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My aim is to share uncomplicated, unfussy recipes with a healthy twist--perfect for everyday and for entertaining. Let's cook!

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Filipino Turkey Embutido (Meatloaf)

Filipino Turkey Embutido (Meatloaf) Embutido, or Filipino meatloaf, is a holiday tradition but it's so easy to prepare that there's no reason not to have it more often. The sausage and egg stuffing are optional and this version is a little leaner with ground turkey but this recipe would work ... Read More

Thai-Style Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Thai-Style Coconut Curry Chicken Soup This version of a Thai classic uses light coconut milk and ingredients that you can find at most local markets but the flavor is just as bold, comforting and authentic as the original. My husband and I spent the week between Christmas and New Year in ... Read More

Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Cider Glaze

Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Cider Glaze Spelt Flour gives this apple cake a pleasant nutty quality. It's not very sweet so the cider glaze adds just the right sweetness. The final hours of the year are ticking by...has 2018 been good to you? Are you wishing you could hit the pause button ... Read More

Orange-Aperol Bars

Orange-Aperol Bars Here's an orange take on one of my favorite treats, lemon bars. The Aperol is optional but it adds just the right New Year cheer to this vibrant sweet treat. As I mentioned in my last post this is part of a trio of desserts I served over the holidays and I'm squeezing ... Read More

Cranberry Curd Tart with Chocolate Shortbread Crust

Cranberry Curd Tart with Chocolate Shortbread Crust Cranberries and chocolate together make a bold statement on the palate and they're the perfect match in this holiday-perfect tart. The holidays have come and gone but I've got not just one but three ... Read More

Three-Bean Miso Chili

Three-Bean Miso Chili This is not your traditional chili--it's got unconventional ingredients and is vegan adaptable--but the taste and comfort factor are 100% all-American classic . We're still a few days away from the big Christmas meal and a week or so from toasting the new year but ... Read More