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The Greenest Rice Pilaf (Gather ye Herbs!)

The Greenest Rice Pilaf (Gather ye Herbs!)

"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."    ~ Bertrand Russell
Lemony Lentil and Quinoa Salad (Filled With All The Good Stuff)

Lemony Lentil and Quinoa Salad (Filled With All The Good Stuff)

"When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose.  You know that you are alive"     ~ Chief Seattle
Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole (The Comfy Pants of Dinner Recipes)

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole (The Comfy Pants of Dinner Recipes)

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?
On Discovering Your Calling (A Story and A Smoothie)

On Discovering Your Calling (A Story and A Smoothie)

"Keep going.  Each step may get harder, but don't stop.  The view is beautiful at the top"  
Emerald Kale Salad (For A Life Well-Lived)

Emerald Kale Salad (For A Life Well-Lived)

"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize"   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
All Of Our Weekends Are Better With Banana Bread

All Of Our Weekends Are Better With Banana Bread

Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend?
Chicken Salad Salad (A Recipe, of Sorts, For Salad Success)

Chicken Salad Salad (A Recipe, of Sorts, For Salad Success)

“That’s not ours to know. Next question?”   ~ overheard at the coffee shop 
Peas Porridge Hot (And Other Yummy Ideas for Topping Your Oats)

Peas Porridge Hot (And Other Yummy Ideas for Topping Your Oats)

I’ve been making oatmeal the same way for as long as I can remember
Project Oatmeal

Project Oatmeal

And just like that, I became an everyday oatmeal eater
Cinnamon Sugar Bread Pudding (Cute Older Recipes Are Modern Day Gems)

Cinnamon Sugar Bread Pudding (Cute Older Recipes Are Modern Day Gems)

"This, Grandma.  This was the best day ever"  ~ Love, Eli
Fried Rice Nirvana

Fried Rice Nirvana

Friends, I know it's the first weekend of Spring ..
On Snowy Nights, It's (Squash) Carbonara For Dinner

On Snowy Nights, It's (Squash) Carbonara For Dinner

"Why do you have to turn everything into a story?  So I told her why ..
Scotcheroos (The Nostalgic Desert I've Been Bringing To Every Party)

Scotcheroos (The Nostalgic Desert I've Been Bringing To Every Party)

Do you have a favorite back-of-the-box recipe?
Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Gouda

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Gouda

What are your best conversation starters?
Upside-Down Pear Pancake (Because Fall, What A Time To Be Alive, Honestly)

Upside-Down Pear Pancake (Because Fall, What A Time To Be Alive, Honestly)

"Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing"     ~ Dr. Seuss
Escape Of The Brussels Sprout: A Thriller

Escape Of The Brussels Sprout: A Thriller

"For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is ..
The Chocolate Cake That Is Spooky Levels of Good

The Chocolate Cake That Is Spooky Levels of Good

Admittedly, it was a little awkward when I brought ..
A Big Hug From A Bowl of Soup

A Big Hug From A Bowl of Soup

"I took myself out for ramen at lunch today.  It was like getting a big hug from a bowl of soup"   ~ Overheard at the office
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Quite Possibly the Best Cookie Ever)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Quite Possibly the Best Cookie Ever)

"There are still stars which move in ordered and beautiful rhythm.  There are still people in this world who keep promises.  Even little ones, like cooking stew over your Bunsen burner .. 
Caesar Salad (Table For Two with A Side of Summer Breezes)

Caesar Salad (Table For Two with A Side of Summer Breezes)

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook"     ~ Julia Child
Happy Joe's Taco Pizza (An Iowa Classic)

Happy Joe's Taco Pizza (An Iowa Classic)

"When I was ten years old, I wished for world peace, no capital punishment, and an endless supply of taco pizza or maybe pepperoni nachos, it was really a toss-up"
Mid Week Inspiration No. 11

Mid Week Inspiration No. 11

Mid Week Inspiration No. 11 - What's the First Dish You Perfected?
Moroccan Lamb and Kale Salad (Because Life Is Short and This Salad is Wonderful)

Moroccan Lamb and Kale Salad (Because Life Is Short and This Salad is Wonderful)

From heart-shaped pancakes .. to strawberries on oatcakes .. to peonies in the arms of a new friend .. a few things that have been happening in our world lately
Apple Sharlotka (From Russia With Love)

Apple Sharlotka (From Russia With Love)

"Don't neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it"    ~ Hebrews 13:2 
The Prettiest Spring Pasta

The Prettiest Spring Pasta

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend?
Cha Ca La Vong (Eating Beautifully For Spring)

Cha Ca La Vong (Eating Beautifully For Spring)

"If you had a giant billboard (metaphorically speaking), what would you put on it?"
The Easiest Baked Eggs With Veggies (Your New Favorite Breakfast)

The Easiest Baked Eggs With Veggies (Your New Favorite Breakfast)

On Responsibility"It's not your fault if your kids mess up, but you are responsible for caring for them.  It's not your fault if your marriage didn't work, but it is your responsibility to understand why.  It's not your fault that food manufacturers make addictive foods, but .. 
Egg Drop Soup (For Spring)

Egg Drop Soup (For Spring)

Saturday Trivia! What organ in your body is a rebel against authority?  The only one that can get things done without being bossed around by the brain?
Mustardy Chicken Salad  (Your Weekday Lunch Conundrum, Solved)

Mustardy Chicken Salad (Your Weekday Lunch Conundrum, Solved)

"It's easier to change a man's religion than to change his diet"     ~ Margaret Mead
The Carrot Cake Family Traditions Are Made Of

The Carrot Cake Family Traditions Are Made Of

"My idea of a perfect day is frozen custard at Shake Shack and a walk in the park (followed by a Lactaid).  My idea of a perfect night is a good play and dinner at Orso (but no garlic or I won't be able to sleep).  The other day I found a bakery that bakes my favorite childhood cake, and it was everything I remembered; it made my week"    ~ Nora Ephron
Eggstra Special Fritters (Every Day Should Be Fritter Day, Really)

Eggstra Special Fritters (Every Day Should Be Fritter Day, Really)

"Because everyone is defenseless at breakfast, there should be no contentiousness or crossness"   ~ Marion Cunningham | The Breakfast Book
A Sandwich By Any Other Name

A Sandwich By Any Other Name

Friends, I know it’s March, and mid-March at that; technically almost Spring ..
Workin’ On a Wedge (The Blue Cheese Kind, Of Course)

Workin’ On a Wedge (The Blue Cheese Kind, Of Course)

"Why is lettuce the most loving vegetable?"
Avocado Cilantro Dressing  (That You'll Want to Put on Everything)

Avocado Cilantro Dressing (That You'll Want to Put on Everything)

Dr. Laura .. Whether you love her or hate her, she had a heck of a good call a few years ago
Chocolatey Caramel Sticky Date Cookies (For Celebrating)

Chocolatey Caramel Sticky Date Cookies (For Celebrating)

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage"  ~  Martin Luther
Baked Butternut Squash Pasta (Spicy, Creamy & Straight-up Delicious)

Baked Butternut Squash Pasta (Spicy, Creamy & Straight-up Delicious)

Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend?
Veggie & Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food & We Need It)

Veggie & Turkey Skillet Lasagna (Healthy Comfort Food & We Need It)

I'll never forget the first time I attended an NA meeting ..
Honey Garlic Chicken with Cheesy Polenta (Winter Comfort Food At Its Finest)

Honey Garlic Chicken with Cheesy Polenta (Winter Comfort Food At Its Finest)

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.  I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.  I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.  I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.  I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles"     ~Audrey Hepburn
Yam Neua  (Thai Beef Salad – An Exotic Trip in Every Bite)

Yam Neua (Thai Beef Salad – An Exotic Trip in Every Bite)

We spent the better part of the holidays with jazz playing in the kitchen
Chawanmushi  (You'll Never Think About Custard the Same Way Again)

Chawanmushi (You'll Never Think About Custard the Same Way Again)

"Of all sound of all bells .. most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year"     ~Charles Lamb
Festive Holiday Balls You'll Want to Bring to Every Party

Festive Holiday Balls You'll Want to Bring to Every Party

I had a neighbor once who baked the most delicious confections
Herbed Lemon Chicken Salad with Kale Buttermilk Dressing

Herbed Lemon Chicken Salad with Kale Buttermilk Dressing

"Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself"     ~ Walt Whitman
Baked Vegetable Risotto with Poached Eggs

Baked Vegetable Risotto with Poached Eggs

Mid Week Inspiration No. 7:  What do you eat when you're home alone?
Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Soup You Can't Get Enough Of

From paper snowflakes in the windows to catching cranberries in the driveway to mastering the art of gumdrop making, a few things that have been happening in our world, lately
The Biggest (and Best) Peanut Butter Cup You'll Ever Eat

The Biggest (and Best) Peanut Butter Cup You'll Ever Eat

“Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and invisible life. All it needs from you is that you take care not to trample on it.”     ~ Marilynne Robinson
Slow-Cooker Three Bean Casserole

Slow-Cooker Three Bean Casserole

Midweek Inspiration No. 6:  Do you have a signature dish?
The Unforgettable Granola Bars You'll Love Waking Up To

