Author: Helene

Ideas, Inspiration

Farmer’s Markets

With my family garden, we were fortunate to be able to live farm to table every day with either fresh or canned vegetables from our garden. In urban and suburban areas, the local farmer’s market has become a destination where shoppers come together to select fresh vegetables, baked goods and beverages produced by people who […]

Gluten Free, Healthy, Recipes, Vegan

Black Bean and Corn Salad

This salad is delightful and can be prepared from corn on the cob left over from a previous meal or you can always use frozen corn too. Just make sure the corn is fully defrosted before serving. When we were sailing, we used frozen corn and the corn did double duty as an ice pack […]


Baked Goods In the Grocery Store

My family doesn’t eat a lot of bread. We love bread, but we have some dietary considerations when choosing bread products. My daughter and son are gluten free and I need to watch my carbs while my husband could eat bread with every meal. If we purchase packages of bread or rolls for sandwiches or […]


Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Baked, roasted or fried, sweet potatoes are versatile as well as nutritious, rich in vitamin B and C as well as potassium. For this recipe, three medium sized sweet potatoes will be roasted. One of the potatoes will be reserved for the roasted root vegetable recipe. It’s important to poke the potato with a fork […]

Gluten Free, Healthy, Recipes

Corn on the Cob

August and September are prime corn on the cob months. You can find it in your grocery store and at your favorite farmer’s market or farm stand. There are so many varieties including super sweet yellow corn, butter and sugar corn, and silver corn. Rosedale Farm located in Simsbury, Connecticut is one of my favorite places […]


Oatmeal with Blueberries

This is my favorite breakfast or anytime snack for that matter. There are several different types of oats to choose from including instant (aka quick cook), rolled, steel-cut (aka Irish) and Scottish. For the recipe below, I use gluten-free Old Fashioned oats. I try to avoid individual serving, pre-packaged oats (other than plain) because they […]


Food Waste in America

According to the USDA, food waste is estimated at between 30-40% of the food supply in America. There are many reasons why food can spoil as it moves through the supply chain from farm to table. Half of all waste occurs within the walls of our homes and with this we are also wasting money. […]


Cookware for Small Spaces

Pots and pans come in all shapes and sizes. Many pots have long handles making them difficult to store in small kitchens. The one below is from All-Clad and is an excellent choice if you have the storage space. There are specialty pots like double boilers, pots with built in strainers and even pots specifically […]


Reusable Shopping Bags

Connecticut recently passed a law requiring shop owners to charge 10 cents for a store supplied single use shopping bag and within two years plastic shopping bags will be banned completely. Our waterways are becoming filled with plastic and this is one step to curb the negative environmental impact of plastic. An alternative is for […]


Why multi-day menus?

When my two boys were growing up I remember scrambling at dinner time to put together a healthy meal that everyone would enjoy. It was important to me that we enjoyed dinner together as a family sitting side by side at the dinner table. After they went to bed, in an exhausted state of mind, […]