Monday Book Review: Simply Delicious Vegetarian


From the description: Create an array of enticing vegetarian dishes to delight your friends and family. Simply Delicious Vegetarian has more than 170 mouthwatering recipes for every occasion such as spicy fusilli, Sicilian eggplant, vegetarian curry and clafoutis with vegetables and cheese. Here you will find everything from nutritious soups, salads, and stir-fries, to hearty … Continue reading Monday Book Review: Simply Delicious Vegetarian

First Friday Free Recipe: White Spinach Salad


This month's recipe from "Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0" is White Spinach Salad. Sometimes during these hot summer months when the heat is just too much to stand over a hot range, steaming your face in an already humid environment, you want something light, refreshing and easy to serve. Salads are a great summer lunch or … Continue reading First Friday Free Recipe: White Spinach Salad

First Friday Free Recipe: GUMBO


Apologies for posting the free recipe late this month but I believe you'll forgive me as I was getting over Metapnuemovirus . Now, onto the post. From the Chapter introduction to Soups, "Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0": I love soups!  Soups are a best friend to diabetics and those looking to lose weight. You control what … Continue reading First Friday Free Recipe: GUMBO

Monday Book Review: Homestyle Vegetarian


Homestyle Vegetarian by Bay books   From the back cover: With more than 150 recipes of diverse origins and flavors, Homestyle Vegetarian is an indispensable reference for every home cook. Designed for easy use, each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful photograph of the finished dish as well as step-by-step photographs showing the techniques involved. Every recipe … Continue reading Monday Book Review: Homestyle Vegetarian

Healthy Thursday: Healthy Cooking


  In last week's post, I asked 'what is health?'  and I responded it's healthy cooking/eating and healthy exercise. Of course, that is the basic understanding. There are so many factors that go into 'health', that I could not possibly explain it in one little post.  Taking care of oneself, to the best of their … Continue reading Healthy Thursday: Healthy Cooking

First Friday Free Recipe: Ratatouille


•Tonight's Ratatouille! Hope you can see all the vibrant colors. •Choose firm, shiny eggplant. Less likely to be bruised and seedy. •Use tons of garlic!  When baked or cooked, it’s sweet. There are about as many ways to make Ratatouille as there are cooks and chefs in the world.  There is baked, steamed and simmered, … Continue reading First Friday Free Recipe: Ratatouille

First Friday Free Recipe: Baked Rigatoni


This month's free recipe from my cookbook, "Simple, Healthy, Fresh 1.0", is Baked Rigatoni. You may be thinking that pasta, cheese and sauce is off your list because you have health issues as I do.  You may be diabetic, have blood pressure or heart issues, you may be trying to lose weight or keep it … Continue reading First Friday Free Recipe: Baked Rigatoni

Happy Humpday Pic!


Happy Humpday!  This was taken last November at Pike Place Market.  This is where we shop for the fresh foods for the recipes in my cookbooks. There is a meat vendor across the way that has fresh, all natural meats that taste totally different than supermarket meats.  Don't know what the difference is but the … Continue reading Happy Humpday Pic!

First Friday Free Recipe: Carrot and Beef Spaghetti


  What a great way to bulk up a spaghetti sauce!     Use whatever ground meat or mix that you have and add the shredded carrots to either marinara, ground beef, turkey, sausage, chicken, goat, lamb, etc. I use regular ground beef.  Great way to get picky adults and kids to eat healthier! Since meats are … Continue reading First Friday Free Recipe: Carrot and Beef Spaghetti

First Friday Free Recipe: Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole


Ah, what would the holidays be without the ubiquitous Green Bean casserole?  Each food company, national chef and home cook has their own version of this holiday treat.  There are as many recipes available as there are opinions! They range from a simple three-point simple, 3-can recipe to a 30-step recipe  that entails rare and hard to … Continue reading First Friday Free Recipe: Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole