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Arugula Salad with Orange Slices and Basil

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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…

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…

Celery Root Soup

Celery Root Soup

Salad & Soup

I felt a little fancy when I made this but we all deserve to eat food that looks beautiful and was made fresh.  We had some friends coming for dinner and it's great to be able to serve something that is fairly easy to make, but looks like it's something you would order in a restaurant. I am trying to be conscious of how many things I put in my mouth that come out of a bag, box or can and to really limit it.  Eating real food can really change the way you feel.   So I encourage everyone to just be a little more conscious of where their food comes from and try to eat foods that only have…

Green Lentil Soup with Curry and Cauliflower

Green Lentil Soup with Curry and Cauliflower

Salad & Soup

This week has been a little strange for me as I have recently given up Gluten. Six months after my first child was born I found out I was  hypothyroid.  It was such a relief  to have an answer to why I had been feeling so awful for the last half of a year. I thought I was going crazy, couldn't focus, was tired to my bones, not to mention I was a total B*#&@ from time to time, and I couldn't lose my pregnancy weight no matter how much I exercised while Max was napping.   That last one was very depressing for me.   And a clump of my hair was turning white. Yup, white. (I was 32). I chalked…

Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranates and Mushrooms

Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranates and Mushrooms

Salad & Soup

We eat a big salad as our dinner at least a couple nights a week.   You might think that is pretty boring, but there are so many ingredients you can add to a salad to keep it flavor packed and filling.    Pomegranates are so colorful and flavor packed and add a nice texture to salads.  They are one of the healthiest things to eat, in their natural form.   I am not talking about pomegranate flavored jelly beans that are marketed to us as healthy, but the actual fruit.  This super fruit is packed with anti-oxidants and is high in vitamin C and potassium. The first time I saw a pomegranate, I didn't really know how I was going to get…

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Salad & Soup

Eric and I were  engaged in 2004 and married in July of 2005.  My Aunt Nancie threw me a beautiful bridal shower a few months before my wedding and had all the guests bring 2 recipes that she added to a recipe book .   It was such a wonderful gift and one that I use often.  I have stuffed many recipes into the book over the years and it's overflowing a bit at this point.   One of the recipes was from a family friend, Jackie Miller, and I have made this soup often.   This is the first time I made it using dried black beans that I soaked and cooked, as opposed the canned black beans and I really think…

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