archive for February, 2008

Fig Tapenade with Walnut Crackers

Posted on February 28, 2008

Inspiration struck today. As did its friend creativity. The sun was bright for the third day in a row over here in Colorado and my faith in all things good returned. Whatever had a hold of me –seasonal affect disorder, Mercury in retrograde, who knows, who cares –it’s gone! I took a long slow walk and saw the last patches of melting snow, flowers popping up through mud and upon arriving home, I observed sap running down the maples in ... read more →

Fish Sticks

Posted on February 26, 2008

For some reason, I can’t get out of my winter funk. We’ve had a few beautiful sunny days, yet I still feel as though I need to go into a small cave and hibernate. I feel such a stunting of my creativity during these dark days (we’ve had a lot more dreary ones than sunny) and a complete lack of drive. I think part of it is all of the illnesses that my family has been through during the past ... read more →

Top Ten Tips for Healthy Shopping

Posted on February 25, 2008

-photo from vgm8383 on Flickr

Here are some things I keep in mind when I go grocery shopping:

Fresh is better than frozen, frozen is better than canned
Fresh produce is full of nutrition and far tastier; for veggies, we eat what’s in season, I keep frozen organic fruits on hand to make the boys smoothies in the winter or to use in muffins (blueberry for example); I avoid canned food whenever possible
Ocean raised fish is better than farmed
Farmed fish is often ... read more →

Chicken Piccata

Posted on February 22, 2008

It’s been almost a week since I last posted something here. It seems my entire family has gone into retrograde and I have been nursing everyone back to health for the last month –including myself. The nasty flu that blew through Colorado had me down for ten days straight. I haven’t had one that bad for quite a long time.

On a food note, I continue to be inspired by Elise over at simplyrecipes.com. Last week she posted a delicious ... read more →

Shrimp Cakes

Posted on February 16, 2008

After preparing a plethora of Valentine’s sweets, I once again have post-holiday “dessert burnout” syndrome. Thus, I now find myself constantly craving protein –for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.

I will be eating a lot of these tasty little seafood patties in this new phase of protein craze. Hence I am delighted to share one of my favorite recipes with you –this one for simple, savory shrimp cakes.

Shrimp Cakes

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1 pound (raw) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 red or yellow bell pepper, ... read more →

My Favorite Gluten Free Valentine’s Recipes

Posted on February 12, 2008

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. I don’t buy into the flowers and Hallmark card aspect of this holiday. Rather than the usual hoopla, my favorite taste tester (that would be my husband) and I don’t do much, if anything at all. Simply put, I try to appreciate and show my love for him day in and day out.

On another note, who on earth decided that consumers should show their love by purchasing useless items on some specific day? The ... read more →

Linzer Hearts

Posted on February 10, 2008

Here’s another fun Valentine’s recipe. Anina in my cooking class came up with this one. During class she suggested that the Black and White Cookies we were preparing could also be turned into linzer hearts by replacing the chocolate with raspberry jam and making a couple of other changes.

I liked this idea so much that it took great discipline for me to stay in the room, rather than running out to the nearest grocery store to grab a bottle of ... read more →

Black and White Cookies

Posted on February 9, 2008

Today was a big day –I taught the first in a series of cooking classes that I will be offering quarterly.

The theme of this class was Valentine’s Day –we made the Cranberry Apricot Truffles that I have previously posted on this site, a new experimental flavor of truffles (to be revealed someday soon) and the black and white cookie recipe below, of course using heart cookie cutters, given our theme.

The class was held in the spiffy little commercial kitchen at ... read more →

Salmon with Tomato Basil Relish

Posted on February 7, 2008

As I have mentioned here before, I am always looking for inspired ways to eat salmon. First priority, disguising the fishy flavor!

Well, lo and behold, last night as I sat on the couch making my way through the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated (my dear friend Deb subscribed me as a gift last year), I found a section on cooking salmon. I was so inspired that I decided to test out the recipe for tonight’s dinner.

I do like Cook’s, however ... read more →

Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Posted on February 5, 2008

My favorite taste tester is going on a diet. This is not good news.

This diet deal will require some serious re-inventing of the wheel over here. New standards will need to be implemented. No more –he ate two whole trays of that so it must be good– type ratings.

My favorite taste tester is also my best friend and has been for 16 years. He does not like it when I call him my “partner,” says it makes us sound like ... read more →

Power Bars

Posted on February 1, 2008

For the past few months, I have been playing around with power bar recipes. When I’m on the go, I want to grab something that is packed with nutrition, not too sweet and plenty tasty.

I’ve made this power bar recipe a bunch of times now and my taste testers (that would be my husband who is a very direct and rather stringent critic) have given it their official seal of approval (that would be eating an entire tray in two ... read more →