Portuguese Fish Stew

Portuguese Fish Stew

I had a delicious fish stew while visiting family a few weeks ago and decided to try and recreate it at home.  It was different than the original stew, but equally tasty, and will definitely become a regular winter meal in our house.  There is something so comforting about warm soup on a cold night -- it just feels like the right thing to be eating … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Carrot and Squash Tagine

Spicy Carrot and Squash Tagine

There are so many things I like about this dish -- warming spices in mid-winter, anti-inflammatory ingredients, an excuse to use lots of parsley, and getting to say the fabulous word tagine!  I've made this a few times this fall and winter and it gets better each time. Sweet and Spicy Carrot and Squash Tagine Ingredients (serves 4): 1 yellow … [Read more...]

Veggie Stuffed Acorn Squash

Veggie Stuffed Acorn Squash

Cold January nights are a perfect time to enjoy winter squash.  Winter squash is actually harvested in the fall, but due to it's thick skin it can keep for months without refrigeration.  In addition to providing healthy, local food all winter long, squash sweetens as it ages (to a point) so it tastes even better after sitting for a month or so. … [Read more...]

Pesto – An Herb Delivery Vehicle

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I'm really into pesto this summer!  Not only is it delicious, it is also excellent herb delivery vehicle.  As I've learned more about the health benefits of herbs I've tried to incorporate them into my diet as much as possible.  Pestos are a terrific way to eat more herbs and to eat them in higher quantities -- you eat far more herb in a pesto than … [Read more...]

Container Gardening

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Now is the time to get planting if you want to enjoy fresh produce from your deck/back yard this summer.  As a city dweller I'm lucky to have a very sunny deck that's ideal for container gardening. I usually plant around 10 pots each summer with a mix of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. My favorite (and most successful) veggie is definitely cherry … [Read more...]

Fire Cider

Fire Cider

Last weekend I was lucky enough to take a herbal winter immunity class with Brittany Nickerson of Thymeherbal.com.  It was amazing!  Brittany has an extensive background in herbal healing and filled the class with useful information.  She also brought a spirit of adventure and authenticity, which set the tone for the day.  I left the class with … [Read more...]

Ceylon Cinnamon

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I recently returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica (hence the lack of blogging the past few weeks).  My mom and I went on a mother/daughter adventure to celebrate her 60th birthday.  We had a wonderful time exploring a new part of the world, testing our bravery on tiny dirt roads and zip lines, seeing incredible wildlife, and relaxing on … [Read more...]

Lemon Ginger Apple Butter

Lemon Ginger Apple Butter

I really love apples.  There is something about the fall tradition of going out on a sunny day and visiting an orchard.  It's actually probably the food Americans are most familiar with harvesting themselves.  Way to start the trend apples! We recently went out and picked a ton of apples.  I saved quite a few for eating as-is, and decided to try … [Read more...]