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How to Make Your Own Dried Herb Mix {Recipe ReDux}

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux, and this month the theme is Get Your Dehydrator On!  We were challenged to get creative with dehydrated fruits, vegetables or other ingredients.  You know I border on OCD when it comes to collecting kitchen gadgets, so even I was surprised to be caught off guard on this one.  I don’t own a dehydrator!  Well, never fear because as I learned last year when I made fruit leather, a regular old oven turned on very low will do the trick just fine.  Continue Reading..

Just Black Grapes Sorbet

Oooooh my taste buds are doing a happy dance! I haven’t made ice cream in forever – way before we moved, because my ice cream maker has been buried in one of the many boxes of stuff that I don’t have room for in my new house, so they haven’t been emptied and probably won’t be for a long time. I decided it was time to look through them though. to locate my ice cream maker.

I had to dig it out, because even though I’m getting word that the rest of the country is starting to feel like fall, it’s still in the low 100s here in Arizona. That means ice cream is still in fashion even though it’s well after Labor Day.

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Holy Avocados! It’s National Guacamole Day!

Please tell me you love guacamole- because today is National Guacamole Day! Who knew?

I have to confess, there was a time when I didn’t love the guac– does it take some getting used to? Is it an acquired taste?  Whatever.  I’m over it.  I adore it now, and that’s all that matters. I’ve mentioned many times that avocados are my go-to fruit (yup, little fun fact) when I don’t feel like cooking. They’re perfect with some toasted corn tortillas and a can of Mexican beans, and if I’m really lucky, I have some Mexican Pickled Vegetables or Pickled Hatch Chiles in the fridge to add on top. Perfect. Fast. Dinner.   Continue Reading..

Avocado Caprese Sandwich {Meatless Monday}

Are you all swept up in the craziness of fall? It’s funny how life just goes from zero to sixty in about 1 minute right after Labor Day. I know cooking is usually the first thing to get taken off the to-do list when life gets busy – it’s way easier to make a pass through the drive through or get take out on the way home from picking up the kids from soccer, or a late night at work. But let’s see if I can convince you otherwise…

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What’s In Your Lunch Box? 5 Rules to Keep It Healthy

Aaaah, sweet September – the month that says “Let’s get down to business”. Time to leave the carefree days of summer behind and get back to school, busier at work, on the soccer field, behind the wheel for your turn at carpool… For most of us, starting in September, life gets a little bit more hectic, and it doesn’t let up until after the holidays. Packing lunches also goes hand-in-hand with September, whether you’re packing for the kids’ lunches, or just trying to make more of an effort to eat healthier yourself. If you’re stuck in the turkey-sandwich-apple-yogurt-in-a-brown-paper-bag rut, here’s a little inspiration to keep it interesting and my 5 rules to keep your lunch box healthy. Continue Reading..

Warm Zucchini-Quinoa Salad with Blistered Corn and Poblanos

The other day my son called me from college -once just to say hi while he was grocery shopping, and a second time to ask me how to cook broccoli. Can you imagine anything better?!

My kids didn’t always love their veggies. I remember a time, which seems like just yesterday, when this one in particular refused to eat anything that wasn’t beige. Plain pasta with just Parmesan cheese – no tomato sauce. White bread (I know :( ) with peanut butter and fluff (don’t judge me). Chicken nuggets with white rice (OK -I don’t always keep only healthy food in the house). Continue Reading..

Summer Stretcher Grilled Vegetable Recipes

Don’t turn off the grill yet! One of the hardest things about the end of summer and the start of fall is turning off my grill. OK that’s so not true. There are lots of hard things about leaving summer, but we’re not going to whine today. We’re going to pretend that we have lots more summer to enjoy by grilling up these tasty treats. I don’t know about you, but I try to use my grill as long as possible – which usually means it’s pitch black outside and I’m wearing a winter coat :) .  We have a bit of time before that happens, so I’m sharing some of my favorite grilled vegetarian recipes to stretch out the summer juuuust a little bit longer. Does anyone have a headlamp I can borrow? Continue Reading..

Zucchini Fritters with Corn and Hatch Chiles

How do you feel about zucchini? If you’re a gardener, you probably love them because they are so easy to grow, and they make you feel like you really know what you’re doing out there. If you have a spiralizer, you probably love them too, because they make totally awesome veggie noodles AKA “zoodles”. Other than that though, I always feel like most people throw them in some ratatouille, or grill up a few slices, and decide they really don’t love zucchini. Continue Reading..

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