Dessert First on the Fourth – Why Not?

Chocolate Shortcakes Except for apple pie, no dessert is more American and more appropriate for the Fourth of July than shortcake, dressed up with red and blue berries and a billow of cream. No matter that (according to Wikipedia) an early recipe strawberry shortcake was found in an English cookbook dating back to 1588.  Shortcake […]

Make Dad A Savory Baked Pancake

Make Dad A Savory Baked Pancake   This skillet-size pancake bakes with savory flavors of Parmesan cheese, chopped bacon, herbs, onion and sliced figs. It’s so easy you can make it for Dad while the coffee is brewing.  Blitz the batter ingredient is a blender, pour into a skillet with a little melted butter, add […]

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month Meets Grilling Season

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the perfect time to lock in habits that include a rainbow of produce. How much is enough?  You’ve heard “5 servings a day,” but recent evidence shows that doubling it to 10 servings has even greater benefits, well summarized on fruitandveggiesmorematters.org (2). In a nutshell, the largest study […]

April is Stress Awareness Month

Feeling stressed? If you seek solutions for yourself or others you’re not alone. A Google search for “stress busters” turned up 3.5 million results. According to Therese J Borchard (1), “Stress is like dark chocolate. A little of it won’t kill you. In fact, small blocks here and there can be good for you, or […]

Antidote to a Spring Storm

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew It’s April and spring is “in the air,” however on days like this one it means torrential rain and wind. I suggest this comfort-food antidote – Mediterranean Chickpea Stew. The ingredients that wrap flavor around the chickpeas will whisk you to a sunnier Mediterranean land – fresh rosemary, garlic, tomatoes and meaty […]

What’s In Your Freezer?

    March is National Frozen Food Month, a reminder of the convenience, cost-saving and nutrient content of frozen food. Most of us need to eat more produce and frozen versions can make it happen. It’s a myth that fresh is most nutritious. Research shows that produce that’s picked at the peak of ripeness and […]

St. Patrick’s Day Food – Irish and American

Irish Soda Bread with Figs and Oats I don’t like corned beef. My excuse for not serving it on St. Patrick’s Day is that it’s not really an Irish dish, although it may be served to tourists visiting Ireland. Corned beef was an Irish-American substitute for Ireland’s bacon and cabbage (1). I do like Irish […]

Put Your Best Fork Forward for National Nutrition Month® 2017

Mango Boat Chicken Curry   This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month® is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” Whether your tool is a fork, spoon, chopsticks or your hands – nourish yourself well. One way I do this is by exploring new foods and cuisines. Recently I picked up little knobs of fresh turmeric and was […]

The Savory Side of Chocolate

Cacao Nib Tapenade When my husband suggested a lemon dessert for Valentine’s Day to go with some fresh raspberries he brought home my first thought was, what about chocolate? Chocolate had to appear on my menu for this special day so I turned to a box of unsweetened cacao nibs in my pantry. I whirled […]

February is American Heart Month

Parchment-Baked Chicken with Caramelized Onions and California Figs Good nutrition is key to the prevention of heart disease, which remains the top cause of death in the United States (1).  Want to learn more? Check your knowledge of heart disease with the Center for Disease Control Quiz (2). Assess your risk by taking the My […]