Garlic Cauliflower

Last night I needed a hassle-free vegetable recipe that I could throw together just minutes before the meal. The day slipped away from me and I found myself frustrated and stressed that dinnertime arrived and I was staring into a half-empty fridge. However, I did have two heads of cauliflower that need to be used before they started to turn. Have you discovered the power of garlic, olive oil and sea salt with your vegetables? That’s all you need to make an easy, tasty, flavorful side. I took two garlic bulbs, chopped them up in my … [Read more...]

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

How many times have you been stumped, trying to figure out a vegetable side to your dinner? I was so tired of steaming and sauteeing broccoli (and so were my kids).   When I discovered Brussels sprouts (note proper spelling) I felt as if I had truly turned a corner and opened up a whole new realm of veggie possibilities. I introduced the first Brussels sprouts recipe sautéed with some chunks of bacon and hot maple syrup.  I had hoped the salty and sweet toppings would draw the attention away from the fact that is was labeled a "mystery … [Read more...]

Creating a Homegrown Experience with Your Kids

"The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm." ~ Swedish Proverb At the beginning of every summer we have a ritual with my dad, the real green thumb of the family.  We plant a garden.  Surprisingly, this custom only started the summer after my mother died.  We never had a garden at my house growing up.  However, we did support the local farmers and traveled to random farm stands around town to seek out the freshest picked vegetables.  Some of my fondest memories are the car drives with mom on late August afternoons.  … [Read more...]