Let’s end on a bright note!

It’s been a difficult year for me personally, but also one of growth. Being ever the optimist, I’m taking the opportunity to end 2014 on a bright, positive note. I’m back to my recipe and book writing, so here’s a peek at what’s to come:  I’ll be taking things to a whole new level of[Continue reading…]

When Southern meets European…you get Tasia’s Table

The great thing about being invited to join a virtual potluck is that you can be fashionably late and the food won’t get cold.  Despite being a bit “delayed”, I’m thrilled to be a part of this and introduce you — I mean ya’ll — to Tasia’s Table. I’ll try to make a long story[Continue reading…]

Cinco de Mayo lightened up!

I confess I did not know the reason for celebrating “Cinco de Mayo” until I Googled it. It’s the day the Mexicans kicked some French butt and prevented us eating Napoleons on this day.  (Had the battle been between the Mexican & French cuisines, we all know who would have won!) Growing up in the[Continue reading…]

BBQ Kettle Chip-Encrusted Salmon!

Let me start by saying this is my favorite, delicious, easiest, any-night-of-the-week meal that requires virtually no cooking talent or experience! Okay, I know what you might be thinking — the dietitian eats potato chips?! The answer is “occasionally” of course! Haha. That’s the R.D. in me talking. The truth is, my husband loves them and so do[Continue reading…]

When life gives you lemons, Rejoice!

Ahh, lemons. The meaning of that little saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade…” is simple yet profound, inspiring and hopeful.  Whether or not we’re talking about the unexpected life “lemons” or the real ones in our diets, I’m happy about and thankful for all the lemons in my life! You know why? Because[Continue reading…]

Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Appetizers

If you’re still looking for some last-minute easy recipes that aren’t loaded with calories but sure do have tons of flavor, try these! I’ve been so busy with life (and testing my pumpkin-oat-cranberry scone recipe) that it took me until today to realize I’m running behind on posting Thanksgiving recipes.  Such is life sometimes!  So[Continue reading…]

How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Rub a little canola oil on your hands and then rub 1 cup pumpkin seeds in your hands to coat lightly. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Season with salt and curry powder to taste. Toss & bake another 5 minutes or until crisp[Continue reading…]

Pumpkin Basil Soup Seduction

How many of you keep canned pumpkin on hand? I do, and apparently some of my friends think that’s funny.  I’ll tell you a little story of how pumpkin became a staple in my pantry… Canned pumpkin is great for making “Seductive Soup”! What, you ask?!  Everyone knows it’s great for pumpkin muffins, scones, pancakes[Continue reading…]

BFFs — Me & my Beets?!

Beets — love ’em or hate ’em? I grew up loathing this “earthy” vegetable.  I thought they tasted horrific, and that juice!! YUCK!  My mother used to routinely open a can of them and pour them onto salads.  I found it inconsiderate that she never remembered they “ruined” any salad they touched.  As the mother[Continue reading…]

Awesome Autumn Salad

Summer is fading, but the shades of autumn certainly aren’t! Vibrant fall foliage and wonderful, colorful, flavorful garden goodies are still to be enjoyed.  At the same time, fall seems to trigger my craving for roasted nuts, which can be roasted indoors or out.  For this salad, I used hazelnuts, but almonds, pecans or walnuts[Continue reading…]