Sweet and Creamy Corn Polenta

I don’t typically make polenta but I had some freshly made tomato sauce and was looking for something other than pasta to serve it with. I came across this recipe in the summer edition of Eating Well Magazine and it sounded like a delicious alternative to pasta. Serve this with a large salad for a…

Tri-Colored Gazpacho

When the garden is overflowing with sun-kissed, juicy, “eat like an apple” tomatoes, it’s time to make gazpacho. And nature sets the ingredient stage for this summer soup with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and basil, all garden fresh and ready to pick at the same time! Gazpacho can be made lots of different ways but when…

Shoo Fly Cake (it’s naturally vegan)

Rich and gooey, Shoo fly cake is a twist on the more traditional Shoo fly pie which is deeply entrenched in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Shoo fly cake is a dark, intensely moist cake with sweet crumbs and a rich molasses flavor. If you like gingerbread, you’ll love Shoo fly cake (this cake is my…

Personal Portabella Mushroom Lasagna

Hungry for the flavors of lasagna but not up for the effort and the calories. Make a quick individual “lasagna” using portabella mushrooms instead of carb heavy pasta. Lighten-up the ricotta filling by mixing it with low-fat cottage cheese then top with tomatoes and fresh basil for a super fast, light and easy lasagna hack….

Wake-up with High Protein Oatmeal

By adding eggs to this traditional, whole grain cereal, here’s another fast and easy high protein breakfast option. Oatmeal offers a substantial dose of soluble fiber but it can leave you feeling hungry by mid-morning. To give your oatmeal a much needed protein punch, stir in eggs (or egg whites) before you start cooking and…

Caprese Avocado Toast

This is my first post in a series of higher protein breakfast options. Protein at breakfast can be extremely helpful for setting the calorie tone of the day. You’ll be less likely to crave that mid-morning donut if you start out with a dose of AM protein. Balancing the protein with high fiber carbohydrates and…

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…

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I was gifted with this delicious peanut butter bread from my good friend and colleague, Wendy Cramer. This moist and flavorful bread is easy to make, freezes well (so make extra) and chock full of healthy ingredients like flax seeds, bananas and natural peanut butter. My dilemma with quick breads is how to bake them…

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…

Sweet and Tart Rhubarb Cobbler

Our garden is full of beautiful rhubarb and since it only grows this time of year, I’m busy making my favorite recipes. My last post was a rhubarb shrub and today’s recipe is a delicious rhubarb cobbler. Rhubarb is very sour, you do have to add sugar when cooking with rhubarb but you can adjust…

Rhubarb Shrub for Mocktails or Cocktails

I found this rhubarb shrub recipe fromĀ 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…