Winter Greens with Citrus Dressing

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 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 honey 1/2 t sea salt 1/3 cup olive oil 1 T fresh chopped parsley 1 t fresh thyme … [Read more...]

Festive Turkey Sliders

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...]

Minestrone Soup

Kids at the Community School Middle School enjoyed another "Food and Fun" hands on cooking lesson.  The topic of the lesson?  Soup!... a wonderfully versatile dish that can be modified based on taste buds.  (One student excitedly exclaimed that his soup was "going to have lots of garlic!").  It was fun for the students to be able to follow a general recipe but feel empowered to … [Read more...]

Veggie Burrito Bowl

Featured Recipe - Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show We played the song "Veggie Luv" on the Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show on KDPI.  We promised a veggie recipe that you will "Luv".  Here you go! You can download the recipes as a PDF file in either English  or Spanish. … [Read more...]

Carrot and Orange Soup

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...]

Julia’s Fall Applesauce

We visit Chicago every Fall, and I always find myself  in my dear friend Julia's kitchen.  We hang out and talk while she whips up amazing food almost effortlessly (well, that is the way it always looks to me). On one visit, she had prepared a tenderloin for dinner that night, and her husband and son said, “we have to have the applesauce with it!” I watched in amazement as … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup Taste-Off

We've recently moved into our new house, and I'm excited to have a kitchen that inspires me to cook again.  My recipe books have been packed up (some have been away for three years!), so I'm excited to be able to access them after missing them dearly.  One thing I like to do when I'm making a dish is to look up several different versions of a recipe, then choose the one that … [Read more...]

Colorful Carrot Hummus

A guest post by Julia Goodhouse. Hummus can be one of those lovely blank canvases that is brighter and better when paired with other flavors. This carrot hummus is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's "River Cottage Veg" cookbook and it's delicious. The roasted carrots and tiny drip of honey add sweetness, the toasted spices give it a satisfying warmth. Ingredients: 1 teaspoon … [Read more...]

Veggie Burgers

(Re-published in February 2015 as the Featured Recipe for the Healthy Kids Corner Radio Show on KDPI 89.3FM). Original post (October 2014):  As part of the Food Unit at Community School, 8th grade students learn about the food chain, food's impact on the environment, and how each and every one of us "votes with our fork" several times a day in the world of food economics. … [Read more...]

Vegetable Lentil Soup with Poached Egg

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...]