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summer salad construction 101

It’s too hot to cook. It’s easy to whip up dinner in a pinch.  Here’s how you can start, with this basic blueprint. Did you know you can make a double batch of quinoa and freeze extra for hot nights when you don’t want to turn the stove on. The same is true for beans […]

citrus chili salmon

I’ve never prepared salmon until this easy citrus chili salmon recipe. It may seem weird. We did not often eat fish during my childhood. Fish was just not in my recipe repertoire and was out of my comfort zone. I made a Chocolate Chili Spice Blend for a Plum Deluxe story and it turned out rather well. In my […]

podcast interview: Phil & Morgan of NEAT foods

We’re bringing on the fun for April podcasts.  Subscribe (so you don’t miss a beat) and share your feedback (so we don’t). We’re leading with Neat foods this week. A gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian meat substitute.  We’ll follow this month with… John Suzadail, PA Wine Specialist, about 3 Easter wines you’ll want to be serving A […]

chili & honey chicken {berks jazz fest 2013}

This week is the annual Berks Jazz Fest .  It’s rather monumental in the region.  It’s presented by the Berks Arts Council and attracts over 40,000 people in 140 concerts in over 50 venues.  Yes, it’s something not to be missed. This week reminds me of what I was up to last year. Yeah, I think it’s […]

tried it tuesday: sausage scramble & hash {vegan & gf}

My breakfast of choice, when we are out (this makes no sense, I know), is creamed chipped beef. My mom use to make it and it’s a kind of comfort food. Yes, it has beef, flour, butter and so on. Don’t judge. What I really enjoy finding on a menu is a good ol’ vegan scramble […]

chia seed pudding, vegan

Uh huh… it’s what you spread on a clay figure of Kermit the Frog and wait for a mass of green fuzz to grow. Chia seeds have been around for a long, long time. I first heard of them while working at Kimberton Whole Foods. A co-worker would add them to her smoothies, boosting her […]

butternut squash cider chili

Winter chill means warm, snuggly blankets and socks and you know it’s time to break out favorite soup recipes.   At least, that’s how it works for me.  This will become a fast favorite. As per usual, you do not need to follow the recipe to the “t.”  By that I mean this, it is […]

my Q&A with Nadia G. of the Bitchin’ Kitchen

I love her show.  I’ll just come out and say it because this is my page and my rules (you are welcome to share your thoughts).  You might not like her stilettos, hot red lips, sass,  humor or language but I do.  I find it fresh, light and not so plain vanilla.   Let’s face […]

Tomatillo & Winter Squash Stoup, Slow Cooked

You may still be able to find tomatillos. I had a basket that was begging to be used. On a chilly morning I dug through my market and CSA goodies to make a crockpot stoup (stoup: a Rachel Ray word for a stew-like soup). I tell you this all the time and really mean it… […]

glamorous grilling recipes from start to finish

When the sun stays out to play a bit longer and socks and sweaters aren’t required we all want to spend less time in the kitchen.  I spent a weekend getting some grilling done and shared the recipes with PlumDeluxe.com.   Head on over to get your grillin’ on!  Recipes for meat eaters and vegetarians […]

cooking through my freezer

means turkey surprise because turkey can always be found in my freezer.  I’m really trying to clean up and remove the clutter in my life and that includes the freezer.   When was the last time you saw the back or bottom of your freezer?   I don’t like thinks going to waste so I […]

chicken, sweet potato and kale soup

(pssst… easily make this vegan by using veg broth and substituting beans for the chicken … but vegans are smart, you knew that already) Let’s get on with it. It’s just a rainy 2‘sday at Lancaster Central Market and I’ll be darned if this soggy socked chick is not going to find dinner for $10.  […]

quick greek quinoa salad

Add your own hummus, pita, stuffed grape leaves and chopped veggies as a side to this easy to make Greek quinoa salad. greek quinoa salad makes approximately 6 servings 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water/broth 1 cup cucumber, chopped 1 cup tomato, chopped 1 cup black beans/chickpeas/cannelloni beans 1/2 cup carrot, shredded 1/4 cup feta […]

maple nut quinoa granola

Easy peasie way  to sneak a tad bit of protein in your granola.   I used olive oil, agave and maple syrup.  So easy that I urge you to get up from your computer now and make this!   Be careful not to overcook it.  It will seem soft but as it cooks it will […]

quinoa apple cider salad

This is the perfect thing to whip up with extra apple cider.  You know, your eyes get big and you buy a whole gallon of apple cider to find you can only handle so much sweetness.    Shady Maple Farm Market is still carrying local apple cider. apple cider quinoa salad approximately 4-6 servings 1 […]

savory stuffed garden tomato

This is an easy, flavorful dish that can be made vegan or vegetarian.  I used ground poultry so it was fewer calories than beef and the taste was not compromised and Dan enjoyed it. baked stuffed garden tomatoes 6 servings 6 large tomatoes 1 cup cooked rice, grains, and/or beans 1 cup onion, diced 1 […]

easy enchiladas

I’m shopping my shelves for dinner tonight because easy is the word… A friend recently posted a vegetarian enchilada recipe and also brought a batch to a potluck.  Yummers.  She shared 2 helpful tips. First, the sauce was a base of tomato paste and second the Adobe is not necessary, she made her own spice […]

quinoa & black bean frittata

Let’s talk quinoa. It’s easy to make (takes about 15 minutes and mostly hands off), is a meat-free complete protein and is gluten-free.  It freezes well and is uber versatile. In a recent post, I shared a plateful of roasted veggies that made a great chilled salad on a bed of quinoa and would have […]

chilled quinoa salad with roasted veggies

Who said leftovers are passed over? I hosted a potluck last night and prepared roasted brussels sprouts and local asparagus (first of the season).  The theme of the potluck was Food52 How to Make Mozzarella and, as an official host site, I was sent 2 bottles of California Olive Ranch Olive Oil.   We enjoyed […]

pumpkin pie smoothie

Seriously, this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is good.  I love sweets and the flavor of pumpkin pie but not so much the actual pie.  I don’t like eggs and the thought of the wet/moist texture coming from the eggs grosses me out.  This is like enjoying the pie but so much better for you and far […]

spinach blueberry hemp smoothie

Wondering how you can get more fruits & vegetables into your diet? It’s all the rage, ya know. This Spinach Blueberry Hemp Smoothie is how to it. You may have your hands full of produce by growing your own spinach and berries or shopping at local markets and roadside stands. Adding more produce to your diet is beneficial […]