‘Island Escape’ Superfood Smoothie

I love this smoothie for many reasons. First, it has a rich, creamy, slightly sweet, and overall really delicious flavor. Second, it’s packed full of superfood ingredients so I feel like I’ve started my day off in the right direction. Third, my mind always takes me on a relaxing 5-minute Puerto Rican vacation…

Guiltless Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Squares with Raspberries

What causes a seemingly ordinary, commonplace experience  to live on and become legend –  told and then repeated again and again, slightly altered, lightly exaggerated – when family gathers? Here is one from my family:  When we were young, my cousin Kristin and I were invited on 4-day vacation to Canada with our grandparents.…

How to Make Creamy Soup the Healthy Way: Creamy Chicken Florentine Soup

How strange has the weather been lately where you live? After all the stories I’ve heard in the news, I’m wondering if there’s a part of the globe that’s experienced typical weather-as-usual these past few months… In New England, where I’ve lived my whole life, we’ve had one of the…

Roasted Strawberry Fruit Dip with Dark Chocolate

Confession: my chocolate addiction is getting out of control.  The long, cold nights of winter (and the few hours of daylight) have made it worse.  My problem is in the evenings after dinner: I seem to have developed an addiction to sugary sweets after dark.  A small treat once in…

‘Sick-of-Chicken’ Cure: Spicy and Sweet Chicken with Pineapple

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this refrain recently in your household: “chicken for dinner again?” Whether the complaint is coming from a spouse, a roommate, or even yourself (!), this recipe is an easy solution for that pesky little problem. I always break this dish out when I’m getting bored…

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Cream Sauce, Arugula and Toasted Pine Nuts

Several years ago, my husband Chris and I were fortunate enough to travel to Italy for our honeymoon. This is the southern coast of Italy, and you have to make a harrowing drive, navigating dangerous curves along the edges of cliffs (with  motorcyclists whizzing by you James-Bond-style, no less) to…

Salmon, Spinach, and Potatoes with Lemon-Caper Sauce

It seems like everyone is talking about omega-3’s these days. I knew it had really gone mainstream when I saw a commercial the other day for Flintstone’s Vitamins ‘now with omega-3.’ There are good reasons for the sudden popularity.  Research has shown omega-3 fatty acids have anti-cancer properties, protect against…

Winter Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie with Potato, Cauliflower, Cheddar and Chive Crust

Here are the things I love about this dish: It’s pretty sneaky and sly, and you’ll find out why in a minute It’s extremely flavorful and very addictive.  My meat-and-potatoes-loving husband can’t resist going back for seconds and thirds of this one Just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s also a…

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