Pistachio Basil Beet Salad

Pistachio Basil Beet Salad
Want to make a salad that screams summer and makes use of the fresh garden produce that's sure to come?  Pistachio Basil Beet Salad illumines the table with bright color and flavor and it's so simple to make.  By layering a mix of roasted and raw veggies, complimentary flavors and textures are brought to the salad party.  The true vegetables flavors ... Read More

Cooking Class : Hearty Soups and Salads

Cooking Class : Hearty Soups and Salads

Please join me in a real foods cooking class of Hearty Soups and Salads, with lunch/dinner included.  Whether you’re making some healthy dietary changes or need inspiration for preparing more nutritious meals, or maybe you’re looking for a fun way to spend time with a friend or loved one-this class is for you. During the hot summer months I can’t … Read More

Pickling Naturally : Fermented Beets with Cumin and Basil

Pickling Naturally : Fermented Beets with Cumin and Basil
I know some of you have been eagerly waiting for this recipe!  The process of Pickling Naturally : Fermented Beets with Cumin and Basil tempers beets natural sweetness, adds a pungent flavor enhanced by spices, herbs and natural earthiness.  We've been diving into these jars enjoying the mix of complex flavors that blend so beautifully together. Who would've guessed we'd ... Read More

Freezer Fresh Dairy Free Pesto

Freezer Fresh Dairy Free Pesto  3 cups packed fresh basil leaves (rinsed and dried) 3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 6 tablespoons pine nuts 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper Directions: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.  Freeze, covered in 1 – 2 tablespoon … Read More

Bow-tie Pasta Spinach & Basil Salad

Bow-tie Pasta Spinach & Basil Salad
The fourth of July is just about here and if you're feeding a crowd this flavorful Bow-tie Pasta Spinach & Basil Salad, loaded with wilted spinach and fresh basil is just the thing.  Spiked with salty goodness of prosciutto and complimented by the bite of toasted pine nuts, this veggie rich salad is a crowd pleaser. Although I'm grain free ... Read More

Spinach, Basil and Zucchini Noodle Salad

Spinach, Basil and Zucchini Noodle Salad
This Spinach, Basil and Zucchini Noodle Salad came about as a redo of a bow tie pasta salad recipe I make every year at my grandson's request for his birthday dinner.  The fact that this 9 yo boy wants a salad with spinach and basil in it makes me proud of him and his mama, who's such a great cook, ... Read More

Herb-Crusted Roasted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli Steaks

Herb-Crusted Roasted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli Steaks
Who doesn't love the ease of one pan dinners like this Herb-Crusted Roasted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli Steaks? It's fancy yet easy and without fuss.  I'm cooking in a vacation kitchen these days.  We escaped the snow for awhile :)  Living without the usual comforts of my home kitchen has inspired me to prepare one pan simple meals.  Good thing ... Read More

Freezer Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Freezer Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce
I'm in denial that fall weather has arrived here in the northwest, despite the calendar. Boo.  At some point a miracle takes place deep inside me where fall has found a place in my heart once again, and I can let go of the long lazy days of summer.  At this writing, that hasn't happened yet.  Putting food up for ... 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