Memorial Day is coming up soon. Are you hosting a party or heading out to a family event? Memorial Day is a time for cookouts and barbecues with friends. To some, Memorial Day is all about the meat on the grill. For me, when I hear Memorial Day, I think of pasta salads. My best Memorial Day recipe is my BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Club Pasta Salad. This is a quick and easy recipe that will let you spend your Memorial Day relaxing with friends instead of slaving away in the ... Continue Reading
A Memorial Day side-dish that can even be a main course!
A delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. If you are looking for a fun and easy dish to get your family in the mood for Cinco de Mayo, definitely try these Easy Chicken Quesadillas. This recipe can be made in 30 minutes flat - perfect for the busy family. It's kid friendly, filling, and definitely delicious. A quesadilla is a savory Mexican turnover that is generally ... Continue Reading
Learn more about turning your lawn into a garden, no matter what the size.
There's a recent new trend that has really caught my interest. A number of communities are gaining popularity with the concept of "growing food not lawns". I absolutely love this concept and think the grassroots approach to promoting gardening is refreshing. Many of you probably think you don't have enough space to make an awesome garden. However, that is exactly what these organizations are out to disprove. You don't need a lot of space to grow a garden. In fact, you can grow gardens in very ... Continue Reading
A delicious spin on traditional deviled eggs.
At our rural Vermont home we raise ducks and chickens. When spring and summer hits, the birds start laying eggs again. We always end up having way too many eggs on hand, so when we're invited to cookouts or holiday events, I almost always choose to bring deviled eggs@ The traditional deviled egg recipe that I use calls for mayonnaise and yellow mustard. But I also like this French Deviled Egg recipe. It's a little bit different, using a combination of creme fraiche and Dijon mustard. ... Continue Reading
A delicious and refreshing eggplant recipe.
Eggplant is one of those vegetables that no one in my family likes but me. That doesn't mean that I have to do without enjoying one of my favorite vegetables though. Every now and then, I treat myself to a delicious lunch using a recipe that includes eggplant. This time, I have combined eggplant with both pasta and feta cheese - two other favorites of mine. If you are watching your carbs for health reasons, you can use a bit less pasta and a bit more vegetables in your serving. I also ... Continue Reading
A tasty take on the healthy vegetable.
Brussels sprouts can be an acquired taste for some. But half the battle is knowing how to cook them properly. Some people just drop them in a pan of boiling water and boil them until there is very little of the delicious taste left to them. Soggy, bland Brussels sprouts are not high on anyone's list of most popular foods. But they should be. Here are just a few reasons why: Brussels sprouts are part of the cruciferous vegetable family just like broccoli, kale and cabbage and are ... Continue Reading
NYC is banning the sale of anything larger than a 16 ounce sugary beverage in their restaurants, theaters, etc. Will it make an impact?
Today (Tuesday, March 12th) marks the date that New York's ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces begins. In an effort to battle obesity, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has instituted a ban on large sizes of sugary drinks. You will no longer be able to go into your favorite sandwich shop and order a 20 ounce soda with your meal when dining in NYC. This change is causing many restaurant owners to edit their menus and the decrease the sizes of their beverages in order to be in ... Continue Reading
Pasta e Fagioli is a quick and hearty meatless soup to prepare.
My family enjoys a good, meatless meal several times a week. I'm picky about the meatless meals I serve. They need to be delicious and filling. With two teenagers and a hungry husband, they want a meal that doesn't leave them hungry. And, at the same time, I want a recipe that's healthy and not too expensive to prepare. This Pasta e Fagioli (or Pasta and Bean Soup) recipe is all of these things. Pasta e Fagioli (pronounced "Pasta Fazool") is an Italian soup that is often served during ... Continue Reading
What exactly is the Mediterranean diet – and is it worth following?
The Mediterranean Diet is all the rage, but what is it? Is it healthy? Is it a fad? As someone who has struggled to keep their weight down for most of her adult years, I am always curious about new diets. Some of them seem more believable than others. I try to avoid the ones that seem too good to be true and instead focus on diets that are healthy and contain foods from all of the food groups. I've always thought that completely eliminating one food group from my diet probably isn't the ... Continue Reading