Kale Chips

I can’t believe this just happened. I was in the kitchen, testing out the kale chips recipe, when my 16 year old walked in and saw the bag on the counter.
“Kale! What’s kale?” he shrieked.
I said, “I’m making kale chips. Want to try some?”
He reached into the bag and ate a leaf. To that point, I’d only sniffed it. I was a little iffy when I noticed the bag said “A bold and bittersweet flavor.” It made me think of broccoli rabe, which is bitter and a very acquired taste. It took me a while to learn to like it but I do, so long as it’s smothered in garlic and/or cheese.
I turned to see his reaction. Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Bread

Last week I caught up with a very good friend of mine. We’ve known each other for years. We met because of work and something about that shared misery made us laugh until we just opened up. She lives on the other side of the country and we both have busy lives so it’s been a while but last week, we reconnected. “Serendipity” at its best. Continue reading

Cucumber Salad

I thought about it for a little while (all right… it was only a couple of seconds… I thought about what I had in my refrigerator and went from there) and decided I’d delve into the dank, mystical corridors of the cucumber salad.

Now, I’ve always loved this salad. It’s a refreshing dish that is light and palate cleansing. I’ve only seen it done in one restaurant, namely the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Hotel on the Walt Disney World property, overlooking the Magic Kingdom. The salad is usually served with one or two of the most excellent sushi dishes prepared by Yoshi… I wish I had a picture of it somewhere in my archives, but… oh wait! There it is! Continue reading

Vegetarian for a Lifetime & Mortality Risk for Red Meat Eaters

Somewhere today I saw an article that said that eating red meat will reduce your life expectancy. My first thought was, “Well, great. I’m set, then.” But immediately after, I started thinking about my kids. They are SO not vegetarians. If you want to see a 17 year old boy cry, suggest broccoli for a side dish. Continue reading

New Vegetarian Chicklet in the Kitchen!

Please welcome our new Chicklet in the Kitchen!  We wanted a voice and inspiration for vegetarian dishes and Carla agreed to come on board!  Thank you so much!  We can’t wait to see what’s going on in your kitchen.  You can see her right over there in the side bar!  😉

I’m so excited to be here! My name is Carla and I’m a vegetarian. Continue reading

The Elvis Smoothie

We’ve been sick in our house. Some of us for only a few days, others (namely, the Teensy Bitsy One) for longer. When one is not feeling so hot, often the pediatrician recommends what they call the BRAT diet. This is Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. REALLY boring and guess what? It totally makes a kid into a brat. Because how long can you live on that stuff? Sheesh!

So after days of this, I asked the doctor whether there was anything else I could add. I was given a few more options, including yogurt and a little bit of peanut butter for protein.

AHA! I thought. I’ll make her a smoothie. That way she will get nutrition but will think she’s getting the treat she wanted. Continue reading