ghost (2 of 2)

Glowing Ghost Gummies for Halloween

As Halloween rolls around each year, I look for new ways to my son’s favorite holiday: homemade costumes and decorations, special treats and natural and organic candies that we pile into a bucket on our doorstep for any little goblins, witches and ghouls that might come calling. So we make sugar cookies, and honey caramel… 

Read More »

apples horizontal (1 of 1)

Win a Case of Fresh SweeTango Apples!

There is a crisp layer of golden leaves spread over my yard like a carpet, and there’s a bite of cold in the air – a reminder that fall is decidedly here, and winter’s not too far away. It’s this time of year that I find myself in the kitchen more often than not: preparing… 

Read More »

tuna (1 of 1)

Seared Albacore with Ginger, Garlic and Green Onions

I grew up by the ocean, spending my earliest years on the beaches of South Texas before moving with my family to the tiny island of Okinawa where I spent my grade school years. I remember late nights at shacks in Texas, seasoned and boiled crabs dumped from enormous buckets onto newspaper-lined tables.  It’s there… 

Read More »

potted cheddar horizontal 2 (1)

Potted Cheddar with Bacon and Shallots

I have a thing for cheese.  Real cheese.  Sharp, salty, creamy.  I have a thing for cheddar in particular.  Cheddar so sharp it smacks you in the mouth. And it’s that love that keeps me walking warily down the dairy case, even at my local health food store, where I eye deplorable hunks of milky,… 

Read More »

A Giveaway: Our True Roots Raw Organic TigerNuts and TigerNut Flour (10 Winners)

I was recently introduced to tigernuts, a member of the nutsedge family, and quickly fell in love with the sweet, nutty and starchy tuber.  Using it primarily to make kunnu aya, or traditional Nigerian tigernut milk.  And using its flour, with its flavor reminiscent of chestnuts, in sweets like cookies and crumbles.

veggies

Easy Weeknight Meals: No Recipe Frittata

Late in the afternoons, after my husband and I pick up our son from school, drop him off (and pick him up again) at his martial arts class, I find myself tired, and far too harried to try to worry about supper. So I look for easy recipes, things I can throw together in a… 

Read More »

autumn salad (1 of 1)

My Favorite Autumn Salad

Autumn has arrived in the mountains, and the aspens in my yard have turned from green to gold, and soon they’ll shed their leaves entirely. It’s this time of year, late September, when Mother Nature simply can’t decide what to do with herself as some days remain seem blisteringly hot, and others feel so crisp and cool that… 

Read More »

Blue Mountain Organics

Blue Mountain Organics Gift Basket Giveaway — A $250 Value

Nuts and seeds are a perpetual presence in my kitchen.  I drop a few into our morning soaked oatmeal porridge.  I pack my little boy’s lunch with a container full of nuts and dried fruit.  I grab a handful in the middle of the afternoon when my energy sometimes begins to slump. For the most… 

Read More »

Fermented Foods for Gut Health

Fermented foods: sauerkrauts, kombucha, yogurts – represent a staple aspect of traditional foods across the globe; that is, traditional cultures around the world each practiced the art of fermentation.  And while many fermented foods were born out of practicality – a way to preserve the harvest of summer well into the dark days of winter… 

Read More »

lunch jen (1 of 1)

On Making Lunch Better (and a giveaway from Applegate!)

So the other day, I wondered to myself – if my son could head to the store and pick out anything he wanted for his school lunch (with no input from me), what would he choose?  So we went shopping together: he with his basket, and me with mine. What My Son Would Pack So… 

Read More »

10 Tips for Real Food Newbies

10 tips for real food newbies

If you’re just starting out, just learning and baby-stepping away from packaged and boxed foods into a diet based on wholesome, natural traditional foods, those first few weeks (months? years?) can feel daunting at best, and completely impossible at worst.  It’s hard, especially if you were raised on Lean Cuisine, Pop Tarts and Crystal Light. … 

Read More »