Guilt-Free No Bake Desserts

No-Bake Carrot Cake Balls

This Labor Day weekend will be a scorcher here in the PNW, so I hope you’ve got plans to be around water to cool off.  If you’re making a dessert for a legendary Labor Day BBQ with family and/or friends, no need to fire up your oven.  I’ve got you covered!  For your gatherings, here is a guilt-free no bake … Read More

Cooking Classes : What’s For Breakfast?

Inspired by new fresh produce about to come our way (hello spring and summer) I’ve decided to offer my breakfast class again but with some new twists.  Normal format of cooking class for this menu will be on April 16th but new to the cooking class scene is a Mom and Me breakfast class that will be taught the Saturday of … Read More

an invitation to lunch…a winter cooking class 2016

an invitation to lunch, a winter cooking class 2016

Breaking in the new year with an invitation to lunch…a winter cooking class with all new recipes.  Let’s get 2016 started off right by getting more veggies on our plate.  Warming soups and hearty salads are an ideal home for those veggies especially in the piercing cold of winter.  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we will be making … Read More

Baby Greens with Grilled Balsamic Pears

Baby Greens with Grilled Balsamic Pears

Continuing on with the theme of enjoying seasonably lighter meals, this recipe was calling out to me, adapted from Clean Eating by Terry Walters. Her rendition included an avocado in the salad and minced shallots in the dressing.  I had neither on hand so I substituted what I did have on hand which was minced red onion and sliced cukes along with some … Read More

Product Review : Sesame 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

Cooking Class : Whole Meal Salads & Gluten Free Artisan Bread Class

Whole Meal Salads & Gluten Free Artisan Bread

While it’s still snowing in several parts of our country (and in our city) let’s dream about soon to be spring and then… summer! Our long days of summer in the northwest are beautiful…not too hot, clear and sunny.   We squeeze in as much outdoor time as possible.  I like to have whole meal salads on hand any time … Read More

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds

While this is so simple and clean, a bowl of this salad is the perfect cure after returning from our most recent excursion, desperately in need of a detox! Our huge clan enjoyed some time in the Selkirk’s, where we went snowshoeing, downhill skiing and had so much fun being together!  Jack and I were spoiled with lots of snuggling from our … Read More

Fresh and Festive : Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Gratin with Crispy Sage Leaves

Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Gratin

Gratitude doesn’t seem to come natural. Thanksgiving is the holiday that we take stock of all the things we are grateful for. The Bible says we are supposed to “Be joyful always, pray continually; and give thanks in all circumstances…”  Now that’s amazing!  I find it easy to be thankful for the blessings but the disappointments and setbacks are another story.  Given enough time (or … 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…I had it on the table in an hour. It helped that I “nuked” 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