Scenes from My Pantry: Turkey Lentil Sloppy Joes

Loved "sloppy Joes" as a kid.  Messy by design and delicious.  These days the aim is still delicious but, lighter more healthy choices.Using lean ground turkey and the hearty lentil beans, is a great alternative to preparing this traditional meat-centric meal that still feels substantial and comforting without sacrificing the flavor.This recipe makes enough for … Continue reading Scenes from My Pantry: Turkey Lentil Sloppy Joes

Mediterranean Style Three-Bean Salad

Beans are under appreciated in the American diet.  A budget friendly staple packed with fiber and plant based protein, not to mention a list of vitamins and minerals (Vitamin B6, Potassium, folate, magnesium etc...).  It's recommended we consume 25 mg of fiber each day.  A half-cup of cooked beans delivers a whopping 10 mg!  So, … Continue reading Mediterranean Style Three-Bean Salad

Weeknight Wonders: Szechuan Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry

We have embraced our empty nest status and continue to focus on creating a less hurried lifestyle (still a struggle) and rising to the challenges of cooking for two.Until recently, I was not sure what I felt about tofu.  Tofu is essentially mashed soybean curd.  Does that sound appetizing to me?  No, it does not. … Continue reading Weeknight Wonders: Szechuan Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry

Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated~ConfuciusThere is nothing complicated here.  Only a few fresh ingredients needed.  Take a moment and savor the simplicity.Potato and Kale SoupServes 6Ingredients:2 Tablespoons olive oil2 strips applewood bacon, chopped1 medium onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, minced1-2 large carrots, diced6 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut … Continue reading Keeping it Simple: Potato and Kale Soup

How Does My Garden Grow: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Orange, and Saffron

Winter has finally arrived in North Florida and my garden remains utterly confused.  The garden pests feasted on young fresh winter greens with wild abandon, and procreated endlessly in the warmth of the sun.  War was waged in the garden and we emerged in victory when Old Man winter made an official appearance, and got … Continue reading How Does My Garden Grow: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Hazelnut, Orange, and Saffron

Eat Your Greens: Vegetarian "Southern Style" Collard Greens

"Almost any southerner who is a respectable cook has a recipe for collard greens" There is history in this pot of leafy greens which is firmly rooted in the African-American communities of the deep south.  Family recipes are handed down from generation to generation.  Collard greens have been available for centuries but it was in the … Continue reading Eat Your Greens: Vegetarian "Southern Style" Collard Greens

Discovering Ancient Grains: Farro Salad with Peas, Asparagus, and Feta

Several years ago while traveling in New York City we ate at a local contemporary Italian restaurant in the East Village (the name of the restaurant escapes me) but the farro salad that I enjoyed does not escape me.  The mild nutty taste of the grain, the flavors and textures of the salad stayed with … Continue reading Discovering Ancient Grains: Farro Salad with Peas, Asparagus, and Feta