Seasonal Side Dishes for Winter

Reading the book ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle‘ gave me a deeper appreciation for seasonal food. Barbara Kingsolver’s book shares recipes from each season, and beautifully describes a modern family living on only what they can grow or buy locally for one year. I love the idea of enjoying food in it’s proper season. This concept was [...]

Holiday Spice Shortbread

Have you gotten to the end of your nerves pushing through holiday crowds just to get bananas? Is your patience dry from enduring the endless barrage of advertising? Are you seeking something a little slower, a little sweeter, a little simpler? I don’t propose that a good batch of shortbread is going to fix all [...]

Book Reviews: The 21-Day Sugar Detox Guidebook and The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, by Diane Sanfilippo

Let’s start with a short quiz (an excerpt from the introduction of Diane Sanfilippo’s 21-Day Sugar Detox guidebook): Do you crave sugar all day, every day–or even a few times a week? I’m talking about candy, sweets, chocolate, or lots of fruit. Do you crave carbohydrates? These include bread, rice, pasta, pastries, cereal (yes, even oatmeal!), sandwiches, [...]

Our favorite way to eat Swiss Chard

I love to grow swiss chard.  My favorite variety is called ‘bright lights’ or ‘tri-color chard’. As you can see – it is visually stunning – a beautiful addition to any garden, and very easy to grow. It will last through a frost – so the chard in my garden is  a great fall go-to [...]