An Easy Marinade to Keep in Your Fridge

Sometimes the difference between ordering take out and cooking a healthier meal at home is simply having a marinade in your fridge. All you need is some chicken, fish or even tofu, and you’re just a few steps away from a delicious dinner on the table. This is my go-to marinade when I’m making quick…

Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups for Your Special Valentine

I posted this recipe last year but these little treats are so good, I wanted to bring them back for another round! They remind me of Turtles, that chocolate, caramel, pecan candy, and my husband thinks they taste like they are laced with bourbon (unfortunately they are not). This is a recipe from Bon Appetit’s…

Streusel Topped Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Why spelt flour? I get bored using regular whole wheat flour when baking so I’m always looking for a new whole-grain to try. Spelt, dating back to 5,000 BC, is a cousin to modern-day wheat and is packed with protein, fiber, B vitamins, and essential minerals. It does contain gluten so it’s not recommended for…

Buttermilk Oatmeal Drop Scones

These look more like a pancake than a scone but the texture is chewier and sweeter, allowing you to skip the syrup if you want to go light on added sugar. The batter looks like oatmeal but browns beautifully in the pan and these drop scones definitely have a heartier texture than a typical pancake….

Reiska (Whole Grain Flat Bread)

Reiska is the Finnish version of Irish soda bread. It’s a whole grain quick bread made with either barley or rye flour, oatmeal, and buttermilk and it relies on baking soda and baking powder rather than yeast to help it rise. It’s baked on a large sheet pan resulting in a flatbread rather than a…

Easy, NO-Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread

I’m on a mission to learn how to make 100% whole grain bread. My favorite breakfast is Ezekial toast with almond butter and a low sugar jam but I’d like to learn how to make my own whole grain bread. The thing is, making 100% whole grain bread is not as easy as making refined…

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

One of my baking goals is to master homemade whole grain bread. This was a goal of mine even before the bread baking obsession that came along with the stay at home order of the pandemic. Now that flour and yeast is available again, I thought I would start baking. Finding freshly baked bread, made…

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…

Peanut Butter and Berry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats make for a quick, on the go breakfast or hearty between-meal snack. They are balanced with just the right amount of macronutrients; plant protein, healthy fats and whole-grain carbs for extra fiber. It’s so simple. Just mix old-fashioned oats (not steel cut) with yogurt and milk. Stir in some chia seeds then swirl…

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…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since zucchini is abundant throughout the summer (we’re just getting some from our garden), it’s the perfect time to make zucchini bread or muffins. I’ve made my fair share of zucchini bread over the years but when trying to make them “healthier” they always seemed to get a little dry. I decided to make a…