Fresh Corn “Pesto”

6/4/15 |

One of the most pleasurable aspects of summer is the “just cut it up and throw it in a bowl” quality of the food in the garden. Our basil has been growing so boldly over the last few weeks that I thought about hauling out the food processor to make a batch of pesto, but then …Read More

Farm Fresh Food and Community

4/29/15 |

I have a bright, shining love that’s always alight for the farmers and sustainable farming advocates and educators of the world. Our farmers are nothing less than the talented, committed, resourceful and incredibly hard working people who week after week connect us with the healthiest food around. We’ll be visiting area farmers markets nearly every week this …Read More

A Few Wild Yums of Spring

4/8/15 |

I am a newbie to wild foods, but the bits I know are precious to me now. To walk across an uncultivated field and see ~food~ growing everywhere is a piece of mammalian wisdom that has been unintentionally lost to humans as we have grown accustomed to cultivated and manufactured foods. Foraging for wild foods …Read More

Outrageously Healthy Salad

4/8/15 |

As I prepared this salad, I felt myself getting more and more excited about its nutrient power (and I also grew suspicious about whether it would taste great when all was said and done). Much to my joy, it is as beautiful and delicious as it is nutritious. I ended up adding some of the wild …Read More

Beet and Quinoa Salad

3/9/15 |

I love quinoa salads, and this is a glamorous addition to the quinoa salad recipe book. I chose some heavy slices of beet for this one to add a bit of drama and heft to the salad, though diced or wedged beet would have been just as fun. When you eat this bright, flavorful, delicious …Read More

Soft Bellies and Winter

2/24/15 |

I’ve been thinking about the extra bit of softness and roundness some of us experience in our bodies in the cooler months. I was having some fun with this article idea and googling things like “natural winter weight gain” and predictably finding a sea of articles with tips to combat, fight, and otherwise wage war …Read More

Sweet Potato Brussels Sprout Hash

2/9/15 |

Sweet potato hash is such a joyful, filling, warming dish, great for breakfast and dinner alike. It stands alone well, and if you eat eggs, it loves a soft boiled egg companion.  I did a little pre-roast of the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts before I tossed them into the skillet and they came out beautifully. Ingredients …Read More

Butternut and Collard Greens Posole

2/3/15 |

This warm and gently spicy soup  is hearty and satisfying. When I prepared it the first time, I enjoyed finally taking the time to learn more about one of posole soup’s magic ingredients: hominy. Hominy is whole kernel corn that has been taken through a process (used by many cultures for centuries) called nixtamilization, which makes …Read More

Massaged Kale Sweet Potato Salad

11/25/14 |

Wowee this is a delicious salad! It’s light, a little sweet, tender and simple. There are a few steps to it, but each of them is gentle. I made this for brunch last week and thank goodness, because I had an epic gluten-free waffle fail as our guests arrived:). Wonderfully, this original side-dish made a completely …Read More

Lee’s Chunky Lentil Soup

11/21/14 |

One of my favorite cooking teachers is my dear friend, Lee Newlin. She was kind to share a recipe with me to pass along to you. It is one of my FAVORITE staples of the cooler months. There are two magic ingredients you may need to seek out (and you won’t be sorry – they …Read More

Autumn Roots | Farming Health Series

11/14/14 |

Nothing makes me want to eat wonderful food more than a garden tour with a joyful farmer.  Here’s Carolyn at Sweet Pea Farm talking with us about some exciting root crops of the fall/winter season – daikon radish, turnips and rutabaga!  You can find these at your local market or at many grocery stores (or grow …Read More

Teaching Food & Health with Lee Newlin | Farming Health Series

10/31/14 |

Sometimes you luck out and cross paths with amazing people in life. This happened to me several years back when I met Lee and Larry Newlin at a sustainable agriculture conference.* Together, they have created Peaceful River Farm and Lee’s Healthy Cooking, two ventures near Chapel Hill, NC that form a dynamic, living example and inspiration for the healing …Read More

Hearty Pumpkin Chili

10/31/14 |

One of our favorite treats from the garden goes by a funny name – a “tan cheese pumpkin.” It’s a sweet, bright orange flesh that is a joy to work with.  Canned pumpkin will work fine in this recipe, but if you have the ability to grow your own or find a great cooking pumpkin …Read More

Powerhouse Pumpkin Custard

10/31/14 |

One thing I love about cooking more of my own food is being connected with the ingredients I choose so that I know this dessert is a nutritional powerhouse (and a delightful treat).  This simple warming recipe is full of flavor and easy to throw together. The pomegranate we had on the counter ended up being a tasty and beautiful addition. …Read More

Bright and Beautiful Quinoa Salad

10/23/14 |

On Sundays I love to cook a couple of  recipes so we can have easy meals through the early part of the week. Quinoa makes a terrific base for all kinds of salad combinations.  If you’re not familiar with quinoa, it’s a lovely fast-cooking seed full of protein.  The kale and acorn squash from the garden are absolutely …Read More

My Favorite Beet Smoothie

9/25/14 |

I really love beets.  And beet greens are not only terrific in smoothies, but they are also lovely cooked in water or a little fat (like olive oil, butter, ghee or coconut oil).  Don’t throw them away.  If you missed it awhile back, here’s a link to the video I made about beets with evidence that …Read More

Have a Veggieful Week

9/25/14 |

I invite you to join me in taking on a daily practice this week of eating at least 5 servings of vegetables each day.  Fruit is terrific, too, so by all means eat it this week, but this is a veggie challenge. Grow Well has a growing bank of simple recipes on the website, and we …Read More

Veggieful Turkey Meatloaf

9/24/14 |

This was a fun, simple Sunday afternoon meal to pull together.  It’s got a very gentle spiciness and bright flavor.  This recipe plus a salad provided the family with three, delicious no-time meals this week. gluten-free Ingredients 1 clove garlic, minced (let sit for at least 10 minutes) 1 pound ground turkey (sustainably raised, organic if …Read More

Simple Delicious Okra

9/19/14 |

I never really knew love until I met my first fresh-harvested okra.  I never knew you could pick it, then take a wonderful bite right there in the field.  I never knew it could be anything but a slimy blob from a can or a deep fried bit to dip in ranch dressing. Now that …Read More

Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup

8/1/14 |

Cucumbers are going strong in the garden this week, so we loved trying this sweet little recipe from Chef Robin.  I found it to be both light and filling – totally sufficient for a full meal.  The pumpkin seeds really add a nice touch.  Beautiful, eh? A few preparation hints – use care as you salt …Read More