Citrusy Orange, Arugula and Beet Salad 1

Citrusy Orange, Arugula and Beet Salad
  I successfully defended my dissertation!!!! Yippiee!!!!! Which is why I pretty much fell off the face of the earth and haven’t posted anything in the last 5 months. Dissertations are hard! 🙂 Now that it is over, I’m very much looking forward to not working all the time, cooking bright yummy healthy food again, ...

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad
  I recently returned from an amazing trip out west. Tom and I did a 6 day backpack around the 3 Sisters in Oregon, which was breathtakingly beautiful. We hiked through fields of purple, red, and yellow subalpine wildflowers with glaciated peaks as our constant companions. We hiked past lakes, both blue and green, raging ...

Carnitas Tacos with Mexican Rice and Black Beans 1

Carnitas Tacos with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
I realize Mexican food is normally associated with warm, sunny places, but sometimes, in the dead of winter, all I want are gobs of beans, rice, cheese and slow cooked meats. It feels like comfort food to me, and, because of the lime, cilantro, and spice (my favs), I’m pretty sure I could eat Mexican ...

Quinoa Cakes

Quinoa Cakes
Confession: I’ve tried at least 5 different ways of making quinoa cakes over the last couple months and all were lackluster in taste, their ability to hold together as patties, or both. Despite continued disappointment, I would crave them — or some idealized, tantalizing version of them — so I’d try again…and again. Last night it ...

Thai Peanut Slaw with Grilled Tofu

Thai Peanut Slaw with Grilled Tofu
I’ve had this super yummy slaw many a time over the last year. Its quick to make, totally delicious, and gets you most of your veggies for the day. But the addition of grilled tofu really puts it over the top. I had never grilled tofu before. It just never occurred to me. And when ...

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup
I’m pretty sure I got this recipe from my sister. I remember eating this soup at her place one time, when we both happened to live in beautiful Missoula, Montana, and falling immediately in love with it. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click ...

Caesar salad with anchovy croutons

Caesar salad with anchovy croutons
I’m a big snob when it comes to caesar salads. I’m of the school that they should be pungent and full of anchovies and garlic and I think it’s a sin that the most common form of caesar dressing out there is a bland white goo more resemblant of mayonnaise than salad dressing. Share this:Click ...

Wild rice skillet

Wild rice skillet
Even though it’s the middle of winter and we’re supposed to get a foot of snow tomorrow, this dish had me thinking of fall. Winter squash, crispy tart apples, kale. And as I was eating it, I realized how amazing this dish would be as a side to some farm raised pork chops. Share this:Click ...

Asian Kale Salad 1

Asian Kale Salad
There’s something about all the recipes for ‘massaged kale salads’ that seem a little too foodie to me. I imagine a snooty voice saying, ‘now you must gently massage the kale with your hands until you feel the leaves relax’, and it makes me want to gag. I’m not sure why. I mean, I realize ...

Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes 1

Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes
When I saw this recipe, I had to try it. Salt and vinegar potato chips are my all time favorite, and I’ll often forgo the ketchup with my fries and use salt and malted vinegar instead. Now that I think about it, this all might stem from a couple months spent in New Zealand in ...