Greek for Dinner

My friend Kristy is just fabulous.  The first time I met her I knew we’d be friends because she was so funny and interesting.  Within five minutes of our first “hellos” she told me all about how Greek she is…how Greek her family is…how her husband is from Greece…how she loves cooking Greek food.  I […]

Strawberries and Cream Shortbread Tart

Our friends Casey and Michele invited us over to their house for dinner last night.  It was a glorious summer evening in Chicago – street fest right outside the front door with live music, warm weather and clear skies, amazing food and great friends. Michele made grilled corn-on-the-cob, garlic bread, peel-n-eat shrimp, grilled artichokes and […]

Linguine with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Basil

One of my favorite new cookbooks is Heidi Swanson’s “Super Natural Every Day.”  She has so many simple and straightforward recipes, and I really appreciate her fresh approach to cooking.  Tonight I was inspired by her Summer Linguine recipe that calls for barely more than pasta, zucchini and garlic.  It looks like a satisfying meal […]

Day 27 Living Plant Strong!

The 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge I’m doing for Whole Foods is coming to an end. When I first started it nearly a month ago I had a hard time shifting gears on my already healthy eating habits.   I always strive to make smart choices when it comes to the food I serve myself and […]

Making Memories in Michigan

We just returned home from a fun family road trip through Michigan. My husband normally works on the weekends, so with the Memorial Day holiday we jumped at the chance to enjoy some time together. We spent the first night of our trip along the shore of Lake Michigan in a fancy resort.  As soon […]

Sauteing and Roasting Vegetables Without Oil

Today marks the halfway point of the 28 Day Healthy Eating Challenge Whole Foods invited me to try.  I have now gone two weeks without any meat, dairy, eggs, sugar or oil, and I’m starting to feel just fine.  The first several days were tough – probably because my body was going through sugar withdrawal! […]

Day 10 as a Temporary Vegan

Chris and I are on day 10 of the 28-day Healthy Eating Challenge Whole Foods Market asked me to try.  Using the lifestyle outlined in The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn, we are avoiding all animal products, dairy, eggs and oils for four weeks.  The first few days were really tough, but every day […]

Making Pierogi with Matka

When I was growing up, my family always had a large Polish dinner on Christmas Eve in recognition of my grandfather’s heritage.  My sisters and I looked forward to this meal all year – every dish was so flavorful and special.  But, of all the dishes served, we always favored the pierogi because they were […]

Spiced Carrots and Chickpeas

As I have written about before, I am eagerly learning about Indian food.  I’ve found it to be a lot of fun to make, and my husband and kids are thrilled whenever I try a new recipe for dinner or serve up some Indian chai at breakfast.  Now that I’m starting to become familiar with […]

¡Olé! Tamale Party!

My aunt Sheila recently invited the ladies of our family over for a tamale party.  When she married a Mexican-American man more than 20 years ago, she dove right in to her husband’s culture.  Over the years she has learned quite a few authentic Mexican recipes from her mother-in-law Joan, and we were all so […]

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