Rosemary Roasted Potato, Mushroom and Lentil Kale Salad

I like to tuck into a warm hearty dinner salad in the winter and this salad fits the bill. Rosemary roasted potatoes, green lentils, walnuts and portobello mushrooms makes this a hearty and satisfying salad. Adding some dried cranberries would give this salad a little color, sweetness and texture. A crusty loaf bread, and a nice glass of merlot will…


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Festive Apple and Cranberry Pie with Cardamon Kissed Cashew Cream

This recipe is inspired by a recipe that Christina Miller shared with me a few years ago. It is cranberry season so I wanted to include them in my pie. Apples, cranberries and lemon all go nicely together and the cranberries provide beautiful color and a nice tart taste that contrasts nicely with the sweet apples. Since this pie does not contain any…


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Pasta Al Forno with Broccoli and Cauliflower

This recipe comes from my beautiful niece in law Miriam Amico.  Miriam is married to Randy’s nephew Mitch  and was born and raised in  Sicily.  The first time I had this dish was when  we were at a family gathering in Carlsbad, California, and Miriam and Mitch cooked this dish for us for dinner one night.  This dish is pure deliciousness.  I thought…


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Mid East Pilaf

Sandy Holmes, RD and a big Aspen Meatless Monday supporter, is writing a cookbook!  She is in the process of self- publishing it and I will let you know when it is available for sale.  This is a recipe I tested for her cookbook.  It is yummy and easy to make.  This recipe is going to be an after work staple for me. I especially like that you can cook…


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Cream of Mushroom Soup with Shitake Bacon

Oh boy is this soup good.  The recipe comes from a fabulous food blog called Making Thyme for Health.  This soup has such a strong mushroom flavor and the creaminess comes from pureed cauliflower so even though it seems rich is won’t leave you feeling overloaded. I used portobello mushrooms because City Market was out of everything else except for white…


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Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Spending time with good friends, especially over good food, really feeds my soul. My friend Cathy invited Chris and I over for a potluck dinner last night. Cathy made a delicious Vegetable Shepard’s Pie, a recipe she found in Bon Appetit Magazine, and Chris brought a Creamy Vegetable Soup and beautiful Apple Rose Pastries for dessert. I will share those…


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Fall Feast

I am in Carlsbad California for our annual fall trip to be with friends and family. We rent a house on the beach and everyone comes from various parts of the state to be together. Everyone takes a turn cooking each night, sharing food with people you love is a wonderful way to feel connected.  Last night, Randy and I did the cooking and I am going to…


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Post Workout Pumpkin Bars

I love these bars inspired by Alexis at Hummusapien.  After a long workout, meaning an aerobic workout that takes over an hour, it is a good idea to refuel with a little snack that is high in complex carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores lost during exercise and a bit of protein to aid in muscle repair.  These bars do the trick and they sure beat…


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Pecan and Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash

A wonderful recipe created by Chef Martin Oswald. This dish presents really well and looks great with a colorful salad on the side.  Consider serving just one half of the stuffed squash, this dish is very filling. This dish was served to the Younger Next Year group for Meatless Monday and feedback was very positive.  A great dish to prepare if you are…


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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie Satisfy your chocolate craving  AND get a serving of leafy greens in. We should all be trying to consume lots of leafy greens like spinach because they contain healthy nitrates which can help prevent cardiovascular disease by supporting the cells that line our blood vessels.  Cherries are anti-inflammatory and since they have…


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