The Unforgettable Granola Bars You'll Love Waking Up To

I'm not sure what's come over me exactly. Other than somewhere in the nostalgic depths of my mind ..
Eat Your Heart Out – Edible Cookie Dough (Paleo + Gluten-free)

Eat Your Heart Out – Edible Cookie Dough (Paleo + Gluten-free)

"I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance"     ~ Nora Ephron, Heartburn
A Very Egg-ceptional Veggie Bake

A Very Egg-ceptional Veggie Bake

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"     ~ T.S. Eliot
Ina Garten's Unforgettable Beef Stew

Ina Garten's Unforgettable Beef Stew

“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”     ~ Nora Ephron
Chocolatey Pumpkin Blondies

Chocolatey Pumpkin Blondies

"The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get"     ~ Oprah Winfrey
General Tso's Chicken

General Tso's Chicken

"I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers"     ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
The Cheeseburger Salad You'll Want On Repeat

The Cheeseburger Salad You'll Want On Repeat

From the summer of 2007 until the early spring of 2010 ..
End of Summer Fruit Tart

End of Summer Fruit Tart

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention"  ~ Oscar Wilde
End of Summer Tomato Pie with Parmesan Crust

End of Summer Tomato Pie with Parmesan Crust

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're
SpaghettiOs For the Grown-up's Table

SpaghettiOs For the Grown-up's Table

Mid Week Inspiration No. 3: Easy Weeknight Cooking
Warm Artichoke Pasta Salad with Mushrooms and Greens

Warm Artichoke Pasta Salad with Mushrooms and Greens

"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love"     ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
Rainbow Beet Pizza

Rainbow Beet Pizza

Stop what you’re doing. Dinner tonight is the very best kind there is
Mediterranean-Style Detox Bowl with Marinated Lentils

Mediterranean-Style Detox Bowl with Marinated Lentils

In the summertime, there aren't many things I like more than
Curried Vegetables with Potato and White Fish

Curried Vegetables with Potato and White Fish

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not"   ~ The Lorax
Glowing Green Smoothie

Glowing Green Smoothie

“Health, contentment and trust are your greatest possessions, and freedom your greatest joy!” ~ Buddha
Molasses Bran Muffins

Molasses Bran Muffins

Do you have a favorite cookbook?
Summer Berry Crumble Cake

Summer Berry Crumble Cake

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?  We're ..
Kansas City-Style BBQ Ribs

Kansas City-Style BBQ Ribs

What have we been up to .. you ask?
Seven-Layer Salad

Seven-Layer Salad

"You should try to relax about having people over. I have friends who are nervous hostesses, and it just contaminates the entire mood of the evening. They are always rushing from the room to check things and have a wild look in their eyes when they return from the kitchen"     ~ Nora Ephron
Summer Squash and Lemony Basil Pasta

Summer Squash and Lemony Basil Pasta

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling ..
The Ultimate BLT Wedge Salad

The Ultimate BLT Wedge Salad

"There’s no subtext with the wedge (none of that “I’m healthy!”)  Its only goal is to please"  ~ Bon Appetit
Banana Ice Cream – 4 Easy (and Delicious) Ways

Banana Ice Cream – 4 Easy (and Delicious) Ways

“There's a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don't look the way they used to, and it's not because of feminism or better living through exercise. It's because of ..
Skillet Chicken Swimming in Spicy Pizza Sauce

Skillet Chicken Swimming in Spicy Pizza Sauce

Nearly everything you need to know about my childhood can be summed up
Bibimbap

Bibimbap

"What if, today, we were grateful for everything?" ~ Charlie Brown
Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Savory Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby

Savory Herbed Parmesan Dutch Baby

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Grilled Italian Sourdough Panzanella

Grilled Italian Sourdough Panzanella

It's inevitable. You're at a weekend birthday party ..
Spicy Thai Fried Rice

Spicy Thai Fried Rice

"And as the years go by .. Our friendship will never die. You're gonna see it's our destiny. You've got a friend in me" ~ Disney's Toy Story
Shakshuka (Eggs in Spicy Tomatoey Goat Cheese Sauce)

Shakshuka (Eggs in Spicy Tomatoey Goat Cheese Sauce)

Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's Party!' ~ Robin Williams
Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Eggplant and Mint

Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Eggplant and Mint

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Simply the Best Sourdough Bread

Simply the Best Sourdough Bread

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank-you .. it will be enough" ~ Meister Eckhart
Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
People Who Inspire: Liz Jeffrey | Dobos Torte

People Who Inspire: Liz Jeffrey | Dobos Torte

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first” ~ Ernestine Ulmer
My Creative Life: Liz Jeffrey | Lox Bagel Sandwich

My Creative Life: Liz Jeffrey | Lox Bagel Sandwich

"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't" ~ Lucille Ball
Hamburger Stroganoff

Hamburger Stroganoff

"Hey, how about... oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie... for as long as we both shall live?" — You've Got Mail | Nora Ephron
Grilled Broccoli Over Blue Cheese Dressing with Spicy Crispies

Grilled Broccoli Over Blue Cheese Dressing with Spicy Crispies

Ar·ca·dia \är-ˈkā-dē-ə\ 1. Region of Greece: in mythology the domain of the god Pan 2. Pastoral Paradise; an ideal of life in harmony with nature
People Who Inspire: Liz Jeffrey | Malaysian Rice Noodle Soup (Laksa)

People Who Inspire: Liz Jeffrey | Malaysian Rice Noodle Soup (Laksa)

Ryan: "Wanna start a coffee shop"Liz: "Only if I get to bake things there"Ryan: "Of course"Liz: "Sure" ~ Arcadia.com
Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake

Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake

From afternoon coffee runs in our slippers .. to giant lap dogs .. to couch cocoa and peanut butter from the spoon. A few things that have been happening in our world lately
Mediterranean Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Mediterranean Quinoa Buddha Bowl

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes

"Half the cookbooks tell you how to cook the food and the other half tell you how to avoid eating it" ~ Andy Rooney
Healthier Almond Joy Bars

Healthier Almond Joy Bars

"Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs" ~ Pearl Strachan Hurd
Sassy Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

Sassy Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes

"How 'ya 'doing Grandma?"
Butternut Squash Lasagna Rolls with Green Béchamel Sauce

Butternut Squash Lasagna Rolls with Green Béchamel Sauce

“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.” ~ Nora Ephron
South of the Border Kale Salad

South of the Border Kale Salad

"Whether you think you can, or you can't .. you're right" ~ Henry Ford
Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does” ~ William James
Mediterranean Baba Ghanoush Flatbread

Mediterranean Baba Ghanoush Flatbread

"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating" ~ Luciano Pavarotti
Eggplant Kuku

Eggplant Kuku

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Sheet Pan Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Veggies

Sheet Pan Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Veggies

From parsnip hash browns for breakfast, to candied pecans for breakfast dessert, to hot yoga on cold winter's nights; a few things that have been happening on my Live Healthy Iowa Challenge journey lately
Spanish Garlic Shrimp and Scallop Saute

Spanish Garlic Shrimp and Scallop Saute

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
You're the Apple of My Eye Smoothie

You're the Apple of My Eye Smoothie

“Earlier, watching her apply mascara with ritual concentration, he’d wondered just how beautiful a woman had to be before she believed it.” ~ Alison Fell
Hamburger + Dill Pickle Pizza

Hamburger + Dill Pickle Pizza

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?
Everyday Creamy Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale

Everyday Creamy Lentils with Mushrooms and Kale

“What I love about cooking is that after a hard day, there is something comforting about the fact that if you melt butter and add flour and then hot stock, it will get thick! It’s a sure thing! It’s sure thing in a world where nothing is sure; it has a mathematical certainty in a world where those of us who long for some kind of certainty are forced to settle for crossword puzzles.” ~ Nora Ephron | Hearburn
Winter's Bliss Citrus Salad

Winter's Bliss Citrus Salad

“I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times.” ~ Nora Ephron
Lemony Chicken Pasta with Garlic Roasted Artichokes

Lemony Chicken Pasta with Garlic Roasted Artichokes

Have you been listening to any good podcasts lately?
Lemon Caper Salad Dressing

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing

What do you do when you're home alone?
Baked Sesame Chicken

Baked Sesame Chicken

From coconut oil popcorn to old puzzles with missing pieces, to evenings with friends drinking mulled wine from solo cups.  A few things that have been happening in our world, lately
My Mom's Weekend & A Half Bone Broth Stew

My Mom's Weekend & A Half Bone Broth Stew

"And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, This is important! And this is important! And this is important!
Boozy Holiday Gummy Candies

Boozy Holiday Gummy Candies

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!" ~ Dr Seuss | How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Cranberry-Lime Pie with Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

Cranberry-Lime Pie with Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

"I never thought it was a bad little tree .. Maybe all it needs is a little love" ~ Linus
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Trivia! How many cookies does Santa eat on Christmas Eve?
Spritz Cookies (A Family Recipe)

Spritz Cookies (A Family Recipe)

“If God had intended us to follow recipes, he wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.” ~ Linda Henley
Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Lamb Stew with Spring Veggies

Lamb Stew with Spring Veggies

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him. The people who give you their food give you their heart” ~ Cesar Chavez
Chocolatey Nut Butter Blondies

