Spicy Ramen Stir Fry with Broccoli, Tofu, and Mandarin Oranges

My post-parenting years begin soon.  We are moving from a child focused life, back to our own lives.  As parents of two amazing sons, who are fiercely independent, intelligent, humorous, kind and inspiring, this would be the time in our lives we pat ourselves on the back for a job well-done.  If only it were … Continue reading Spicy Ramen Stir Fry with Broccoli, Tofu, and Mandarin Oranges

Dirt to Table Experiences: Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

A walk through my winter garden beds reveal damaged leaves from late evenings of below freezing temperatures, soggy root systems caused by the deluge of rain that quickly followed.  A bed of stunning bok choy was given up as a sacrifice to save my large head cabbages from pesky garden pests.  Mother Nature was not … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experiences: Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

Scenes from my Pantry: Succotash of Fresh Corn, Lima beans, and Onions

We have been trying to eat down the refrigerator and pantry this past week.  Made a delicious summer succotash with lima beans, corn, onion, garlic, and garden tomatoes.  I am reminded how much better my body would feel if I ate simple, healthy dishes like this one more often.Succotash of Fresh Corn, Lima Beans, Tomatoes … Continue reading Scenes from my Pantry: Succotash of Fresh Corn, Lima beans, and Onions

Acorn Squash with Rosemary and Brown Sugar

I thought with the endless Summer squash, the gift that keeps on giving all season that we would be bored with squash in the Autumn.  As soon as I laid eyes on this recipe, I changed my mind.  What was I thinking?  Summer squash is no comparison to Fall squashes, different textures, different colors, different … Continue reading Acorn Squash with Rosemary and Brown Sugar

Grilled Eggplant and Manchego Cheese Salad with Balsamic-Black Pepper Glaze

If you like to fire up your grill on summer evenings, this would be a wonderful salad course or a meaty tasting vegetarian entree with its creamy cheese and rich balsamic glaze. Grilled Eggplant and Manchego Cheese Salad with Balsamic-Black Pepper GlazeServes 4Recipe from Bobby FlayIngredients:2 cups balsamic vinegar2 teaspoons honey1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper3 medium … Continue reading Grilled Eggplant and Manchego Cheese Salad with Balsamic-Black Pepper Glaze

Grilled Zucchini with Fresh Dill Vinaigrette

Squashes are perfect for the grill.  In the Summer, when squashes like zucchini seem to provide an endless bounty, it is more reason to take your squash to the grill.  Squashes really come alive when they are grilled. Don't forget to dress the zucchini with the vinaigrette while they are still hot so the flavors … Continue reading Grilled Zucchini with Fresh Dill Vinaigrette

Grilled Summer Vegetables with a Scallion Vinaigrette

Healthy foods are easy to come by in the summer months when vegetables are abundant.  At our house, our grill is fired-up at every opportunity.  We grilled a variety of vegetables and served it with a healthy versatile dressing, which is just as good on delicate greens as it is on grilled vegetables, fish, or … Continue reading Grilled Summer Vegetables with a Scallion Vinaigrette