Blueberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

  A pot of tea, orange juice, a basket with mini French baguettes and croissants (plain and chocolate), butter, jam, fruit, a selection of cheeses and some days yogurt, deli meats, bacon and eggs–this is how I’ve started each day for the past three weeks.  Four days ago the baguettes were replaced by heartier grain […]

Banana Nutella Bread

  I meant to share this recipe later in the week.  There are a few more dishes that claim a higher spot on the list–tested, photographed, patiently waiting for their time on this blog.  But it seems a game of musical chairs is being played.  Round and round they go until the music stops and […]

Blueberry Quinoa Muffins

  Still on a high after the success of my Apple-Pecan Quinoa Muffins I practically ran to the Whole Foods near my office at lunch the next day to pick up quinoa flour, rainbow quinoa (Per Patty’s suggestion) and other seeds, grains and flours that I was determined to start baking with.  It’s not that […]

Apple-Pecan Quinoa Muffins

  I am in love…but my husband need not be concerned.  There is no love triangle that would threaten to take me away from him; in fact, he’s been quite happy with my newfound adoration…for quinoa. In the past, this South American seed (considered to be an ancient grain) would be served in my kitchen […]

On Facing Fears and Nectarine-Blueberry Jam

  Do you know the feeling of being paralyzed with fear?  When the taste of it in your mouth is far stronger than the bitterness of accepting defeat before even trying to meet the challenge?  As a freshman in college I dropped my English composition class during the first week after learning that public speaking […]

The Power of Will…and a Fried Egg

  I donned my cycling gear for the second time in three days…and 9 months.  This is the longest time I’ve spent away from my road bike and the reunion was bittersweet indeed.  I have missed being on the saddle, clipping into my pedals, the wind kissing my face.  Mentally I was ready for the […]

Blueberry Banana Buckle

  My old refrigerator retired this weekend.  After 15 years of great service we decided that it was time to replace it with a newer, better model.  Though the new refrigerator is much like the old one in both look and features, I was excited at the prospect of having a new toy in the […]

Pan Bagnat

  This sandwich almost didn’t happen.  You see, it almost cost me the tip of my finger.  Well, the jury is still out on the last part but at least my doctor said this morning that I wouldn’t need stitches.  This is what I get for underestimating a mandoline.     I wanted perfectly thin, […]