Grapefruit Avocado Fennel Salad


Sometimes I menu plan and find that life has interrupted and things don’t get made according to the plan. Adding insult to injury, ingredients get used in different recipies, leaving a random collection of their brethren behind. Part of me really enjoys the challenge this presents. And this salad is one of the successes born… 

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Just Wingin It radio show interview


Back in March, we joined Victoria Rose DeAngelis on her radio show “Just Wingin’ It” to chat about transitioning to a more healthful diet and becoming an educated consumer. We discuss oodles of tips and resources that will help you move forward improving your diet. We mention the resources to the right of this post… 

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Summer Pizza and Pesto!

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I love the bounty of summertime and basil is one of the tops for me. First of all, I think it is such a beautiful plant. The green of the leaves, the delicious aroma and the possibilities in the kitchen that are endless. It is part of the mint family nd in Greek, basil means… 

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Snowy sweets

So we’ve just had a blizzard! Record-breaking amounts of snow fell across the state today — even bigger totals than in the Blizzard of ’78 that I vaguely remember. So how do I propose to deal with the huge amount of snow in my yard!? Melt it all by cooling maple candy on it! We… 

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Sorrel C Tea


When we were enjoying our meal at Fire n Spice, we had the opportunity to wash it down with some Sorrel Tea. It was delicious!  I know sorrel to mean various wild greens or the prickly forest brownie in Cornelia Funke’s The Dragon Rider (one of our favorite books — especially as read by Brendan… 

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Fire-n-Spice ‘n a Flick

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Happy New Year! My New Year’s Resolution? To start posting yummy stuff again! So without further ado: Today we took a break from the recent round of partying and heavy holiday food for a delightful excursion into Hartford. Fire-n-Spice is a vegan restaurant on Sisson Avenue just before it hits Farmington, a hop, skip n… 

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Fall Harvest Squash Rice

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Happy Autumn everyone!! I love this time of year for so many reasons. I love the crisp fall air and the surprise flashback to summer warm days. The leaves change their colors to magnificent reds, yellows, oranges and even purples. Even though I grew up in New England and have seen many fall seasons, the… 

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WOW: Staghorn Sumac


In the dog days of the North American summer, you may notice the eye-catching red cones on the staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) trees on roadsides and forest margins… or your back yard! Did you know that this funky, tropical-looking plant brews up a lovely tart pink “sumacade”? Our process: We gather about a half-dozen berry… 

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Farmer’s Market Time

It’s summer and I’m lovin’ it! It seems that now is the time that there is so much raw goodness out there and available. Just in your own backyard there is enough to create lovely salads and add-ins to smoothies to make one smile. A favorite activity of ours is going pickin’!! We love going… 

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