John Legend’s Macaroni and cheese recipe (OMG, so goooooood!)

I made my favorite mac & cheese recipe tonight. The milks and eggs form a savory custard that holds the pasta together and is so delicious. I add extra paprika, black pepper, garlic salt, and parsley to the macaroni while it cooks to flavor the pasta itself. Instead of Monterey Jack, I use a blend…

Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Lazy Day Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (When you  really gotta have some chocolate!) Ingredients: 1 stick of butter 2 eggs 1 yellow cake mix 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips  Directions: 1. Melt butter in bowl 2. Whisk together with eggs 3. Stir in cake mix 4. Mix in chocolate chips 5. Press into greased…

Chickpea Veggie Salad

I love this salad. It’s so fresh and tastes of summer. Some salads just sell themselves. It’s that bright, alluring color palette, the array of shapes and sizes of ingredients, the coolness of the cucumber, creaminess of the feta, sweetness of the tomato, saltiness of the saltiness of the Kalamata olives, spiciness of the onion…

Three Good Things That Happened Today

The book is Pretend Friends by Alice Hoyle & Illustrated by Lauren Reis. It’s “a story about schizophrenia and other illnesses that can cause hallucinations.” It includes notes for parents and other adults and is meant “to be a supportive tool for families and practitioners to talk about aspects of mental illness with children and aims to raise awareness and understanding, increase empathy and reduce stigma and discrimination.”

The real story behind margarine

  Polyunsaturated margarine became a major part of the Western diet and had overtaken butter in popularity in the mid-20th century. Despite their best efforts, the margarine lobby has failed to convince most people that their synthetic concoctions are healthy. So what is not obvious to most of the people who consume it? The manufacturing…

Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax Crunchy Granola Bars – a review

  I love the scents of fall spices, especially the aroma of pumpkin pie but I don’t like the texture of pumpkin so I don’t eat it. I feel like I’ve been missing out so when I decided to buy some Kashi crunchy granola bars instead of Little Debbie snacks to appease my sweet tooth…

MorningStar Farms Greek Veggie Burgers with Olive Garlic Sauce Recipe

Greek Veggie Burgers with Olive Garlic Sauce Recipe A Greek-inspired sauce of yogurt, feta cheese, Kalamata olives and fresh oregano, tops these tasty burgers. INGREDIENTS 1 package MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Original 1/3 cup Kalamatoa olives, pitted and chopped 2 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese 1 tablespoon chopped green onion 1 teaspoon…

Meatless Mondays – Alexia Saute Reds Plus recipe

Okay, so if you want a good Meatless Monday recipe, I call it Alexia Saute Reds Plus.   Alexia Food’s Saute Reds – in the freezer department (All natural roasted red potatoes with baby portabella mushrooms, whole green beans, sweet Spanish onions, thyme infused olive oil.) 1 sweet red bell pepper (green pepper instead or…

Pork Piccata With Lemon and Capers

I straightened up the living room this weekend and found several recipes that I’d cut out from various magazines and newspapers.   There were two pork recipes, one potato recipe and one egg recipe.  I’m a big fan of pork and could eat it several times a week so I’m always on the lookout for good…

Sauteed Pork Medallions with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

The following recipe was in an ad in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine for The National Pork Board. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) now recommends cooking your pork chops, roasts and tenderloins to an internal temperature of 145° F, followed by a three-minute rest time for tender, juicy meat that’s slightly pink in the…