Spices

Spices are essential for every kitchen and cook.   We can’t live without them.   For example, salt is essential for our survival.  It’s found in every cell of our body.    It has been valued throughout history, used as monetary stability in ancient days.  It’s the most widely used seasoning.  Adding this one simple ingredients transforms food […]

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 […]

Fast Fuel for Moms and Kids

For many moms, August brings excitement as the kids return to school and routines are again established  laced with an underlying panic and pressure of mom guilt for quick lunches and dinners that are healthy to fuel their growing bodies and brains.   Guess what?  I’m one of those moms.   While I enjoy eating and providing […]

Food Is Medicine

You are on a personal health journey and it’s one you should not navigate alone.   When it comes to dealing with your health, dreaming of where we want to be is easy, getting there can be the challenge.  If you’ve tried what you know and still are not getting the results you want, that’s where […]

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 […]

Weekly Shopping Steals!

I’m having a lot of fun grocery shopping right now to discover what great sales I can walk away with.   It’s a fun thrill, especially for this time of the year when fresh local produce isn’t available. My steals again came from Beiler’s Penn Dutch Market.  How much did I spend this week?  $17.98.  I […]

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 […]

Food Matters | Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin is abundant throughout the fall and holiday season, so I love incorporating it into a variety of dishes.  Traditionally it receives the most attention in dessert dishes, especially at Thanksgiving. I’ve been on a quest to find savory dishes to highlight pumpkin and this soup is won my affection.   What you eat matters […]

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