Festive Turkey Sliders

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If you are looking to feed a diverse crowd (think adults AND children eating from the same menu), Festive Turkey Sliders might be your ticket.  We made these recently in advance of an "after party" at our home when a few families came over to eat following a holiday performance.   I was to attend the performance, so I needed to have something warm and delicious ready upon our … [Read more...]

Winter Greens with Citrus Dressing

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This is a wonderful side dish for the winter months when you crave just a little more color and zest.  Grab the best and freshest greens you can find (we can still get some from our greenhouse here in January, which is amazing!) and make this dressing: Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 T fresh lime juice 2 T fresh lemon juice 2 T rice wine vinegar 2 T … [Read more...]

Vegetable Lentil Soup with Poached Egg

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A Guest Post by Julia Goodhouse.  Re-printed from original post dated January 15, 2013. When traveling to other countries it always surprises me how different the breakfast are from our standard American fare: grilled vegetables, baked beans, stir fry and soups are common breakfast foods.   Why not try something different in the New Year? Happy 2015! Vegetable Lentil … [Read more...]

Birthday Moroccan Stew

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Re-printed from original post dated January 3rd, 2012. Gluten-free/Dairy-free! My daughter’s birthday is on new Year’s Eve, and she turned ELEVEN this year!  We are having a big party for her next weekend, but for “her night” she wanted to have a friend sleepover and have a special dinner.  One of Elena’s favorite foods is garbanzo beans/chickpeas, so I starting planning … [Read more...]

Cure for your Cold? (Ginger Tea)

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A guest post by Juliette Britton Ginger Tea! It may not completely cure your cold, but it will definitely help soothe a sore throat.  At the first signs of a cold, I drink 1 to 2 ginger teas per day, and I find my symptoms subside quickly. Since it is caffeine free- it safe for most children 2 years and older (you just need a little less ginger- and maybe more … [Read more...]

Miso and Greens Soup

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Gluten-free/dairy-free/nut-free.  I have previously mentioned Julia's Miso and Greens Soup, and I didn't want to keep you waiting.  So here is the recipe-- enjoy! 3 Tablespoons olive oil 2 small sweet onions chopped, or 1 small sweet onion and 3 leeks (white part only) chopped 2 to 4 cloves of garlic (depending on your love of garlic) chopped 6 cups chicken stock 2 cups … [Read more...]

Julia’s Carrot and Orange Soup

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Here is another amazing recipe from my dear friend Julia.  She fed this to a group of women that ooed and ahed over this amazing soup that is just perfect for a cold autumn or winter day.  The fennel, carrot and orange combination is amazing, and the spices she used were fun and new to me. Adapted from: Homemade With Love by Jennifer Perillo Serves … [Read more...]

Holiday Beet Hummus

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It is almost the holidays, and I have a recipe to share with you thanks to my dear friend Julia Goodhouse. She is one of the best cooks I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and she cooked (a lot!) for me during my recent visit to Chicago. Thank you Julia!! She put this beautiful beet hummus together for a crowd of gals, and we were all astonished by the beautiful color— so … [Read more...]

Julia’s Fall Applesauce

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Last Fall when I was in Chicago visiting family and friends, I found myself visiting my dear friend Julia quite often.  We'd hang out in her kitchen talking while she whipped up amazing food almost effortlessly (well, that was the way it looked to me).  She had prepared a tenderloin for dinner that night, and her husband and son said, "we have to have the applesauce with it!" … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Avocado Coconut Chocolate Mousse

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Elena continues her dairy free "personal journey", and we are making such good food that she is recruiting her friends to join her!  This recipe is a variation on a chocolate mousse recipe that she learned in her Food and Fun classes at Community School. We'd like to credit our friends at Glow Live Foods that inspired this recipe.  We modified the recipe only a little bit as we … [Read more...]