Nutty for Nuts

    Almond Orange-Ginger Dressing   How often do you crave a food that is is good for you?  Lucky  me – I love nuts. I inherited this passion from my father.  A little bowl of Spanish red-skinned peanuts appeared every evening at cocktail hour along with a martini, Manhattan or summertime gin and tonic.  […]

A Valentine’s Day Treat

Chocolate Baby Cakes with Red Wine Chocolate Glaze What tops your list for Valentine’s Day treats?  Here I’ve combined two of my favorites, red wine and chocolate. Wine experts say, contrary to popular belief, it difficult to find a red wine that drinks well with chocolate. I agree.  To make the two more companionable, I […]

Must-Have Dip for Super Bowl

     Smoky Sun-Dried Tomato & Bean Dip This is an especially super super bowl because my local team the Seahawks is playing.  For once I’ll be watching the game instead of listening from the kitchen where I’m most likely to be on a Sunday afternoon.  I want foods I can make ahead and that […]

Start the Year with Healthy and Light

Northwest Bouillabaisse     Light, healthy eating comes naturally in January.  We’ve had our fill of finger foods, crown roasts, chocolate-, caramel- cranberry-everything and all the edibles that holiday traditions bring to the table.   The perfect antidote to high-falutin holiday feasting is seafood.  I crave it every January.    This year I took inspiration […]

Healthy Holiday Tip

KEEP MOVING! Who has time to exercise during the holidays? Most of us don’t have time but some will make time knowing that exercise can relieve holiday stress and burn off some excess holiday calories. There is evidence of more reasons to maintain daily exercise during this time of festive gorging, according to research reported […]

Healthy Holiday Tip: Have a Pre-Party!

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus Your calendar is filling with events where there will be lots of food and drink, including holiday treats we see once a year, making them all the more irresistible.  The typical adult gains between 5 and 8 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s according to Susan B Roberts, PhD, director of […]

Lentil Pasta Sauce

Lentil Pasta Sauce With or Without Meat   Pasta with tomato sauce is a classic comfort food.  There’s almost always a container of it tucked in my freezer for times when we need a cozy, home-cooked meal in a hurry.  This version is particularly easy and economical.  Lentils and umami-rich mushrooms stand in for meat […]

Eat Less without Effort…Or Very Little

Weight-loss chatter buzzes about the benefits of eating mindfully.  On the other hand, there are some almost mindless ways to eat less:   Use Smaller Plates   Research shows that people, kids included, eat less when they use a smaller dish.  (Reference 1).  The size of dinner plates has increased 36% since the 1960s.  According […]

When Less is More

Angel Hair with Dungeness Crab, White Wine, Lemon and Herbs I often hear the phrase “life is complicated.”   Well, sometimes food is complicated.  Sometimes we crave something simple but still sustaining and satisfying – like fussier food.  This very light crab pasta dish is just the ticket when you’re taste buds demand simplicity. If your […]

No-Recipe Summer Eating

Strawberry Salad with Crumbled Gorgonzola and Pistachios   A surfeit of strawberries and a beautifully hot, summer day led to a craving for a classic – strawberry salad.   Warm summer evenings call for no-oven, no-stove and no-recipe dishes that you can assemble while a lean entrée is sizzling on the grill.    A salad […]