Ground Beef and Cabbage – So easy and so delicious!

Ground Beef and Cabbage – So easy and so delicious!

This is a great one-dish meal – just add some good bread to soak up the juices or serve over rice or pasta. Plus, it offers the perfect way to get nutrient-rich cabbage into your meal routine. To watch my cooking demo video for this…

Pork and Summer Squash Casserole over Rice: Family Size or For a Crowd

Pork and Summer Squash Casserole over Rice: Family Size or For a Crowd

Background: The Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Wakefield MA offers a Community Dinner each month from September to June in partnership with Wakefield’s Horizon House Clubhouse. Horizon House provides their kitchen and dining room, and we provide the food, either via cooking or catering. I love…

Miso Soup with Soba Noodles, Nettles, and Daikon Radish

Miso Soup with Soba Noodles, Nettles, and Daikon Radish

One of the many paths I’ve traveled is that of the vegan/macrobiotic herbalist, apparently for long enough that this soup is one of my comfort foods. Basically, all you have to do to make it is boil some water, add some soba or other noodles…

Simply the Best Roast Chicken!

Simply the Best Roast Chicken!

Sometimes simple does it just fine.  Take chicken, for example.You can dress it up, cut it up, marinade it, grill it, and use it in innumerable recipes for soups, stir fry dishes, casseroles, pasta dishes, wraps, and more.  One of the most versatile of foods,…

Kale Chips: easy, foolproof, and even the dog likes them!

Kale Chips: easy, foolproof, and even the dog likes them!

I have tried making kale chips here and there over the years but was never that impressed with the results. But finally, I have learned a few tricks that guarantee perfect kale chips every time.  It is all in the technique and the proportion of…

Easy Roots and Greens Saute

Easy Roots and Greens Saute

Start with beets, carrots, baby turnips, and greens: Heat some olive oil in a pan, add root veggies, and saute: Turn heat to very low, cover, let cook until tender, then stir in greens, cover, and cook for a bit more. Season with ground coriander,…

A Ham Like No Other – Locally raised is the best!

A Ham Like No Other – Locally raised is the best!

I have re-discovered locally raised pasture-fed beef, pork, and poultry, thanks to going to the Winchester Winter Farmers Market at Mahoney’s  for the past several weeks.  I am so glad our friends at John Crow Farm of Groton, MA are there – I sure have…

Steak – Definitely Not Just for Grilling!

Steak – Definitely Not Just for Grilling!

My husband would have never agreed with the title of this post before trying steak prepared via a simple stove-top technique presented by Chef Tiffani Faison on NECN earlier this week. Although we tune into NECN mostly for the weather (we are big Matt Noyes…

So Simple Broccoli Soup

So Simple Broccoli Soup

Why broccoli soup? Well, one reason is the two full bunches of broccoli (read: over three pounds) that Steve brought home instead of the 2-3 broccoli crowns I requested…They say necessity is the mother of invention but, in this case, too much of a good…

No-Fuss Alfredo Sauce, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts – Who would have thought?

No-Fuss Alfredo Sauce, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts – Who would have thought?

First let me thank Fior D’Italia (The Pasta Man) for the most wonderful ravioli that inspired an amazing meal! For a change, I’ll start off with a picture of the plated meal, albeit taken after one ravioli had already been had eaten. And here is…