Baked French Onion Soup

Jun 24, 2015

Baked French Onion Soup and Lessons from Dad, Part II

Last Sunday, in honor of Father’s Day, I posted the some lessons I learned from my father.  Today’s post will complete my list—and provide a recipe for baked French Onion Soup.  Baked French Onion soup and I go way back—and it has a special tie to my father. During my senior year in high school, I had almost daily ballet … Continue reading


Jun 3, 2015

Homemade Moo Shoo Pork (Simplified)

I blame my oldest daughter for this—or perhaps I should thank her. Lately she has been waxing nostalgic about her childhood excursions to a (now closed) Chinese Restaurant. For a do-it-yourselfer like me, this can only be construed as a challenge. So after a recent success making homemade Egg Foo Young, I decided to try my hand at Moo Shoo … Continue reading

Homemade Egg Foo Young

May 24, 2015

Homemade Egg Foo Young

It’s hard not to love Chinese Food. From authentic dishes, to Americanized corner restaurant versions (Chinese comfort food?), it holds a fond place in many hearts. So I decided to try my hand at homemade Egg Foo Young.  My oldest has special memories of dining out at a local Chinese Restaurant dating back to her early childhood. After an especially … Continue reading


Apr 16, 2015

No Butter Chicken

Eating healthy is easier if you cook at home! But it can still have its challenges. What do you do when you want great, in your face, flavor without excess salt or heavy fats? Sometimes the answer is to load up with spices. Today’s recipe, for No Butter Chicken, leaves no doubt that spices can deliver an amazingly flavorful–and low … Continue reading

Guinness Lamb Shanks on Platter

Mar 15, 2015

Guinness Lamb Shanks

This weekend I wanted to make something to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Since I had lamb shanks in the freezer, I decided on Guinness Lamb Shanks. That would make this year unique!  In college I spent a semester in Ireland but only ate lamb once or twice. Still I knew I loved it and when I got my first freezer … Continue reading


Mar 8, 2015

Broiled Salmon with Fruit Salsa

I have a long list of food resolutions–and it’s not even New Year’s. At the top of my list is to eat more Omega-3–especially from healthy fish. Yesterday it was Broiled Salmon with Fruit Salsa.  My sister was part of my inspiration.  She is a serious athlete, doing triathlons and an occasional cross country ski race (i.e. the Birkebeiner)–and has … Continue reading

Chicken Divan out of oven

Feb 17, 2015

Chicken Divan Goes Local

Life is a balancing act. Sometime you cook a super healthy dinner from scratch using all local ingredients. Other times you open a couple cans of Cream of Chicken soup. Today I did the latter, but still made a dish that was tasty and healthy–and mostly local!  We ate Chicken Divan–chicken and broccoli (or green beans) covered in a creamy … Continue reading

Feb 11, 2015

Japanese Ginger Noodle Bowls (Spaghetti Squash)

The holidays were a little hard on my waistline (anyone else?).  But there is nothing like a new cookbook to shake up your cooking in a healthy way,  And so I was happy to to get : The Complete Coconut Cookbook: 200 Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury from publisher Robert Rose.  Coconut oil is back in favor  and … Continue reading


Jan 25, 2015

Cod Poached in Herb Butter

This year I resolved to eat more fish. Nothing like a good New Years Resolution, right?  Fish is healthy and tasty so it may not be the world’s toughest goal! One of my creations for this was Cod Poached in Herb Butter. Don’t let the word “butter” scare you–it’s still healthy. I promise!  This recipe had an odd genesis. A … Continue reading


Sep 30, 2014

A German Style Pork Hock Bake-Off

It may seem surprising to have a German Style Pork Hock recipe in a blog focused on healthy living.  But as you may have heard, fat is becoming less worrisome–if it comes from a healthier source, of course.  This whole adventure started out of my mission to eat local.  Last fall when I ordered local pastured pork for my freezer, … Continue reading