Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Pumpkin Seed Pesto
A rare break from winter makes me almost believe spring is on the way.  I start to crave herbs, berries, all those great flavors that brighten up that season.  It may not really be spring or summer, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be heavy and dreary.  Here’s a bright and happy pesto to ...

Green Berry Bliss Smoothie 2

Green Berry Bliss Smoothie
My poor husband has not been able to shake this winter funk that has been going around! The rest of us have (cross your fingers) recovered but his is just hanging on.   I’m combating this cold and flu season with lots of fruits, vegetables, and antioxidents this year, trying to boost our immune systems as ...

Party Food

Party Food
Sometimes I like to make myself a little present.  Something for later when things are really hectic that I can pull out and serve without spending any time at all in the kitchen.  I have a few things I make every year when the vegetables are in season and can for later, pickles, jams, but ...

Crispy Oven Fries 1

Crispy Oven Fries
Just look at that picture? Don’t you want some fries now? Of course, so do I, BUT what I really never want is to break out a big pot pour in a whole bunch of pricey oil (no cheap crappy oil for us here!) and cover my kitchen and my face with a thin layer ...

Skinny Vegan Buffalo Wings 3

Skinny Vegan Buffalo Wings
Did you blink when you read that headline? Skinny vegan buffalo wings what??? Who on earth would want that anyway? Well, I do promise there’s no fake meat here, just a few crispy roasted vegetables getting a makeover.  What I like to do is put these out WITH your regular wings, as a light alternative ...

Party Puffs – Parmesan Thyme Gougeres

Party Puffs - Parmesan Thyme Gougeres
Do you love party food? Appetizers, little bits and bites, the best part of a meal in my opinion.  Small plate restaurants and tapas places are all the rage so I bet more than a few agree with me. I have a few requirements for these small bites, they can’t be a TON of work… ...

Real Homemade Nutella – Edible Gift or Healthy Indulgence 1

Real Homemade Nutella - Edible Gift or Healthy Indulgence
According to legend (and the Huffington Post) Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) was invented during world war 2  because rationing had caused chocolate to be a rare and pricey item, hazelnuts were and are a dime a dozen in Italy, so an innovative thinker used what he had to make a delicious new concoction. I have a ...

Fat Burning Hot Cocoa 1

Fat Burning Hot Cocoa
Cold weather just makes you want to curl up with something warm.  I’m a sucker for comfort food, especially anything chocolate.   Great news on that front, cocoa is full of antioxidants, which fortunately reduce levels of the hormone  cortisol which helps you pack on the pounds!  It also has tons of fiber, which makes ...

Ricotta Dumplings and Grandmas

Ricotta Dumplings and Grandmas
Saturday mornings are always meant to be a lazy sleep in affair at my house.  I look forward to them all week and always intend to lay around and sip coffee and read magazines blissfully on my deck.  People that is just not what happens.  We are up and happening as early as ever, running ...

Epic Hummus 2

Epic Hummus
    Until recently I had no idea that I make “epic hummus.”  Its always funny when you find out people have been talking about you/something you do and I guess my hummus has been a topic of conversation! Cool. Last week we had a bunch of people from my husband’s office over for dinner. ...