Sunshine in a Jar: Lacto-Fermented Lemons

Sunshine in a Jar: Lacto-Fermented Lemons

Lately I have been seeing signs of spring.  Plants are flowering all over our neighborhood, and yesterday as I walked by the local park I saw daffodils and magnolias smiling through the rain.  I have not lived in a climate this mild for a while, but when you live somewhere as rainy as the Pacific Northwest, […]

A Healthy Heart Beet!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, recipe | 2 Comments
A Healthy Heart Beet!

Every year for Valentine’s Day, I incorporate a heart theme into at least one meal for my Diverse Little Eater and my husband.  Last year it was these heart-shaped hard boiled eggs, which are now a tradition in our house!  This year, I couldn’t resist the thought of making heart beets (ha ha!) for my heart […]

Potsticker Party!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Potsticker Party!

Happy New Year! 2016 is off to a rapid start!  Yipes! We’re already nearing the end of the first month of 2016!  I am starting to get back on a schedule, and find my stride in the new year.  It was difficult to return to reality this year with so many good memories of our family holiday. Not long ago, […]

Thankful for Butternut Squash Muffins!

Thankful for Butternut Squash Muffins!

There is nothing better than a warm, spiced muffin on a holiday morning with a cup of something warm!  I’m thankful that these butternut squash muffins turned out so well!  Diverse Little Eater said, “Mom, these taste like the holidays!  I like them, they’re good!” These butternut squash muffins were super quick to pull together […]

Reflecting on a Year of Change

Reflecting on a Year of Change

For me, autumn is a time of reflection.  A time to think about life and where I am going.  I know that this kind of reflection should occur around January 1st, but for me it sets in with the cool days and changing leaves.  Maybe it’s the change in the physical environment that pushes me to […]

Okinawan Surprise Package and White Miso Soup!

Okinawan Surprise Package and White Miso Soup!

One day last summer, a package arrived on our doorstep with Japanese characters.  It was an unexpected delivery, and I quickly realized that it was a surprise package from my new friend in Okinawa, Japan (see my interviewed HERE).  Though she still wishes to remain anonymous, the Japanese school teacher who so graciously allowed me to interview […]

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

I wrote this post last week while it was pouring rain.  Today it’s sunny and clear… either way, it’s nice to know that a dinner of tender pork ribs will be finished and waiting for us when we get home from soccer practice! Back to last week and our crock pot dinner… It’s soccer night […]

My Sister’s Crock Pot Chicken Legs

My Sister’s Crock Pot Chicken Legs

The following is a guest-post with recipe for crock pot chicken by my sister.  She stimulates a very important conversation about eating habits and social pressures with food, even at an early age.  Her experience certainly gives us adults reason to consider the foods given to our children outside the home and how they influence our kids’ eating habits, whether […]

Cool as a Cucumber

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Cool as a Cucumber

Green was our color of choice at the market this week!  Cucumber green in fact!  I hadn’t realized how green my market purchases were until I returned home and placed everything on the kitchen counter!  There were some shades of yellow and purple, but the dominant color was definitely green! All week we have been […]

Zucchini Summer Salad

Zucchini Summer Salad

It is pouring rain today, and believe it or not, this has not happened for a LONG time here in the Pacific Northwest!  It feels good to sit in my office and hear the rain pouring down while I drink a hot cup of chai and imagine that the trees must be rejoicing.  Is it […]

Dining Alfresco

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Blog, Dinner, recipe | No Comments
Dining Alfresco

The weather here is amazing this summer – sunny days in the 70’s and 80’s with a cool ocean touched breeze to add a hint of humidity to the air. It’s perfect. We have a nice back porch with lot of trees shading the patio and we finally moved a table outside so we can […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Blog, Brunch, Lunch, recipe | No Comments
Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mother’s reading this blog!  Whether you are a mother or not, you may need to prepare something impressive to take to a family Mother’s Day brunch gathering this Sunday.  Look no further! Asparagus is the current gem of the market and an asparagus and bacon tart would be a […]

Pad Thai Lunch Transformation

Pad Thai Lunch Transformation

It is nearing the end of the school year… are you tired of packing lunches for your child? I know how you feel.  I too feel fatigued in the “school-lunch-making” department.  Most days I make a lunch version of the previous night’s dinner.  It makes packing a lunch faster, easier on my brain, and it […]

Kelp Noodle Pad Thai

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Blog, Dinner, Lunch, recipe | No Comments
Kelp Noodle Pad Thai

I discovered kelp noodles about 2 months ago when my husband and I were on an elimination diet. They are easier to cook with than rice noodles in the sense that they maintain their firmness and do not become sticky as they cook. You can boil them a little and eat them with a bit of crunch, […]

Halibut Season!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Blog, Dinner | No Comments
Halibut Season!

Living in the Pacific Northwest has so many culinary perks! Foods are truly seasonal and one becomes acutely aware of what’s in season through each market trip. Halibut season opened here on March 14th and it was a big deal. Restaurants, markets, and even big chain grocery stores announced the start of the season. We […]