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 ...

Somen Noodle Soup with Tofu

Somen Noodle Soup with Tofu
 This has been the coldest, snowiest winter I can remember. I trudged through our backyard today (don’t ask) and the snow was literally hitting mid-thigh. And the windchill tonight? It is supposed to be -36. Yep. -36. So, needless to say, it has been soup weather, it has been stew weather, it has been all ...

Not quite 5-minute bread

Not quite 5-minute bread
  I saw this recipe for 5-minute bread and was skeptical. I thought, ‘5-minute bread? Is that even possible?’ I mean, it would be wonderful if it were true, right? So, I gave it a try. And, while you don’t just mix up the ingredients and shove it in the oven in 5 minutes (because ...

Quinoa and Rice Bowl

Quinoa and Rice Bowl
  If this meal had a tag-line, it would be: ‘the easy take-out meal for when you’re busy and take-out is not an option’. And here, take-out is definitely not an option. Although there are a couple of pretty good-sized towns 15 minutes to the north and south of us, there is no place near us ...

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 ...

Pesto, two ways 1

Pesto, two ways
  Yep. I guess it’s about time to start putting food up for the winter. A bunch of my basil plants were on their way out so…pesto! One of these recipes is traditional pesto, but without the cheese. I make it often and never miss the cheese — super yummy! The other recipe, roasted red ...

Green and white pizza

Green and white pizza
Pizza is a sensitive topic among those of us from the New Haven area. There is a constant war between the patrons of two pizza places, both famed for their thin crust pizza, on Wooster Street. There are those who claim Sally’s Apizza is the best pizza and those who would give that title to Peppe’s. Neither side ...

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 ...

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa
This May has been a magical month. We moved to an amazing house north of Amherst, which means we’re now surrounded by woods and critters instead of people and traffic. It also means we can walk out the door and be outside, feeling the grass between our toes and sun on our faces. Share this:Click to ...