Edamame Green Monster Dip

Edamame Green Monster Dip

  Scare up this hummus with edamame and walnuts for your munchkins to dig into before their Halloween treats. A healthy bunch of parsley makes the scary-good green color, boosts Vitamins K and C, adds flavinoids too, which function as antioxidants. And of course loads…

Apple-Rhubarb-Ginger Galette

Apple-Rhubarb-Ginger Galette

A galette is my cheater version of pie. Just one crust to roll and no pie pan fussing! Perfect for stone fruits, apples, berries, rhubarb, and oven ready in about 30 minutes. Or maybe a few minutes more if it’s your first time. This is…

Authentic Irish Brown Bread

Authentic Irish Brown Bread

 For home-baked bread speedier than my Speedy No-Knead Artisan Bread, I bake Irish Brown Bread. A staple bread in Ireland, Irish Brown is different from soda bread for it’s distinctive large crumb texture and wheaty flavor with a touch of molasses. There’s no rise time,…

Super Simple Slider Sandwiches

Super Simple Slider Sandwiches

It doesn’t get any easier than beef with salsa-raisin sauce for this spicy sandwich. Raisins add a touch of sweetness to the salsa for a rich piquant sauce. So let your slow cooker do the cooking, then pick up a bag of ready-cut coleslaw and…

Speedy No-Knead Artisan Bread

Speedy No-Knead Artisan Bread

 January is National Baking Month, so even though I bake year-round (including microwave English Muffin Bread in summer), I thought it would be a good time to share this new (to me) speedy version of the no-knead bread I posted a few years ago. I…

Tomato-Peach-Mint Bruschetta

Tomato-Peach-Mint Bruschetta

At the time of this post, devastating fires just 75 miles from here make thinking about recipes seem so insignificant. Yet we still fuel body and soul as we continue on. End-of-summer golden tomatoes and peaches make this classic tomato-topped toast called Bruschetta. (Pronounced “broos…

Banana Avocado Muffins

Banana Avocado Muffins

Why add mashed avocado to muffins? Because avocados are full of polyunsaturated fat (‘good fat’), are a good source of fiber (about 9 grams per avocado), are high in minerals and phytonutrients like Vitamin E, C, folate, magnesium, AND can replace other fat in baking…

Really Good Low-fat Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Really Good Low-fat Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Life is good with a raisin oatmeal cookie! These are wonderful after-school snack or take-along cookies made even better because they are very low in fat and sugar. A little yogurt and oil substitute for butter, and there’s not too much brown sugar. Nutritionals clock…

Golden Fruit Salsa-Chutney

Golden Fruit Salsa-Chutney

Fruit salsa, chutney – or can it be a sundae topping?  Take your pick! It’s ‘golden’ any way you serve it. Sweet-tangy golden raisins and summer fruits – peaches, nectarines, strawberries, apricots, and a zing of crystallized ginger. I created this fresh fruit salsa as…

English Muffin Bread – perfect for Summer

English Muffin Bread – perfect for Summer

Summer bread baking – why not? Use your microwave! No hot oven needed. It sounded ludicrous when a colleague mentioned a Fleischmann’s yeast recipe, developed probably in the ‘70s when microwave ovens were the most revolutionary kitchen appliance around. The recipe is English Muffin bread. A simple,…