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Freebie Friday: Snack Girl to The Rescue!

Freebie Friday: Snack Girl to The Rescue!

I’ve long been an admirer of Lisa Cain, aka Snack Girl. We first met in Sacramento, California on a trip to learn more about California walnuts, and I was charmed by her straight talking manner. I think that’s what her myriad of followers on her popular site, Snack-Gi... Read more
Healthy food: Crispy Quinoa Cakes Recipe

Healthy food: Crispy Quinoa Cakes Recipe

 I’ve been intrigued by quinoa cakes ever since I first devoured them at Le Pain Quotidian, a Belgian-based café and bakery that has a great selection of innovative and healthy food. This version, also inspired by a recipe from Read more

Healthy Dessert Recipes:  Mango Sherbet Recipe with Ginger & Lime

Healthy Dessert Recipes: Mango Sherbet Recipe with Ginger & Lime

Our daughter Celia developed a couple of new healthy dessert recipes this month including this Mango Ginger Lime Sherberet. It’s so easy to make and tastes light and refreshing. You can substitute any flavor of yogurt you like or hav... Read more

Homemade Hot Chocolate Submarinos

Homemade Hot Chocolate Submarinos

When my kids came in from shoveling snow today, I remembered the most delectable hot chocolate drink I had once sipped in a café in a bus terminal in a remote area of Argentina, when I  was feeling chilled from winter travel.  When I ordered hot chocolate, I was surprised when the bartender ... Read more
How to Make Refried Beans in the Slow Cooker

How to Make Refried Beans in the Slow Cooker

If you have every wondered how to make how to make refried beans, this recipe makes about 6 cans worth. Some of the beans can be pureed to be used as “refried” beans and some can be left whole and stored to use in burritos, salads, or other recipes.  Use th... Read more

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza takes only ten minutes to prepare and ten minutes in the oven.  You can use canned refried beans (we prefer Amy’s or Better Beans) or follow this Read more

The Olympics are Here! (Well, They’re in Sochi, But They’re On!)

The Olympics are Here! (Well, They’re in Sochi, But They’re On!)

                There’s a ton of buzz about the Winter Olympics that started last Friday in Sochi, Russia.  As adults, we have an appreciation of the significance of the Olympics--how so many cultures come together to compete and the hard wo... Read more
Healthy Snack: How to Make Kettle Corn

Healthy Snack: How to Make Kettle Corn

This healthy snack is as quick to make than any microwave popcorn, and there are no artificial ingredients.  The tiny bit of sugar makes it extra crunchy and delicious. Try this recipe and you'll know how to make kettle corn.

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Healthy Recipes for Super Bowl Parties

Healthy Recipes for Super Bowl Parties

                  I grew up in a home where sports were on the television exactly never.  I didn’t watch any football games live or on TV until I was in high school, and even then I found it hard to pay attention.  Being a ... Read more
Healthy Party Snack:  Crispy Stuffed Tex-Mex Potato Skins

Healthy Party Snack: Crispy Stuffed Tex-Mex Potato Skins

This recipe marries my love of baked potato skins, twice baked potatoes and Tex-Mex flavors into one delectable morsel. The key to making these possible for a busy weeknight is to bake the potatoes in advance, and even make the stuffing in advance... Read more