Garden fresh salsa

We've got tomatoes, jalapeno peppers and cilantro galore out back right now just waiting to become salsa. And even if you don't, the farmers' markets grew it for you. Make this recipe once, and you're not likely to ever use store-bought salsa again. Eat it by the spoonful, pour it over burritos or munch on … Continue reading Garden fresh salsa

Funky monkey shake

See this face? Two minutes ago he was face down on the sidewalk in a full-out 2-year-old tantrum. The ice cream man rode by on his bike, and mommy said no. Guess I'll wear my World's Worst Mom badge with pride. Believe me, I'm not against ice cream. But I don't think we should eat … Continue reading Funky monkey shake

What to do about our men?

As I've written about in the past, compared to only a few short years ago, fitness has taken my community by storm. At least half of it. The numbers of women who are walking, running, attending classes and zumba-ing has increased manifold in just the past few years. With that fitness has come a raised … Continue reading What to do about our men?

Vegan pesto pizza

Our garden is heavy on basil these days, which is a good thing because we love pesto. I make it in big batches and freeze portions for the winter.But the truth is, that you can make pesto with just about any herb or nut--even the greens popping out of garlic bulbs. Cut these garlic scapes … Continue reading Vegan pesto pizza

Pancakes for break the fast

If you can't bear to read about food at the end of a fast, skip this one and read it tomorrow. But if you're like me, you've been preparing food for little ones all day, so what difference does reading about it make? And as long as you're trying to pass time right now, you … Continue reading Pancakes for break the fast

Fresh garden potatoes

Sometimes gardening feels like magic. When you harvest a beautiful crop, all the work falls to the wayside, making it seem like the veggies appeared effortlessly. But, with this week's potatoes, that's actually what happened. It all started last spring when I divided up some old potatoes from my kitchen into pieces with eyes on … Continue reading Fresh garden potatoes

9 days of eating hearty & well

With the beginning of the nine days of mourning, there's hardly a home around here that's not in a tizzy over what to cook for dinner all week. Whether you cook meat every night or not, the idea of having to eat only dairy or parve every day intimidates people. But as someone who hardly … Continue reading 9 days of eating hearty & well

Patriotic Pops

Move over Bomb Pops, these red, white & blue Patriotic Pops are just as fun and a whole lot healthier. Ingredients: Red Layer: 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1/2 cup orange juice 1T honey or maple syrup White Layer: 1 overripe banana 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup milk Blue Layer: 1/3 cup frozen … Continue reading Patriotic Pops

A typical Wisconsin farm stand

Why I don’t eat everything organic

We recently returned from a 24-hour date to Lake Geneva--our first escape from the kids in more than a decade. We hiked, kayaked and shopped in all the cute little stores that our kids would dread. And like every time we drive through Wisconsin, we followed one important rule: always stop at farm stands. This … Continue reading Why I don’t eat everything organic