I got excited when we got a huge bunch of green onions from the CSA. I made a note to myself: save the green onions for savory pancakes, don't use them for anything else!So I picked up some monterey jack cheese with jalapeno in it (yum!!) and some sour cream, and the rest is history....more

Strawberry Watermelon Sorbet with Pink Moscato

Can you believe it’s September?? The kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, the acorns and leaves are starting to fall, and best of all, its football season! But summer is hanging on strong here and I want  need something to help me cope with these hot days.And I think I found it in this Strawberry Watermelon Sorbet. A fresh and fruity frozen treat combined with my favorite, Pink Moscato, to help me ease out of this summer heat and into the coolness of Fall....more