Candied Orange Peels

My cooking philosophy has always been about minimizing waste in the kitchen. I assume it comes from my grandmother and mother’s frugal ways in the kitchen and I appreciate that their practices made an impact on me. Whether it’s using all of the vegetables (stems and leaves), saving peels for stock, or repurposing leftovers, I…

Pumpkin Mousse Cashew Cheesecake (Vegan)

I find cheesecakes to be too rich and too heavy. That’s why I like this lighter version from the blog, May I Have That Recipe, which uses cashews as a replacement for cream cheese. This dessert is deliciously creamy, light, and airy with a 2 tone layer of pumpkin mousse and creamy filling sitting on…

Yogurt “Cheese” Cake with a Hint of Lemon

I’m just not a fan of cheesecake. It’s too thick and too rich and always feels so heavy. Not exactly what I want to eat at the end of a meal. But Then I discovered this Turkish yogurt cake that is so light and airy, so fresh and lemony, the perfect bite of sweetness. The…

Fruity Cranberry Sauce

If you’ve never made homemade cranberry sauce, this is the year to give it a try. This recipe is so easy, taking only about 15 minutes to make. Skip the canned variety. It has 6 teaspoons of sugar in just 1/4 cup. That’s an entire days worth of added sugar for most of us, not…

Lemon Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

If you are looking for a Mediterranean-inspired dessert, here you go! I was pleasantly surprised how well the flavors of rosemary and lemon compliment each other in a dessert. This cake is light and not too sweet so it’s a wonderful choice for an afternoon treat or a light, after dinner dessert. The heart-healthy olive…

Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

A family favorite at many Memorial Day and 4th of July parties, this dessert is light, delicious, and extremely fast and easy to prepare. There really is no recipe. Use a store-bought angel food cake (tear into pieces), a large box (5.1 ounces) of cook and serve or instant vanilla pudding (prepared as directed with…

Hassle-Free Holiday Sprouts

If you’re like us, your to-do list this time of year is never-ending. Between shopping for gifts and visiting relatives, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Alexa, at Athens Nutrition, believes that making satisfying meals over the holidays should not contribute to your stress so she’s provided us with an easy…

Two of My Favorite Holiday Cookies

When the holidays come around, I love to turn on the holiday music, pull out my pizzelle iron, whip up some egg whites and roll out the cookie dough. Two of my favorite holiday cookies are Pizzelles and Chocolate Clouds. Pizzelles are a traditional Italian cookie. They are crispy, not too sweet and have a…

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  

Light as a Chocolate Cloud Cookies

You may be tired of cookies but here’s one that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution. With just a few simple ingredients, whipped egg whites, sugar, cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips, these gluten-free, flourless cookies are easy to make, yummy and light as a cloud. One or two cookies should be just…

Our House (and more) in Gingerbread

One of our holiday family traditions is to make a gingerbread house. We started this tradition over 10 years ago after my friend and neighbor introduced me to all the gingerbread possibilities at a display at Peddler’s Village. Over the years we’ve replicated our cabin in gingerbread, my parent’s cabin, the board game Candy Land, a…