Spring Peas with Porcini

This dish, called Piselli al Porcini, is my variation on a classic peas and prosciutto dish. It’s a very simple dish and the trick to it is to use dried porcini instead of fresh ones. It’s also very easy to make this dish without the oil, too. Ingredients 1/4 cup of dried porcini 1 small […]

Apple Blackberry Dessert Polenta

I created this dessert as part of a challenge to myself to find a way to new way to use polenta in one of my classes. I had a ton of it sitting around and wanted to do something unexpected with it. Thus, dessert polenta was born. It’s a little sweet, but not overly sweet, […]

My Cheatin’ Mole

I am a huge fan of mole (and really, if you are reading this site, there’s a good chance you are, too.) I’m not always a fan, however, of spending hours making one, so I developed this 30 minute mole recipe so I could have something that was nearly as good as the traditional mole […]

Coconut Berry Refresher

  In the picture you see, I used a combination of strawberries and rosemary. I also like blueberries with rosemary, strawberries with basil, strawberries with mint, blackberries with thyme… really the combinations are so limitless! This comes together in no time, is low calorie and yet is a nice decadent treat. Think about serving this […]

Mexican Fusion Chopped Salad

Here is an easy, refreshing dinner. Not only will this make you feel full, it is full of flavor, fiber, protein and antioxidants. It uses a lot of southwestern flavors, but I can’t in good conscience call this ‘Mexican’ as it is not authentic. I included two options for dressing – one has fat and […]

Throwback Thursday!

Updating Chicken Chow Mein to Peanut Noodle Salad I have a large collection of retro cookbooks. I love many things about them. They inform us of changing food norms. They tell us what previous generations thought was ‘new and modern’. They are amazing little time capsules. Some of those time capsules are kind of scary, […]

Eating to Beat the Heat – Green Couscous with recipe

Summer is here. For some of you, in far flung places, this is a time to be outside, play and have fun. Here in Arizona it is 110 degrees already. Yes, 110 degrees. I understand that we have air conditioning but it strains to make it tolerable. Add to this the fact that I am […]

Orange Sunrise Smoothie – A Cool Refreshing Pick-me-up

I am in the process of helping my mom move. I had no idea how physically and emotionally draining this would be, honestly. My mom has lived in her current home for more than 10 years. It was where we fled after her marriage to David went sour. He got our other house, mom got […]

Mexican ‘Pizza’

I can see Jason cringing that the words Mexican and Pizza are associated with this dish. I have to explain. When I was a teenager, I loved Taco Bell. This was back in my muggle days when I ate anything. I shutter now to think about what I ate, but the Mexican Pizza at Taco Bell […]

Quinoa Coconut Pudding with Video

I love this recipe and I am proud to share it! Though it only uses a few ingredients, the flavor is beyond amazing. I first developed this recipe for a class on quinoa, and then it instantly became something that we keep in the refrigerator. I eat this in moderation, but when you really NEED dessert, […]