Blueberry Custard Baked Oatmeal 3

Blueberry Custard Baked Oatmeal
Last weekend I did one of my very favorite things, I taught a 2 day cooking class, a “Healthy Weekend Makeover.” It’s really very fun a small group of people spend 2 full days with me in a gorgeous kitchen.   We make breakfasts, soups, quinoa, they spatchcock a chicken, grass-fed meats, salads, dressing, eggs, ...

Soup’s On! Beans and Greens 2

Soup's On! Beans and Greens
When I was a teenager every once in a while my mom would make a huge pot of soup, not just any soup, but the soup for the soup diet.  It’s a not half bad vegetable soup, that you eat nonstop for 7 days… so by the end it seems like a HORRIBLE soup, because ...

Fresh Start in the New Year!

Fresh Start in the New Year!
Beginnings are so exciting.  At the start anything is possible, new love, new babies, and of course, a new year could be the best year of your life.  I’m definitely planning on 2014 as the best year of mine.  I’m a lucky enough person to have had several best years ever… which means I suppose that things ...

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… ...

Christmas Strata

Christmas Strata
My husband laughs at me every time I call this a strata… he says it’s just marketing,  this is just a casserole putting on airs.   Ok, fair statement but  don’t you feel better eating strata than a casserole? I mean, the name makes it special, company and slow cups of coffee worthy.  Plenty of ...

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 ...

Sugar Cookie Smoothie

Sugar Cookie Smoothie
  Confession time: I’m usually not that big of a smoothie person.  I know, I know all the cool kids are doing it but really, I like to cook, and honestly I kind of like to chew.  I do however sometimes like the idea of waking up and eating a breakfast that tastes pretty much ...

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 ...

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup
  Ready for a break from turkey yet? After a long weekend of feasting and leftovers nothing sounds better than a warm bowl of soup and a crusty loaf of bread.  Bonus if the soup is creamy, comforting, and created out of green vegetables I can feel good about and haven’t been eating all week! ...

5 Thanksgiving Cooking Tips for a Stress Free Holiday

5 Thanksgiving Cooking Tips for a Stress Free Holiday
Holidays can make people stressed out. Oh I’m sure not you, or me, but besides us the cool calm and collected people there must be some that get overwhelmed with the big meal.   Lots of family, not enough oven space, no time to clean the house and a ton of stuff to cook.  So ...