Chocolatey Nut Butter Blondies

Chunks of dark chocolate, lots of nut butter
Kale Caesar with Cornbread Bits

Kale Caesar with Cornbread Bits

"We're a nation of largely exhausted cooks today" ~ The New York Times
Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread

Buckwheat Banana Bread with Yogurt-Espresso Spread

"What if, today, we were grateful for everything?" ~ Charlie Brown
Sweet Potato-Miso Pie with Chocolate-Sesame Crust

Sweet Potato-Miso Pie with Chocolate-Sesame Crust

"And so, Thanksgiving. It's the most amazing holiday" ~ Nora Ephron
Caramelized Butternut Squash with Herbed Hazelnut Pesto

Caramelized Butternut Squash with Herbed Hazelnut Pesto

"Have I told you lately that I love you?" ~ Van Morrison
Simple Chocolate Birthday Cake

Simple Chocolate Birthday Cake

From piles of leaves to birthday cake testing to Thanksgiving recipes dotting the kitchen counter .. a few things that have been happening in our world .. lately
Slow Cooked Short Rib and Tomato Ragout

Slow Cooked Short Rib and Tomato Ragout

Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
April Bloomfield's English Porridge

April Bloomfield's English Porridge

Once upon a time, there was a little girl names Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest. Pretty soon she came upon a house.
Boo Berry Superfood Smoothie

Boo Berry Superfood Smoothie

"I want to thank-you. Thank-you for being a friend" ~ Andrew Gold
Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza

Smoky BBQ Chicken Pizza

"If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good" ~ Dr. Seuss
Magical Herbed Green Sauce

Magical Herbed Green Sauce

"Think left and think right, and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try!" ~ Dr. Seuss
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

"It's not about what it is. It's about what it can become" ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Chicken and Veggie Tater Tot Hot Dish

Chicken and Veggie Tater Tot Hot Dish

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn" ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Indian Rice Pudding

Indian Rice Pudding

We barked and waved as the last of our guests headed off, leftovers in hand, into the star-filled October night
Savory Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

Savory Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

"It's hard to be angry or upset, and be grateful at the same time. If I'm ever of emotional or upset about something I think 'What am I grateful for?' I just feel so much better. There's so much good out there" ~ Lewis Howes
Roasted Mushroom, Tomato & Chicken Pasta

Roasted Mushroom, Tomato & Chicken Pasta

"When an old person dies it's like a library burning" ~ Overheard at The Nantucket Project
Happy and Healthy Black Halloween Ghosts

Happy and Healthy Black Halloween Ghosts

"Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble" ~ William Shakespeare | Macbeth
Beer Braised Beef and Bean Chili with Sweet Potato Fries

Beer Braised Beef and Bean Chili with Sweet Potato Fries

"I'm so glad we live in a world where there Octobers" ~ Anne of Green Gables
Apple Pecan Snack Cake

Apple Pecan Snack Cake

"What could be more important than a little something to eat?" ~ Winnie the Pooh
No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Snack Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Snack Bars

"If we're not meant to have midnight snacks .. why is there a light in the fridge?" ~ Unknown
Potato and Caramelized Onion Gratin

Potato and Caramelized Onion Gratin

I'm not going to tell you ..
The Simplest (and Sexiest) Berry Breakfast Bowl

The Simplest (and Sexiest) Berry Breakfast Bowl

Sometimes .. when you're a food blogger who's learned enough to know what you don't know ..
Tomato and Ricotta Tart

Tomato and Ricotta Tart

"I have a core belief. Life is always happening for us .. not to us .. and it's our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do .. life is magnificent" ~ Tony Robbins
The Most Incredible Salsa

The Most Incredible Salsa

When it's a beautiful summer's night; when the weary travelers have returned home from a month away
Warm Salad of Roasted Kale, Coconut + Tomatoes

Warm Salad of Roasted Kale, Coconut + Tomatoes

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree” ~ Martin Luther
Chocolate Cherry Red Wine Torte

Chocolate Cherry Red Wine Torte

"After all, tomorrow is another day" ~ Scarlett O'Hara | Gone with the Wind
Peanut Butter Cereal Snack Bites

Peanut Butter Cereal Snack Bites

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Beet Party Salad with Lentils + Pine Nuts

Beet Party Salad with Lentils + Pine Nuts

"There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired" ~ Friedrich Nietzche
Fig and Goat Cheese Tart

Fig and Goat Cheese Tart

She wasn't getting back to meShe always gets back to me ..
Caramelized Onions

Caramelized Onions

"These are the days of the endless summer. These are the days, the time is now
Julia Child's Zucchini Au Gratin

Julia Child's Zucchini Au Gratin

"This book is for the servantless American cook who can be unconcerned on occasion with budgets, waistlines, time schedules, children's meals, the parent-chaffer-den-mother syndrome, or anything else which might interfere with the enjoyment of producing something wonderful to eat" ~ Julia Child | Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1
Zucchini and Herb Pasta Salad

Zucchini and Herb Pasta Salad

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Corn Cakes with Beet + Apple Salad

Corn Cakes with Beet + Apple Salad

Happy Tuesday! How was your long holiday weekend? We ..
Green Goddess Cobb Salad

Green Goddess Cobb Salad

I met my husband in our town's version of a soup kitchen four years ago this month ..
Summer Breakfast Jar

Summer Breakfast Jar

"Summer afternoon .. summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language" ~ Henry James
Greek Lamb with Lemony Herbed Orzo

Greek Lamb with Lemony Herbed Orzo

"The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get" ~ Tim Russert
The Best Sloppy Joes

The Best Sloppy Joes

“Ask any woman how she makes it through the day, and she may mention her calendar, her to-do lists, her babysitter. But if you push her on how she really makes it through her day, she will mention her girlfriends.” ~ Anna Quindlen
Le French Tuna Salad (Pan Bagnat)

Le French Tuna Salad (Pan Bagnat)

A simple thought for the day ..
Minty Raspberry Licuado

Minty Raspberry Licuado

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe

Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe

"I am a sucker for those old traditional places, and Rome is as good as it gets, particularly when you throw in Italian food" ~ Roger Federer
Decadent Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

Decadent Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake

"Hi G'ma .. How 'ya doin'?"
Classic Tomato Soup

Classic Tomato Soup

"My greatest strength is common sense. I'm really a standard brand .. like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's Chocolate" ~ Katharine Hepburn
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is .. I think .. to have a happy childhood" ~ Agatha Christie
Salad e Olivieh (Potato Salad with Chicken + Eggs)

Salad e Olivieh (Potato Salad with Chicken + Eggs)

"I wanted a prefect ending. Now I've learned the hard way ..
Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Ranch Dressing

Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Ranch Dressing

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

"I'm about to teach you the secret weapon of some of the most beautiful women in the world"
Happy Trails Goji Berry Snack Mix

Happy Trails Goji Berry Snack Mix

"Call this number. I swear it's hocus pocus .. but people who go are never the same"
Tangy Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Tangy Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter + Sage

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter + Sage

"Tell me again? Can that really be right? How many diapers does a baby use during the first year?"
Chicken Pot Pie Chowder

Chicken Pot Pie Chowder

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Crunchy Apple, Fennel + Grains Salad

Crunchy Apple, Fennel + Grains Salad

"My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people" ~ Orson Welles
Burnt Eggplant + Tahini

Burnt Eggplant + Tahini

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce

Rustically Elegant Eggplant + Buttermilk Sauce

"Everyone should blog .. even if it's not under your own name. Every single day. If you're in public making predictions and noticing things .. your life gets better. Because ..
Pasta with Shrimp in Madeira Wine Sauce

Pasta with Shrimp in Madeira Wine Sauce

"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food" ~ Elisha Cuthbert
Foggy Bottom Pasta Salad

Foggy Bottom Pasta Salad

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Rosemary Olive Oil Cake + Bittersweet Chocolate

Rosemary Olive Oil Cake + Bittersweet Chocolate

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank-you, it will be enough" ~ Meister Eckhart
Cacao Maca Energy Bites

Cacao Maca Energy Bites

"Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it" ~ Josh Billings
Spicy Slow-Cooked Chickpeas + Egg on Toast

Spicy Slow-Cooked Chickpeas + Egg on Toast

"For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love?" ~ Michael Pollan
Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls with Herbed Ricotta

Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls with Herbed Ricotta

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Oatmeal Souffle + Berries

Oatmeal Souffle + Berries

"Don't cry because it's over .. Smile because it happened" ~ Dr Seuss
Spiced Honey Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Honey Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting

A deficiency in which micronutrient is the single greatest cause of mental retardation and brain damage?
Stellar Quinoa Burgers

Stellar Quinoa Burgers

Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend? We've been ..
Savory Sweet Potato + Black Quinoa Muffins

Savory Sweet Potato + Black Quinoa Muffins

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon" ~ Doug Larson
Apple-Walnut Crisp

Apple-Walnut Crisp

"Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." ~ Lea Babauta
One-Skillet Southwest Ranch Chicken

One-Skillet Southwest Ranch Chicken

"Close your eyes. Have no fear. The monster's gone. He's on the run .. "
Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" ~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Happy National Pancake Day! Over the years ..
Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini + Pesto

Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini + Pesto

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Winter Wealth Salad

Winter Wealth Salad

Groundhog's Day: He woke me just before dawn ..
Veggie + Chickpea Salad

Veggie + Chickpea Salad

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Old-Fashioned Glazed Ham Balls

Old-Fashioned Glazed Ham Balls

"If people want to find me, they can. They'll see a middle-aged woman wandering around the grocery store, looking to see what to buy for dinner." ~ S.E. Hinton
Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake with Cherry Filling + Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake with Cherry Filling + Chocolate Ganache

"Man loves company .. even if it is only that of a small burning candle" ~ Georg C Lichtenberg
Sweet Potato Noodles with Mushroom Bolognese

Sweet Potato Noodles with Mushroom Bolognese

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Has anyone else ever been overwhelmed by ..
Veggie & Potato Egg Baskets

Veggie & Potato Egg Baskets

I wonder if it's because I've made so many mistakes in my life that I have such a fear now of ..
The Beautifully Bold Coffee Smoothie

The Beautifully Bold Coffee Smoothie

At our house .. this past week has been all about
Soboro Beef

Soboro Beef

Happy 2016! How was your holiday?
Sesame Cookies with Nut Butter + Honey

Sesame Cookies with Nut Butter + Honey

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas .. perhaps .. means a little bit more!" ~ Dr Seuss | How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Vegan Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

Vegan Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend?
Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate + Nuts

Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate + Nuts

A number of years have passed since my family ..
Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

I remember trying not to shoo them out of the kitchen ..
Swedish Rye Cut-Out Cookies

Swedish Rye Cut-Out Cookies

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?
Jeweled Rice

Jeweled Rice

The average human body contains enough: iron to make a 3" nail .. sulfur to kill all of the fleas on an average dog ..
Pomegranate Chia Seed + Yogurt Parfait

Pomegranate Chia Seed + Yogurt Parfait

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?
Chunky Potato Soup with Dill

Chunky Potato Soup with Dill

If all the world's water were to fit into a gallon jug .. the fresh water available to us to use would equal only about .. (?)
Cottage Pie with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cottage Pie with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday trivia! What percentage of a person's total body weight is water?
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baked Oatmeal

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Baked Oatmeal

Tomorrow my husband and I will celebrate Thanksgiving ..
Blue Cheese & Pear Salad + Glazed Nuts

Blue Cheese & Pear Salad + Glazed Nuts

"Do you still happen to have the list of secrets ..
Holiday Stuffing with Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Apples

Holiday Stuffing with Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, and Apples

Woody: "Sergeant .. establish a recon post downstairs. Code Red! You know what to do" Sarge: "Yes, sir!"
Cod Cakes in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Cod Cakes in Spicy Tomato Sauce

I sat on the sofa this morning, curled up under my blanket 
Carnival Cookies

Carnival Cookies

"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh" said Piglet at last .. "What's the first thing you say to yourself?""What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"
Vanilla Chia Pudding

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Happy Thursday!
Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

"Can I talk to you for a few minutes? You're the only one I know that ..
Chili – My Favorite

Chili – My Favorite

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?
Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Red-Eye Glaze

Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon Red-Eye Glaze

I've always thought I romanticized ..
Scarlet Carrot Soup

Scarlet Carrot Soup

"Be careful of your thoughts .. for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words .. for your words become your actions ..
Urid Daal Risotto with Herbed Mushrooms

Urid Daal Risotto with Herbed Mushrooms

"The proud man counts his newspaper clippings .. the humble man his blessings" ~ Fulton J. Sheen
Vegan Cheesecake with Tropical Topping

Vegan Cheesecake with Tropical Topping

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?
Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars

Bone density peaks around what age?
Thyme Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Thyme Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Monday trivia! What mineral is used for making cement .. as well as cheese? In the average person, it weighs about three pounds(!?) And ..is the fifth most abundant element in the earth's crust?
Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake

There's nothing like living a life you aren't proud of that'll make you want to ..
Shrimp Scampi with Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine

Shrimp Scampi with Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend?
Berry Protein Power Smoothie

Berry Protein Power Smoothie

"I don't believe in twisting yourself into knows of excuses and explanations over the food you make" ~ Julia Child
Yoga Pot with Veggies + Lentils + Herbs

Yoga Pot with Veggies + Lentils + Herbs

"When and where did they meet? They met at a graduation party .. when they were in the sixth grade
Chorizo Frittata with Chickpeas & Spinach

Chorizo Frittata with Chickpeas & Spinach

"My life at home gives me absolute joy. There are some days when .. as soon as you've finished cooking breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen .. it's time to start lunch .. and by the time you've done that .. you're doing dinner and thinking ..
New Zealand Sweet Potato Chowder

New Zealand Sweet Potato Chowder

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We'll ..
Mediterranean Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing + Naan

Mediterranean Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing + Naan

It was late by anyone's standards as we watched the last of our guests head off into the night
You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie

You Make My Heart Beet Smoothie

This week started in the best of ways .. with
Scalloped Tomatoes

Scalloped Tomatoes

Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Oatcakes with Pecans

Oatcakes with Pecans

Happy Labor Day! What are you up to this long weekend? We're ..
Summer Salad + Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Summer Salad + Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Have you ever stood in the supplement aisle at your natural foods store and felt ..
Green Goodness Sandwich

Green Goodness Sandwich

Sometimes you need a segue
Heirloom Tomato + Roasted Garlic Toasts

Heirloom Tomato + Roasted Garlic Toasts

Only because I don't have kids in school can I say ..
BLT with Roasted Tomatoes + Herbed Mayo

BLT with Roasted Tomatoes + Herbed Mayo

"One of the great American arts .. which varies from being a triumph of being a disaster .. is the art of sandwich making" ~ James Beard
Savory Herb & Cheese Pie

Savory Herb & Cheese Pie

A nightly habit that's become a multi-year tradition ..
Chopped Spinach & Egg Salad with Harissa

Chopped Spinach & Egg Salad with Harissa

These past summer months most evenings a little before dusk ..
Cold Avocado + Cucumber Soup

Cold Avocado + Cucumber Soup

Happy Saturday! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Roasted Tomato with Sourdough Soup

Roasted Tomato with Sourdough Soup

I remember the first time it really started to sink in ..
Cucumber and Dill Salad

Cucumber and Dill Salad

"I'll have what she's having"
Superfood Smoothie with Greens + Cacao Nibs

Superfood Smoothie with Greens + Cacao Nibs

Which of the following can neutralize "bad" cholesterol so it doesn't damage your arteries?
Overnight Oatmeal with Sweet Marinated Peaches

Overnight Oatmeal with Sweet Marinated Peaches

Close your eyes for a moment .. and think back to the days of high school dating
Savory Marinated Peach Pizza

Savory Marinated Peach Pizza

What are you up to this weekend? Happily we're ..
Burgers Florentine

Burgers Florentine

Do you have The Disease to Please?
Oat, Cherry & Pecan Cookies

Oat, Cherry & Pecan Cookies

I slowly savored my sliver of raspberry galette as he told me stories of the Russian physicist ..
“Fifty Shades of Green” Summer Salad

“Fifty Shades of Green” Summer Salad

"In that moment I knew .. the way you know about a good melon" ~ When Harry Met Sally
Farro Salad with Fennel + Arugula

Farro Salad with Fennel + Arugula

What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Raw Seeded Snack Bars with Cacao Nibs

Raw Seeded Snack Bars with Cacao Nibs

"I don't feel much like Pooh today," said Pooh"There, there," said Piglet .. "I'll bring you tea and honey until you do"
Kale Wraps with Garden Veggies and Spicy Chickpeas

Kale Wraps with Garden Veggies and Spicy Chickpeas

"You're sure this will work .. right? I mean .. it's summer .. there's blood ..
Ring Macaroni with Tuna Salad

Ring Macaroni with Tuna Salad

Behold the greatest collection of sugar cookie recipes ..
Ricotta Cheesecake with Summer Veggies

Ricotta Cheesecake with Summer Veggies

At our house we seem to be rising later and later ..
Three Pea Salad with Lemon Farro + Goat Cheese

Three Pea Salad with Lemon Farro + Goat Cheese

Happy 4th of July! What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Potato Vindaloo

Potato Vindaloo

When you have a career in IT and work from home in the evenings
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mesquite

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mesquite

What are you up to this weekend? We've been ..
Walnut Butter with Super Seeds

Walnut Butter with Super Seeds

"I don't have hot flashes. I have short, private vacations in the tropics" ~ Anonymous
Tangy Mustard Potato Salad

Tangy Mustard Potato Salad

"No matter what happens in the kitchen .. never apologize" ~ Julia Child
Strawberry Basil Superfood Smoothie

Strawberry Basil Superfood Smoothie

Happy Sunday! I hope this Father's Day brings you lots of ..
Broccoli Crunch Salad with Walnuts & Raisins

Broccoli Crunch Salad with Walnuts & Raisins

Some days as I sit down to write, I think to myself "I'm not sure ..
Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins

Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins

"You know it's raining out there .. right?" "No worries big guy .. I'll be ok"
Spelt & Almond Waffles

Spelt & Almond Waffles

Saturday mornings as a child were all about ..
Strawberry, Chicken & Poppy Seed Salad

