5 Herbs for Every Kitchen

Fresh herbs add that special something to a recipe. They elevate simple dishes. They add brightness and interest, infusing dishes with fresh summer flavors. Simple dishes like peas and onions with freshly snipped dill or roasted potatoes with earthy rosemary become dinner party worthy. Herbs are easy to grow. If you have a small, sunny…

Rhubarb Sauce with Golden Raisins, Ginger and Cinnamon

Here’s round three in the rhubarb recipe series and it just might be my favorite. Rhubarb sauce is so easy to make. I make several batches during the rhubarb season because it freezes well allowing us to have the taste of fresh rhubarb in the middle of winter. Simply cut the stalks into chunks, add…

Rhubarb Shrub for Mocktails or Cocktails

I found this rhubarb shrub recipe from epicurious.com and knew right away I had to make it. My husband’s garden is filled with beautiful rhubarb so I’m making all of my favorite rhubarb recipes and posting them over the next few weeks. This deliciously refreshing, slightly tart and sweet rhubarb cocktail (or mocktail) is the perfect…

Eggless Egg Salad with Tofu

I love eggs and there is no reason why they can’t be part of a heart healthy meal plan but if you are vegan or simply don’t like eggs, try tofu as a substitute the next time you make egg salad. Crumbled tofu has just the right hard boiled egg-like texture and when mixed with…

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

My family is from central Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Dutch territory) and red beet eggs where always on the table at family gatherings. As a little girl, I loved the reddish purple eggs because they reminded me of Easter eggs but I was not a fan of the red beets. Thankfully, my palate has expanded and red…

Bean and Veggie Dip

Hummus is not the only bean dip in town. It’s time to think outside of the hummus box and start making your own bean dips at home. Use any type of bean to make a dip; kidney, cannelini, garbanzo, or black beans and you can use canned or cooked from dried. Just pour them into…

Whole Grain Carrot Cake with a Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy second day of spring (yes spring, in spite of our 4th March snow storm). On a warmer, cheerier note, I’m sharing a delicious cake that is moist, sweet, creamy and good for you! Whole wheat flour, piles of beta carotene-rich carrots, chewy raisins, naturally sweet pineapple and light, fluffy cream cheese make this cake…

St. Patrick’s Day Green Goddess Wedge Salad

A luscious, creamy dressing that’s healthy and perfect for a green-themed menu. By using an avocado, you have a smart substitute for mayonnaise because it provides a nutrient dense, creamy base for the dressing. The herbs pack another nutrient punch as well as help to continue the vibrant green hue. This recipe from Ellie Krieger offers a twist…

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

With March around the corner, here’s a healthier version of Irish Soda Bread for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  This quick bread from Cook’s Illustrated is a crusty, hearty bread, with a nutty flavor. No kneading, no waiting for it to rise. Just combine a few simple ingredients, mix and bake. In about 45 minutes…

Handmade Pasta (no machine necessary)

I’ve never had much of an interest in making pasta. You can find good pasta in most supermarkets and I definitely don’t need a pasta machine taking up valuable kitchen real estate. However, my daughter gave me a cookbook, Pasta by Hand by Jenn Louis, that allows you to make fresh pasta with nothing but your…

Pomegranate Syrup

Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate juice are a delicious ways to boost your intake of potassium and cancer fighting antioxidants. Concentrating pomegranate juice into a thick syrup, is a healthful way to add a tart sweetness to many dishes. Pomegranate molasses or syrup is popular in Eastern Mediterranean dishes, but it’s usually made with lots of…