Cheesy cauliflower soup

When the MVP award is handed out to vegetables, look for Cauliflower to be a serious contender.  It’s a bit of a dark horse,  as it is pale, smells funny and is lumpy and misshapen, but once a cook learns how to use it, it will definitely get called up to the show more and more frequently.  It is fantastic when blended into a soup, adding a satisfying creaminess that is amazingly low carb and low fat. Its mild flavor pairs well with just about any flavor or cuisine, but especially tasty is the addition of cheese and bacon.   Keep in mind that a little bacon goes a long way, and if you use strongly flavored cheese, you don’t need to add too much, so this soup can still be relatively healthful. Read More


Butternut brie soup

Here is a fantastic soup recipe for a day when you are throwing health cautions to the wind– it is very, very rich and calorie laden, and so yummy that it is hard to eat it in moderation. Read More

Caramelized onion jam

This is amazingly good.  Delicious as an accompaniment on a cheese board, excellent on sandwiches and a great go-with for roast meats or fish.  Stir it into a humdrum vegetable dip to elevate that dip to heavenly.. Read More

Spinach and Salmon Salad

What do salmon, blueberries, avocado, walnuts, olive oil, celery and spinach have in common?  Well, one thing is an appearance on a list of the top fifteen foods for improved brain heal, and another is that they come together and make one tasty and gorgeous salad! Read More

Easy peasy cheesy truffles

There is a lot of balancing that goes into planning a winning party appetizer menu.  It’s a challenge to come up with that perfect palate satisfying mix of flavors and textures plus an aesthetically pleasing presentation which is within your budget PLUS pulling it all together seamlessly— whew!  One handy trick is an arsenal of super easy but yummy and attractive recipes.  Then you can add one or two show stoppers ( or perhaps buy them) and there you are, the hostess with the mostest.

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Cute little quinoa patties!

So quinoa is now so widely available it has been spotted at Costco.  What can we do with it, beyond plunking a mound of it next to our grilled chicken breast? Here is one recipe almost as miraculous as the grain itself.  Tasty,  low fat, plus child and adult approved, it can be made ahead, freezes like a charm, and is remarkably versatile:

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