Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Luscious red cherries are a glorious fruit to pair with whiskey in house-crafted cocktails.  One of my favorites is the Manhattan, often garnished with a preserved cherry.  I wondered how I could make my own fresher version of this bar back staple, and capitalize on the beautiful sweet cherries currently in season. The Bing cherry…

Tie Dye Purple Cauliflower Soup

This soup has it all!   It’s flavor-packed, nutrition forward and FUN. It’s also vegan, frugal, easy to make — and you get to play artist while you season it. The star of this soup is a beautiful lavender hued cauliflower.   Naturally occurring acid-sensitive anthocyanins give this vegetable its beautiful color and also make…

Broccoli Avocado Salad

I love this salad — raw broccoli, creamy avocado, and crunchy pepitas brought together with a tangy lemon and tahini dressing. This is a win-win dish:  deliciousness and powerful nutrition in one tasty salad.  A bonus is that it stays fresh in the fridge for a couple days, which makes it a good one to…

Soba with Egg

Delicious, frugal and 20-minutes-from-start-to-finish.  Soba with Egg is pretty much a pantry meal that tastes like it took much longer to create.  The secret is in the dashi packet. You start with making a fast broth, then add buckwheat soba, soy sauce and sesame oil, then add egg or tofu.  Top with baby arugula and…

Citrus Mint Smoothie

Here’s just the thing for a pick me up – a tangy, bright, fresh smoothie made with tangerine, spinach and mint. While I usually eat my greens and fruit, today was hectic and I wanted something to enjoy while on the go. Using my Vitamix, I blended some delightful baby spinach with whole tangerine, lime…

Potato Leek Soup

When I discover both leeks and potatoes in my CSA box, I know what I’ll be cooking — Potato Leek Soup. This recipe is a perfect example of the power of simple:  just a handful of inexpensive ingredients, 30 minutes start to finish, and you create a supremely delicious soup.  The French have been making…