Nov 15, 2014

Eggplant Goat Cheese Dip

For football night last weekend, we snacked on Eggplant Goat Cheese Dip.  Special game snacks are hit or miss for us but my oldest was home from school and I wanted to do something fun.  And, of course, the older your kids get, the harder it is to sneak vegetables into their food! I must give credit for inspiring this  … Continue reading


Oct 9, 2014

Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues

With a title like Guacamole and the Red Hot Blues, I wish I could start this post with a wonderful story.  A tale of snacking in the deep south, notes of a blues band drifting in from the shadows. Moody bar, soulful tunes and a smooth-spicy dip.Instead it was guacamole before the swim meet accompanied by Red Hot Blues chips … Continue reading

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

May 9, 2014

Green Your Mother’s Day & Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Mother’s Day is coming up–do you have special plans?  Now that spring is finally here (we sat out on the patio for Margaritas last weekend!!), I am especially keen on making my celebration green.  So I whipped up a “test” batch of a planned appetizer, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, and started to think about some things I could do for  my … Continue reading


Jan 25, 2014

Steak Fondue with Mustard Caper Sauce

Valentine’s day is coming up.  Wouldn’t steak fondue be nice for a romantic holiday dinner? Waaaay back, I always wanted to go out for Valentine’s Day.  Then baby #1 came along–and with her a bigger, more expensive house.  Scratch going out. Enter homemade romantic dinners for two.  At the time, there were lobster tail specials for Valentine’s Day in all … Continue reading

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Ginger Cookies

Nov 5, 2013

Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

Can you believe it’s November and I haven’t posted a pumpkin recipe?  I mean, what says “fall” more than pumpkin? So today I’m doing a Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip that I actually made much earlier–for book club in early October.  In our regular meetings the host usually does the cooking, but we had a member who’d had surgery and … Continue reading

mini crab cakes

Sep 12, 2013

Mini Crab Cake Appetizer

These crab cakes are lucky they saw the light of day.  You see, I forgot to knock wood in my last post when I hinted that I was getting unburied.  After all, since two of my three kids just moved out (at least for the school year), how busy could I be? Well, since then there have been…  forgotten items … Continue reading

Goat Cheese and Wild Ramp Bruschetta

May 31, 2013

Goat Cheese and Wild Ramp (or Green Onion) Bruschetta

Wild ramps (also know as wild leeks) are getting a lot of press lately.  That’s because every spring locavores hit the woods in search of the telltale broad flat leaves after a long barren winter. But foraging–as much fun as it can be–still intimidates me.  What if I harvested something poisonous?  Ramps do bear some resemblance to lily of the … Continue reading

Caramelized Onion, Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza

May 17, 2013

Caramelized Onion, Pear and Goat Cheese Pizza

I wouldn’t ask this question except to a group of foodies, but have you ever developed a strange fixation with a specific food? My strange food fetish is onion jam.  I started buying it years ago, thinking I would make roasted vegetables in a sweet-savory glaze–doesn’t that sound good?  Well, in the end, the sugar caused the vegetables to over-caramelize … Continue reading

Sugared Nuts in a Dish

May 3, 2013

Super Simple Sugared Nuts

They say that necessity is the mother of invention–and perhaps it’s the mother of reinvention as well.  But when I needed glazed nuts for an upcoming salad recipe, I almost did something bad. I almost added them to my shopping list.  Never mind that I have a 5 lb box of walnuts in the freezer.  Which was getting old.  Or … Continue reading

Hot Vegetable DIp - Art of Natural Living

May 1, 2013

Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Challenge (and Vegetable Dip Recipe)

It’s spring.  At last!  Hooray! And what do we associate with spring?  Spring Cleaning! Now in the interest of full disclosure I have never spring-cleaned in my life, unless you count the garden, but it could happen.  This year, however,  I AM going to do some spring cleaning of a different sort–I am cleaning out my kitchen cupboards (and freezer, … Continue reading