Strawberry, Chicken & Poppy Seed Salad

"It's always the simple that produces the marvelous" ~ Amelia Barr
Roasted Banana Ice Cream with Almond Butter Swirl

Roasted Banana Ice Cream with Almond Butter Swirl

Happy Monday! Hope you've had the best of weekends ..
Buckwheat & Super Seed Muesli

Buckwheat & Super Seed Muesli

What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Cranberry & Pecan Israeli Couscous

Cranberry & Pecan Israeli Couscous

Watch your thoughts .. they become words
Blackened Chicken Salad

Blackened Chicken Salad

I'd passed on the giant cinnamon roll and chocolate crinkle cookies. "Eh .. I'm give or take"
Cherry Almond & Coconut Granola

Cherry Almond & Coconut Granola

Trivia .. What's the most common cause of thyroid disease in the US?
Veggie Burgers

Veggie Burgers

"Huh .. something seems off. Lately I've been feeling different .. and a little weird
Roasted Beet + Pear Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Roasted Beet + Pear Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

What are you up to this long weekend? We're ..
Mango Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

Mango Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

Have you heard of Tina Christie's new interview series? "Lifestyle is the New Medicine"
Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust

Matcha Custard Tart with Chocolate Crust

There's nothing like a dinner party with people who might not know each other very well ..
Pepperoni Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

Pepperoni Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce

There are aspects of throwing a monthly dinner party that
Spinach & Kale Power Salad with Avocado Dressing

Spinach & Kale Power Salad with Avocado Dressing

"Home is the nicest word there is" ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Coconut Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Coconut Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

"Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me" ~ Alice Walker
Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Swirl  (Vegan)

Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Swirl (Vegan)

Happy Wednesday! Hope you're having a wonderful week ..
Veggie Chili

Veggie Chili

It's a funny thing that happens when one decides to start a ..
Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

"As I look at your meals .. in a lot of ways they're made for a .. "
Mexican Lasagna with Bison and Veggies

Mexican Lasagna with Bison and Veggies

"A house isn't a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind .. as well as the body" ~ Margaret Fuller, 1810-1850
Parmesan & Herb Cauliflower Cake

Parmesan & Herb Cauliflower Cake

Off-and-on for the past month I've been slowly chipping away at ..
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Hazelnuts & Pomegranate Seeds

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Hazelnuts & Pomegranate Seeds

When you'd like more information about a topic related to nutrition .. where do you begin?
Peach Smoothie with Chia

Peach Smoothie with Chia

The funny thing about some of life's troubles is ..
Coconut & Almond Banana Pancakes

Coconut & Almond Banana Pancakes

"The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love to be with them all the time" ~ Julia Child
Greek Stuffed Zucchini with Kalamata Olives + Goat Cheese + Tomato Sauce

Greek Stuffed Zucchini with Kalamata Olives + Goat Cheese + Tomato Sauce

Sometimes I look back through the recipes in this space and hope ..
Kale Sausage & Herb Gnocchi

Kale Sausage & Herb Gnocchi

She smiled .. a few extra taps on the keypad of her phone. "A night to remember .. filed away in my ..
Strawberry Rose Kanten

Strawberry Rose Kanten

What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
Smoky Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Smoky Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

"I don't believe one can settle on how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare" ~ C.S. Lewis
Spring Rainbow Salad

Spring Rainbow Salad

There are some things in life for which you happily take your time
Cinnamon-Raisin Coconut Rice Pudding

Cinnamon-Raisin Coconut Rice Pudding

I've come to believe that, whether you're 4 or 44, when you're not feeling well
Ramen Cabbage Crunch Salad

Ramen Cabbage Crunch Salad

"I know.. I know. I shouldn't have had it done. It was late. I'd had waaaay too much to drink
Thai Tuna Sliders

Thai Tuna Sliders

"I'm 23 years old .. and I'm not sure .. what to do with my life"
Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies

Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies

I hope you're having the happiest of weeks. At our house ..
Healthier Krispy Treats

Healthier Krispy Treats

"Everything that is not written down disappears except for certain imperishable moments, people and scenes" ~ James Salter, "The Art of Fiction No. 133," The Paris
Sweet & Spicy Caramel Corn

Sweet & Spicy Caramel Corn

I've been thinking a lot about ..
Crispy Spiced Chickpea Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

Crispy Spiced Chickpea Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette

I've decided there are many good things to be said for
Healthier Oatmeal Coconut Muffins

Healthier Oatmeal Coconut Muffins

Few things in life are more important than ..
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

"Did you hear it?""Ummm ..."
Slow-Cooker Chicken Gyros With Cucumber Salsa and Tzatziki

Slow-Cooker Chicken Gyros With Cucumber Salsa and Tzatziki

It wasn't long ago that my parents gave me ..
Spice Cookies

Spice Cookies

With only one week to go in the latest 9-week Challenge .. I look at everyone
Mejadra

Mejadra

Maybe it was the passing of another year, or 
Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

One of the biggest secrets to success .. when it comes to feeding ourselves well?
Artichoke Hearts Provencal Over Pasta

Artichoke Hearts Provencal Over Pasta

Life Lesson # 4092: Whatever you're struggling with ..
Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

The thing you're doing right now .. that seems so terribly important
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

"Food isn't about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable" ~ Ina Garten
Raw Walnut Brownies

Raw Walnut Brownies

Certainly, there are many great holidays. Although if I have a choice, my favorite days of the year to celebrate are
Lamb Meatballs with Cranberries + Yogurt + Herbs

Lamb Meatballs with Cranberries + Yogurt + Herbs

"Miracles are like meatballs.  Because nobody can exactly agree on what they're made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear"    ~ Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
Cinnamon Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

Cinnamon Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

Every now and then it sure is nice to play hooky for a few days and ..
Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding with Honey-Poached Figs & Pistachios

Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding with Honey-Poached Figs & Pistachios

"Wait, I think I heard their covers rustling. Oh yes, I'm sure of it. Scan the hallway for scary kitty cats ..
Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef

"Why is it that everybody else has it all together ..
Pulled Chicken Panini with Pickled Onions, Apple and Melty Cheese

Pulled Chicken Panini with Pickled Onions, Apple and Melty Cheese

I can't help but wonder the context .. (the date, time, and place) when the researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health decided to
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

There's a black t-shirt at the bottom of my closet ..
Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

What are your plans for the weekend? We're looking forward to..
Zucchini Noodles & Salmon with Almond-Herb Pesto

Zucchini Noodles & Salmon with Almond-Herb Pesto

God bless friends that come for dinner and bring ..
Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

It's not often that I like being snowed in ..
Korean-Style Spicy Grilled Steak Lettuce Wraps

Korean-Style Spicy Grilled Steak Lettuce Wraps

We started with some stretches. An easy air of comradery amongst those of us in class ..
Baked Orzo with Veggies, Goat Cheese, & Oregano

Baked Orzo with Veggies, Goat Cheese, & Oregano

"Be good puppies, I'll be right back." He cocked his head from one side to the other .. carefully scanning our surroundings for anyone looking shifty, while I
Peanut Butter Oat Snack Bars with Chocolate & Sea Salt

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Bars with Chocolate & Sea Salt

On any given afternoon I can be found
Sloppy Tacos with Lime Greek Yogurt Sauce

Sloppy Tacos with Lime Greek Yogurt Sauce

What are you up to this weekend? We're ..
No-Bake Cheesecake with Berries (Paleo)

No-Bake Cheesecake with Berries (Paleo)

As we grow up, we realize it's less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones ~ Amanda McRae
Glazed Lentil Walnut Loaf  (Vegan)

Glazed Lentil Walnut Loaf (Vegan)

I've been thinking a lot lately about ..
Strawberry Oat Breakfast Shake

Strawberry Oat Breakfast Shake

What are you up to this (long) weekend? We're ..
Rice Flour Pancakes

Rice Flour Pancakes

I know I shouldn't be drinking so much coffee .. but I know I shouldn't be eating .. so .. much .. sugar(!) .. but ..
Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup

Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup

What are you up to this weekend? The highlight for us was ..
Salted Almond Butter Cookies

Salted Almond Butter Cookies

"No two persons ever read the same book" ~ Edmund Wilson
Apple Streusel (The Plan)

Apple Streusel (The Plan)

Did you make a New Year's Resolution?
Cream of Broccoli & Avocado Soup (The Plan)

Cream of Broccoli & Avocado Soup (The Plan)

Over the past few years I've delved into many of the popular eating plans .. as well as begun a study of holistic nutrition. When evaluating a plan that's new to me .. I always ask two questions ..
Chocolate, Coconut and Oat No-Bake Cookies

Chocolate, Coconut and Oat No-Bake Cookies

As one year comes to a close and a new one begins. I can't help but reflect and remind myself how very thankful I am for ..
Flax Granola with Cranberries and Walnuts (The Plan)

Flax Granola with Cranberries and Walnuts (The Plan)

No matter how much you psyche yourself up, think a happy thought and hope for the best .. the first few days of
Simple, Perfect Chocolate Pudding

Simple, Perfect Chocolate Pudding

I sat in my car outside the building .. this Saturday in December. Wondering if the time would ever come ..
Feta-Spiked Quinoa Porridge with Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic

