Smoked Salmon Scramble

Stop by our house any Sunday morning and you'll likely be treated to one of our favorite family meals: Brunch!  This is a treasured time for our family and we always make a big meal with an omelette or scramble eggs, sautéd potatoes or yams, fresh fruit salad, hot cocoa ... the works! This scramble is one of our favorites. Serves 4Preparation: 10 minutesCooking: 15-20 … [Read more...]

Cream Cheese Pinwheels

One of my fondest Christmas season memories growing up was our family "open house" which we held the Sunday between Christmas and New Year.  My siblings and I would help mom bake for a week leading up to this much anticipated day.  The house was filled with tantalizing smells and the party always ended too soon. These pinwheels were always one of the favorite cookies we served.  I hope you enjoy … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is a family and friends favorite!  I can't even remember exactly when I first whipped this salad up but it's been a party staple as it's easy to make, doesn't take a lot of time and is always a crowd pleaser.  I use a bow-tie pasta for this salad -- it's fun and I find it allows all the flavors to blend well.  The secret to the signature bold flavor of this pasta salad is the … [Read more...]

Crazy for Cinnamon!

As I walked into the grocery store yesterday, I was greeted by the delicious aroma of cinnamon!  Cinnamon is one of those spices that whisks me back to wonderful moments in my childhood... Whether it's with mom sitting at the kitchen table savoring a wonderful cup of hot cocoa infused with cinnamon, twirling a cinnamon stick in a warm cup of milk before bed time, taking in the delicious aroma … [Read more...]

Would You Feed Genetically Engineered Apples to Your Children?

A friend of mine recently went apple picking with a group of friends.  She shared her experience with a glimmer in her eyes... bushels upon bushels of fragrant apples, ripened on the tree and freshly picked, waiting to be enjoyed.   After a lovely pick-nick in the orchard they sampled many varieties -- Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Gala, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Jazz...  each with it's distinct flavor and … [Read more...]

Spiced Apple Pancakes

  There's something about apples that is oh so comforting... Is it the sweet aroma?  The fresh crisp taste?  The way an apple just feels like home? These apple pancakes are nice and fluffy and will delight young and old alike. Spiced Apple Pancakes 1 1/2 cup flour *1 tbsp raw sugar2 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt1 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp nutmeg1/2 cup Greek yogurt1 cup milk (raw … [Read more...]

Fall Favorite SuperFood – The Mighty Pumpkin

During a recent trip to Trader Joe's I found myself surrounded by dozens of pumpkin based products.  There was pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin granola, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin chai tea and even pumpkin coffee!  And of course I was greeted by those golden beauties on my way in, each one of them vying for my attention in the hopes of becoming my Jack-O-Lantern... Yes I … [Read more...]

Crockpot Chicken And Dumplings

by Alyson Lex Fall has started to arrive here on the East Coast, so when Valerie asked if I had a special recipe to share, this one is the first one I thought of.  I love cooking this recipe in my crockpot because it doesn’t heat my entire kitchen (and undo all the wonderful cool air coming in through my windows!) but it produces a delicious, filling, and fallstyle meal that my husband and I … [Read more...]

Honey Sesame Bars with Cinnamon and Ginger

If you love sesame seeds then you are going to love these sweet and crunchy honey sesame bars with cinnamon and ginger! My husband has fallen in love with these delicious healthy snacks.  He goes on a two to three hour bike ride several times a week and has found they provide him with the best energy.  In his words: "these are the bomb!" Personally I just love the way they … [Read more...]

Turkey and Veggie Delight

This recipe was inspired by a simple dish my mom used to make for us as children  It became one of those "comfort foods" for us that we always relished. My girls love this just as much.  I often make this or a variation of it for dinner and they enjoy left-overs in their lunch box the next day. serves 6 preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 20 to 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive … [Read more...]