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Zucchini Noodles & Raw Marinara Sauce

Zucchini Noodles & Raw Marinara Sauce

Does anyone else ever feel like they are drowning in zucchini in the summer? I know I’m preaching to the choir when I say that I cannot give away my abundance of zucchini fast enough this time of year! I just shared a presentation on local food as part of the Vintage Remedies 2012 Virtual […]

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

I don’t how it’s possible, but I have two friends in my life who just don’t like red meat. It doesn’t sound appetizing to them. And they even know the difference between crappy, processed, chemical-filled, cancer-causing CAFO beef and healthy, happy, CLA-filled, cancer-fighting grass-fed beef. But still, hamburgers are not at the top of their […]

Stuffed Eggplant with Quinoa & Burdock

Stuffed Eggplant with Quinoa & Burdock

This recipe is the fruit of my second week of successful meal planning. I love trying new recipes! In this particular case, I found a yummy looking recipe online and modified it to fit the ingredients I like or had on hand. But then there was burdock – which I had never heard of before […]

Beef & Broccoli Curry

Beef & Broccoli Curry

Curry powder is one of my most favorite smells in all the world. It’s right up there with honeysuckle and freshly baked bread. I add obscene amounts of curry powder to my curries. And every time I open the bottle I shove it right under my nose and inhale the heavenly scent. I admit I […]

Lime & Mint Chicken Coleslaw

Lime & Mint Chicken Coleslaw

Ah, summer. Carefree evening cookouts around the pool while the sunlight lingers on, giving way eventually to the light of the fireflies as my friends and I nurse cold fruity drinks and make plans for a holiday by the sea. Summer means fresh food and bright colors. Tropical fruit and crisp, cold salads. Unfortunately, I’m […]

Orange Fennel Quinoa Salad

Orange Fennel Quinoa Salad

I love love love quinoa. A gluten-free seed (not grain like most people think) that offers up hefty doses of manganese, magnesium, and protein. What’s not to love? It’s honestly not too tasty when eaten on its own, but throw in some veggies, fruits, nuts, oils, etc. and you have a masterpiece! There are oodles […]

Easy Roasted Veggie Frittata

Easy Roasted Veggie Frittata

It’s true, I miss my kitchen. I miss muffins. I miss baking in general. As much as I do love every minute of our experiences while traveling (well, almost every minute–camping in the freezing cold rain and wind of Wellington didn’t exactly make my top 10 list), I do miss my kitchen and a consistently […]

Garden Egg Salad

Garden Egg Salad

Raise your hand if you’ve ever opened the fridge about lunchtime and just stared. And stared . . . And stared . . . At nothing really. You’re hoping something really yummy will magically appear. Something deliciously healthy with enough protein to get you through the rest of the day. Right about now you’re wishing […]

Salmon Salad & Sweet Potato Fries

Salmon Salad & Sweet Potato Fries

When I worked at my old job I had a super flexible schedule. I could work from home quite often and didn’t usually have to work nights or weekends. But every couple of months my turn in the rotation would come around to work a Dinner with the Doc event at Bosco’s. And I was […]

Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot

Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot

It has been ridiculously snowy this winter in the South. Case in point: I’m sitting at the table right now looking out the window at 3-4 inches of snow on the ground. For the THIRD time this winter. Please note that a good snow like this may only happen once each winter in the South. […]