The Crux of Cooking

During these cold winter months there are few dishes more satisfying than a hot bowl of soup to warm us from the inside out.   Most soups begin with a broth or stock base, a humble base of meat and bones, carrots, celery, parsley and lots of time.  Upon hours of simmering what you have is […]

Food Matters | Detox Salad

With the approach of spring and warmer temperatures, my eating habits transform.  I go from warm, comfort foods to dishes featuring crisp, fresh salads.  This Detox Salad is my favorite and is often included on my weekly meal plan.  The prep time is quick considering I use my food processor to chop all the ingredients […]

Food Matters | Lentil and Cauliflower Rice Tacos

I cook vegetarian meals several times a week.  It’s one way I am able to keep my grocery budget expense manageable so I can purchase high quality, pasture-raised meats from Harmon Creek Farms.    As I determine my weekly vegetarian meals, I’m mindful to include alternative protein sources from foods such as beans, legumes, quinoa and […]

Winter Comfort Food

Hosting friends for dinner this week inspired me to serve a comfort food meal that was easy to prepare and delicious.  My day was filled with appointments so I decided to go with a crock pot recipe for the main dish, accompanied by two side dishes that could be made in the oven.   I substituted […]

28 Days of Purposeful Eats

The journey towards healthy living begins with the food we eat.   There are a lot of resources and dieting trends to help jump start that journey, but often they provide a temporary fix without a long term, reasonable solution.   28 Days of Purposeful Eats isn’t a diet trend, it’s discovering how to make unprocessed, nutrient-dense […]

It was a steal!

I typically grocery shop once a week with a shopping list so I don’t overspend or impulse buy.  Today I broke all my rules.  Following a Meal Prep Assistant appointment with a client, I stopped off at one of my favorite local-owned stores, Beiler’s Penn Dutch Market in Uniontown.  They always have fresh, low-priced produce, […]

Food Matters | Apple, Kale, Pomegranate & Quinoa Salad

Kale is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s inexpensive (I typically pay less than $1.00 per pound) and can easily be found in the grocer all year long. In fact, the flavor is so much better in the cooler weather months. It can be enjoyed raw, steamed, baked or sautéed making very versatile ingredient to […]

Food Matters | Apple, Kale, Pomegranate & Quinoa Salad

Kale is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s inexpensive (I typically pay less than $1.00 per pound) and can easily be found in the grocer all year long. In fact, the flavor is so much better in the cooler weather months. It can be enjoyed raw, steamed, baked or sautéed making very versatile ingredient to […]

Healthy Holiday Cooking Class

How’s your holiday meal preparations coming along?   Do you have the privilege of making the full meal?  Do you get to contribute with just a dish or two?   Are you struggling to come up with some recipes that are delicious as well as healthy?    A healthy holiday menu isn’t an oxymoron.  With a good plan of action and […]

Food Matter | Summer Garden Chowder

During the summer months, I take a hiatus from soups to enjoy fresh salads, raw, plant-based food dishes and grilled meats. As summer ends, I love pulling out this Summer Garden Chowder recipe. It adds a new flavor dimension for the veggies still in bounty and awakens the memories of the crisp, fall days ahead. […]

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