Creamy Cucumber Noodle Salad with Mint

Creamy Cucumber Noodle Salad with Mint
It's been a busy, fun summer full of celebrations of all sorts, and a quick visit to spend time with my Florida sis. Our garden continues to provide beautiful produce that inspires me.  Look at this gorgeous purple cabbage that went into kraut this week.  Isn't it so perfect? Here's a salad recipe I need to quickly share with you ... Read More

Green Bean Caprese Salad

Green Bean Caprese Salad
Never before in our gardening experience have tomatoes and green beans been ready to eat before the 4th of July.  It's been HOT, HOT, HOT and it's caused some of our veggies to GROW, GROW, GROW.  Notice I said SOME.  The ever abundant zucchini has been slow growing in comparison.  So odd.  Always something new with a garden. here's a ... Read More

Kohlrabi Slaw with Lime and Ginger

Kohlrabi Slaw with Lime and Ginger
It's hard to believe these funny looking bulbs amount to anything good. But they clean up well. And they are easy to grow from seed in your garden. so every year we plant them and every year they come up healthy. I've been on a roll with my spiralizer.  Talk about fun.  I've been transforming garden produce into "noodles" for ... Read More

Watermelon + Arugula Salad

Watermelon + Arugula Salad
I was fortunate enough to get this cookbook...and a signed copy at that, for Mother's Day from our eldest daughter. It's a treasure as it was written by one of her good friends, Matt Moore, who has become a friend of mine as well.  He loves food and cooking so we had an instant bond.  He has an updated southern ... Read More

The Paleo Diet Lowered My Cholesterol

The Paleo Diet Lowered My Cholesterol
This former brown rice eating and bread baking fanatic has changed her ways.  Yep.  It's true.  I've been experimenting with the Paleo diet and at the invitation of our daughters, completed my first Whole30 in January 2015.  Initially it was too much meat for my husband and I, so we had to made some minor adjustments.  (For background purposes, read ... Read More

Strawberry, Fennel, and Arugula Salad

Strawberry, Fennel, and Arugula Salad
We were hoping to plant our garden this week, which would have probably been the earliest we've ever planted.  But lo and behold we've had really frosty mornings so we've decided to wait.  Instead I took advantage of the sunny (but chilly) mornings and have been out doing yard work while Jack does further prep on the garden (more tilling). ... Read More

Ribboned Asparagus and Fennel Salad

Ribboned Asparagus and Fennel Salad
After months of the long cold and dark days of winter; green shoots, robins, sparrows and extended sunlight make me giddy for spring.  Asparagus start showing up in markets, giving us hope for the arrival of assorted fresh and local greens to come. To say I'm excited for this next season is an understatement. Ribboned Asparagus and Fennel Salad is ... Read More

Wild Tuna, Orange and Parsley Salad

Wild Tuna, Orange and Parsley Salad
Do you know about Wild Planet Tuna?   They hand-cut and pack delicious premium tuna steaks in a micro-cannery process using BPA free cans.  All of the Omega 3 oils are retained and no liquid is added (BTW, they recommend not draining this tuna).  Because they select smaller albacore, the fish accumulates less mercury.  Wild Planet is a company committed to ... Read More

Lentil, Roasted Squash and Walnut Salad

Lentil, Roasted Squash and Walnut Salad
This Lentil, Roasted Squash and Walnut Salad is the salad I dreamt about in the middle of the night when I first realized legumes were a good Whole30 option for vegan/vegetarian people.  Surprisingly, this is the only legume I have eaten on Whole30 since they are most often paired with grain to make a complete protein.  It combines 3 of ... Read More

Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing

Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing
Our Christmas holiday exploded with family, good food and lots of laughter.  So grateful we were able to congregate for a solid stretch of time over the last 2 weeks of December.  The Portland and Nashville gangs took turns staying in any one of our 3 homes, here in our hometown.  The day they all left, it got awfully quiet ... Read More