#Putaneggonit Creamy Kale and Cauliflower Soup

This weekend Portland got hit with another Snowpocalypse.  I was stir crazy, it was cold, it was icy, it was snowy, and I was hungry.  Instead of grouching at my husband (which I did a little bit anyways – sorry, Hendo!) I started cooking and I came up with this healthy, delicious recipe for Creamy Kale and Cauliflower Soup. One of my challenges in the winter is eating enough veggies.  My primary veggie eating vehicle is the salad, but in... Read More

Recipe Friday: Shrimp Cauliflower Fried Rice

I really love rice and I must admit, I’ve really missed rice during our time on the Whole 30.  However, cauliflower rice has been an awesome substitute.  It has the bulk and consistency of rice, but it’s cauliflower! One bummer about cauliflower rice is the amount of prep it takes. It takes awhile to break down the cauliflower, and “rice” it in the food processor.  And don’t even get me started on the mess.  Those... Read More

We’re on the Whole 30!

Hello Friends! How was your summer?!  Ours was wonderful and full of friends, family, travel and tons of delicious food.  With all of these fun times come lots of glorious food indulgences! But all this indulgence left us feeling a little…sluggish.  I am now working out about 6 times a week, and I felt like all of these little indulgences were adding up and counteracting the hard work I was putting in at boot camp, yoga, and on the trails & track. About... Read More

Good Eats This Week

I blinked and then all of the sudden it was 11 days before Christmas.  Things have been busy, and I haven’t been that inspired to create new things in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been cooking great healthy meals!  We’ve been on a little bit of a Paleo kick lately –  Here is what we have been eating over the last couple of weeks: Crockpot Ropa Vieja with Cuban Style Rice Crispy sesame brussel sprouts with... Read More

Broccoli and Cheese Risotto

When I was a little girl my mom used to make our family a simple chicken and rice dish with canned soup and cheese.  All the ingredients would go into a pan in the oven and cook up like a casserole.  My mom isn’t much of a cook, but this dish was always a winner. Inspired by this comfort food from my childhood, I created a broccoli and cheese risotto.  Chicken is great with this risotto, but so is a perfectly poached egg.  It’s a very simple... Read More

Five Pounds of Mussles

I have this problem:  I get inspired by something I see in Bon Appetit Magazine and I go out and buy all the ingredients that I need to make it.  After all the ingredients have been purchased, I invite people over.  When everyone has previous engagements, I end up with 5 pounds of mussels and a whole Grand Central Baguette for two… And what great mussels they were!  If you ask me (and will accept a little bit of hubris), they were some... Read More

Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Summer Market Salad

International travel,visitors, and soaking up the summer sun and enjoying my city have kept me away from the blog world for too long.  Today the City of Portland is a completely different city than it was 3 months ago. It’s a living breathing entity with people streaming in and out of restaurants and bars.  Plays and music seem to be in our local park every day and there is definitely a festival every single weekend. When the rain begins again,... Read More

The Grind

The week gets so busy sometimes.  We work, we get exercise, we run errands, and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to cook something healthy for the family (or, in my case, Ben and I).  I really, really enjoy cooking but without some organization, the weekly meals go by the wayside and are overtaken by the convenience of frozen burritos, boxed rice, and the all too tempting Pho take out restaurant across the street.  A point of clarification:... Read More

Other People’s Recipes

Oh hello holiday rush, how are you doing? Holiday Shopping…check! Holiday Cards Sent…check! Holiday Decorations…check! With all of the additional obligations that the holidays bring, it is hard for me to find time to be creative in the kitchen.  Thank goodness that I have access to the recipes of very talented cooks to sustain Ben and I throughout the week. Other Person’s Recipe #1  – Tomato and Feta Stuffed Chicken... Read More

Farmer’s Market Eggplant Dinner

It was an eat-out type of week.  Over the weekend we traveled to Ashland, Oregon to watch my friend Jamie run the Pine to Palm 100.  Watching someone else run an ultra marathon can be really tiring ( I hope you guys are getting my irony, here).  I wonder what it would feel like to actually run one!? The busy weekend was just a precursor to the busy week. The chill in the air was a constant reminder that it was time to compost, turn, and plant... Read More