Holiday Eating

Chicken Vegetable Udon Soup {Recipe ReDux}

As you’re getting ready for the end of 2013, you may be thinking about what lies ahead for you in the coming year. Some people have a custom of wearing red on New Year’s Eve to bring them good luck in the New Year. Other people give gifts on Near Year’s Day to bring good fertility or prosperity to friends and loved ones. And as we take time to reflect on the previous year, we often make resolutions for bettering ourselves in the year to come. One tradition I wasn’t familiar with was the concept of “go… read more »

Menu Plan Monday: Week of December 16, 2013

It’s the final countdown: 10 days until Christmas and 17 days until the start of 2014! Wow, this year flew by. Are you surviving the holiday parties and all the treats that abound this time of year? To help you get through it all in a nutritious and delicious way, check out my Holiday Party Dos and Dont’s and 5 Tips for Hosting a Cocktail Party Responsibly. Doing some last minute shopping? Don’t forget about some of these Healthy Holiday Gifts.  For more inspiration, take a look… read more »

Lemon-Dijon Brussels Sprouts and Apples {Recipe}

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. This cruciferous vegetable is loaded with health benefits (among them fiber, vitamins C and K, and folate), yet it’s often referred to as the dreaded vegetable all kids hate. When I was a kid, I never ate Brussels sprout; I don’t even think they were offered to me. It was probably assumed I wouldn’t like them (granted, I was a picky eater, so it was likely a correct assumption). But as an adult and self-professed foodie, I have come to love Brussels spro… read more »

Kabocha Flatbread with Rosemary Roasted Grapes and Shallots {Recipe}

As promised, here is the first of some of the new recipes I made this past Thanksgiving. But first, a little summary of how I came up with this idea. You may remember that a few weeks ago I took part in the Recipe ReDux California Table Grapes competition, for which I grilled grapes and shallots and added them to farro. The combination of the caramelized grapes and shallots, along with the distinctive flavor of rosemary was fabulous – sweet and savory at once!   I knew I needed to use this mixture a… read more »

Thanksgiving Recap

For most of you, today is the first day back after a long holiday weekend. While it’s not always so easy to get back to the daily grind after time off spent with friends and family, there’s something nice about getting back to routine – shuttling the kids off to school, getting in a workout (especially nice after a food-filled holiday!), going back to the office so you can get through the pile of work that’s built up. Ok, so maybe that last one isn’t so much fun, but it will c… read more »