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 : Trader Joe’s Grilled Asparagus Spears

Grilled Asparagus Spears

When you see someone actively rummaging through the frozen vegetable aisle at Trader Joe’s, you know to take notice. Trader Joe’s food culture offers a wonderfully unique selection.  Shopping there is an adventure where I’m always finding something new to try.  Being an advocate  of eating more veggies, I had to know what frozen vegetable product was so good that … Read More

Pickling Naturally : Cabbage Caraway Pickles

Cabbage Caraway Pickles

My interest in pickling has been simmering under the surface for sometime now.  When there was talk among our adult kids that we were gift exchanging cookbooks for Christmas, I made it known that I wanted books about artisan breads and fermentation.  Lucky for me, that’s just what I got! Before we go any further, let me say this…It’s natural … 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

Slow Cooker South of the Border Black Bean Soup with Guacamole

Black Bean Soup with Guacamole

On Sunday I cooked up a large pot of black beans to have on hand. At that point, several ideas were rolling around in my head as to what to do with them. Monday morning came around and it was back to work we go, so I assembled this soup in my slow cooker and set it on go…or low. This is … Read More

Maple Poached Pears

Maple Poached Pears

It’s apple and pear season in this corner of the world, offering endless inspiration for the kitchen table. Here is another favorite from Terry Walters cookbook, Clean Food.   This simple and light dessert uses fresh pears and turns them into a delicate, satisfying treat with little fuss.  The smell of Fall fills your house while it simmers on the stove.  Serve these alone in a pool of their … Read More

Zucchini-Rice Soup with Basil and Parmesan

Zucchini-Rice Soup with Basil and Parmesan

Lately I’ve been cooking from the cookbook The Flexitarian Table by Peter Berley.  The title caught my eye and then drew me in when I learned the author was the former chef of an all vegan New York restaurant and teaches vegetarian cooking classes.  He and his wife are flexitarians, but they have 2 daughters with opposite food preferences.  One is a strict vegetarian, who from early on … Read More