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

Sweet, tart and refreshing, rhubarb lemonade is the perfect spring beverage either from your garden or a fun farm market trip.

May 15, 2017

Celebrate Spring with Rhubarb Lemonade

Gotta love spring!  After the cold dark of winter, nothing beats May’s long days and mellow temperatures.  And I am celebrating with a tart, seasonal Rhubarb Lemonade!   If there is one downside to spring, it’s that there isn’t a lot to harvest (at least in the north).  But what you find can be amazing.  Woodsy morels, garlicky ramps and … Continue reading

How do you make a brownie (even more) irresistible? Mix cocoa powder, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla and top with a delicious chocolate buttercream.

May 7, 2017

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

What’s better than a big chocolate brownie?  How about a big chocolate brownie with chocolate buttercream frosting!   Recently my husband got a request to bring baked goods for a fundraiser.  Our daughter offered to bake brownies and I decided to make chocolate buttercream to put them over the top.  If you are a food blogger there’s nothing more embarrassing … Continue reading

Fluffiest whole wheat buttermilk pancakes! White whole wheat flour takes the “wheat-y” taste down & whole wheat pastry flour adds tenderness. Mmmm!

Apr 30, 2017

Fluffiest Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

I love cooking with whole grains… every chance I get.  It makes me feel healthy!  But I didn’t set out to create the fluffiest whole wheat buttermilk pancakes when I made these.  I was simply missing a lot of kitchen staples.  Lucky me! You see, while my prior pancakes were fine, especially for a healthier pancake, I didn’t absolutely love them. … Continue reading

When you want something fancier than plain broiled salmon--but it needs to be just as easy, 4 ingredient Orange Glazed Salmon is perfect!

Apr 27, 2017

4 Ingredient Orange Glazed Salmon

Salmon is a wonder.  Just buy a nice fillet, season it, pop under the broiler and you have a delicious, healthy entree.   Until the hundred and eleventh time… then it all starts to feel a little dull.  And you really need to switch things up.  Orange Glazed Salmon anyone?  

Apr 23, 2017

Homemade Vegetable Broth (from Leftovers)

Are you a homemade soup lover?  If the answer is “yes,” I bet you’d agree that there’s no such thing as too much broth.  So today I made homemade vegetable broth—from leftovers!  In the week following Earth Day, I am trying to be especially careful to not waste food.  I used to make most of my soups using chicken broth. This, alas, … Continue reading

What’s better than dessert? How about dessert that doubles as a serving of fruit! Like a cool, refreshing Cherry Ice Cream Soda.

Apr 20, 2017

Refreshing Cherry Ice Cream Soda

What’s better than dessert?  How about a dessert that doubles as a serving of fruit!  Like a Cherry Ice Cream Soda.  Now I’ve always figured if you’re going to eat dessert, you might as well see if you can have some fruit while you’re at it.  And there is no shortage of delicious fruity desserts in this world.  French Apple Pie, … Continue reading

When life gets intense, thank goodness for recipes that are easy, tasty and healthy like this Chili Lime Roasted Cauliflower!

Apr 9, 2017

Chili Lime Roasted Cauliflower

Life, lately, has been intense.  I find myself saying things like two steps forward, one step back… almost every day! Thank goodness for recipes like Chili Lime Roasted Cauliflower that are super easy.  And of course, tasty and nutritious!   In the past week, my husband has driven my car out of state (so our college daughter has reliable transportation to … Continue reading

Rosy and sweet, this blood orange vodka spritzer even contains antioxidant filled tart cherry juice. Does that make it a health food?

Apr 6, 2017

Blood Orange Vodka Spritzer

Recently I got a request—could I create a drink for a Breast Cancer fundraiser?  Um, yes!  How about a Blood Orange Vodka Spritzer?  Rosy and sweet, it seemed perfect for a cause associated with pink!   Now my Blood Orange Vodka Spritzer isn’t technically brand new, but I was holding it in reserve for a special occasion. My daughter and I created … Continue reading

With white whole wheat flour & oatmeal, plus vitamins and antioxidants from sweet potatoes, Sweet Potato Bread is a nutritional powerhouse.

Apr 2, 2017

Healthy & Tasty Sweet Potato Bread

Spring is here–well,more or less!  Snowdrop flowers are popping up in my woodland garden, temperatures are veering into sweater weather—and I’m working on finishing up the remains of last summer’s vegetables!  Which is how I created a new Sweet Potato bread!   I was clearly in a bread rut, making the same loaves (honey whole wheat and rustic rye) over and over.  Time … Continue reading