Noodling in the Kitchen

Zucchini Noodles with Picholine Olives, Lime and Onion   I recently purchased a new kitchen toy, and as I “spiralized” zucchini and yellow summer squash into noodles, I thought about the importance of engaging children in food preparation and having fun in the kitchen.  If a novel cutting tool can bring a little excitement to […]

Sweet Signs of Spring

Roasted Spiced Rhubarb with Fresh Strawberries A display of rhubarb at the farmer’s market in Carnation, Washington triggered fond memories of my Nana’s stewed rhubarb; she canned every spring and served as a breakfast treat.  Nana grew up on a farm in Minnesota where a hearty breakfast, including a fruit dessert, was the norm.  Far […]

The Cow is Queen

  Farro and Spring Asparagus Salad with Fava Beans, Arugula, Basil and Oil-Cured Tomato Dressing from Chef Lisa Dupar     I’m not a farm girl.    Of course I seek the best quality agriculture products for my never-ending kitchen exploits, but the closest I get to a farm is a trip to the Farmer’s […]

The Magic of Dip

Guacamole Light  Who doesn’t like to dip?  Bring out a dip and you bring on a party.  Dipping seems to transcend all age and demographic groups, from kids to grandparents. And from a “healthy diet” point of view, dipping can be good, or not so, depending on your choices. My kids were raised with vegetables […]

Culinary Labor of Love

 Rustic Roasted Vegetable Lasagna – A Recipe Suggestion   I fell in love with my husband again a few years ago.   I had arrived home on a Sunday night from a long International Association of Culinary Professionals conference to a bubbling Roasted Vegetable Lasagna that he had spent the better part of the day making.  I’ve always […]

The Family Meal

Weekend Waffles When my daughter Allegra announced in September that she’d either have dance classes or work over the dinner hour every night of the week, the first thing I said was, “what about dinner with the family?” A couple weeks later I attended a 2-hour symposium at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference of […]

Eat Your Veggies, Kids

Fresh Green Bean Salad  How hard is it to get kids to eat vegetables?  Very hard, according to the press kit I received a while ago promoting Green Giant frozen vegetables:  In a survey of 200 kids ages 6 to 10, one-third of parents said their children are more likely to be elected President on […]

Good, Simple Food – Tomato Sauce for Pasta

Humble Tomato Sauce Mundane as it is, homemade tomato sauce is a backbone of the Italian corner of our kitchen. It’s our supreme comfort food: pasta with tomato sauce settles us in after a long trip away from home; it’s food we celebrate with, cry over and dress up to entertain friends. I swear it […]