Monthly Archive:: October 2012


Soy Free Grilled Chicken Teriyaki

I have been avoiding gluten for a month. My body has been offering positive feedback in the form of significantly reduced mental fog and a more normal level of energy. Initially my digestive issues improved but I remained moderately uncomfortable. Referring once again to the trifecta of common food intolerances (gluten, dairy, and


Halloween: Tricks for Treats

Last Halloween I urged you to consider planning ahead to provide fun non-edible treats to trick-or-treaters. It was darn good advice so this year I’ll offer it again. Skip the candy and head for the temporary tattoos and bendy skeletons! You can read all my tips and ideas here: Tricky Treats –


Slow Cooker Cabbage and Kielbasa

When it comes to Fall foods the trick is to satisfy the primitive urge to fatten up for hibernation without actually fattening up. This simple Cabbage and Kielbasa recipe is one of my favorites. It completely indulges the desire to fill my belly with cozy food but I won’t need to loosen my


Apple Jam Crumble Bars

Forget the flowery language. Forget waxing poetic. I’m just going to level with you. This Honey Lemon Apple Jam is THE BEST JAM I HAVE EVER TASTED! Whew! I feel better. Now to make a short story longer… Last Sunday I took The Little Helping to idyllic Oxbow Farm near Carnation, WA. We had


When in Washington – Pick Apples!

Washington State is first in the nation for apple production. Technically this number excludes non-commercial trees but don’t tell that to the two in my aunt and uncle’s yard. Last year they invited me to come by and pick some. With The Little Helping in tow I filled a large basket and tried


Gluten Free? Me?

For the past couple weeks I have been eating gluten free. I have been wrestling with when to share this new development in my health journey. The thing is I don’t know yet if it is permanent, or if this experiment will show that I can go back to my normal varied


Cauliflower Fried Rice a Fun Weeknight Meal

If you asked me five years ago to name a versatile vegetable I probably would have answered potato. I may have also muttered, “but potatoes are a starch and not a vegetable.” What a distance I have traveled since then! It is such a joy to share this journey with you! Along the way


Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins (with and without gluten)

It has been amazing watching the seasons change from summer to autumn without a drop of rain.  Every past season I can remember has been marked by the changes in how the rain falls. But rain or no, the temperature has dropped and signs of the new season abound. Trees are turning


The “little black dress” of easy vegetarian recipes

Fashion gurus tell us that every woman’s closet is supposed to have a little black dress.  Of its many attributes this dress’s most important feature is versatility. My closet has one, I found it in my Grandma’s attic. The vintage fabric is a delicate brocade and gives me a figure I never


Can Government Control Obesity?

A Friday Quickie! I was able to listen to this episode of To the Point this week. Can Government Control Obesity? There were some really provocative ideas packed into a single episode. For instance: “Obesity has become pandemic” “…1/3 of Americans obese and another 1/3 over weight…” “…the federal school lunch program has been


Appetizer Class Announcement and Southwestern Sweet Potato Bites

When was the last time you played with your food? Can you recall a recent instance when the act of creating a meal caused you to giggle? Whether you can remember or not, I hope creating this recipe will have you feeling like a kid in the kitchen. These Southwest Sweet Potato


Getting Pot-Lucky

Pot (noun) – a container of earthenware, metal, etc., usually round and deep and having a handle or handles and often a lid, used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.* Luck (noun) – a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person.* Potluck (crapshoot)

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