Maple Glazed Delicata Squash

Maple Glazed Delicata Squash

If I was forced to pick one recipe that truly symbolizes fall for me, this would be it.  I'm a devoted fan of the delicata squash and this simple recipe brings out the best of its flavors.  It is sweet, earthy, and totally addicting! We grew lots of delicata on our farm when I was growing up.  A wooden crate filled with winter squash ended up … [Read more...]

Stewed Red Cabbage with Apples and Potatoes

Stewed Red Cabbage with Apples and Potatoes

Cold weather calls for comfort food - warm, nourishing dishes that fill us up after days spent outdoors and inspire us to hunker down by the fire.  Unfortunately there is a misconception that comfort foods equal unhealthy foods, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.  This stewed cabbage is absolutely packed with nutrients, yet still … [Read more...]

Quinoa Pasta with Butternut Squash and Mountain Sage

Quinoa Pasta with Butternut Squash and Mountain Sage

It all started on a hike through Montenegro with loads of mountain sage growing along the trail. At first I just picked a few leaves to sniff and play with while hiking, but soon my gathering instinct got the better of me and I had a huge bouquet by the time we reached the summit. I love the smell and taste of sage and have become even … [Read more...]

Norwegian Cod Soup

Norwegian Cod Soup

Norway is known for its fish and we’ve been lucky enough to sample quite a bit of it while staying in a cabin, north of Bergen. There is a wonderful fish market in Bergen where every possible fish is on display.  While at the fish market we had a bowl of local salt cod soup.  It was wonderful and I decided to try and recreate it when we … [Read more...]

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I'm trying to cook as many traditional French meals as possible while I'm here.  My most recent conquest was french onion soup and it was a total hit.  I honestly don't know why I've never tried making it before -- it's totally delicious and surprisingly good for you.  I always assumed that rich, creamy flavor came from loads of cream and butter, … [Read more...]

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...]

New Year: New Growth

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As you know, I'm a big believer in taking time to reflect on life and setting intentions for the future.  New Years (along with birthdays and all other milestones) provides a perfect opportunity for these exercises.  The symbolism of a new year, and the blank slate of possibilities that comes with it, is just waiting for introspection and goal … [Read more...]

Holiday Brussels Sprouts

Holiday Brussels Sprouts

I made these for friends recently and we all decided they would be perfect as a holiday side dish given the vibrant red and green colors.  They also happen to be delicious! I will be recreating them on Christmas Eve for my family and am already looking forward to eating them again.  As you may remember from my top five vegetables post, I love … [Read more...]

Healing Miso Soup

Healing Miso Soup

What better way to take care of your body after a holiday weekend of indulgence than by feeding yourself nourishing foods?  One of my favorite healing powerhouse foods is miso soup.  Miso is made from fermented soybeans, so it boasts all the nutritional benefits of fermented foods (probiotics, enzymes, vitamins etc.).  This method for making miso … [Read more...]