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 »

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 »

Orange-Scented Spiced Nuts {Recipe ReDux}

Adding Merriment to Mixes With the holiday season upon us, this month’s Recipe ReDux theme challenged us to come up with DIY offerings from our kitchen. Whether for hostess gifts or holiday gifts, there are lots of homemade mixes – and adorable packaging – that are easy to make. Plus, since it’s for the ReDux, you’ll be doing your loved ones a favor by providing them with a healthy gift just in time for the new year.  I’m a fan of sweet and spicy nut mixes –… read more »

Nutritional Benefits of Concord Grapes

Purple Power! Purple is one of my favorite colors. I wear purple clothes, I dress my girls in purple, even my bridesmaids wore purple to my wedding! And when it comes to purple foods, I enjoy almost all of them. You may not realize how much produce falls into the purple/blue category: blueberries and blackberries, plums and dried plums (aka prunes), grapes and raisins, eggplant, and purple cabbage. But despite the plethora of purple and blue fruits and vegetables, they only account for 3 percent of to… read more »