Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

We all need them – quick, easy, delicious, healthy, (and YES, pretty!) meals.  I made this last night to go with my baked walleye with almonds.  It took very little active cooking time.  I love creating dishes when inspiration hits! When the air gets crisp, I crave fall vegetables in hearty dishes with rich flavors.  This[…]

What’s for lunch? (or a quick snack?) I have no time (to cook or shop)!

One of the biggest problems with eating healthy is lack of planning.  I’m not talking about the kind of planning some people do:  make a list for a week of meals, go to the store and buy the ingredients, cook all afternoon on Sunday to prepare for the week, freeze some . . . .[…]

The (Apparently!) Multi-Purpose Kitchen Gadget

The purpose of a kitchen gadget may not always be obvious to everyone.  A recent consultation with a young man reminded me that if you don’t know what something is, you might assume it is designed for a different job altogether. This charming young bachelor is working on improving his eating habits, and the basics[…]

I’m Back. Oh the Adventures I Had!

It has been over 2 weeks since my last post, quite unusual for me!  My son got married in Seattle on Sunday, October 6, and I decided to give myself a break from technology during my 2 weeks on the West Coast. Congratulations to Brent and Marina!  May they be this happy for the rest[…]

I Forgot the Balsamic: Imperfection is a Gift to Ourselves and Each Other

The demonstration table was ready.  I had the single burner ready.  Two bags containing everything I could imagine I would need to cook an asparagus side dish was there:  saute pan . . . check, wooden spoon . . . check . . . . asparagus, goat cheese, grape tomatoes . . . check, check,[…]

Meeting the In-Laws: The Pleasure of Sharing Good Food

I have two points I want to make in this post: 1.  Cooking healthy, delicious food is such a lovely way to say “I love you,” or “I value you,” or in this case, “Welcome to the family!” 2.  I am so lucky to have a future daughter-in-law and future in-laws (my son’s) that clearly[…]

Herbs and Spices for Wellness

I presented this topic in my groups this week, and several participants requested the link to the article I referenced (“10 Healing Herbs and Spices” from Reader’s Digest).  There are probably no miracles here, but many helpful tips for supplementing healthy eating naturally.

My Moderate New Year’s Cleanse

I have been reading a lot about cleanses since we entered 2013.  I know lots of you are feeling the payback for celebratory indulgences and the pull of comfort food in the presence of dark – and cold! – winter days. I am not in favor of typical juice cleanses that do not provide enough[…]

Fresh, Light, Delicious

Try this simple tabbouleh recipe.   I enjoyed it with baked whitefish with almond slices, and roasted baby bok choy and green onions. (Just roast with olive oil, salt and pepper at 425 degrees – about 20 minutes.)  The fish can be baked at the same temperature during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking time.[…]