Archive for the ‘whole foods’ Category

Giada’s ‘House’ Soup

January 27, 2017

Oh, January. You’re so cold. And you make me want to curl up on the couch and watch TV and eat popcorn. Which then makes my pants feel tight.

Luckily, you also make me crave a big bowl of steaming soup.

I recently got Giada DiLaurentiis’ new cookbook, Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count without Stressing Out.

She is not the first chef to point out how lovely it is that soups are so flexible and can use up odds and ends in the fridge, but she had me at kale and sausage, and even more when she added lemon and Parmesan cheese rind to the broth (one of my very favorite cooking tricks – it adds instant umami).

She calls for farro which I often have a hard time finding – (I finally found a …

Best Instapot Beef Stew

January 22, 2017

Oh, my goodness. This is Heaven in a bowl.

This recipe makes me so glad that I am still blogging about food. (Novel almost finished! A week or two before I hit send to the publisher and I am so, so proud of how it’s turned out. Will keep you posted when they tell me its available.)

After I did an IG story where I made beef stew in the Instapot, I had a bunch of people ask me how I make it, so I was determined to snap some pics the next time we had it. Lucky for you, we made it last night. The sun set while it was cooking away and we took a nature walk, so these last few shots are only lit with artificial lights, which is my photo pet peeve. But the recipe is SO amazing, I have to spread the …

Healthy Eats & Wellness Ideas

January 10, 2017


Happy New Year friends! After our time away in the mountains we came back about as refreshed as you can be skiing with 4 kids (my husband is seriously passionate people!). My husband had lots of work trips as soon as we got back, and I have had almost constant solo parenting which is why he is sending me away this weekend with my best friends. The spa appointments are made and that point of relaxation with girlfriends and wine is what I am thinking about during this LONG stretch of cold winter weeks.

I am trying to bring that Spa-like mindset into our days despite the cabin fever tendencies. Long books, bubble baths, essential oils, spa-like food and music playing. Something to make up for the void from all the delights of the senses in December. Plus I hate feeling deprived as I get healthy and so …

20 Ideas for Cooking with Apples

October 16, 2016

Happy fall weekend everyone!

Can you even believe how gorgeous it is outside? I am pretty sure God decided to balance out our everlasting winters with just magical fall weather in New England. I feel like I am inside of a magazine (probably Martha Stewart’s? Maybe Real Simple?) every time I go outside.

Yesterday our good friends Matt & Heather and their sweet girls met us to go apple picking. We met at a farm just over the border of Massachusetts called Cider Hill Farm and I am so smitten I am getting their winter CSA.

They have lots of free range chickens and they have this little tunnel they run through from their coop to an open pasture that we dubbed the chicken superhighway. I will forever have the …

Maple Balsamic Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fall Veggies

September 28, 2016

Dear Fall,  Even though your gorgeous weather means we are all outside for sports every afternoon, and my slow and easy dinner time is gone, you are still my favorite season. And I am determined to enjoy your flavors and bounty even in this super busy time. That’s why I see a whole lot of sheet pan dinners with fall produce in our future.

Just one walk around my grocery store’s ‘locally grown’ section yielded me these beauties. Of course I wanted to be creative and come up with complicated recipes, but if you have seen the Pioneer Woman’s idea of sheet pan dinners, then you know how easy and quick they are. And it was completely delicious. So I am just sharing the good news to all you other busy mommas and food lovers out there.

I love how delicata squash lives up to it’s name with it’s …

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Salad with Arugula and Avocado

August 3, 2016

I could write a big post that is just an ode to the summer salad. We’ve been growing fresh romain and red leaf lettuce in our back yard, and I’ve been making big batches of this homemade Panara Greek Dressing.

But this salad is AH-mazing. Get ready for a flavor blast of lemon, garlic, and feta along with a texture explosion of crunchy radishes and nuts, creamy avocado, and meaty shrimp. You can make this for a party, or you can make it for yourself and halve the recipe. Either way, you’re going to wanna make it. Because its amazing.

I think I was laying by a pool while my kids swam when I dreamed it up. Most likely it was the lingering effects of Tamara Adler and her urge that a salad have something crunchy, creamy, acidic, and oily. Plus I totally crave shrimp in the summer for …