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Turmeric & Ginger Pickled Cauliflower

This crisp, pickled cauliflower is packed with rich, spicy flavors. It’s a perfect appetizer or accompaniment to your sandwich plate.

Is there any better sight to a dietitian than seeing your family or dinner guests devour a huge plate of cauliflower?  I think not.  Even though we’re known to push as much color as possible onto each and every plate, cauliflower deserves a major pass on that rule. It is, after all, a member of the marvelous cruciferous or brassica family – rich in vitamins C, K, and folate, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting compounds. It’s the sulfur-containing phytochemicals, known as “glucosinolates”  that give cauliflower (and it’s cousins broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) its super powers – and it’s funky smell and bitter taste. Continue Reading..

Apricot Pecan and Honey Goat Cheese Ball

This Apricot-Pecan Goat Cheese Ball is a perfect celebration appetizer, whether you’re having company for the holidays, or celebrating the Recipe ReDux December theme – Grab a Book and Cook! 

Happy holidays friends! We’re counting down to Christmas and holiday parties, AND it’s also time for a Recipe ReDux post. This month’s theme is Grab a Book and Cook – to celebrate the end of 2016.  So…. on page 16 of one of my first favorite cookbooks, The New Basics Cookbook, by the authors of the Silver Palate cookbook,  I found a delicious sounding recipe for Herbed Chevre Bites, and I’m ReDuxing it to add some fruit and nuts, and up the nutrients a bit more. Continue Reading..

I’m Dreaming of… Clever Christmas Recipes

The entire family will love these cute and clever Christmas recipes that are actually a lot easier to make than they look! 

Happy Holidays friends, and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’re stockpiling the Paxil, or finding some way to manage your holiday stress, crossing gifts off your to-buy list, and planning for some relaxing time with loved ones in the coming weeks.  Also hoping Santa doesn’t leave you with too many credit card bills to pay off all spring, because nothing sucks more than that…

My favorite thing about the holidays (besides getting to see my kids for a whole week, of course), is planning what I’m gonna make – the cookies, the candy, the peppermint martinis, the appetizers, and of course, the meals.  I get totally, crazy excited with all of the planning.  My Holiday Pinterest boards are burning up with too many cute and clever Christmas recipe ideas, so I’ve got to share! Continue Reading..


Cranberry Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites – (from my new kitchen!)

These energy bites are made with pumpkin and spice and everything nice.  No baking required!

Well, hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Some of you know I’ve been knee-deep in a total kitchen renovation for the past few weeks, and I’m so happy to say – IT’S FINISHED!!  Well, there are a few minor odds and ends to tie up, like a door for my pantry and my glass cabinet fronts, but it’s 99% finished, and I. AM. IN. LOOOOVE.

Some people are into cars, others are into clothes and jewelry.  Me – it’s all about the kitchen.  It’s the heart of the home, and where I spend quite a bit of my time, so it’s got to be good. Continue Reading..


10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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Roasted Figs Blue Cheese & Walnut Spread

When figs are in season, roast them up and make roasted figs, blue cheese, and walnut spread to wow your guests, or just treat yourself.

 

Can you believe before last week I had never, ever tasted a fig?  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I’ve had fig newtons, and that fig jam that comes in a jar and you get at the fancy cheese counter.  But I honestly couldn’t say what a fresh fig looked like until the other day.  And now I have a bowl full.  Hooray for tasting new foods!


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Chocolate Walnut Hummus

Chocolate walnut hummus is a sweet twist on the savory snack dip.  Made even heart-healthier with the addition of California walnuts, cocoa powder and yes, chickpeas!

I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I know exactly what your thinking.  Chocolate and hummus?  Not so much, right?  Waaaaitaminute my friends.  This is for real.  I admit I was skeptical when I kept seeing those black bean brownie posts on Pinterest a while back.  Then I started to see desserts that featured various types of bean-loaded recipes.  So when California Walnuts challenged members of the Recipe ReDux to come up with a heart healthy recipe that showcases walnuts, I thought… why not?! Continue Reading..


Southwest Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Mini sweet peppers stuffed with a southwest black bean dip make a perfect small-plate dinner or appetizer for summer entertaining.

You know those little mini peppers that have popped up in grocery stores everywhere?  First, how cute are they?  And the fact that you don’t have to slice, core, seed…  Just pop them, bite off the stem (if there is one) and voila!  You’re eating more veggies!  Well, I recently discovered that with just a tiny bit more work, they also make a fun small-plate appetizer, when you stuff them with something delicious.  Continue Reading..

No Bake Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

Customize these Fruit and Nut Energy Bars with any fruits or nuts you like.  They’re quick and easy to make, and require absolutely no baking.

Guys – do you ever buy “energy bars” (you know, the type that are kind of expensive and are supposed to be eaten on top of a mountain, or at the end of a long bike race), but then you just end up eating them when you really want cookies, because they make you feel a little less guilty?  Yeah, me too.  There are two major problems with those fancy energy bars.  The first, is that there are so many delicious flavors, I end up buying one of each.  Which brings me to the second problem, which is the price.  Yikes.  If I only ate them when I made it to the top of a mountain, that would be one thing… Really expensive cookie habit.  Continue Reading..

Tabouli Cucumber Pinwheel Bites

This four ingredient, make-ahead appetizer is so quick and easy and always the hit of any gathering.

Do you have a go-to appetizer that you bring to parties or serve when you have guests?  I’m always scanning my cooking magazines or Pinterest for new quick and easy appetizers – you never know when you’ll have an impromptu ladies night out, or game night with the neighbors.  And let’s face it, sometimes, when no one’s home and dinner is optional, it’s kind of fun to pour a glass of wine, or make a margarita and have appetizers for dinner!   Continue Reading..

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