07 Jan. 2022: Squash, Apple & Warm Lentil Salad

We are getting our first real snowfall of Winter 2022 today, so I decided to change things up a little by making our big meal for mid-day. Food & Wine published this warming Winter-weather salad in 2013. The original recipe was developed by Nick Wilber and it ticks all the right boxes for a snowy…

23 November 2021: Easy Black Bean Vegetarian Chili with Spiced Yogurt

If you’ve not been perusing the website, SkinnyTaste, you’ve been missing out on some incredibly delicious recipes. This one popped up when I was looking for a good, solid vegetarian black bean chili, and with the addition of a spicy yogurt topping, it did not disappoint. This recipe comes together in short order, a feature…

11 October 2021: Mushroom Yogurt Pie with Spinach Crust

Same Cook, Different Book: Mollie Katzen’s Mushroom Yogurt Pie with Spinach Crust Cookbook author, illustrator, cook. Mollie Katzen has been and continues to be a multi-talented culinary force. Whenever I’m looking to try something plant-based and new, her many cookbooks are invaluable. I was recently reminded of this wonderful yogurt and mushroom-based pie found in…

03 Oct. 2021: Dorie Greenspan’s Gingered Turkey Meatball Soup

If a recipe can be adapted for whatever I have on hand, well, that’s a recipe for me! Dorie Greenspan, a terrific food columnist found in the New York Times, a cookbook author and a baker is my hero in this regard. Oftentimes one of her recipes can be adapted in multiple ways which suits…

08 Sep 2021: Roasted Tomato & White Bean Stew

It’s not quite Autumn here in New England, but students are back to their school routines, the University is once again alive with students, and the leaves along the Merrimack River have begun to lose that summer green. Even though the temperatures are still in the 80s, it feels like Fall. And so, yesterday I…

04 Aug 2021: Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes

Sometimes, we just need some old fashioned comfort foods. In this case, a Sloppy Joe was a reminder of school lunches and dinners at home. In my memory, the topping was always made with ground beef, which we don’t really eat any longer, so when I found this bean-based recipe on Simple Fit Vegan, I…

18 July 2021: Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon and Herbs

We are not big meat-eaters in our household, but every so often I discover a recipe that while not meat-centric includes it. Such is the case here – 4 slices of thick cut bacon added to this warmed French lentil salad. For those who avoid meat at all times, there are no doubt substitutions that…

14 July 2021: Easy Slow-Cooker Ratatouille

It’s July and we’re in the middle of zucchini season! This recipe from The Kitchn possibly will give purists a moment of pause, but for me, I was a great way to take advantage of summer vegetable overloads while the kitchen was not overheating from roastings or stove-top cooking. Easy Slow-Cooker Ratatouille By Christine Gallary,…

28 March 2021: Ellie Kreiger’s Caribbean-Style Seafood Stew

We keep frozen seafood on hand these days. Frozen seafoods in my opinion, are not always a great substitute for fresh, but when our food shopping choices went down to whatever we could find curbside (meaning I was no longer standing in front of the fish counter asking when something had been brought in), I…