Fruits Déguisés

These delicious treats can be found in the finest of patisseries all over France this time of year.  They were always a favorite of mine growing up and my mom, siblings and I had so much fun making dozens and dozens of these for our annual open house. I now enjoy making these with my girls.  This is a super simple "no-bake" recipe that even young kids can master quickly and the results... … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetable Quiche in Quinoa Crust

I find that there is something very soothing about roasted vegetables. It's what I consider one of my "comfort foods".  I'm also a big fan of quinoa and love the nutty flavor and slightly crunchy texture.  You'll find these pair together beautifully in this seasonal quiche. You can choose any vegetable that is in season, such as peppers, zucchinis, eggplant, asparagus, sweet potato. I add onion … [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...]

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...]

Spinach and Red Cabbage Salad

Spinach and red cabbage are two of my favorite superfoods.  A hint of curry in the dressing gives it a sultry flavor that's tantalizing. This is a simple salad that can be served as is for a tasty appetizer, or you can add some grilled organic free range chicken for a complete meal. Serves 4 Preparation: 10 Minutes Ingredients: 1 head fresh organic baby spinach, washed and … [Read more...]

Chicken and Fig Salad

There's something about fig that is simply irresistible!  Biting in to a fig that is just perfect is a truly delicious experience.  If you enjoy figs as much as I do you are going to love this simple yet tasty salad.  A hint of fresh ginger brings out the full flavor of the figs. Enjoy! serves 4 Preparation: 15 minutes Ingredients: 6 oz mixed baby greens 1/2 bulb fennel 2 tbsp … [Read more...]

Black Kale and Endive Salad

Black Kale has to be one of my favorite vegetables!  It is a member of the cabbage family and brimming with vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and potassium. As most dark leafy greens, kale is rich in  antioxidants and chlorophyl, which help to build a strong immune system  by keeping your blood ph on the alkaline side. It is one of these vegetables that is highly susceptible to pesticides so I only … [Read more...]

Parmesan Kale Chips

This is a super fun and simple recipe to make with your kids any time you have a craving for a wonderful, crispy treat that tantalizes your taste buds. I usually double or triple this recipe as these chips go down much too easy! And the best part?  They are 100% guilt-free!  Loaded with nutrients and low on calories so go ahead and indulge! Ingredients: 1 bunch Kale, cleaned and … [Read more...]

Winter Harvest Soup

This is a simple vegetable soup with Cannellini beans, popular in Italy, especially in Tuscani. These white beans have a slightly nut-like flavor and smooth texture and skin.  A variety of the "common bean", cannellini are related to kidney beans, great northern, navy, and green beans, among others. As such they share the common bean's many health benefits, inlcuding low in fat, high in protein, … [Read more...]

Black Eyed Peas and Peppers Salad

This is a delicious salad that provides a good amount of protein for vegetarians.  I like to prepare it ahead of time and allow it to cool in the fridge for at least an hour before serving to allow all the flavors to blend. Black Eyed Peas and Peppers Salad For the Salad6 oz dried black eyed peas1 small onion1 medium carrot1 C. grape tomatoes1 bell pepper (color of your choice)For … [Read more...]