Apple Almond Baked Oatmeal

Hello Friends!  Hope this finds you well.  This month I will be sending you recipes that use pantry staples that you may already have, and also allow multiple substitutions in case you don’t.  I chose this recipe because it is kind of comfort food, can be eaten as breakfast, a snack or a dessert, freezes … Read more

Indian-spiced White Bean and Lentil Soup

March is here, and spring is in the air!   I’ve been spending some time out in my yard, planting and prepping for spring. So far, I put in a tomato plant, serrano, jalapeno chilies and added marjoram to my still healthy oregano and thyme. Basil will be coming soon, as will another tomato plant, habanero … Read more

Red Love Soup with Pistachio Hazelnut Dukkah

Ah… Valentine’s Day! I love a bouquet of beautiful flowers, maybe that actually have a scent. I love unadulterated chocolate that is not quite milk, not quite dark – let’s say about 54% cocao – and a note that comes from the heart.  Maybe a bottle of really good champagne with sweet red strawberries that … Read more

Caribbean Green Soup and One Goal a Month

Happy New Year!  I know, I am terribly late.  My life has been a bit turned upside down lately with my Dad (who moved in with us 7 months ago) being in the hospital and then rehab and now all the appointments and home health care going on. I have been a bit lax with … Read more

Apple Carrot Oat Muffins – Gluten-free

Wow!  October has sure gotten away from me!  Between my husband, my Dad and my g-son, I’ve been a bit of a care-giver and been barely able to keep up wth cooking meals let alone testing recipes and photographing them!  And I had such great plans! Well, today, I am showing you one way you … Read more

Quinoa Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers (Gluten-free)

What is the biggest problem with veggie burgers? Texture, right? Achieving the perfect patty that is firm on the outside (and doesn’t fall apart!) and tender and juicy on the inside can be a dilemma.  A lot of times they have floury fillers and binders that may work, but don’t add much nutritional value and … Read more

No-Bake Energy Snacks (gluten-free)

And along comes fall!  We are actually having some fall-like weather here in southern Arizona so the whole back-to-school vibe is going on!  We are entering the season when Tucson shines!  Cooler, but still warm… Sunny skies, but not blazing!  Time to get outdoors and get back into shape!  I’m commiting to a better workout … Read more

Eggplant, Tempeh and Root Vegetables with Harissa Glaze

Cooking Season has Arrived!!  Well, here in southern Arizona… ALMOST arrived!  Still, the evenings and mornings are getting a bit cooler (or is it my imagination?) and the kids are back to school.  Fall vegetables are just starting to show up in the markets, but yet, there are still some summer favorites hanging around (I’m … Read more

Salt, to Taste… and Homemade Pickles

Making homemade pickles is easy

Are you confused by the salt to taste, or season to taste, recommendations in recipes? What exactly does that mean? And what if I don’t like much salt and you do?  How do I know what , “to taste” tastes like? If you are like me, I always ignored these recommendations until I learned a … Read more