Why Grief is Good, Charlie Brown

Why Grief is Good, Charlie Brown

I was relieved to learn the other day that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus had set into motion plans to retire their performing elephants, removing the gentle beasts from their shows by 2018. I have never enjoyed watching the elephants at the circus; instead of applauding their … [Read more...]

Roasted Lemon Thyme Chicken

Roasted Lemon Thyme Chicken

There are so many reasons why simple combinations make life better. Robin's egg blue and brown. Roasted marshmallows and melted chocolate. Martinis and raw oysters. Are you getting my drift? I hope so, because lemon, garlic and thyme are THE BEST of THE BEST, in the individual things category, … [Read more...]

Oven-Baked Sesame Chicken

Oven-Baked Sesame Chicken

Sesame chicken, if ordered from a Chinese restaurant, is laden with calories and fat, depending on whether it's coated and deep-fried, and how much sugar is added to the sauce. Get the same flavors from this quick to prepare oven-baked version you can cook at home. Healthy and tasty, your heart will … [Read more...]

Chicken with Deviled Mushroom Sauce

Chicken with Deviled Mushroom Sauce

Remember the good ole days when we thought Shake 'n Bake for dinner was the cat's meow? Yeah, I do, too. Except I've never realized, until now, what ingredients were in that brightly colored box of dinner-in-minutes. I Googled it, and found it chock full of partially hydrogenated soybean oil, … [Read more...]

I Think About #TheDress, Therefore I Am?

I Think About theDress Therefore I Am

I don't know what the rest of you were thinking about the evening of Thursday, February 26th, but I'll tell you from the start my worries had nothing to do with #TheDress. There, I did it. I used a hashtag in an otherwise properly parsed, grammatically correct sentence. It's not something I ever … [Read more...]

Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce

Peanut butter isn't just for lunch. Jazz it up with ginger and Thai spices for an easy to create sauce on pork tenderloin that melts in your mouth. The only time sensitive part of this recipe is preparing the marinade, and that takes five minutes. Let the orange juice and brown sugar do their magic … [Read more...]

Scallops with Scallions and Ginger

Scallops with Scallions and Ginger

Spring has sprung, or at least my garden thinks so, because I have four lovely crocuses blooming. This means I need to re-tool how I prepare dinner. It's time to think about quick, fast, and easy dinners because there is so much more to do (and play with) outside. Scallops are an easy fix: they're … [Read more...]

Running On Empty

Running on Empty

Ieisha Gutierrez knows her two young children fight their hunger daily. It's a battle with which she is familiar; she's struggled with food insecurity for most of her twenty-three years. And when she has free time, after spending long hours working, after picking up her kids from school, plowing … [Read more...]