Broccoli topped with basil, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan and cherry tomatoes, Broccoli Cheese Casserole is perfect as a healthy side or main dish.

May 18, 2017

Broccoli Cheese Casserole (Gratinata)

What do you do when you like a recipe so much that you can’t get enough of it?  You turn it into something new–so you can eat it even more often!  Like this Broccoli Cheese Casserole (Gratinata).   My sister-in-law made the original Green Bean Gratinata with Cherry Tomatoes (based on a recipe from Lidia Bastianich) every year for Thanksgiving dinner, where it … Continue reading

Feb 23, 2017

Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup

Does the world really need another broccoli cheese soup?  I hear you, probably not.  But how about a version with an added vegetable?  Less fat? Or a little more flavor and an extra antioxidant (turmeric)? How about that!   I tend to suffer from what the tech industry calls “analysis paralysis”.  I want to research every recipe ever written, test … Continue reading

Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Sep 15, 2016

Chicken & Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Between the seasonal beauty and the bountiful harvest, you have to love autumn.  And eating local?  A snap.  Now the one downside to autumn is that sometimes that bounty part can get away from you.  I remember a CSA harvest party where one woman remarked, “I think I need to quit my job to cook all this food.”  

Apr 27, 2016

Tricolor Coleslaw with Olive Oil Dressing

Do you count your five-a-day?  Maybe even nine? I am talking about the number of fruit & vegetable servings recommended by the USDA—and getting enough can be a challenge!  Why not make it easier with today’s tricolor coleslaw–two servings (or more) in a big helping!    Recently I have decided that, when I make a recipe, I will ask one … Continue reading

Bite of Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Mar 6, 2016

Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce

Farm to table vegetables are all the rage! Who wouldn’t be happy to eat tender-crisp fresh vegetables everyday!  But frozen vegetables have a lot going for them, especially when served up in a tasty dish like Roasted Frozen Broccoli in Tahini Sauce.   I love the growing season with it’s unblemished produce and varied choices.  But for many of us, winter … Continue reading

Shirred Eggs

Feb 28, 2013

Shirred Eggs (with Vegetables) for Breakfast

I am a winter lover. I delight in snow-draped pines, catching snowflakes on my tongue and I still go sledding, albeit only on the smaller hills. But winter does have its challenges–beyond the obvious snow and cold. One of these is getting enough vegetables–especially if you count your 3-5 servings-a-day! Today my rescuer is Shirred Eggs with Vegetables. If I … Continue reading

Curry Salad

Feb 22, 2013

Life of Pi Curry Salad (& Other Oscar Party Sliders)

On Sunday night I am headed to an Oscar Party along with, what seems like, half of the world!  Upon learning of this a friend of mine approached me and, looking worried, asked,  “are you thinking a lot about what to wear?” She probably knows me well because I had to admit I hadn’t given it a single thought.  But, … Continue reading

May 20, 2012

All the Leftovers Chicken Curry

I have been struggling to blog lately. Between the kids’ busy schedules and the lack of fresh local food, it has been tough. Part of the problem is the fact that  I get inspiration from beautiful local food–a crisp head of lettuce, a bunch of fragrant dill, or a blushing melon.  Give me a full box of CSA produce and … Continue reading

Broccoli Slaw

May 5, 2011

Summer is Icumen In…with Summer Salads

Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu!    (Middle English Folksong) After a long winter, there is nothing quite as anticipated as summer for a local foodie!  And here in Wisconsin we do hope summer is icumen in! With temperatures hovering in the 50’s (or worse), everyone is surprised to see daylight after 7 PM–it still feels like March!  All of … Continue reading