Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad

Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad.
The seasonal outdoor responsibilities have been beckoning and I dove completely in.   The hubs and I planted the garden and our flowers and cleaned up our yard from winter debris. This is a photo of our garden from a few years back.  Our soil was in need of organic replenishment this season.  Production has been down the last few years, ... Read More

Four Fresh and Festive Salads

Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing
It’s countdown time to Christmas and like me, you’re probably planning your menu for the big meal.  Here's a round up of four fresh and festive salads to choose from for your Christmas table.  Each one is unique and requires more or less attention to make, but all of them are vibrant and tasty, a perfect combo for your holiday ... Read More

Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing 2.0

Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing
It's countdown time to Christmas and like me, you're probably planning your menu for the big meal. This Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing was a hit last year for Christmas and its making a return by popular demand.  Looks like a new tradition was born in the salad department.  It has made an appearance to other gatherings and has ... Read More

Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing

Winter Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing
Our Christmas holiday exploded with family, good food and lots of laughter.  So grateful we were able to congregate for a solid stretch of time over the last 2 weeks of December.  The Portland and Nashville gangs took turns staying in any one of our 3 homes, here in our hometown.  The day they all left, it got awfully quiet ... Read More

Whole Bowl Knockoff : The Winter Lunchbox

Whole Bowl Knockoff

Eating healthier seems to be on everyone’s New Year’s resolution list.  That could be a challenge especially if you’re in the habit of brown bagging and you have a gluten and dairy intolerance.  There are great lunch options beyond meat and cheese sandwiches.  Homemade soups, salads, hummus and gluten free crackers and these meal in a bowl concoctions provide plant … Read More

All Occasion Creamy Sauce : Gluten and Dairy Free

All Occasion Creamy Sauce

This is a one sauce fits all.  It’s a favorite of ours, topping a meal in a bowl, brimming with healthy ingredients, alive with color and flavor.  A frequent favorite combination is brown rice, cooked creamy pinto beans, fresh greens, lacto-fermented pickles, and avocado. Top it off with optional chopped cilantro, or toasted almonds, add a drizzle of this creamy … Read More

Fast, Fresh Honey Balsamic Dressing

Honey Balsamic Dressing

I celebrated a landmark birthday recently and was loved on thoroughly by those who know me best.  One of my gifts was a new salad bowl hand painted by this sweet young man.  He’s quite the artist…don’t you think? I love it and plan on putting it to good use frequently! Moving on …. I’ve been thinking about the seasons … 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


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

Summer Squash Soup with Tahini Mint Garnish

Summer Squash Soup

Alice Waters is another foodie who’s inspired me. An author and restaurant owner, she was instrumental early on in the grassroots movement of eating local and fresh.  I found this recipe for Summer Squash Soup in her cookbook, The Art Of Simple Food.  I kept everything the same as her recipe, except I changed up her topping of Yogurt/Mint paste to a creamy addition … Read More