Holidays

Make Mini Holiday Tarts in Six Flavors for a Delicious Dilemma

Make Mini Holiday Tarts in Six Flavors for a Delicious Dilemma

Do you wrestle with the decision of which pies to make at the holidays? Pumpkin, pear, apple, or even pecan sound so good, but do you really need four whole pies? This time, I'm making six different holiday tarts, each one designed to generously serve one person. This...

Roasted Veggies Get Sexy with Pomegranate Glaze and Pistachios

Roasted Veggies Get Sexy with Pomegranate Glaze and Pistachios

Pomegranate Makes It Beautiful! Are you planning a big holiday meal? Looking through pinterest for recipes, or digging out your folder of Grandma's hand-written favorites?Can I put in a plug for good old fashioned cookbooks, too? And of course, pomegranate. This month...

Bake Some Cranberry Sweet Potato Scones for Wintry Breakfasts

Bake Some Cranberry Sweet Potato Scones for Wintry Breakfasts

Not Just For Holidays Anymore Did you know that Wisconsin is the biggest producer of cranberries? Take that California, with your sunny, temperate weather. The snowy Midwest is the source of 60% of the bright red berries that we eat by the bushel at the holidays. As...

Try Roasted Garlic Parsnip Spinach Pie With Your Holiday Sides

Try Roasted Garlic Parsnip Spinach Pie With Your Holiday Sides

Thanksgiving is all about Thanksgiving Sides Has your search for the perfect Thanksgiving menu started yet? I won't decide on the final picks until it's time to shop, but I like to let some ideas percolate in my mind for a few weeks prior. The days fly by, and it's...

Make a Mindful Moment with Homemade Chai

Make a Mindful Moment with Homemade Chai

Get Mindful with Hot Chai   Are you busy? Do you feel a little stressed? You're never too busy to find a moment to be mindful. I promise. We're all busy. Any time I ask someone how she is, invariably, she's a little overwhelmed, a little stretched, and just plain...

Spread Some Spice with Squash Butter

Spread Some Spice with Squash Butter

Oh yes, It's full on squash season. I'm teaching squash cookery classes, gawking at the gorgeous displays of squash at the market, and of course, cooking with squash. Like you, though, I am pressed for time. That's why I made this spiced squash butter. I just threw it...

Warm, Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for Fall

Warm, Savory Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for Fall

Fall is Sweet Potato Time Maybe it's the falling leaves, or the chill creeping into the morning air, but for some reason, I'm craving sweetness. The Halloween candy displays have been up in stores for weeks, promising sugary oblivion. This is a good time to bake up a...

Matcha Pistachio Halvah “Eggs” For Easter or Anytime

Matcha Pistachio Halvah “Eggs” For Easter or Anytime

My Halvah Surprise The last thing that I thought I would rediscover in Amsterdam would have to be halvah. On my recent trip to the city of Canals and VanGogh, I was wandering from shop to shop, just checking things out, when I happened into a place called Sum Sum....

A Valentine’s Treat With Aphrodisiac Magic

A Valentine’s Treat With Aphrodisiac Magic

Valentine's Day Meets Aquafaba Perhaps Valentine's Day comes along in February for good reason. Winter has been with us a little past its welcome, and we need a little motivation to get convivial. Give the sweatpants and hoodie a rest and at least make an effort to...

Hoppin’ Happy New Year with Black-Eyed Peas for New Years Day

Hoppin’ Happy New Year with Black-Eyed Peas for New Years Day

Happy New Year 2017! The passing of the year is seen as a moment when change is possible. Around the world, people are throwing New Years Eve parties, and marking the moment that the calendar rolls over with toasts and revelry. But don't dismiss January first as just...

Blender Baking? Yes You Can Make Holiday Cupcakes in The Vitamix

Blender Baking? Yes You Can Make Holiday Cupcakes in The Vitamix

Jazz Up Your Holiday with Lemony Pear Cupcakes It's holiday time, and we are all rushing to find some fast and easy treats to serve our guests. Preferably something a little different from the standard sugar cookie. This is not the time to push anything too healthy,...

Spooky Pumpkin Spice Buckeyes, Halloween Candy to Feel Good About

Spooky Pumpkin Spice Buckeyes, Halloween Candy to Feel Good About

T'is the season for pumpkin spice to invade our every waking moment. The Grinch in me used to hate this phenomenon. In fact, I only recently tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte at the coffee shop. That's because I have one hard and fast rule when it comes to food. All foods...

Creamy Chocolate Fudge Filled Heart Cakes for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year, so I am probably not the only one celebrating it all weekend. Because you might as well make a good thing last, right? Valentine's can be tricky. Should you stay in, for a romantic evening alone? Or book a res at a place...

Kick off 2016 with Quince and Crystallized Ginger Tartlets

Kick off 2016 with Quince and Crystallized Ginger Tartlets

As we ring in the new year, take a moment to step back from the details and consider the long view. The past year is done, ready or not, and the new year is full of promise. As we contemplate the past and future, why not dine on fruit that once brushed the tender lips...

Playing with Purple Corn in Cornbread, Grits, and Chips!

Playing with Purple Corn in Cornbread, Grits, and Chips!

It's funny how you find out about things. In October I attended a conference of the American Cereal Chemists International. Let's just call it "grain nerd heaven." Cereal chemists from all over the world were sharing technology and research, and there was an exhibit...

Pumpkin Chips? Make Sage-Pumpkinseed Pate with Frizzled Sage

Pumpkin Chips? Make Sage-Pumpkinseed Pate with Frizzled Sage

The Thanksgiving themed foods are upon us. And while the "Turkey and Gravy" flavored potato chips are safe from me, there are a few of these brief appearances that are worth catching. One that I found appealing was the Food Should Taste Good Harvest Pumpkin Corn...

Irish Soda Bread with Orange and Currants for St Pat’s!

Irish Soda Bread with Orange and Currants for St Pat’s!

We are all Irish on St Patrick's Day. Or so the saying goes. Woo-hoo! Green beer for everybody! St Patrick himself was not originally from Ireland, so we can all follow his lead and act Irish on his day. St Patrick was English, an unlucky guy who was kidnapped and...

Soothe Your Holiday Tummy with Cranberry Cuke Juice

Soothe Your Holiday Tummy with Cranberry Cuke Juice

So, we survived the big Holiday week. Chances are, this was the most overindulgent week of the year, with folks piling their plates and filling their cups with Christmas cheer. Just between you and me, I did. I ate too many cookies, piled up the rich foods I love on...

A Sweet and Sour Squash for Holiday Sides

A Sweet and Sour Squash for Holiday Sides

  Sometimes, I crave something so often, it might seem repetitive to anyone watching. I'll think, "hmm, I don't have a recipe test to work on tonight, so I can make whatever I want." And as if I pushed play on a paused song, I go right back to where I left off...