Feta-Spiked Quinoa Porridge with Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic

One of the many things I love about my husband? He's marked our first year of marriage by
Cheeseburger Soup (Paleo)

Cheeseburger Soup (Paleo)

"But you have no idea what it's like to be fat"
Chicken, Black Olive & Provolone Grandma Pie

Chicken, Black Olive & Provolone Grandma Pie

What are you up to this weekend? We're going to do something I wish we did far more often ..
Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

I'm convinced that one of the keys to feeding our bodies well ..
Cornbread, Chorizo, Cherry & Pecan Stuffing

Cornbread, Chorizo, Cherry & Pecan Stuffing

“I am a dreamer. I always have been and probably always will be until God says enough is enough" ~ Wilber E. "Bill" Horine (1915 - 2014)
Kalua Pork Sliders

Kalua Pork Sliders

"When they first met, his hair was longer than hers. What she doesn't know is that the money he now saves on conditioner ..
Red Beans & Rice

Red Beans & Rice

Protein Trivia! Of all the cheeses .. which contains the most amount of protein?
Creamy Tomato Soup + Chickpea Croutons

Creamy Tomato Soup + Chickpea Croutons

The last time we met we shared soup ..
Spatchcocked Turkey

Spatchcocked Turkey

"How long do you cook a turkey?"
Sweet Heart Sweet Tart Breakfast Crisp

Sweet Heart Sweet Tart Breakfast Crisp

What are you up to this weekend? We've been ..
Healthy Protein Cocoa Puffs

Healthy Protein Cocoa Puffs

"You're disciplined with what you want to be disciplined about .."
Super Spirulina Green Smoothie

Super Spirulina Green Smoothie

There's an aisle at our local co-op that's always been slightly mysterious ..
Spaghetti and Sicilian Meatballs

Spaghetti and Sicilian Meatballs

Soft jazz played in the background as I walked through the house lighting candles ..
Gluten-free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Gluten-free Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day

Healthy .. gluten-free .. artisan bread. Who says you have to give up great bread to be gluten-free?
Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken

Slow-Cooked Tex-Mex Chicken

The thing I've learned about planting a seed is ..
Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

What are your plans for this first weekend in November? Anything fun? We're going to be ..
Brunswick Stew with Gluten-Free Cornbread

Brunswick Stew with Gluten-Free Cornbread

One of the questions I'm often asked is ..
Hemp Oat & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hemp Oat & Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's always fun to go new places and the past few days we've been in ..
Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting (Gluten-free)

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting (Gluten-free)

Nearly two years have passed since I penned my first post. There's no way I could have anticipated the joy this little website would bring. Especially when
Barley Risotto With Marinated Feta

Barley Risotto With Marinated Feta

"Seize the day. What's important to you? What do you really care about? Pursue that .. forget the rest" ~ Brittany Maynard
Spiced Chocolate Mousse

Spiced Chocolate Mousse

Their first meeting in 1923 was the stuff of legend: She wore a black satin mask on a bridge in Berlin and recited his own poetry to him
Quinoa Cookies

Quinoa Cookies

There are some milestones in life one never forgets .. and this weekend .. I was reminded of the season we bought our first
Open Kibbeh

Open Kibbeh

In the Hindu religion .. which seeds symbolize immortality?
Spicy Freekeh Soup With Lamb Meatballs

Spicy Freekeh Soup With Lamb Meatballs

"Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most" ~ Seth Godin | The Dip
Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Life lesson #3627: The beautiful weekends of fall
Braised Chicken with Roasted Garlic

Braised Chicken with Roasted Garlic

The kindness of a stranger .. isn't something one quickly forgets
Poached Pears with Honeyed Goat Cheese

Poached Pears with Honeyed Goat Cheese

This weekend I went to my very first
Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

What are you up to this weekend? I can't wait to
Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Trivia! What's the famous password to the cave of riches?
Veggie Fritters with Spinach Yogurt Dip

Veggie Fritters with Spinach Yogurt Dip

"Anyone who can put a homemade meal on the table every night .. is my hero"
Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies

Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies

Having a garage sale is very much like
Green Bean Casserole (Best Ever?)

Green Bean Casserole (Best Ever?)

As green beans found their way into our CSA box this summer
Beef Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

Beef Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

She began her slow descent on the escalator at the airport .. "Could a year really have passed since the last time we saw each other?"
Lamb Sliders with Date Ketchup, Caramelized Onions + Feta

Lamb Sliders with Date Ketchup, Caramelized Onions + Feta

If you wanted to make a profound difference in your health .. Please .. whatever you do .. start with ..
Carrot Ginger Soup with Cashew Cream

Carrot Ginger Soup with Cashew Cream

Have you ever wondered what happens as the food you eat
Carrot Coconut Cupcakes

Carrot Coconut Cupcakes

Do you have a favorite time of year?
Zucchine Alla Parmigiana (Zucchini Parmesan)

Zucchine Alla Parmigiana (Zucchini Parmesan)

2014 will forever be remembered as ..
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Chive Dressing

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Chive Dressing

"We have a pot of drip beef on the stove and bubbly chilling in the fridge can you be here in
Summer Veggie Minestrone

Summer Veggie Minestrone

What are you up to this long Labor Day weekend?
Beet Pancakes with Quinoa Flour

Beet Pancakes with Quinoa Flour

If I asked about your average transit time .. would you know?
Pork, Sweet Corn & White Bean Sloppy Joes

Pork, Sweet Corn & White Bean Sloppy Joes

I can't help but wonder where the summer went every year when ..
Nut, Millet + Chocolate Power Bars

Nut, Millet + Chocolate Power Bars

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years it's
Zucchini Bread with Walnuts + Chocolate

Zucchini Bread with Walnuts + Chocolate

Life lesson #4039: When your Mother mentions she has extra produce ..
Sprouted Mung Bean Salad

Sprouted Mung Bean Salad

There are some invitations in life you instinctively know ..
How to Sprout Beans

How to Sprout Beans

"There is nothing better than a friend .. unless it's a friend with chocolate" ~ Lynda Grayson
Indonesian Beef Satay with Spicy Cashew Sauce

Indonesian Beef Satay with Spicy Cashew Sauce

Do you go to your state's fair? I do every year .. but only for ..
Summer Corn Fritters with Roasted Pepper Romesco Sauce

Summer Corn Fritters with Roasted Pepper Romesco Sauce

Have you ever had one of those weeks?
Summer Veggie Pizza

Summer Veggie Pizza

Homemade pizza is great fun .. especially when summer veggies & kids are involved!
Za’atar Roast Chicken with Green Tahini Sauce

Za’atar Roast Chicken with Green Tahini Sauce

Digestion trivia! The surface area of the gastric intestinal tract has been likened to the size of
Perfect Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple & Apple Compote

Perfect Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple & Apple Compote

Have you ever wondered what makes a happy & meaningful relationship?
Summer Veggie Frittata

Summer Veggie Frittata

Summertime evenings are all about
Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars

Maple, Oat, & Pecan Power Bars

What do you snack on when you're away from home?
Tomato, Onion, & Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato, Onion, & Roasted Lemon Salad

Am I the only one to ever wonder how
Teriyaki Chicken Bites

Teriyaki Chicken Bites

What do you do .. when you have the entire house all to yourself?
Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

In the summertime there aren't many things I like more than ..
Black Bean & Roasted Vegetable Burritos

Black Bean & Roasted Vegetable Burritos

Looking for a fun & interesting weeknight dinner?
Nut Milk

Nut Milk

It's always the little things in life that make us the happiest
Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

Day 1 of July's 6-week Challenge started .. with push-ups .. "If she was coming .. she'd have been here by now"
Maple & Olive Oil Granola (My Favorite)

Maple & Olive Oil Granola (My Favorite)

This lazy Sunday evening in July .. we sat in the window of our favorite wine bar
Hemp Protein Granola Bars

Hemp Protein Granola Bars

Hemp trivia! Historically the most famous consumer of hemp seeds was .. ??
Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

"Is it true? You leave the house .. without your phone?" Everyone at the table turned .. to look at
Quinoa Pizza Bites

Quinoa Pizza Bites

What are you up to this 4th of July weekend?
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar Marinade – 2 Ways

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar Marinade – 2 Ways

If asked to define the Omnivorous .. Vegetarian .. and Vegan dietary systems .. could you?
Bohemian Apple Layer Cake

Bohemian Apple Layer Cake

If Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000-Hour" rule (that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field) was applied to the to the art of bread baking
Honey Cloud Pancakes

Honey Cloud Pancakes

The thing about life .. you never know when you're about to witness something .. extraordinary
Sweet Potato, Raisin, & Pecan Cookies

Sweet Potato, Raisin, & Pecan Cookies

Our Summer Solstice 2014 was marked by
Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

Trivia! What's a vegetable .. and herb .. and an aromatic all at once?
Zesty Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Zesty Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

One of the things I enjoyed most about Venice Nutrition's 8 Week Run
Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Bok Choy

Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Bok Choy

There's a first time for everything and this year we ...
Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet

Black Bean & Butternut Enchilada Skillet

Such a beautiful week is coming to a close
Brown Rice Porridge With Pecans & Strawberry Rhubarb Puree

