21 December 2021: Wild Rice, Mint & Pomegranate Salad

The Winter Solstice means our living space receives barely any light as the sun no longer is high enough in the sky to clear the brick walls of the re-purposed cotton factory in which we live. So, along with many others in New England, we needed a bit of brightness to remind ourselves that Winter…

16 Aug 2021: Melon, Cucumber & Cherry Tomato Salad

A heatwave, ripening melons and tomatoes and… the desire for a cooling salad? This was a refreshing recipe from columnist and food author David Tanis published on the New York Times recently. As advertised, it is really simple to put together and fast – just allow some time for marinating. Melon, Cucumber and Cherry Tomato…

18 September 2015 Crab Quesadillas

Recipe downloaded from Everyday Health. This is definitely not vegan or vegetarian, but every so often as a treat, I like to do something different, yet not involve red meat. When I made the recipe I doubled up on the scallions and red peppers, and used one can (4 oz.) of crab. That adjustment still…

16 January 2014 A Basic Caprese Salad

The middle of winter is not necessarily when you expect to find tomatoes, is it?  These, though not vine ripened, did actually grow on a farm in Massachusetts. They are Ugly, an apt name for this variety, and they were delicious! Basic Caprese Salad Ripe tomatoes, washed and sliced at about 1/4 inch Fresh mozarella…

13 January 2014 Roasted Root Vegetables

We visited a local market, Idylwilde Farms in Acton this week – one of my favorite places to go. It is a place where high-end food products and wines can be found right next to the most beautiful produce imaginable. Our challenge this week was to find locally grown produce and, despite the fact that…

05 August 2011 Cucumber Salad with Olives, Oregano, and Almonds

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen. Cooking for Two 2012. (2012) Brookline, MA: Boston Common Press Limited Partnership. p 74. My Comment: Cucumber salads are the epitome of refreshing on hot summer days.  As a big fan of America’s Test Kitchens, I knew this salad would be perfection – a descriptor I would NOT have used with my previous…

30 July 2012 Grilled Peppers Piedmontese

Have you ever noticed how your weekly food bill creeps up when you don’t menu plan?  In addition to changing the way we are eating so that we’re more conscious of hormonal carbs, this week I was inspired to do more meal planning when we realized our food bills were getting out of control.  This…