Meal In A Bowl : Chicken Curry Noodle Bowl

Chicken Curry Noodle Bowl

I am forever on a quest for quick “meal in a bowl” dinner options. With a busy week behind us and no let up in sight, this Thai curry was a perfect quick dinner choice. It had the novelty you would expect from an exotic restaurant, a fresh element, layers of flavor and a beautiful presentation. Our daughter Kyah and … Read More

Bean Basics 101 : Mexican Bean and Polenta Casserole

Mexican Bean and Polenta Casserole

We ventured down to Portland last weekend to visit some of our kids. While there, we helped our son and beautifully pregnant daughter in law tie-up a remodel of their newly purchased 1940’s home. Among painting projects and helping to organize their kitchen, Cath and I talked about the ongoing challenge of putting a healthy dinner on the table without … Read More

Three Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Chipotle

Three Bean Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Chipotle

I love this blend of beans…the creamy pinto’s, earthy and sweet aduki beans, speckled with your traditional black bean.  Legumes are a valuable part of a healthy diet, because they are low in fat, do not contain cholesterol,  have a significant amount of protein when combined with whole grains, and are high in soluable fiber which aids in regularity and elimination.  … Read More

A Week In Review : Whole Foods, Whole Meals

Whole Foods, Whole Meals

Doesn’t it seem as though a good rhythm of cooking goes in cycles? During those times, a new art form emerges as I transform what’s “everyday” and available into a delicious treat and the process comes with ease and delightful abandon. Then there are those down cycles when creativity is stuck, staring at my pantry wondering what to fix for … Read More

Stocking Your Healthy Pantry


Creativity in the kitchen begins with a well stocked pantry.  Once you begin down the road to eating whole foods, you will be amazed at the variety of choices there are!   So much of the learning curve to improved nutrition is product knowledge.  One of my goals in teaching is to minimize how intimidating dietary changes can be for people. My cooking class … Read More

Whole Wheat Cous Cous and Roasted Squash Salad with Kale

Cous Cous and Roasted Squash Salad

It’s taken me awhile to be inspired to cook after the holiday frenzy. The break has been good. Returning to my kitchen to cook healthy food, clean and wholesome is like coming home. I’m back to preparing the simple, uncomplicated food we like best. I’m reminded that cooking creates a sense of well-being for me and the people I love … Read More

Winter Cooking Classes

It’s a crazy cycle we go through, furiously getting ready for the holidays by cooking and baking up a storm, stuffing ourselves, followed by a compulsion to clean up our diet!! Come the day after Christmas, I am ready for simple healthy food. If you would like to learn more about cooking clean and healthy, let me invite you to … Read More

Ten Small Changes to Impact your Health in 2012


Twenty five or so years ago I was asked to speak at a women’s luncheon about dietary changes one can make to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Here it is again, a little better for wear after all these years and a bit tweaked from some lessons learned. 1. Slow down eating and chew your food well. Chewing is the first … Read More

Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

This is a light yeasted whole wheat breakfast dough using part whole wheat flour and part unbleached white flour. You can easily make these ahead and freeze them. Follow the more detailed instructions at the bottom of the page on how to freeze and bake for fresh rolls on Christmas morning. Keep in mind this post shows this recipe multiplied … Read More

Holiday Arugula Beet Salad

Arugula Beet Salad

This festive salad features some of my favorite ingredients such as avocado’s and dried cranberries. The addition of golden beets alongside its crimson cousin adds to its visual appeal. Arugula raises the bar of all the greens when it comes to salad greens in flavor and compliments a rich holiday dinner. The beets can be prepared a few days ahead … Read More