Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Wonders of Witch Hazel

The wondrous witch hazel.  One of nature’s most powerful healers. Witch hazel, or Hamamelis, is a low growing shrub native to North America.  It has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from inflammation, to laryngitis, and is shown to speed recovery from bumps and bruises.  The entire witch hazel plant, including the bark, […]

Romanesco Salad

I know what you’re saying.  Roma- what?  Romanesco.  Also known as Roman cauliflower.  The name may not be familiar, but it’s flavor profile will be.  It tastes like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, but a bit more delicate than either.  It is the edible flower of the species Brassica oleracea.  It is available only for […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wasn’t kidding when I said I was in the midst of a cookie baking frenzy.  So far this week I’ve made ten batches of cookies, and these here my friends, are the indisputable champion.  These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have won the hearts of many over the last few years.  The secret to […]

The Perfect Molasses Cookie

Ahh yes, I have entered into the crazy, blissful state that is Christmas cookie baking.  There is nothing I look forward to more during the holidays than baking goodies with my loved ones.  Usually I do all my baking with my mom, but since she couldn’t join me today, I baked these cookies with my son […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup.  This one has to be my all time favorite, which is no small feat because there are quite a few soups in the running for that title.  This one just has it all.   It has all the familiar flavor profiles of Mexican food, which just happens to be my family’s favorite cuisine.   This […]

Toothpick Snowballs

Let me start by saying I am the quintessential crazy Christmas lady.  Some might find being called crazy offensive, but when it precedes the words “Christmas lady”, I actually consider it somewhat of a compliment.   I can barely get through Halloween before I’m thinking and talking about Christmas. Yes, I’m one of those people.  We get our tree the […]

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian lettuce wraps.  Crunchy and soft.  Cool and warm.  Spicy and sweet.  The contrasts of flavors and temperatures are what makes these little bundles irresistible.  The crunch of the fresh veggies, the heat from the sambal sauce, sweetness from hoisin.  I make these at least once a month and they always receive the highest […]

Chewy Cereal Bars

Chewy, sweet, wholesome and satisfying.  These cereal bars are great for kids and adults alike.  They are packed with whole grains, heart healthy omega 3′s, lots of fiber, and an array of vitamins and minerals.  They are great for an afternoon snack or as a quick breakfast on the go. Looking for a perfect post-workout munchie or […]