Personal Irish Soda Bread--A wee gluten-free treat

Personal Irish Soda Bread--A wee gluten-free treat
Erin Go Bragh! Slainte! Luck o’ the Irish, and all that. It’s St. Patrick’s Day! A day to wear green or get pinched. A day to savor a pint with pals at the pub. A day to nibble on Irish Soda Bread. Even though I’m not Irish, I love to make traditional corned beef with corned... Read more »

Asian Noodle Soup—An easy dinner in a bowl

Asian Noodle Soup—An easy dinner in a bowl
I love noodle bowls—a big bowl of noodle-y soup, chock full of vegetables, interesting Asian flavors, and noodles (obviously). I especially love the idea of a poached egg in my soup—I can’t explain it, but it just makes me smile. I’ll admit I’ve had a few noodle bowl clunkers while eating out. I endured one pho that tasted... Read more »

Homemade Hummus—A quick and healthy appetizer

Homemade Hummus—A quick and healthy appetizer
Why make hummus, you ask? Because it’s a delicious nibble that can please even the choosiest guest, and since it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, and meat-free, you can serve it to almost anyone. It’s also loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, making it arguably the healthiest appetizer around. The main ingredients are chickpeas, sesame... Read more »
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Shake The Heat With a Chilly Chai

Shake The Heat With a Chilly Chai
I saw the weather forecast. We’re in for 90+ degrees this weekend. It was hard for me to believe that as I wrote this, while the chilly rains pelted the earth and I shivered in my sweatshirt and slippers, but that’s what they say. If they’re right about the coming heat wave, it means you... Read more »

Go Nuts for Breakfast

Go Nuts for Breakfast
For the second installment in the Healthy Breakfast series, I chose to write about nuts. They’re rich in protein and fiber, both of which help us feel full. Yes, they contain fat, but they’re low in saturated fat. Nuts are a good source of Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, and fiber, among other things. All in all,... Read more »

Microwave Florentine Breakfast Sandwich—Easy and protein-rich

 Microwave Florentine Breakfast Sandwich—Easy and protein-rich
It’s spring, and many of those “living healthy,” “eating right,” and “exercising” New Year’s resolutions have gone the way of the snowman. Some gradually melted away, succumbing to cravings, stress, or old habits. Some vanished overnight, forgotten until next year. With summer right around the corner, along with its shorts, skirts and (dare I mention... Read more »
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St. Patrick’s Day—A day to glaze over!

I’m not Irish. There’s not even one drop of green blood flowing through my veins. People find that hard to believe, but I know who my ancestors were, and where they came from. Not Ireland. While I love my family and traditions, I’ve always felt a bit like an outsider looking in on a great... Read more »

Windy City Shrimp Gumbo—An American original

Windy City Shrimp Gumbo—An American original
Gumbo is uniquely American—outstanding, individual, and composed of flavors as different and diverse as you can get. It’s quite literally a melting pot, as a great variety of flavors come together to form a more perfect union. I love gumbo. It’s smoky and spicy and jammed with flavor—perfect for a chilly day, but delicious any... Read more »

Salmon Patties—A fresh take on canned salmon

Salmon Patties—A fresh take on canned salmon
Sometimes it’s difficult to find fresh wild salmon at the store, or to actually get to the store. That’s why I like to have canned red salmon on hand. It’s versatile, delicious, and nutritious. It’s great in a green salad, in a salmon salad sandwich, or in my personal favorite, salmon patties. Canned salmon has... Read more »
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Linguine with Clam Sauce—A quick and easy pantry dinner

Linguine with Clam Sauce—A quick and easy pantry dinner
Pantry meal options are great, especially for those times when you’re in dire need of a grocery run but still want real food. You know those days—the empty refrigerator vegetable drawer, virtual tumbleweeds careening past the 100% cranberry juice and the kefir that you thought someone would like. No viable dinner choices—just a whole frozen... Read more »