Bean Burger Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Making your own veggie burgers allows you to get creative with the ingredients. You can pick whatever bean you like, select the whole grain you have on hand, and mix and match seasonings based on your favorite flavors. For this recipe, I planned to use edamame but soon realized I didn’t have any in my…

Sesame Glazed Salmon

If you’re not regularly eating fish and seafood, a healthy goal for 2021 would be to eat at least 8-12 ounces of seafood per week (2-3 meals). To help you with this goal, here’s an easy weeknight addition to your weekly menu. I came across this recipe in the December 2020 edition of EatingWell magazine…

Everything Bagel Chicken Fingers

Everything bagel spice blend is a quick way to add a punch of flavor to oven-baked chicken tenders. Mix the seasoning blend with fresh whole grain bread crumbs for a crunchy coating and a healthy twist on this kid-friendly classic. Serve with a quick honey mustard dipping sauce, green salad and some roasted veggies.

Mushroom Bourguignon

Bourguignon refers to a stew that is made with beef, braised in red wine. I came across this recipe from Melissa Clark at the nytimes.com and thought it was an interesting way to make a hearty stew without meat. Since the traditional dish gets its intense, savory flavor from beef, we’ll be using some vegetable…

Sweet Potato, Peanut and Chicken Stew

Stews are the ultimate one-pot meal. They are hearty, packed with flavor and can serve an army of hungry friends and family. My husband grew sweet potatoes in his garden this summer and he is harvesting them right now (mid-October). This is the perfect recipe to showcase these “freshly pull from the ground” tubers. It…

Drying Fresh Herbs in the Microwave

I am so lucky to have a bounty of garden-fresh herbs to cook with all summer long.  But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to another great tip from Cooks Illustrated, you can dry herbs in the microwave. Yes, the microwave! In about 2-3…

Recipe Roundup: Tomato Palooza 2020

Summer = Greg’s (my husband) garden-fresh tomatoes! In honor of my husband’s dedication to growing and nurturing these little and not so little gems, I’m rounding up our favorite tomato recipes that I’ve been making this summer. This year is our 2nd annual  “Tomato Palooza” and we’re not letting Covid-19 stop this festive outdoor family…

Rustic Tomato Toast (Pan Con Tomate)

When you have overly ripe tomatoes, almost too soft to slice, make Pan Con Tomate. This humble, rustic toast is a way to take tomatoes and bread and turn them into a meal.  You need only a few simple ingredients but the quality of these ingredients is what creates perfection. Be sure to use the…

Kohlrabi Fries

I experimented with kohlrabi over the winter, making kohlrabi fritters, and my husband loved it so much he wanted to grow it in his garden this year. Our kohlrabi is ready to harvest so this time around I’m making kohlrabi fries. The trick to kohlrabi is trimming it’s rough, irregularly shaped skin without losing too…

It’s Pesto Time!

If I had to pick a scent that screams summer, it would be the aroma of fresh basil. I use this fragrant summer herb, straight from the garden, as an unexpected pop of flavor in sandwiches and salads, sprinkled on pizza and eggs and of course as the star ingredient in pesto. Needless to say,…

Roasted Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Trapanese)

While I was listening to a cooking podcast, a chef was asked how to use canned tomatoes and almonds that were sitting in the caller’s pantry. His answer, make Pesto Trapanese. I was unfamiliar with this Sicilian pesto made from tomatoes and almonds so I did a quick google search and found many different ways…

Whole Grain Black Bean Burgers

I hesitated to post this recipe because of the longish list of ingredients but it’s mostly things you probably have in your fridge and pantry. These bean burgers get their texture from a mixture of whole grains. I suggest using a blend of grains like barley, Kamut, farro and some wild rice because these grains…