No Bake Strawberry Pie

It's a snow day today and National Pie Day! Translation: stay in to make your favorite pie.  Naturally, I made our favorite No Bake Strawberry Raspberry Pie.  Note, we usually use rhubarb but since it's not in season, we happily substituted with raspberries. Since snow days are synonymous with lazy days in my family, I knew we'd want to enjoy a pie without having to put in all of the effort of actually baking a pie. After all, NO BAKE MEANS NO HEAT and NO HASSLES! I was so happy to have found the ready-made graham … [Read more...]

Spring Tune Up- Healthy Eating

Now that the weather is finally turning warmer in the northeast, I am starting to re-evaluate my food intake and habits, to see if there's any nutritional "spring cleaning" we can commit to as a family. I was intrigued to hear that Susan Peirce Thompson, PHD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester and an expert in the psychology of eating, has just penned a new book-- Bright Line Eating-- that explains how to take back control of when & where we eat & trim down for spring in this … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Fries

  When I told my kids we were having sweet potato fries at dinner, I got two polar opposite responses. My son was ecstatic at the prospect of eating sweet potatoes again since he always devours the sweet potato and marshmallow casserole I cook for Thanksgiving.  My daughter wasn't at all interested.  Although she sampled the same beloved casserole, its consistency reminded her too much of "baby food." Because of these differing opinions (and the fact that I refuse to be a short order cook) I have to calculate my approaches. My … [Read more...]

Quinoa and Grape Salad with Toasted Almonds

Even though Valentine's day has come and gone, we're still continuing our love affair- with quinoa- which has continued for its third year.  The latest recipe result is one of our favorite salad combinations to date.  It's light and simple yet bursting with crunch and a medley of unique flavors. I even ate some cold leftovers for lunch today, and the salad was equally as tasty. So, why don’t you try it for yourself?  This dish is a welcomed alternative to the rice-based side dishes that can become very commonplace very quickly. And, … [Read more...]