Author: Helene

Comfort, Gluten Free, Healthy, Recipes

Spicy Chickpea Stew

This recipe was inspired by a recipe from the New York Times Cooking site; one of my favorite recipe websites. My very first cookbook was Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. My second cookbook was The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet. The New York Times never disappoints in terms of innovative, creative and delicious recipes. My version of […]

Comfort, Gluten Free, Recipes

Chicken Salad with Snow Peas

The secret to the best chicken salad is using freshly roasted, tender chicken that has not been dried out or overcooked. Last night I roasted more chicken than I needed for dinner anticipating this lovely chicken salad for lunch today. This version of chicken salad includes white onions, blanched snow peas and celery. I like […]

Comfort, Gluten Free, Recipes

Quick Guacamole

Most guacamole recipes start with chopping tomatoes, onion, jalapenos and garlic. Yesterday, I was craving a chip and guac snack. As I surveyed the contents of my pantry and refrigerator, I realized I had nice, ripe avocados but no tomatoes or jalapenos but I did have a container of my favorite fresh salsa from the […]

Comfort, Recipes

Sweet Potato Biscuits

In January, I mostly abandoned sweets, carbs and butter; it was a huge sacrifice. When January rolled over into February, I welcomed the opportunity to relive a Thanksgiving memory provided by my sister who is a ridiculous baker and chef. She makes the Christian Science Monitor’s Sweet Potato Angel Biscuits which are light and fluffy […]

Gluten Free, Healthy, Recipes

Salmon with Bok Choy and Snow Peas

Roasted Salmon last night turned into Salmon with steamed bok choy and snow peas today. The combination is healthy and tastes magical. This was quick and easy to prepare. I had just enough bok choy and snow peas left over from my Chicken Pho. Bok Choy is also known as chinese cabbage. It has a […]

Ideas, Inspiration

The Backyard Vegetable Garden

Every year I plant at least three vegetable varieties and half a dozen herbs in my backyard garden. They are split between containers or embedded among my shrubbery and flowers. What’s lovely about this is the vegetables blend right in with the other plantings. For example, last year I planted zucchini alongside some dwarf evergreen […]

Ideas, Inspiration

It is CSA Season

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system that enables farmers to connect with consumers through a subscription service. Sometimes farms collaborate and offer produce from one farm and dairy products or meat from another. The subscription is beneficial to the farmers because funds provide a means for them to purchase seeds and […]

Comfort, Gluten Free, Recipes

Turkey Meatballs with Sweet Red Sauce

You will notice I didn’t tag this recipe as one of the healthy ones. The turkey meatballs certainly are healthy, but once I smothered the meatballs in the Sweet Red Sauce, they were goners. Sugar isn’t typically at the top of my ingredient list for the recipes I make and design, but it is an […]

Comfort, Recipes

Cassoulet for Two

A traditional french cassoulet is worth every bit of the time and effort it takes to acquire the ingredients and prepare this flavor intensive medley of meats and vegetables. With a focus upon trimming down the prep time and using more commonly available ingredients, I created this less elaborate recipe for two with very positive […]

Ideas

Urban Farming with Neighbors

We had record breaking warm temperatures in the Northeast this week causing my imagination to pivot to summer and vegetable garden possibilities. My yard is small but every year I grow a select variety of vegetables including cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. The tomatoes are grown in a container but the cucumbers and zucchini are […]