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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Apricot Walnut Stuffing


This savory stuffing starts like most: with apple, celery, and onion sauteed in butter and seasoned with sage and thyme. But it also has a hint of tart sweetness from small bits of dried apricot, and walnuts add texture as well as healthy fat. I used sprouted whole grain bread but if you prefer a whole grain stuffing or a gluten-free version you could substitute brown and/or wild rice.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Savory Seasoning Salt


This seasoning salt makes me think of a walk in the woods. Rosemary gives it a pine-like aroma, dried lobster mushrooms add some earthiness, and a bit of ghost pepper adds a mysterious heat so small that later you'll wonder if it was really ever there.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

2-Ingredient Halloween Treats


Make this colorful Halloween candy with only two ingredients: dried peaches and dark chocolate. It's naturally sweet because there's no added sugar. And it's a good source of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Home-Made Harissa: An Anti-Inflammatory Condiment


Harissa is a spice paste from North Africa made with peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and cumin. You can buy it in well-stocked grocery stores but it's easy and inexpensive to make yourself. Built around some basic ingredients, recipes for harissa can vary from region to region or even family to family. In mine you'll find a bit of turmeric and black pepper to maximize the antioxidant and anti-cancer benefits inherent in this healthy condiment.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Simple But Simple Stunning Fall Salad


This simple yet stunning salad highlights the best of the changing seasons. It features fall fruits, dark leafy greens, hazelnuts, and goat cheese with fresh herbs.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Preserving Your Summer Harvest

My trip to visit family in Minnesota this summer was well spent. We fit in a little bit of everything: hiking, canoeing, wine tasting, cooking, and relaxing with family and friends. To my good fortune, my sister Jennifer sent me home with dried versions of her garden's bounty and I will savor them all winter long.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blackened Wild Salmon with Lime Yogurt Sauce

Blackening meat with spices is a healthy alternative to charring, which creates cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These carcinogens are most concentrated in charred meats but can also be found in well-done meats, smoked meats, cigarette smoke, air pollution, and unvented fires.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Chocolate Ice Pops


These home-made ice pops are dairy-free and full of antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. It's important to eat plenty of foods high in antioxidants, especially during the summer to counteract the oxidizing effects of the sun. Some antioxidants, like the flavonols found in cocoa powder, have also been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and cancer.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2-Ingredient Summer Dessert

This simple summer dessert is as easy as it is elegant. Because there are only two ingredients, quality matters. Use the best berries you can find, preferably organic because they're #4 on EWG's Dirty Dozen list. If you have berries that are under-ripe, this is a good way to sweeten them up a bit.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Broccoli Stem Salad with Lemongrass Vinaigrette


Don't throw away your  broccoli stems! The centers are tender and full of flavor. They're the stars of this dish, which turned  into a rainbow of colors, textures, and flavors. I often cook broccoli stems along with the florets, but this time I used only the stems and saved the tops for another meal. Along with other crunchy vegetables and chopped peanuts, this salad is light but filling.