Herbed Green Bean & Summer Squash Salad

Herbed Green Bean & Summer Squash Salad

Our garden has been hard to keep up with this summer.  Especially since we’ve been visiting grand kids all over the country.  We returned home to abundant produce.   With fresh inspiration, I whipped up a refreshing farm to fork salad recipe to share with you. We journeyed to Nashville, where we celebrated our grand-daughter Haven’s second birthday! We hand … Read More

Asian Kale Slaw

Asian Kale Slaw

Home is a fun place to be. Especially after returning from vacation. The first weekend back we were eager to tackle projects we had been mulling over while away. Jack has been busy in his workshop building beautiful table and chair sets for grand kids. Don’t you love how he stained them in 2 shades? They are really going to … Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (gluten, dairy and refined sugar free)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I am experimenting with gluten-free baking. Why? There is an increasing number of friends and family choosing (for health reasons) to go gluten-free. And while I love my crusty homemade artisan bread, I can’t deny how lethargic I feel when I eat more than a modest amount. There is something to this gluten-free business but if one isn’t careful, it’s … Read More

Main Dish Salads : Peanut Noodle Vegetable Salad (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Peanut Noodle Vegetable Salad

This is an ideal season for this delicious salad. Make it for graduation parties, BBQ’s, and picnics. The yummy flavor and vibrant colors make it an excellent choice for a special occasion, but it’s also great to stock the fridge when you’re expecting company for the weekend. Serve it as a meal in a bowl or a side dish, and … Read More

Pickling Naturally : Simple Cauliflower Carrot Dill Pickles

Cauliflower Carrot Dill Pickles

These pickles are some of our favorite lacto-fermented veggies.  Lacto-fermented vegetables provide a viable source of probiotics (at a cost well below most supplements) to heal and maintain a healthy gut. These crispy, sour, salty vegetables are highly addicting and an easy, economical way to maintain a healthy gut. As garden season begins in the northwest, we are planning on … Read More

African Peanut and Red Quinoa Soup

African Peanut and Red Quinoa Soup

This flavorful soup, a bit spicy and full of vibrant vegetables reminds me of spring.  Seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic, chili flakes and cilantro, the ingredients form a beautiful medley of color and flavor. Typically when grain is added to soup the soup becomes thick and hearty.  Although quinoa is a seed and not a grain, I expected the same … Read More

Grilled Tofu “Reuben” Sandwich

Grilled Tofu "Reuben" Sandwich

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I have things to post but have not had time to blog. Oh well. Such is life! I enjoyed teaching the Whole Meal Salads and Artisan Gluten Free Bread class yesterday. With 14 in attendance there was a lot of fun to be had. Thank you to all of you wonderful people … Read More

Lemon Tahini Sauce

Lemon Tahini Sauce

Long before the calendar flips over to a new season, our bodies know a change is coming and cravings for more seasonal fare start early. I notice this in late summer – early fall when hearty soups start sounding better to me than light salads.  Same is true as we transitioned away from winter and into spring, cravings for lighter … Read More

Product Review : Sesame Tahini

tahini

Stocking our fridge with an assortment of nut and seed butters gives me more options for making non-dairy cream soups, sauces, dips, dressings and sandwich spreads.  Since they keep well refrigerated and in order to spontaneously create recipes, I typically have on hand peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter and tahini. Tahini is made of ground hulled sesame seeds made into … Read More

Broccolini Tofu Stir-Fry with Cashews

Broccolini Tofu Stir-Fry with Cashews

I stir fried up this scrumptious mix of ingredients for a quick mid-week meal.  The recipe easily serves 4 as a side dish BUT I served it as a meal in a bowl along side cooked quinoa, with a slice of homemade gluten-free artisan bread and, well, we ate the whole thing! Tofu gets a bad rap.  People quickly dismiss … Read More