Pan Fried Polenta

Pan Fried Polenta This is one of my favorite fast meals to make on a busy school night. You can doctor this up with anything you like, but I like to keep it simple. My family really likes this pan fried polenta. Pan Fried Polenta 1 tube ready made polenta Marinara sauce Dairy-free mozzarella cheese…

Italian Style Root Vegetable Puree

Have I said lately that I should have married Mario Batali? Never mind that both of us are already married with children, but the man can cook – and what Italian girl does not love a man that can cook good Italian food. This is my take on one of his recipes. I make this…

Dairy Free Fennel Bake

A few years ago I became a big lover of fresh fennel. I had not eaten it much while growing up, but as an adult love it to pieces. I discovered this recipe when the CSA box we were getting delivered kept having bunches of celery week after week. I originally made this with celery…

Heather’s Vegetable Soup

We have been having some colder weather here on the central coast. Not cold by New England standards (I can totally hear my East Coast family laughing at me), but cold enough away from our 80’ norm that I have been chilled to the bone and have had a hard time warming up. All I…

Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Do you ever have moments where you want to come up with additional ways to eat vegetables that the whole family will enjoy? Do you get curious by all the recipes for cauliflower that you find on the internet? I know I sure do. This recipe for loaded cauliflower bake falls into that category. This…

Aloo Matar

You know I adore Indian food. The practical thing would be for me to go to India and study cooking, but until then I will make do with practicing in my own kitchen. I have ordered aloo matar from a local Indian restaurant, loved it so much, I taught myself how to cook it at…

Vegetable Spring Rolls

I love making vegetable spring rolls. There are times I just need to eat vegetables. I mean lots of vegetables. And my lots, I mean I really just want to eat vegetables and nothing else. I started making these vegetable spring rolls last year as I was going through my clean eating kick. These are…

Italian Eggplant Capanota

This past fall my family was gifted a lot of eggplant by friend that’s a local winemaker. He and his wife put in a huge garden next to the winery and planted much more than they could use for family or at the winery. I rummaged around and found a recipe for this Italian Eggplant…

Rainbow Bean Soup Mix

This rainbow bean soup mix was a recipe I came up with last year to use as a table decoration for the local woman’s club I belong to. The rainbow bean soup mix is packaged up in a jar and you can decorate the top with decorative fabric. It makes a pretty gift or holiday…