Archive for March, 2014

Lucky for us leeks are available just about everywhere, and just about all the time. Leeks used to an expensive, almost exotic treat not so very long ago.  Roasted in the oven with cauliflower they provide a wonderful change of pace to any meal. The vegetables are glazed with a   Read More ...

These tacos are absolutely one of my new favorite things to eat. It is hard to believe they are low-fat and low-sodium, but they are! They are packed with flavor. The rich chili crème is fantastic with the fish. The diced green chilies pack a lot of flavor into the   Read More ...

Asparagus heralds spring for many, especially gardeners, since those little emerald tips poke up through the ground before most even have their vegetable gardens tilled. Asparagus shows up in mass in the markets in early spring. That to me living in the midwest is encouraging: It is warm somewhere! We   Read More ...

Homemade bread is so good. It is not hard to do and worth the time. I love homemade bread because I know exactly what is in it, and what isn’t!  This recipe makes a flavorful and soft bread, just the way I like it. My recipe has only a third   Read More ...

Everyone knows fish is a healthy menu alternative. Forget the pre-breaded chunks from your grocer’s frozen section, or from your local drive-through. Fish is high is protein, high in good fats, and helps you feel full longer without that sluggish carbohydrate-overload feeling. Pick up plain, frozen, white-fleshed fish and bake   Read More ...

Popping potatoes in the oven for dinner is easy, and doesn’t need a recipe. Everyone makes them and they are good. I love oven potatoes because they can complete any simple meal. I have a little trick that speeds up the baking time and helps insure a crispy outer potato.   Read More ...

What could be more perfect for St. Patrick’s Day than a bowl of Irish Stew? Irish stew is good any day, but made with Guinness Beer it is just right for St. Patrick’s Day. Guiness, a stout beer, was first made in Dublin, Ireland in 1778. It is as popular   Read More ...

Fish is always a healthy and popular menu option and becomes even more popular during the Lenten season. Lent or not, this is a recipe I use all the time for lots of different types of fish. Cod is delicious, affordable, and available everywhere.  Cod is a bit sweet and   Read More ...

This isn’t your everyday chicken! It is very flavorful. Fiesta is in the name but I promise those of you who fear spice that it won’t be  too spicy or  too tangy. It is just right. The flavor is mild and delicious. Baked in the oven, it couldn’t be easier.   Read More ...

This is just another winter day in Iowa. True, it is a winter that seems to never end, but I am tough and it will end – sometime. There is a ton of snow, most of which is falling horizontal. OK, I guess that means it is not falling but   Read More ...

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