Archive for June, 2012

Arugula Salad with Orange Slices and Basil

Salad & Soup

Summer is here!   Time for crazy schedules,  lots of activities, and a houseful of guests...at least in my world.    I love this time of year!  Farmer's Markets, outdoor music concerts, playing by the river with the kids, hiking, rafting, camping, art festivals, and all the wildflowers.   It always seems to fly by but I am hoping to really live in the present moment this summer and enjoy all it's craziness.   Maybe it will last longer that way.   The good news amidst the hectic schedules  is that food in the summer months can be quick and easy.             It is the season for cooling foods, simple eating,  easy meals.  If there was ever…

Polenta-Stuffed Swiss Chard with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

Polenta-Stuffed Swiss Chard with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

Lunch & Dinner

Here is one for all you garlic lovers! Walking into a house to the smell of garlic roasting in the oven is so pleasing and comforting. Garlic is said to have many healing properties and it is my go-to remedy when I start feeling a cold coming on.   My mom gave used to give it this to me as a kid and I still use it today.   You chop up a clove of garlic, put it on a spoon with a little raw honey on top and swallow it down.   I swear by it.   If you are worried about garlic breath, just have your significant other do it too. This is such a great meal and not too time consuming. …

Colorful Slaw with Pecans

Colorful Slaw with Pecans

Appetizers & Sides,Salad & Soup

My family and I were vacationing in Florida last month and I would frequent the health food store in the little town of Anna Maria for select items.   I was chatting with the owner one day and somehow we started talking about antioxidants.  Maybe it was the bag of Goji Berries I had in my hand.  Anyway, she asked me if I would like to take a quick test to check my antioxidant level.   I was intrigued, the test was $20 and I didn't hesitate.   The test only takes 90 seconds, but it took her about 15 minutes to turn on her computer and get things going.  While I was waiting (and trying hard to be patient as my…

Lemon Blueberry Cake

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

Eric and I have been talking about building a vegetable garden since we moved into this house about a year and a half ago and the weekend to start was finally here.   Our friend was remodeling a deck so Eric picked up the old redwood decking and we were ready to begin.   Now when I say "we", I really mean Eric.  At this point with only thing I have done is watch.   Watch him rake the land and create a level spot, watch him saw wood, watch him hammer,  and really, I stopped watching after a short time and went on to do other stuff.  But I am so appreciative and am lucky to have such a willing husband!! …