Brussels Sprouts with Cider and Duck Bacon

Brussels Sprouts with Cider Syrup and Duck Bacon - Square

Brussels sprouts get a bad wrap – even from me. They don’t deserve it either. They are  a veggie that needs a little extra love. Growing up they were a sad veggie sold in square boxes in the frozen food section of the grocery store. My mother admittedly didn’t try serving them because she didn’t like them herself. It wasn’t until I was already engaged to my husband that I discovered that these mini-cabbages could actually taste delicious. There are so many vegetables that I’ve learned to love by having them served to me at a restaurant. I always try … Continue reading

Apple Cider Bread (Cider Donut Bread)

Apple Cider Bread (Cider Donut Bread)

Every single event, apple picking orchard and fall farm stand in New England MUST sell cider donuts. It’s canon, it’s unwritten law – Autumn in New England means apples, pumpkins and cider donuts. So, if your not from New England you probably think cider donuts sound AWESOME! You probably have an idea in your head of sweet fried donuts that flood the air with the smells of apples and cinnamon. They are sweet and usually tasty because they are fried and rolled in cinnamon and sugar but it very rare to find one that even vaugely smells or tastes of … Continue reading

Apple Cider Syrup

apple cider syrup

We went apple picking last weekend. It was pushing 90 degrees, but it is a New England essential this time of year and we just had to go. We packed our picnic and lots of water and headed out to the apple picking mecca of Stow, MA. It was hot, really hot. There was something just unnatural about picking apples in shorts, but once we tucked ourselves under a tree and opened our picnic basket all seemed okay. Perhaps because I brought along a chunk of my favorite Kerrygold Dubliner – a natural pairing for the crunchy apples, or maybe … Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

A while ago I ran across this post from Oh She Glows on making Coconut Whipped Cream. I tried making it a few times with various brands of coconut milk, and discovered my favorite was Trader Joe’s Coconut Creme (although it’s not organic and does have a few additives). I was so impressed with the results that I started thinking about other things I could make this new lactose-free whipped cream creation. About the same time I fell in love with my new favorite baking essential, Equal Exchange Cocoa Powder. Not only is their cocoa powder fair sourced from small … Continue reading

Southern Living’s 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals Review and Giveaway


Southern Living Magazine sent me a copy of their newest book, Southern Living What’s For Supper: 5 Ingredient Weeknight Meals by Vanessa McNeil Rocchio to review. (Amazon Affiliate Link) They sent it to me several weeks ago when I was overwhelmed with what life was throwing at me. Summer vacations, sick kitties, first days of school and so much more was taking up 121% of my time. I glanced over it and then life hit me with another wave. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that I had a chance to really delve into the book. When I finally sat … Continue reading

Crispy Baked Pesto Zucchini with Roasted Cherry Tomato Relish

pesto zucchini

Almost every Friday this summer the twins and I have visited Ward’s Berry Farm to pick up our weekly produce box. Every week the twins share a smoothie and I drool over the cafe menu. They have a peach wood smoked barbecue brisket sandwich that is just dreamy and even their grilled cheese is good. One item on the menu has always tempted me, but I’ve never actually tried it there, the fried zucchini. For some reason I just can’t bring myself to go for zucchini when the brisket sandwich is belting out its siren song. Then several weeks ago … Continue reading

Grilled Corn and Lobster Salad

Grilled Corn and Lobster Salad

Last year the twins were too young to enjoy the beach; or maybe I should say they were too young for ME to enjoy the beach. Going to the beach with two babies is more work than it’s worth. But two-year-old twins are FANTASTIC! All you need for the twins this year is a pail and shovel, a towel, sunscreen and snacks. So, I’ve returned to the beach this year. Everyone in Eastern Massachusetts has a beach. There are so many lovely beaches here, that you have to just pick one and call it yours. For us, that beach is … Continue reading

Nothin’ But Premium Foods Snacks Giveaway


I’m a lucky girl! The ever-so-nice people at Nothin’ But Foods sent me a box of samples. Their granola snacks are full of delicious things like oats, nuts, chocolate and dried fruits. What they don’t have is eggs, butter, wheat, or GMOs. I’m impressed! Why can’t more companies make such yummy snacks with simple straight-forward ingredients. I don’t like to do reviews, and I don’t accept freebies from people unless I truly believe that their product is inline with my less-is-more food philosophy. On the company’s website they pretty much summed up my food philosophy in one sentence when they … Continue reading

Summer Squash Casserole

Summer Squash Casserole

Growing up I was served a lot of squash casserole. Eating so many casseroles I learned what I liked and what I didn’t like. What I didn’t like were the ones with large chunks of overcooked squash with seeds and skins falling apart into a watery mess. I didn’t like chunks of soggy cracker, slimy textures and I didn’t like the taste of processed ingredients like canned soups and processed cheese. Occasionally, you would come across one that was just a little different. These usually they had vibrate flavors, smoother textures and unusual crunchy toppings. Since leaving the south I’ve … Continue reading

Fresh Cherry-Oatmeal Bars


Has this ever happened to you? A fruit is at the peak of its season and you buy some. They are so good you run back to the store and buy more. Those are so good, you run back to the store and buy a huge amount of it only to get it home and realize you’ve had a bit too much and don’t really want anymore. The fruit then sits in the fridge until it goes bad and gets thrown away. Yeah, me too. That’s what happened a few weeks ago when Bing cherries were on sale.  I got … Continue reading

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