Twice Baked Potatoes – A Healthier Version

Twice Baked Potatoes

One of my family’s favorite side dishes are twice baked potatoes. But the normal version is full of fat, cream, butter and calories. This healthier version uses a healthy spread and veggie cheese but is still full of flavor. Slimmed Down Twice Baked Potatoes The recipe is simple.  Just Bake your potatoes first, scoop out the…

Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

stuffed portabella mushrooms

I love portobello mushrooms in just about any dish. They are hearty and filling and just delicious. This recipe for Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms has been slimmed down to save calories without sacrificing any of the delicious taste. Slimmed Down Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms They are easy to make and use A Go Veggie Parmesan and Monterrey…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Vegetarian/Vegan

vegan peanut butter cookie

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is one of my most favorite sweet treats.  These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have a crunchy outer layer of chocolate (cocoa) with a filling of smooth peanut butter.  I always warm them just before eating. They are delicious with a spoonful of Soy Vanilla Ice cream. Chocolate Peanut…

Vegan Lasagna With Eggplant and Mushrooms

vegan lasagne

This Vegan Lasagna is full of flavor and heart healthy vegetables without all of the fat and cholesterol that a normal lasagna contains.  And at only 300 calories per serving, it is also easy on the waist line. Healthy and Delicious Vegan Lasagna The recipe is not a quick and easy one. Plan on a…

Creative Gardening Ideas

Creative ideas on a budget

I must admit that I am not a normal gardener.  I don’t enjoy conventional landscape plans. I don’t invest in fancy garden structures or planters.   To me, a garden should show the style of the person who lives near it.  And I love to use existing things from around the house if possible, and…

Grilled London Broil with Spicy Rub and Red Wine

grilled London broil

This delicious recipe for grilled London broil is easy to do. Just prepare the rub and marinade and put it in the fridge to let the flavors soak into the meat.  When it is time to cook, just fire up the grill and enjoy the aromas of all those flavors that have combined.The recipe calls…

Food Art – Interesting Food Carving Photos and Info

Food art and Food Carving

Food art is the process in which beautiful models such as animals, Birds, Statues, Faces and other themes, are created using food. The food is either arranged or carved into the desired shapes, and then displayed as an art form. It has been practiced for many years. Some think it even dates back to early…

Slimmed Down Egg McMuffin – Healthy and Delicious

Slimmed down Egg McMuffin

As with all new years, it seems, I am trying to focus on healthy cooking and losing a few pounds.  I am not much of a fast food junkie, but I do like some of the breakfast items on the menus. This healthier version of an egg McMuffin tastes great and won’t break the calorie…

Split Pea Soup for Prosperity in the New Year

There is a New years tradition that dates back to the civil war that says that if you eat black eyed pea on New Year’s day it will bring prosperity and luck in the new year to come.  My grandmother revised this tradition to say that if you eat Split pea soup with ham on…

Ziti Pasta with Italian Sausages Swiss Chard and Peppers

Ziti pasta with swiss chard, peppers and Italian sausages.

 Until this year, I had never tasted Swiss Chard. But I planted some on a whim in my vegetable garden this past summer and have discovered that I really love it.  The veggie reminds me of spinach, which I adore, but with a more robust flavor.  And it is lovely in all sorts of recipes.…

Buttermilk Corn Bread is a Delicious Side Dish

buttermilk corn bread

This recipe for buttermilk corn bread is one that I have made many times and it never fails to please my guests.  It is moist and just delicious with a slight tang from the buttermilk that makes it a great accompaniment to any meal. Buttermilk Corn Bread is Easy and Quick to Make. To make this corm bread…

Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry and Leeks

Butternut Squash soup with leeks and sherry

Fall and winter are the times of the year when I make soups, so I am always on the lookout for new crock pot recipes each year at this time. This creamy Butternut squash soup is my latest attempt and it was a huge hit at a dinner party this week, even with non squash…

Caladium Tubers – How to Overwinter them

How to overwinter Caladium tubers

One of my things to do before the frost was to make sure that my caladium tubers were dug up and brought indoors for the winter. But as luck would have it, I hurt my back this fall, at the time I normally do this.  I was laid up for a few weeks waiting for…

Chocolate Covered Cherries – Hand Made

Chocolate Covered Cherries and Bon Bons

My all time favorite Christmas treats are chocolate covered Cherries. Each year, this is something that my husband buys me treat, and he also started including cookies and cream bonbons. A double delight! A Festive Treat – Chocolate Covered Cherries There is nothing quite like biting into a chocolate covered cherry. The ooey gooey center…

Tulips Daffodils and the Front Garden Bed.

Plant Spring flowering bulbs in the fall

It is always a bittersweet time in the fall.  Everything is dying back. Most of the blooms are gone and the garden has to be cleaned up and put to bed, for want of a better term.  When I realized that gardening was winding down for the year, I thought of the tulips daffodils and…

Food Art – Vegetable Carving as an Art Form

Owl carved from fruit

It is hard to say exactly when food art, vegetable carving and other artistic ways of presenting foods first started.  The origins of vegetable carving are disputed: many people believe it to have begun in Thailand 700 years ago.  Others  believe that vegetable carving originated in the time of the Early Chinese Dynasties, notably the …

Garden Peas – My Favorite Fall Treat

garden peas

For me, vegetable gardening means growing lots of peas. Anyone who knows me well, is aware that my all time favorite treat as a snack is fresh garden peas straight from the vines.  My birthday is late in April, and each year, here in North Carolina, just about the time of my birthday, I start…