Harvest Vegetable Soup

In times of struggle, anxiety, illness, there is no better balm than soup. It is literally a healing food. It’s also a comfort. It’s unfussy. It can be made quickly, easily, cheaply. This soup, in particular, lends itself to adaptation. Toss in a little of this. Add a little of that. Which makes it well-suitedContinue reading “Harvest Vegetable Soup”

Shepherd’s Pie

    Here’s a recipe inspired by my husband’s side of the family. I don’t know if I have his Irish heritage to thank or if his mother made it because it was a quick, one-dish meal that everyone would pull closer to the table for. My husband’s version featured a pie plate layered withContinue reading “Shepherd’s Pie”

Asian Cucumber Salad

I have made some version of this salad for many years. Its cool cucumbers and cilantro mix perfectly with the heat of the pepper flakes, the sweet of the ginger and the crunch of the peanuts. There are lots of variations of this dish out there. This recipe is my take, combining all my favorite flavors. HopeContinue reading “Asian Cucumber Salad”

Brown Sugar and Spice Banana Bread

I have tried so many banana bread recipes over the years. After all, every family cook needs a go-to recipe for what to do with those bananas in the fruit bowl after they’ve sprouted brown spots and no one will touch them. But I always come back to this one, based on a classic in myContinue reading “Brown Sugar and Spice Banana Bread”

Easier Than Quiche Quinoa Egg Bake

For my Spring class at The Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, I knew I wanted to cook with eggs and spinach. When I found this recipe that made a quiche-like dish with a simple quinoa crust, I knew I had to try it. I ended up bringing two versions to the table. The original recipe from WholeContinue reading “Easier Than Quiche Quinoa Egg Bake”

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

When the lettuce is tender and the pea shoots are popping through the soil, the chives have appeared out of nowhere and the cilantro is inching upward, there is nothing better than snipping a bit of this and chopping a bit of that until there’s a plate full of goodness waiting for the right dressing to pullContinue reading “Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing”

Kale: It’s What’s for Dinner

It is kale season in our garden. I mean big time. We often have a little stand that grows throughout the fall and might stay strong in a mild winter. But spring is when the kale takes off. Which, of course, means it’s kale season at our table. This is not a beloved season atContinue reading “Kale: It’s What’s for Dinner”

Go-To Lentil Soup

This recipe is easy. It’s healthful. It’s a quick dinner that can be pulled together at the last minute. It makes for great leftover lunches. It uses garlic, onions, peppers and stock that I’ve put up from my summer garden or made from my Thanksgiving turkey bones. Do my kids love it? No. But that’s whatContinue reading “Go-To Lentil Soup”

Red Beans and Rice

Roughly once a week, we eat Latin at our house: tacos or quesadillas, enchiladas, pork with spicy rubs. Although the red rice and beans of New Orleans — the version that most readily comes to mind — is not strictly Latin, rice and beans is a staple eaten throughout Latin America. We often serve itContinue reading “Red Beans and Rice”

Build Your Own Buddha Bowl

It’s February and in my neck of the woods the weather can be fickle. One day nearly 70, the next day in the 40s. Which makes getting dressed — and cooking dinner — something of a challenge. Soups are still essential. Comfort food is yet calling my name. But right about now I am craving real, whole, healthy dishes.Continue reading “Build Your Own Buddha Bowl”