Brown Rice Porridge With Pecans & Strawberry Rhubarb Puree

We met for lunch as we do every couple of weeks
Malaysian Beef Rendang

Malaysian Beef Rendang

Every now & again .. it sure is fun to make a project recipe
Magic Mineral Broth

Magic Mineral Broth

Question of the day .. What makes food "great"?
Triple Chocolate Doughnuts (Vegan & Gluten-free)

Triple Chocolate Doughnuts (Vegan & Gluten-free)

There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self .. though I'm quite sure she wouldn't listen
Shrimp in Achiote Oil

Shrimp in Achiote Oil

Hands down .. my favorite question. Guaranteed to bring a smile .. along with one heck of a good story
Blueberry + Basil Protein Smoothie

Blueberry + Basil Protein Smoothie

We sipped our smoothies in a corner booth .. far from the fray
Lentil Sloppy Joes

Lentil Sloppy Joes

Life Lesson #5369: Take time every day to say .. out loud with words ..
Involtini Di Melanzane

Involtini Di Melanzane

"A bad neighbor is a misfortune .. as much as a good one is a great blessing" ~ Hesiod
Baking Sheet Vegan Macaroni & Cheese – 2 Ways

Baking Sheet Vegan Macaroni & Cheese – 2 Ways

We kissed & barked "Good-bye" as The Chef left for vacation .. 3000+ miles of open road lay ahead
Shakshuka with Homemade Harissa

Shakshuka with Homemade Harissa

If one lives in a college town .. no matter the date on the calendar .. nor the reading on the thermometer
Lemon Bars with Coconut

Lemon Bars with Coconut

For as long as I can remember .. I served him desserts made of chocolate
Frozen Pink Cheesecake

Frozen Pink Cheesecake

"A friend is one who knows you .. and loves you just the same" ~ Elbert Hubbard
Yogi Tea

Yogi Tea

A gentle reminder this week .. there is much to enjoy .. if one would slow down .. just a bit
Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Figs with a Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Figs with a Balsamic Glaze

There's an interesting dynamic I've noticed ..as we enter week 6 of Venice Nutrition's 8-week run
Pureed Beets with Yogurt + Za’atar

Pureed Beets with Yogurt + Za’atar

"Beets? I've got beets (!) Will you eat them if I send some home?"
Simple Green Protein Smoothie

Simple Green Protein Smoothie

"You didn't set your alarm for the middle of the night again .. did you?" Not that it ever would have happened
Sweet Fig Compote

Sweet Fig Compote

There aren't many things in life that are more unfortunate
Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

Life lesson #965: It's always the simple things .. that bring us the greatest joy
Mulligatawny Chicken Soup

Mulligatawny Chicken Soup

"So essentially you chose soup over a woman?""It was a bisque"
Frida Kalho Salad

Frida Kalho Salad

Mogagua .. In the Mexican culture .. is the feeling you have when you conquer your fears and chase your dreams
Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Mornings in Mexico .. Have come to include long walks along the ocean
Kai Wot (Ethiopian Beef Stew) Spicy!

Kai Wot (Ethiopian Beef Stew) Spicy!

I spent part of the afternoon sitting in a coffee shop .. next to three young women .. talking excitedly in Australian accents .. sharing one on of the largest pieces of chocolate cake I've ever seen
Sweet & Salty Banana Soft-Serve with Roasted Almonds

Sweet & Salty Banana Soft-Serve with Roasted Almonds

This morning I quietly watched as the first rays of sunshine touched Mexico

Quinoa Crepes

When one decides to feed their body differently .. there are cravings .. and then there are
Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce

Hemp Heart Vanilla Sauce

You know it's going to be a good day .. when the first thing you hear before you even open your eyes .. is a kitty cat purring happily beside your pillow
Spinach Crepes With Smoked Salmon And Lemony Greek Yogurt Sauce

Spinach Crepes With Smoked Salmon And Lemony Greek Yogurt Sauce

I've discovered there are many treasures to be found
Roasted Fruit

Roasted Fruit

A simple post this morning .. a staple at our house
Indian Chicken Bites

Indian Chicken Bites

With Indian food you can cook with a blindfold .. the aroma from the spices tells you what’s next ~ Raghavan Iyer
Miso-Marinated Salmon

Miso-Marinated Salmon

The first time we met .. we sat side by side on a gym's grey floor mats
Flavored Water

Flavored Water

I'll never forget the first time I attended an NA meeting ..
Lamb Vindaloo

Lamb Vindaloo

When I read of Madhur Jaffrey .. I couldn't help but think .. one never knows where life's road will lead
Turkey Spinach Meatballs

Turkey Spinach Meatballs

Life Lesson #2965: The freezer is your friend
Kik Alicha (Ethiopian Yellow Split Pea Stew)

Kik Alicha (Ethiopian Yellow Split Pea Stew)

This week I was reminded of a lesson on the power of caring for one's self, from two incredibly beautiful women, who are both in their 60s
Vanilla Wedding Cake

Vanilla Wedding Cake

Dr. Laura .. Whether you love her or hate her, she had a heck of a good call this week. The topic?
Mexican Breakfast Skillet

Mexican Breakfast Skillet

Every week I send recipes to one of my kids .. who lives 1,000 miles away
Coconut Cookies

Coconut Cookies

Book Club .. Month 2
Snickers Protein Smoothie

Snickers Protein Smoothie

"You're never going to guess what!?"
Pork & Mushroom Egg Rolls with Creamy Ginger Sauce

Pork & Mushroom Egg Rolls with Creamy Ginger Sauce

I had no idea there were so many funny food related Seinfeld moments
White Bean Turkey Chili

White Bean Turkey Chili

"The difference between a good day & a bad day is .. your attitude"
Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Smoothie

One of the many things I love about My Gym
Rosemary and Thyme Walnuts

Rosemary and Thyme Walnuts

This isn't the first time I've lived beneath the shade of a beautiful old walnut tree
Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

The view out my window seemed brighter than usual this Monday morning
Authentic Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Authentic Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

I've encountered many food craving phases throughout my years ..
Western Casserole

Western Casserole

"For the past few months .. I've felt like a wooly bear"
Roasted Butternut Squash and Tahini Dip

Roasted Butternut Squash and Tahini Dip

This past weekend .. Superbowl Sunday to be exact .. we hosted a truly memorable dinner party
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

"You'll be the same person 5 years from now as you are today except for two things .. the people you meet and the books you read" ~ Zig Ziglar
Bucatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce + Spicy Chorizo

Bucatini with Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce + Spicy Chorizo

The scale has been on my mind an awful lot this week
Egg Skillet with Spiced Sweet Potato, Sausage + Herbed Cheese

Egg Skillet with Spiced Sweet Potato, Sausage + Herbed Cheese

Sunday mornings are some of my favorite times
Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

A simple post for homemade sausage ..having risen .. at our house .. to a status of staple
Slow-Cooker Taco Seasoned Shredded Beef

Slow-Cooker Taco Seasoned Shredded Beef

We all find our own way in life .. do we not? Often to our parent's chagrin
Gingerbread Cake .. (Happy Birthday Ames Food Swap!)

Gingerbread Cake .. (Happy Birthday Ames Food Swap!)

A year ago the Ames Food Swap met for the first time
Egg Bake with Spinach, Mushrooms + Herbed Cheese

Egg Bake with Spinach, Mushrooms + Herbed Cheese

Life lesson #487: The struggles you're having .. Though you think you're the only one .. You're not
Quinoa, Chocolate & Coconut Cookies

Quinoa, Chocolate & Coconut Cookies

On the coldest day in 20 years .. a high temp of -10 .. local schools had been cancelled .. flights delayed across the midwest .. a smart, professional woman journeyed out for
Spicy Pork and Mustard Green Soup

Spicy Pork and Mustard Green Soup

If there was ever a season where soup .. just sounded good
Salmon Cakes with Herbed Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Salmon Cakes with Herbed Lemon Yogurt Sauce

I'm forever amazed at what a difference a year can make
Fruit & Nut Oatmeal Bars

Fruit & Nut Oatmeal Bars

We have a place we escape to every now & again
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Mushrooms, Shallots & Zaatar

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Mushrooms, Shallots & Zaatar

Beautiful side dishes are often a tradition on holiday dinner tables ...
Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Orange Relish

Though never the star of the show .. cranberry relish is such a holiday tradition
Ginger Cookies with Apricots + Chocolate

Ginger Cookies with Apricots + Chocolate

For the past 20 years at Christmas time .. my neighbor has hosted a cookie exchange
Glühwein (aka Mulled wine)

Glühwein (aka Mulled wine)

Life philosophy #1056: If one is going to have a tree .. don't mess around
Persimmon Cranberry Crisp

Persimmon Cranberry Crisp

What a fun thing the world of eating is .. Just when you think you've tried everything .. you haven't
Spiced Apple Cake with Molasses and Walnuts

Spiced Apple Cake with Molasses and Walnuts

One random Friday in October we played hookie
Black Bread – Russian Style

Black Bread – Russian Style

It's the only bread I've ever made .. for which a love note followed. It's true
Squash Soup with Pepitas

Squash Soup with Pepitas

Oh how I love the dishes that are indicative of the fall & winter months ..
Almond Muffins with Roasted Strawberries

