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Composed Salads

A simple mixed salad is my least favorite dish to prepare yet one of my favorite sides or main dishes to eat any time of year, whether at home or at a party. If I had a Food Fairy I’d have her make beautiful platters of prepared veggies, properly protected and stored in my fridge […]


Autumn Paleo Sausage

I’m not even a huge sausage fan but these were beyond sausage and scrumptious in their clean simplicity. I found the recipe for these online and made a small adaptation for my adult daughter who is trying a Paleo – type diet for auto immune disease. I had a hard time refraining from eating more […]


Chai Tea

Is it cold where you are today? Are you holding your hot coffee or tea cup tightly while you sip down the warming liquid? How about a change of flavor pace this holiday season that might just outlast your Christmas tree? This recipe came to us on a recent visit to Norfolk Virginia and a […]


German Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)

I would not consider myself a baker. I always sigh and move on, when I see a really delicious dessert that requires baking. I tend to mess up the recipes in some small way. It may be overly dry, or maybe it doesn’t rise properly, too dense or some other version of too much or […]


Vegan chocolate chip cookies

I am not a vegan, but these cookies are delicious! I doubt they are any better for you, the environment or anyone else except maybe the cows and chickens. They are not easier to make. So why did I make them? Well that’s easy, I didn’t have enough eggs or butter, but my pantry just […]


Hahnchenpfeffer

It’s always fun to come up with a menu based on a single ingredient. Sometimes it’s the protein, sometimes it’s a vegetable. This time around the recipe was based on something that wouldn’t even end up in the recipe! Enter the Gewurztraminer (pronounced gə-ˈvu̇rt-ˌstra-mə-nər). We tasted a bottle at our local wine shop and loved […]


Pasta with Swordfish, Tomato, & Eggplant

We live just down the street from a little roadside stand that sells arguably some of the freshest seafood possible. We love to stop in and pick up whatever they happen to have and fashion a dish around that ingredient. This past weekend that dish happened to be Swordfish. I’ve never cooked it before, and […]


Sprout Sandwich with Tofu Ricotta

When my wife came home with “The High-Protein Vegan Cookbook” I rolled my eyes and gave her a look like “You’re kidding right? Why do we need this?” We love meat and dairy and I find a lot of vegan versions of regular dishes to be poor substitutes. But I sucked in my desire to […]


Holiday Leftover Egg Bake

It’s the season of family, friends, and amazing food!!! When I think of the holidays, besides the memories and images of my family and friends…I immediately have visions of food. Black olives, deviled eggs, homemade yeast rolls, sausage balls, and mashed potatoes…real mashed potatoes (tiny lumps and all)!! No matter where we are in the […]


Dairy-Free Grits Casserole

My annual family gathering always revolves around plenty of wonderful food. Generally we plan to try new recipes while also including a few family favorites. One dish that always appears on the brunch menu is a cheesy ham and grits casserole originally from Southern Living Magazine. The “crust” is made up of pre-baked cheesy grits […]


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