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Smoothie:  Blueberry, Basil, and Lemon Smoothie

Smoothie: Blueberry, Basil, and Lemon Smoothie

This flavor combination is summery and refreshing, perfect before or after a workout or a walk. The herbs make it extra fragrant, and the yogurt and banana make the smoothie creamy.

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Zucchini Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Gondolas

Zucchini Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Gondolas

     

Summer’s the season of bounteous crops of zucchini and yellow squash, which is also affordable because it’s so plentiful and easy to grow. I don’t find zucchini to be the most flavorful or exciting vegetable, but I love it as ... Read more

How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

How to Make Fruits and Vegetables Last Longer

Each Friday morning, while I’m still sleeping, we get a basket of fresh and delicious local fruits and vegetables delivered to our doorstep.  No, I don’t have an incredibly generous (and sleep-deprived) secret admirer, but I do belong to a local service called Read more
Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans

Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans

                Your family will enjoy the fall flavors in this healthy warm sweet potato salad. Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans Prep (20 minutes) + Cook (... Read more
Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto

I learned about the concept of using long strips of raw zucchini instead of pasta for a healthier alternative from my friend Jenny Lim. When 14-year-old Celia heard about how I planned to “ruin” dinner she was more than skeptical, but she amazed herself with how much she enjoyed the zucc... Read more
Pasta Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables and Fresh Mozzarella

Pasta Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables and Fresh Mozzarella

                           

I got the most beautiful orange and yellow peppers from my farm sha... Read more

Save Money and Enhance Your Meals: How to Plant a Simple Herb Garden

Save Money and Enhance Your Meals: How to Plant a Simple Herb Garden

I love the aromatic flavor and nutritional benefits that fresh herbs add to almost any dish. However, I don’t like the expense and waste of those plastic herb packets they sell at the grocery store, so every spring I plant an herb garden on our sunny deck. It only takes about 10 minutes to transfer a few ba... Read more
We Got the Beet Soup

We Got the Beet Soup

My dear friend Jessica Honigberg, whose daughter Clara is a vegetarian like Celia, told me about a beet and potato soup she had made that Clara loved. When my CSA delivered beets and potatoes that same week, I had to try making my own version. The whole family was mighty surprised by the deep pink... Read more
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Crispy Sage

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Crispy Sage

                          I invented this recipe as my mind wandered during one of Celia’s many soccer games. I’m not the most devoted sports fan, so I often discu... Read more

Light and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

My family loves broccoli and I've been tempted to buy and prepare it by the beautiful green heads at the farmer's market lately. I even planted some in our vegetable garden but so far it doesn't look like it's going to grow into anything substantial before the first frost. I've been roasting and steaming our broccoli lately, but this weekend I decided to make a cold broccoli salad. Traditional bro... Read more