Let’s Go Bowling!

Italian-Style Grain Bowl with California Figs Bowls are the “it” way to eat. Everywhere you look for recipe idea you’ll find noodle, smoothie and grain bowls.  Recently I created a bowl recipe and  my family was smitten. I got it. Bowls are perfect for personalization. Today people expect to have food “their way.”  (Reference 1.) […]

Break Bread this Thanksgiving with Rustic Grain, Fig and Walnut Rolls

The classic must-have Thanksgiving dishes of today vaguely resemble what historians say was served at the “First Thanksgiving,” shared by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people at Plymouth Colony in 1621, according to an article “What Was on The Menu at the First Thanksgiving” (Reference 1).   Wild turkeys were available but they were more likely […]

October is National Pizza Month

Caramelized Onion and Fennel Pizza with Sausage I love pizza and I’m not alone – 94% of Americans eat pizza on a regular basis according to pizza.com (Reference 1) which also posts: •The average American eats 46 slices per year •Kids between the ages of 3 and 11 prefer pizza over all other foods for […]

Chew On This!

Spring Herb Risotto with Toasted Grains What I love about the gluten-free trend is it has brought more grains and flours to our fingertips.  I’ve got red, black, brown jasmine and brown basmati rice in my pantry along with amaranth, millet, bulgur, farro, freekeh and a rainbow of quinoa. Grain choices don’t stop there  I […]

What is An Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Mixed Grain, Mango and Black Bean Salad with Cumin-Chili Dressing I was recently asked, “What is an anti-inflammatory diet?”   A simple answer: A diet built around whole foods with lots of produce, whole forms of grains, healthful fats and a couple of servings of fish each week (or equivalent omega-3 fatty acids).  An anti-inflammatory […]

Culinary Ennui? Try Freekeh

Freekeh, Fava, Fennel and Eggplant Salad Moving forward with a healthy diet sometimes pushes us to reach back in time.   Freekeh, a rediscovered form of wheat used in ancient Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, recently caught my eye and palate. If you like food romance, the following story of this ancient grain, described on Freekehlicious.com, may […]

Do You Need a Spring Cleanse?

Yoga and Nutrition are Perfect Partners  Multi-Grain & Vegetable Stir-Fry with Crisp Tofu and Peanuts   Recently one of my favorite yoga instructors at the Pine Lake Club, Rebecca, asked me speak about dietary approaches to “cleansing” before a cleansing yoga workshop she was leading.  As the dietitian-nutritionist for the club, I said “sure, but….” […]

Shopping for Whole Grains

My son recently called me from the grocery store with a question.  ”Hey Mom, what is the best source of whole grains –pasta, bread, cereal or brown rice?”  A fabulous question that is not easy to answer.   A college student, he explained that adding whole grain sources of carbohydrates to his diet made him feel […]

A Taste of Morocco

Moroccan-Spiced Farro Stuffed Bell Peppers When I was a teenager, I feel in love with the deeply fragrant spice combinations of Morocco.  I had picked up a discounted copy of Paula Wolfert’s book, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, and began to curiously cook and eat my way through an ancient cuisine with strange […]

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 […]