Freeze It Fresh : Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale

Here is another healthy make ahead freezer meal in a bowl from our garden! This Barley Red Lentil Soup with Kale recipe makes 8 generous quarts of hearty soup at very little cost with great nutritional benefits. If you don’t have a garden you can purchase fresh veggies at your local Farmers Market. Making the most of what’s grown locally … 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

Better Breakfasts : Mixed Berry Whole Grain Pancakes (and Waffles)

Mixed Berry Whole Grain Pancakes (and Waffles)

Our last meal while on vacation in Scottsdale, AZ was a delicious brunch enjoyed in an outdoor venue, with awesome friends, along a fun street full of unique shops. There were many elements that made the occasion memorable (it was 72 degrees, back home it was 28), one of them being the delicious whole grain pancakes they served to our … Read More

Stock Up for Homemade Soup

Homemade Soup

It’s the ideal meal in a bowl.  Whip some up with the Simple Artisan Herb Bread  ( November 17, 2012 post) or Chapati’s (July 26, 2011 post), for a simple hearty winter meal.  Why not since we’re settled in for a long winter and temperatures are dipping down below 20 degrees F.? Here is what I stock up on to stir up a pot of soup on … Read More

Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding 2.0

Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding

Cooler temperatures in the early morning hours call for warmer breakfasts. Here’s a make ahead breakfast that everyone will love and it sends the kids out the door with warm bellies and plenty of protein to carry them through to lunch time. It’s an updated version of the first Breakfast Brown Rice Pudding I posted on 09/30/2011. I assembled this … Read More

Better Breakfasts #2 – Overflow

Better Breakfasts #2

There has been such an overwhelming response to Better Breakfasts #2 on Saturday, March 24th, that I scheduled an “overflow” class on the following Saturday, March 31st, 11 am – 1 pm!  At this point the overflow class is half full. Once again, here are the datails: It’s my desire that this cooking class will help people feel more at ease creating healthy breakfasts and … Read More

Cooking Class : Better Breakfasts #2

Better Breakfasts #2

Since Better Breakfasts #1 was such a hit, here is a follow-up with new recipes, all gluten and dairy free! It’s my desire that this cooking class will help people feel more at ease creating healthy breakfasts and brunches from scratch, using whole grains and fresh ingredients.   In a comfortable home setting, this class is designed to equip guests with practical skills, nutritional and product … Read More

Stocking Your Healthy Pantry


Creativity in the kitchen begins with a well stocked pantry.  Once you begin down the road to eating whole foods, you will be amazed at the variety of choices there are!   So much of the learning curve to improved nutrition is product knowledge.  One of my goals in teaching is to minimize how intimidating dietary changes can be for people. My cooking class … Read More