Bacon Gruyere Quiche

I have made my peace with quiche as a family dinner. Me? I love spinach quiche, or maybe a simple cheddar pie topped with tomatoes, gosh, I’d even choose mushrooms, onions, peppers and zucchini to stir in with my cream and cheese and crust. But nooooo. When I make such delicacies I get major pushbackContinue reading “Bacon Gruyere Quiche”

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

If you have zucchini plants in your garden, then you have zucchini blossoms. If you aren’t growing squash, the flowers can be harder to come by. Check out your farmers market or ask gardeners you know. I have also successfully used pumpkin flowers, and both summer and winter squash flowers should be game as well.Continue reading “Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms”

Cucumber Peach Salsa

  I love salsa. Spicy, sweet, chilled, home-canned, tomatillo, classic, yes and yes! So when the season is spilling over with cucumbers and peaches, well, they should become salsa too. You might have seen recipes that feature mango as the swap for classic tomatoes, but mangoes don’t grow on the mountainside in these parts. SoContinue reading “Cucumber Peach Salsa”

Guacamole

  Guacamole may be my favorite condiment/sauce/topping on the planet. I love the creaminess of the avocado, the kick of the peppers and the medley of flavors that the tomato, cilantro and onion bring to the plate. Like any dish, the better the ingredients, the better the end result. I want my avocados soft, but notContinue reading “Guacamole”

Paprika Potatoes

  Is there anything more satisfying than a warm, crunchy potato? We enjoy them all ways at our place — baked, pan fried, mashed. For breakfast, lunch and dinner. But when we discovered this recipe last summer, we forgot all other potato dishes. My kids found it in DK Children’s Cookbook by Katharine Ibbs one day when they wereContinue reading “Paprika Potatoes”

Egg Salad, Three Ways

  I grew up eating lots of boiled eggs — hard boiled, soft boiled, deviled or stirred into egg salad. I assumed everyone ate boiled eggs. Then I met my husband. Slicing a boiled egg onto a nest of spinach was exotic for him, much less mixing it with mayo and celery or curry spices andContinue reading “Egg Salad, Three Ways”

Fruit Smoothies

I LOVE smoothies. My kids LOVE smoothies. I mean, really, who doesn’t love smoothies? I once kept a whole cookbook devoted to smoothies on my shelf. But I quickly realized that the beauty of a smoothie is that you don’t need a recipe. Just a few guidelines, maybe, and a willingness to taste and adjust asContinue reading “Fruit Smoothies”

Zucchini Feta Pancakes

I cannot tell you how many times we have made these. Typically we make ahead, then reheat for dinner, but I can’t keep myself from snitching throughout the day. Especially in the crazy zucchini days of summer, but also in winter as we reach into the freezer to feed us, this recipe is a definite go-to. My frozen, shreddedContinue reading “Zucchini Feta Pancakes”

Plain Old Hummus

Hummus is big these days as a nutritious food, beloved by kids, that can double as dip, lunch or dinner. There are endless varieties of veggies and spices that can be mixed in, but in my house plain old hummus is the jam. I’ve served this recipe for years in my own kitchen and asContinue reading “Plain Old Hummus”

Jam Bars

These have to be one of my most requested cookies — and one of my healthiest dessert recipes. Made from our homemade jam, oats and whole wheat pastry flour, they boast protein and fruit and not so much sugar. But my kids don’t care about that. They like them for their buttery, naturally sweet taste.Continue reading “Jam Bars”