What’s Cooking Good!

Cooking Good featured in the “Chef de Tucson” column of the Arizona Daily Star!

Posted by on Oct 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cooking Good featured in the “Chef de Tucson” column of the Arizona Daily Star!

What an honor to be featured in the Arizona Daily Star’s Chef de Tucson column last week! Kim Matas called me the week before saying they had written about many restaurant chefs in town and were wanting to do something different. “How ironic you would call me right now,” I said, “I was just reading that very column in the paper–I always check it out because I love the recipes and the stories, too!” Of course I was thrilled to share with her my passion for cooking and healthy eating (it just feels good inside...

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Having Some Tuscan Fun!

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Some Tuscan Fun!

Just back from an amazing trip to the hills of Tuscany! For years, my husband and I have been thinking about going, but you know how life gets in the way. Finally, we realized that unless we took action, our plan was in grave danger of becoming just a pipe dream! Oh, and did I mention I have a cousin that lives there? How gracious and wonderful Nan was to open her lovely home in Tavernelle and cart us all over the place as we oohed and aahed over the jaw-dropping scenery, architecture and art. One of the highlights of the trip was a cooking...

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Veggieful Ricotta Pie

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Veggieful Ricotta Pie

The other day, as I was about to slap out another pb & j to keep body and soul together until the end of the day, I remembered something pertinent to the task at hand. The night before I had made a delectable Veggieful Ricotta Pie and the leftovers were there for the taking. Now that’s a lunch to look forward to: super healthy and satisfying, plus it’s easy to pack and delicious either hot or at room temperature. I think you’ll love this recipe just as much as my clients and I do!       Veggieful Ricotta...

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Cottage Pie to Warm up Winter

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cottage Pie to Warm up Winter

Nothing is quite so comforting as a warm meal on a cold winter’s night. Cottage pie, similar to it’s cousin Shepherd’s Pie but made with beef instead of lamb, is just that kind of supper. Chopped carrots, onion and zucchini (or any vegetables you like) combine with lean ground beef, stock, seasonings and other ingredients to make the filling. Topped with a generous layer of creamy potatoes, sprinkled with chives and finished in the oven, Cottage Pie emerges a masterpiece of the comfort food genre. Try it and...

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Cauliflower and Roasted Edamame

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cauliflower recipes abound these days, and that’s a good thing! The other day I tried a recipe I found in the Wall Street Journal for “Grain-free Cauliflower Couscous.” It tasted delicious, great for carb watchers, and I loved the creativity–high five for WSJ’s Ryan Liebe! But I only used half of the huge head of cauliflower (a specimen of the “cheddar” variety, gorgeous and golden) and there it sat in my refrigerator waiting for me to find a new inspiration. Meanwhile, my attention was diverted to...

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Moist Cookies with Less Fat

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Tips for Healthy Cooking | 0 comments

Don’t you love it when a change for the better turns out to be even better than you thought? That’s what happened when I decided to find a way to make oatmeal cookies more moist without compromising my commitment to use only wholesome, natural ingredients. Diving into the internet, I discovered that honey helps baked goods retain their moisture longer, so using my tried and true oatmeal cookie recipe, I swapped out 1/4 cup of the brown sugar for 1/4 cup of honey. But because honey is a viscous liquid, I had to adjust the recipe to...

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Madras Curry Lentil Stew

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  This delicious stew has everything going for it: it comes together quickly, is healthy and low fat, and freezes and reheats beautifully. To top it all off, this is my week to “shop at home,” in other words use up stuff I already have. Dig around a little and you might find some lentils in the back of your shelf, too!   Madras Curry Lentil Stew Makes 4 servings 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped carrots 1-1/2 cup lentils 1 tablespoon Madras curry powder or garam masala 6 cups chicken or...

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Cool Cucumber Sauce for Salmon

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The summer heat is at it’s peak  and today I was ready for something cool and refreshing to accompany the lovely salmon filet I bought from Sprouts. Gail Monaghan offered the inspiration I needed in her Wall Street Journal article, “No-Cook Sauces for Summer Grilling”, a collection of recipes that included Cucumber-Dill Sauce: perfect! Tweaker that I am, I made one or two adjustments, but nothing major. The resulting sauce was a delicious accompaniment to both the Lemon Rosemary Salmon and the Herb Roasted Potatoes I...

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Tabbouleh with a Twist!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I just had to try a product at Trader Joe’s that looked oh so good: Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro, made from an ancient variety of wheat still grown in Italy today. It cooked up with just the right al dente texture and nutty flavor I thought would be perfect for Tabbouleh, a Mediterranean-inspired salad with Italian parsley, mint, cucumber and tomato among other things.  This is just one of the many recipes I love for it’s great fresh taste and stellar nutrition. Need help getting your eating back on track? Contact...

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Macaroni and Cheese: Keep the Creamy, Cut the Fat!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every so often, a challenge comes up that I cannot resist. A client requested macaroni and cheese, a delicious dish I know well how to do from scratch, but one with which I was never quite satisfied. Yes, it was wonderful fresh, but upon refrigeration and reheating went from creamy deliciousness to clumpy mediocrity. Still tasty, but not something to write home about. Little did I know that the solution to the problem would result in a recipe that makes creamier sauce, contains all natural ingredients AND is lower in fat! I decided to go all...

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