Guacamole Chicken Lettuce Wraps

My husband Chris and I have become addicted to a Mexican restaurant about 10 minutes from our house. We go mainly for one reason: the fresh, homemade guacamole. Along with it comes, of course, a huge basket of fried tortilla chips.  We never intend to finish off the full basket…

Corn, Feta, and Chive Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing

I met my husband Chris for lunch last week in Boston. We went to a bistro/cafe, full of gorgeous glass display cases overflowing with delicious pasta and fruit salads, and serving made-to-order sandwiches on freshly baked bread. The place was packed. Every table was occupied with summer tourists on family vacations and…

Red, White, and Blue Dessert Nachos (With Fresh Berries and Coconut Cream)

Independence Day was one of my favorite holidays as a kid. If my family didn’t spend the day at the beach (on the coast of Maine), we went to my aunt’s house for a huge family cookout with lots of fresh seafood. For me, the holiday meant lots of swimming,…

Puppy’s First Taste of Summer (And a Frozen Dog Treat Recipe!)

Summer descended upon New England in a not-so-sweet subtle way this year. Our weather so far has alternated between 100 degree heat and humidity and drenching thunder storms. But sweet little puppy Calvin has already fully embraced his first summer, and he intends to make the most of it. He’s…

Watermelon Basil Soda Pop

My goal toward healthy, whole eating has been, at best, a daily struggle (hello irresistibly cheesy takeout pizza and Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl from the ice cream shop down the street). But here’s one thing I can say we’ve done well in our household: Our refrigerator hasn’t been stocked with…

Triple Berries and Cream Swirl Pops

Here’s a scene that’s played out too often in my life lately: – Arrive home from work stressed and tired. – Feel absolutely famished. – Try to resist the urge to snack as I lament that (poor me!) it will be at least another hour before I’ll have dinner cooked…

Grilled Sirloin with Lemon-Chive Pesto

If you love steak, this one’s for you. And even if you don’t love steak, this one may still be for you. Because I definitely don’t love steak, and I do enjoy this dish. Here’s where steak ranks in my Likes vs. Dislikes Life List: 1) would prefer eating a…

Feta-Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Pesto and Roasted Peppers

I’ll just say it: turkey burgers can be pretty blah. Sure, they’re a healthier choice because they’re lower in fat and calories than the traditional ground beef burger. But doesn’t it still add up to a big waste of calories when the food is boring, bland, and flavorless? So I’ve…

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