Honor Your Heart with a Bowl of Ribollita

February is National Heart Month It’s nearly Valentine’s Day – time to celebrate friends and loved ones.  It’s also time to honor your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and an elevated blood cholesterol level is a major risk factor (1,2). Food and lifestyle choices matter. Eating […]

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 […]

A Golden Twist on Hummus for Fall

Pumpkin Hummus with Fig Olive Gremolata   Hummus is hot.  Sales reached 695.5 million in 2014, a number that has doubled since 2009 (Reference 1,2).   It’s become a staple in many homes, including mine. Not only is hummus scooped onto pita bread and chips,  it is replacing butter and mayonnaise in wraps, sandwiches and more.   Arabic for “chickpeas” […]

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 […]

Slimmed-Down Pork Carnitas – Hearty and Easy

Carnitas-Style Slow Cooked Pork and Mexican-Spiced Sprouted Beans   It’s time to bring out the slow cooker.  Temperatures have dropped and the hectic holiday season is here, calling for hearty, healthful and easy-prep meals to balance the fancy party food on the way.    The slow cooker is a device I shunned until a client […]

Fast and Light for Cinco de Mayo

 Deconstructed Taco Salad  See me along with this recipe on Seattle’s Komo TV First News@4 (Channel 4)  Friday, May 4 as I talk about lower-fat cheeses.   A common excuse for not eating healthfully is, “I don’t have time!”  Because I’m (almost) always thinking about food, I do most of the work in my head […]

Super Food for Super Bowl

Taylor’s Chili Clearly Super Bowl is more about food than football, constituting the second biggest eating occasion after Thanksgiving. According to the Calorie Control Council , “Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks and enough fat to equal the weight of 13,000 NFL offensive linemen this coming Super Bowl Sunday.” The good news is […]

More Good Luck Food

Hoppin’ John Risotto – Risotto with Black-Eyed Peas, Ham & Greens I claim no expertise in Southern cooking. My experience is limited to a couple of trips to New Orleans and a meal I enjoyed years ago made by Paul Prudhomme when he brought his kitchen to San Francisco. Nor am I one for “fusion […]