Healthy eating: Winter green salad a fresh option for holiday table

During the holidays, it’s easy to eat rich and high-caloric foods. We’re visiting with family and friends as well as going to open houses and office parties, where we are treating ourselves to a wide assortment festive foods of the holidays. It’s all good — everything in moderation, right? Try not to demonize the foods…

Healthy Eating: Combine apples and plums for a moist, decadent crumb cobbler

It appears to be fall in the morning and summer by the afternoon. My garden seems to be happy with the changes, although it keeps calling out for some rain. We’re still harvesting raspberries (second crop), lettuce, carrots, beets, beans, squash, cucumbers, peppers and lots of tomatoes. This has been a bumper crop due to…

Healthy Eating: Fresh vegetables star in this nutritious pasta salad

When most people think of pasta salad, they probably think of a restaurant in the 1980s with fake brick walls and hanging plants or perhaps a bland side dish at a community potluck meal. I am here to say that you can bring any pasta salad up to date as well as interesting with good…

Healthy Eating: Fresh from the garden — strawberry-rhubarb sauce

I recognize that it’s almost officially summer. But it feels like “Juneuary” right now. I’m still bundled up. My new garden seems to be confused as well. Seedlings are slow to take off. I’ve lost a few of my tomato plants already (anyone knit sweaters for tomato plants?!) Some seeds which should take 10 days…

Healthy Eating: Nutritious almond butter stars in these crunchy cookies

I have always loved a good peanut butter and jam sandwich. For me it’s the perfect hiking sandwich because you don’t have to worry about anything getting spoiled and I enjoy them smooshed out of my backpack! I’m not a fan of jelly, but I am lucky that our garden’s berry patches produce enough raspberries…

Healthy Eating: A Sunday morning pancake recipe from Cottage Community Bakery

Edmonds is becoming a wonderful food destination. In the past few years there have been many new restaurants, cafes, bars and bakeries that have opened up around town. One of the most recent additions to open a brick and mortar store (after a few years of operating Pop-Up events) is the Cottage Community Bakery in…

Puget Sound Kidney Centers sponsoring free virtual classes in new year

The Puget Sound Kidney Centers are sponsoring the following virtual free classes, open to the public in January and February: Cultivating Change, Jan.5, 2022 2-3 p.m. Are you ready to make a lifestyle change but unsure where to start? Have you tried to make healthy changes before that didn’t last? If so, this virtual class…

Healthy Eating: Hearty minestrone, just in time for ‘soup season’

We have officially entered “soup season.” When it’s rainy and chilly outside there is nothing more comforting and nourishing than a bowl of hearty soup and a slice of bread slathered with butter. It’s a perfect meal at my house. The wonderful thing about soup is that you can whip up a pot of soup…

Healthy Eating: Superfood kale stars in this nutritious salad

It’s hard to believe that this week we celebrate the first week of fall. It’s been a busy summer for me with mixed results in the garden. The heat certainly had a big impact on many of my plants, and it was challenging to keep up with all the watering that our vegetable garden required….

Healthy Eating: Baked rice — a simple, delicious and versatile dish

Baked rice is a dish that can be served as a side dish or a main dish. You can add extra veggies to the mix if desired–broccoli, carrots, peppers, snap peas come to mind. You can change up the type of nuts, beans and cheese to suit your tastebuds or to use what you have available in…

Healthy Eating: Almond date balls a nutritious, delicious snack

I’ve grown slightly weary of cooking full deal meals.  My tendency these days is to prepare a big pot of soup or stew, a  casserole or a piece of protein and some sides that I can call dinner for at least two or three nights. Everyone is on their own for breakfast or lunch. Lately…

Healthy Eating: A berry delicious crisp

Spring is here and I am enjoying all the blossoms of the neighborhood daffodils, forsythia, daphne odora, sarcocca and more! I even spotted a pair of pileated woodpeckers routing around in our garden earlier this week. We’re waiting for a pair of chickadees to make a nest in our bird house again this year. My…

Healthy Eating: Time to jump on the sourdough starter bandwagon

During the pandemic, sourdough has become all the rage. People are home more; they are cooking more often, and social media has made sourdough the superstar of the baking world right now. So much so that people give their sourdough starters names as if they are new pets in the family. I have had a…

Healthy Eating: The perfect time of year for Magic Mineral Broth

I have been working on several different recipes using items from my freezer and pantry. During the stay-at-home situation that we find ourselves living through, I am trying to use the food items that I have in my pantry and my freezer to avoid trips to the grocery store. I head to the grocery store…

Healthy eating: Give thanks and eat pie (in moderation)

I hope that everyone had a safe and lovely Thanksgiving holiday. I missed gathering with friends this year- — not only for the wonderful company and conversation but also for the variety of food that everyone brings. Family gatherings are steeped in food traditions, which makes them comforting and welcoming. In our house, my husband…

Healthy Eating: Red lentil curry with homemade naan a perfect autumn meal

We are in the first week of autumn and having glorious weather. Although the recent rains knocked off many leaves, the trees in my neighborhood offer a spectacular range or reds, oranges and yellows.  It makes my daily walks an outdoor gallery of art. Nature at its finest. As the days become shorter and cooler,…

Healthy Eating: Homemade granola, your way

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Suffice it to say that I still love my hometown (especially for many of its culinary treasures) but I am glad that I call Edmonds home (especially because of the weather and the natural beauty.)  One of my earliest cooking memories is making granola with my mother in…