Almond Muffins with Roasted Strawberries

We started making these muffins this summer .. at the height of strawberry season
Turkey Drumsticks

Turkey Drumsticks

Is there a dish that makes you think Thanksgiving?
Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal

There are so many ways to have oats .. and this is one of my favorites
Curried Chicken Salad with Apples & Raisins

Curried Chicken Salad with Apples & Raisins

It's always fun when The Chef comes home at lunchtime
Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Minis

Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Minis

I'm always amazed by how quickly something can become a habit
Breakfast Quesadillas

Breakfast Quesadillas

"Let's meet for breakfast .. someplace fancy"
Meatloaf Minis

Meatloaf Minis

A peek into someone's recipe book is such a fun thing
Guacamole with Black Beans

Guacamole with Black Beans

Just in time for Halloween .. Dave's sinister guacamole
Stuffed Pumpkins – With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage

Stuffed Pumpkins – With Wild Rice, Cranberry, Almond, and Sage

Leave it to Kate .. to bring something as truly unique as these
Eerie Raisin Spiders

Eerie Raisin Spiders

One of the many reasons I love food swapping .. it pushes me to try different things
Veggie Chips

Veggie Chips

At a dinner party a couple of weeks ago the hostess served the best chips .. as appetizers
Chicken, Refried Beans, & Veggies Wrap

Chicken, Refried Beans, & Veggies Wrap

Out of all the swaps we've had .. after all the recipes we've tried
Drip Beef

Drip Beef

Every time I visit someplace new I always ask myself if it's
Skinny Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Skinny Banana Oatmeal Cookies

I'd all but given up on cookies with mashed bananas .. that is
Turkey & Vegetable Yakitori

Turkey & Vegetable Yakitori

We're leaving for the airport .. I bring you the cauliflower
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Fudge

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Fudge

A new sweet treat has entered into the ranks of my top three
Crepes

Crepes

Before I met Kate .. I'd never eaten a crepe
Brown Rice Pudding

Brown Rice Pudding

My Mother asks this question only once a year
Honey Graham English Muffins

Honey Graham English Muffins

It's been a number of years since I've made english muffins from scratch
Whole Wheat Banana Yogurt Snack Cake

Whole Wheat Banana Yogurt Snack Cake

"I was stressed .. I made cake" Oh oh
Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts

Caramelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts

I've made it 40+ years now without ever having had .. tofu
Edamame Cakes

Edamame Cakes

It's probably a good sign when your Sweetie walks in the door & the first thing out of his mouth is
Steel Cut Oats + Fruit

Steel Cut Oats + Fruit

One of my all-time favorite breakfasts has to be
Frittata with Green Veggies, Herbs and Parmesan

Frittata with Green Veggies, Herbs and Parmesan

The Chef has one of the coolest jobs
Chocolate Chip Mint Frozen Yogurt

Chocolate Chip Mint Frozen Yogurt

With the temp pushing 100 in Iowa all week .. couldn't think of a better excuse to churn some frozen yogurt
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

I love rhubarb. It's unclear whether it's because of its taste .. or the nostalgia that surrounds it in my mind's eye
Chicken, Kale, & Black-Eyed Pea Stew

Chicken, Kale, & Black-Eyed Pea Stew

I've had my eye on this cookbook for a while now .. The notion of Superfoods is one I've been wanting to learn more about .. How did our maiden voyage go?
Beet Ravioli With Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Herbs

Beet Ravioli With Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Herbs

It began innocently enough ..eavesdropping via Facebook
Oat & Blueberry Muffins

Oat & Blueberry Muffins

"I cooked the best muffins today .. Can I bring you one to try?"
Roasted Garlic, Kale, and Parmesan Bread

Roasted Garlic, Kale, and Parmesan Bread

Such a beautiful blend of flavors .. made with your favorite bread dough .. enjoy!
Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

A fantastic summer casserole .. filled with roasted veggies from the farmer's market.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion with Tahini and Za’atar

Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onion with Tahini and Za’atar

Complex flavors of roasted butternut squash and onions .. the pop of za'atar .. with pine nuts providing crunch .. perfect!
Fruit Turnovers

Fruit Turnovers

"Will you stop & check on our house while we're away? Oh .. and please .. pick whatever's ready in the garden"
Vanilla Almond Ice Cream

Vanilla Almond Ice Cream

There's a new go-to snack in the freezer. My guess is it will granted a permanent spot .. in many flavor combinations
Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

A very happy Sunday morning! It's sun-shiny & beautiful outside. A perfect day lies ahead ..
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I discovered these last week .. Between a great love for hummus and these cookies .. I now own a Costco sized back of chickpeas
Mustard Turkey Burgers

Mustard Turkey Burgers

A year ago this month a turkey burger graced the cover of Whole Living Magazine
Chickpea Ratatouille with Grilled Steak

Chickpea Ratatouille with Grilled Steak

I'm a sucker for everything Bittman
Rosemary, Garlic, Olive Oil Bread

Rosemary, Garlic, Olive Oil Bread

For the longest time I've wanted to visit food swaps throughout the country .. Well, I guess I should say the world
Skillet Baked Eggs with Spinach,Yogurt, and Berbere

Skillet Baked Eggs with Spinach,Yogurt, and Berbere

I'm such a sucker for something colorful ..

Cottage Pancakes

I've flipped many a pancake during my 40+ years
Tuna Noodle Casserole (2 Ways)

Tuna Noodle Casserole (2 Ways)

I've read there are three conditions that will drive one to make a tuna noodle casserole
Fruit, Goat Cheese and Honey Pizza

Fruit, Goat Cheese and Honey Pizza

I love wineries in the summer time. It makes me terribly happy to sit on the grass, listen to music, and let the afternoon pass by
Tuna Melts

Tuna Melts

When I started taking baby steps along my path to healthier eating. I didn't have a clue how to do it .. and felt really awkward admitting it out loud.
Grilled Fish Tacos

Grilled Fish Tacos

The other day .. a trip to a Railroad Museum was on the agenda
Grilled Steak & Endive Salad

Grilled Steak & Endive Salad

In all of my 40+ (ahem) years .. I've never really been into steak
Breaded Fish Sandwich with Mint Caper Tartar Sauce

Breaded Fish Sandwich with Mint Caper Tartar Sauce

Every now an again I get a craving for a fish sandwich.  If it gets better than this .. I don't see how.
Grilled Lamb & Veggies on Naan

Grilled Lamb & Veggies on Naan

I can't think of a better way to kick off grilling season
Cilantro Salad

Cilantro Salad

An invitation to a weekend dinner party ... "Will you bring an interesting salad?"
Thin Mint Fudge Covered Cookies (Protein Powder optional)

Thin Mint Fudge Covered Cookies (Protein Powder optional)

A thin mint cookie made with protein powder?
Tuna Avocado Wraps

Tuna Avocado Wraps

The humble tuna wrap
Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

There must be something to that line of great minds think alike
Three Onion Chowder with Parsleyed Oyster Crackers

Three Onion Chowder with Parsleyed Oyster Crackers

2013 will forever be remembered as the year of the soup
Mushroom, Rice and Spinach Casserole

Mushroom, Rice and Spinach Casserole

Comfort food gone healthy. This past week called for something in this category
Basic Hummus

Basic Hummus

I love hummus .. but it often falls off my radar screen as something to have around
Barley Soup With Mushrooms and Kale

Barley Soup With Mushrooms and Kale

Tonight I was able to cook for friends .. which was such a pleasure
Bulgur Maple Porridge

Bulgur Maple Porridge

What a beautiful way to start the day .. a bit of porridge with your favorite things sprinkled on top.
Black Bean Burgers

Black Bean Burgers

Do you have a favorite coffee shop?
Light Brioche Buns (Burger Bun Perfection)

Light Brioche Buns (Burger Bun Perfection)

I love burgers. I don't eat them much anymore .. but they still hold a special place in my heart
Peasant Bread  (My Favorite Bread)

Peasant Bread (My Favorite Bread)

"How can a nation be great if it's bread tastes like Kleenex?" - Julia Child
Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs with Creamy Sumac Sauce

Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs with Creamy Sumac Sauce

If I could open the back door to my life and quietly tip-toe away without anyone noticing
Healthier Butternut Mac and Cheese

Healthier Butternut Mac and Cheese

There's nothing that says comfort food more than mac & cheese
Slow Cooker Brisket

Slow Cooker Brisket

Because what goes better with Hot and Spicy Beans than brisket?
Hot and Smoky Beans

Hot and Smoky Beans

As soon as a swap is announced, I can tell he's got an idea
Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan)

Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegan)

My first crack at a healthy cookie. I didn't believe such a thing existed until
Turkey Pot Pies

Turkey Pot Pies

The star of the show at our first food swap?
Whole Wheat Olive Oil Bread

Whole Wheat Olive Oil Bread

It's the BEST fresh out of the oven
Kale Salad with Wheat Berries and Cranberries

Kale Salad with Wheat Berries and Cranberries

For the longest time I've wanted to start
Giant White Bean Stew with Oregano Pesto

Giant White Bean Stew with Oregano Pesto

I bookmarked the recipe at least a couple of lifetimes ago