Thai Seafood Vegetable Stew

Thai Seafood Stew
Seafood is my protein of choice.  Anyone with me? I could eat it everyday, so while the temperatures are dropping to single digits, I created this fabulous warming Thai Seafood Vegetable Stew.  It goes perfectly well on a cold winter night with a salad and crusty bread for the bread eaters in your clan. Before we get cooking, I want ... Read More

Swiss Chard Kimchi with Turmeric

Swiss Chard Kimchi with Turmeric
This is a repost of a recipe back in my archives, but it needed some updating... like some new pics.  Would you believe Pickling Naturally : Swiss Chard Kimchi is my most viewed recipe on the blog?  Swiss Chard Kimchi with Turmeric is a soy free version of this traditional food, with the addition of turmeric. Our garden is in ... Read More

Cozy Day Lentil Soup

Cozy Day lentil Soup
Perfect for a rainy day at home, this Cozy Day Lentil Soup is my go to when the weather outside makes me want to cook up something warming and soothing inside. Lentils are a relatively quick and easy legume to prepare compared to other legumes.  Rich in a plethora of nutrients, they provide nourishment at a reasonable price.  Lentils keep ... Read More

Key Lime Pie Smoothie : Dairy, Gluten and Sugar Free

Key Lime Pie Smoothie
Everyday life has been cranked up a notch with our business launching into the summer travel season with great intensity.  I come home wrung out, without much drive to prepare anything creative. What's ready in the garden gets put on the table in the most basic way.  As it turns out, simple and fresh can be delicious and quick! I'm ... Read More

10 Ways To Get More Greens On Your Plate

10 ways to get more greens on your plate
There's a big world out there of delicious leafy green vegetables - beyond romaine, spinach and iceberg lettuce, that you can reap enormous health benefits from.  Now is the time they are fresh and plentiful. Gardens and markets offer fresh arugula, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, watercress, dark green lettuces, mustard greens and collards.  Here are 10 ways to get ... Read More

Freeze It Fresh : Thai Salmon Chowder with Swiss Chard

Thai Salmon Chowder

One of our local grocers about this time of year brings in a load of fresh wild caught salmon at a ridiculously reasonable price.  We stock up our freezer with filets and make a big batch of this soup for the long winter ahead.   This recipe makes about 8 quarts of delicious creamy chowder, all gluten and dairy free.  I pack … Read More

Summer Food For Winter Meals

Summer Food For Winter Meals

Saving money on groceries is only a small part of the reason I like to put summer food up for winter meals. Why not take advantage of the local fresh produce while it’s at its peak?  It offers the best flavor and nutritional benefits at a reasonable price.  Plus you are eating foods grown in the region you live which … Read More

Better Breakfasts : Purple Potato Crusted Frittata with Swiss Chard

Purple Potato Crusted Frittata

Late August brings a new variety of veggies ready to eat from our garden.   While we are saying good-bye to lettuce, we have bountiful supplies of green beans, Swiss chard, kale, zucchini, crookneck, onions, carrots, cucumbers, beets, corn, and potatoes (russets, golden Yukon’s and purple potatoes).  Oh my!! And yes, I am trying to put food up like crazy. … Read More

Better Breakfasts : Garden Veggie Breakfast Burrito

Garden Veggie Breakfast Burrito

Friday is the one weekday I don’t rush out the door to work. I get to linger over my morning coffee. I get to spend more time in restful reflection. I get to play with our flowers and in the garden. This time is a perfect antidote after a busy week. It’s even better if I make it to SpokaneBarre … Read More

Pickling Naturally : Swiss Chard Kimchi

Swiss Chard Kimchi

I have been making lacto-fermented vegetables for years, not knowing they had an official name. Simply put, lacto-fermentation is a microbial process using beneficial bacteria including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium spp. and other lactic acid bacteria (LAB) (commonly known as probiotics), which thrive in an anaerobic fermenting environment. For thousands of years, people of different cultures (no pun intended) used natural fermentation … Read More