Quick Quinoa Bowl with Vegetables

When I have vegetable oddments sitting in the fridge I like to add them to quinoa for a quick well-rounded one bowl meal. Cleaning out the fridge has it's perks: no more random veggies that I don't know what to do with, no waste, and everyone loves it. With quinoa added I now have a complete meal in 30 minutes that I can feel good about serving my family. Most vegetables ...

Purim Hamantashen Cookies

Since we were real good with eating our vegetables this week, let's talk cookies. Jam filled cookies that will make your heart go pitter-patter. Hamentashen cookies! These are a classic dessert that we traditionally eat on the Jewish holiday Purim. What is Purim all about you ask? Click here to learn more. They say (who is they? I don't know) the shape of the cookies is to resemble Haman’s hat, the the evil villain ...

Warmly Spiced Acorn Squash Slices

Acorn squash usually gets a bad wrap. Butternut, Spaghetti, Pumpkin all seem to get first pickings for their seemingly easy way about them. But don’t judge this "book" by it's cover. This tipsy little ridged winter squash may have a hard rind exterior, but what lies inside will entice you.  It's delicate, nutty, and sweeter flavor (more so than other winter squash due to it’s longer growing period, so it gets plenty ...

Butternut Squash with Pumpkin Seeds and Warm Spices

I have some vegetable side dish recipes that I think you will love. Here's one with butternut squash. You can never have too many veggies, right? Well, um, unless they are steamed, then it can feel like too much blah. All the time. Don’t get me wrong I steam vegetables quite often, but hey, we need to add a little zing every so often.  Yeah, let’s bring on the spices! Butternut squash already ...

No-Fuss Oscar Party Popcorn … with Grown-Up Soda Pop

It’s almost here, the big movie event of the year! Do you guys love to watch the Oscars as much as we do? Check out all the fashion? And nibble on plenty of carbs with drink in hand? If that’s a yes, yes, and YES then let’s get snacking on some party popcorn and (grown-up) soda! I remember the days of going to the movies with my girlfriends, ordering the over-processed, ...

Easy Homemade Kimchi

I love kimchi for a couple of reasons: one that it lends a vibrant flavor to foods like pizza, hash, fried rice, burgers, bibimbap (recipe coming soon) and soup (think soup is my next kimchi recipe) ... or even straight out of the jar because that big, beautiful jar of kimchi is staring right at you when you open the fridge. Or is that just me? Secondly, it has a ridiculous ...

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffin

My twin boys, who are in the 4th grade and in different schools, had Valentine’s Day parties in class yesterday. As you know, that means lots of cookies, crackers, and whatever else is filled with gluten and dairy, so to prevent food infractions, and keep my boys happy, we have noted in their IEP’s (individualized education plan) to keep these foods localized in one area of the classroom for parties, ...

Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is a delicious addition to tarts (see here for crust recipe and meringue recipe here, cookies, bars (see lemon raspberry bars recipe here), cakes, pancakes, crepes ... or just simply, and liberally, spread on toast with a cup of tea (if your lucky, lying in bed with your significant other eating the lemon curd on toast, or what have you, without any kids screaming and jumping on the bed). I’m making ...

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Simple and easy is better sometimes all the time. When you can get away with it. This pie has your back. Not always the case when baking. There are usually a few steps/preparations, and a bit of a process when baking, and then there is the trial and error of gf/df/sf baking (and egg free when my oldest is joining us) but don’t get me wrong, it is certainly worth all the effort ...

Blood Orange and Fennel Salad

This may be exactly what one needs after indulging on Super Bowl Sunday. And that one is me. If you over-indulged like I did, this one's for you - not exactly a detox salad, but close. Even me, who is not big on football, enjoys watching the game (what a close game it was!) so long as there is plenty of guacamole, chips, and pretzels … food I brought over to our ...