Butternut Pear Soup from forest feast

I published this recipe last year but it’s so good, I wanted to give it another shout out! This is one of my favorites from Erin Gleeson, The Forest Feast. It’s a brilliantly simple, nutrient-rich, “no cream” creamy soup that’s as cozy as a soft, warm blanket.

Local Flavors of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a stunning, seaside coastal town with cuisine that has been influenced by Italy, Greece, and Turkey. My family and I traveled to Dubrovnik in early September and immediately fell in love the country.  Restaurant menus were filled with fresh seafood dishes like grilled octopus, stuffed squid, black seafood risotto, and fried sardines. Seasonal…

Football Tailgate Beef Stew

Fall + football = hearty beef stew. This recipe feeds 8-10 people so it’s perfect for a tailgate or for serving those fans that gather in your family room. I love it because although it’s hearty, it’s made with lean beef, lots of veggies and simple seasonings. Plan to start this early because it will…

A Farewell to Garden Fresh Eggplant with Baba Ganoush

As my husband pulls the last of the eggplant from the garden, I’m saying my final farewell to these purple jewels by making this healthy, Middle Eastern eggplant dip called baba ganoush. This dip is so simple to make and calls for just 5 ingredients. Traditional baba ganoush is made by grilling the eggplant for…

Simply Delicious Zucchini Bread

Summer gardens = multiplying zucchini so keeping up with the supply can be daunting.  Zucchini fritters, check. Zucchini lasagna, double check. Grilled zucchini, triple check. So next up, zucchini bread. The challenge for me with zucchini bread is baking it long enough so the center gets done without over baking it. The solution, use a…

Sweet and Creamy Corn Polenta

I don’t typically make polenta but I had some freshly made tomato sauce and was looking for something other than pasta to serve it with. I came across this recipe in the summer edition of Eating Well Magazine and it sounded like a delicious alternative to pasta. Serve this with a large salad for a…

Tri-Colored Gazpacho

When the garden is overflowing with sun-kissed, juicy, “eat like an apple” tomatoes, it’s time to make gazpacho. And nature sets the ingredient stage for this summer soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, all garden fresh and ready to pick at the same time! Gazpacho can be made lots of different ways but when…

Shoo Fly Cake (it’s naturally vegan)

Rich and gooey, Shoo fly cake is a twist on the more traditional Shoo fly pie which is deeply entrenched in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Shoo fly cake is a dark, intensely moist cake with sweet crumbs and a rich molasses flavor. If you like gingerbread, you’ll love Shoo fly cake (this cake is my…

Personal Portabella Mushroom Lasagna

Hungry for the flavors of lasagna but not up for the effort and the calories. Make a quick individual “lasagna” using portabella mushrooms instead of carb heavy pasta. Lighten-up the ricotta filling by mixing it with low-fat cottage cheese then top with tomatoes and fresh basil for a super fast, light and easy lasagna hack….

Wake-up with High Protein Oatmeal

By adding eggs to this traditional, whole grain cereal, here’s another fast and easy high protein breakfast option. Oatmeal offers a substantial dose of soluble fiber but it can leave you feeling hungry by mid-morning. To give your oatmeal a much needed protein punch, stir in eggs (or egg whites) before you start cooking and…