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…

Dates with pistachios, pomegranate and orange zested goat cheese

The holiday season is a whirlwind of activity so I am always looking for simple, healthful holiday treats that I can assemble with little effort but still add a pretty accent to a holiday plate. These little gems, adapted from Erin Gleeson’s The Forest Feast cookbook, are truly a treasure. Dates, so naturally sweet and…

Three Favorite Holiday Treats

We all want to enjoy special treats over the holiday season but we don’t want to deal with extra pounds come January. Here are three of my favorite holiday gems  that are light but oh so yummy! Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies Festive Holiday Cranberry Bread Pizzelles with Anise and Orange Zest  

Around the World with Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices magically transform a dish. They add rich flavors, aroma and color. Best of all, they add health-protective antioxidants to your meals. Almost any meal can easily be enhanced with herbs and spices, and it’s time to start experimenting! Flavors From Around the World: Use these different herb and spice combinations to achieve flavors…

Cooking and Eating on the Amalfi Coast Part 2

When you’re traveling on most highways in the US, eating fresh, healthy food at a highway rest stop is next to impossible. Not so in Italy. Check out these highway treats at a stop just outside of Rome. Notice the Parma ham on the slicer. Prosciutto with fresh melon and mozzarella. Tuna salads with local…

Fast and So Simple Golden Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Here’s a fool-proof, express way to make creamy, perfectly cooked potatoes. These steam in the bag potatoes can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets. Cook the potatoes in the microwave as directed (about 6 minutes). Cut them in half and pan saute them with a drizzle of olive oil. Toss with chopped…

Habanero Hot Sauce

Habanero peppers are HOT. One tiny bite sets your mouth on fire so it’s a challenge to use them in a recipe. My husband’s pepper plant produced a peck of these fiery orange bundles (don’t let their cute, lantern-like looks fool you). With all this heat, hot sauce seemed like the best option. This sauce…

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 fresh tomato sauce. Needless…