Kale – Cilantro Pesto with Toasted Quinoa and Black Beans

Kale - Cilantro Pesto

It’s that wonderfully crazy time of year again when I vow not to over spend, not to over commit, and not to over eat. It’s an extra ordinary challenge with the on going shopping lists, seasonal sights and sounds to attend, and beautifully decorated confections all over the place. My goal is to stay healthy, reign in the holiday busy … Read More

Pumpkin Biscuits

Pumpkin Biscuits

This year’s Pumpkin Pie was made with a Kabocha squash stored from last summer’s garden. Conveniently, there was a half of a squash waiting to be baked for pumpkin pie filling in the fridge. After it was covered with aluminum foil and baked in a pan with an inch of water, it came out a rich orange, very moist and … Read More

Spinach Tortellini and Turkey Soup

Spinach Tortellini and Turkey Soup

It has been a wild couple of weeks around here lately because along with the arrival of Thanksgiving, came our daughter and her precious little family moving back to our area. YAY! They flew me down to Portland to help love on their babies ūüôā while they did the physical (and mental) tasks of packing and moving. I dare say, … Read More

Tools for Your Favorite Cook

Tools for Your Favorite Cook

The biggest shopping day is fast approaching so why not be equipped with great ideas for stocking stuffers or lovely wrapped tools under the tree for the much loved chef in your life. You don‚Äôt need fancy tools, but just the right selection of quality tools will get you far in the culinary world. A basic guideline: stay away from … Read More

Pear Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble (refined sugar and dairy free)

Pear Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble

Not too long ago, I happened upon this recipe from¬†long time inspirational¬†food blog¬†the Smitten Kitchen.¬† It looked way too delish to pass up simply¬†because¬†of the butter and refined white sugar,¬†so I¬† tweaked¬†it easily enough without compromising on flavor and texture!!¬† The result was amazingly yummy,¬†a crowd pleaser…holiday or everyday!¬† Browsing the shelves of our local natural foods store, I found … Read More

Maple Baked Squash with Apples and Cranberries

Maple Baked Squash with Apples and Cranberries

Winter squash have thick, tough shells that protect the sweet, rich flesh inside which makes them excellent storage vegetables. With rambling rows of winter squash stored for winter, I am challenged and eager to discover new ways to prepare them. Sprawling Kabocha, Buttercup and Butternut vines gradually took over 1/3 of our garden space this summer. When fall frosts came … Read More

It’s Not All About The Turkey: Festive Vegetable Sides

Vegetable

The produce this time of year is extraordinary in exhibiting variety and creativity.¬†Just walking through a farmers market or Vegetable section makes me so excited and inspired. ¬†Look at the Brussel sprouts and their design, the gnarly Jerusalem artichokes, the brilliant red of the pomegranate.¬† Do they not make you want to chuckle and worship The Great Creator all at … Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Chicken Pot Pies

Chicken Pot Pie

Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest inspiring me once again to prepare for the chilly winter months ahead. There’s something about getting our freezer and pantry fully stocked that makes me look forward to winter with all of it’s festivities, cozy meals and conversations around our kitchen table. This last Saturday morning was grey and drizzly…..the perfect day to … Read More

Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Kale Apple Slaw

Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Kale Apple Slaw

This meal got two thumbs up from Jack, my greatest critic and cheerleader, and BONUS‚ĶI had it on the table in an hour. It helped that I ‚Äúnuked‚ÄĚ the sweet potatoes (or yams). After giving them a good scrubbing, I poked them all over with a fork and cooked them in the microwave at 2 minute intervals, repeating the cooking … Read More

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

What a fun adventure it is¬†to make¬†pita bread!¬†¬†One never tires of watching them magicly balloon in the oven.¬† This foolproof¬†recipe¬†produces a perfect pita everytime!¬† They are¬†fresher and¬†tastier than the store bought variety which¬†are often baked pocket-less. Pita Bread was¬†on the menu for a couples cooking class I taught last weekend¬†which really just turned into a pita making party.¬† I served … Read More