Roasted Edamame with Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Do you know what edamame means? I had to google it myself but the answer is twig-bean.  Now you’ve got that trivia to for the next time you get some sushi.   I love snacking on these twig-beans and I feel good knowing they’re packed with  protein, fiber, and micronutrients, especially folates, manganese, and vitamin K.  Simple green goodness! What to buy: 12 ounce package … Continue reading Roasted Edamame with Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Cashew Chicken {in your Crockpot}

You know how bad take-out Chinese food is for your waistline and your wallet.  The good news is that it is easy  to make your favorites at home, using less sodium and more fresh or frozen produce. In about the time it takes to order and pick up Chinese, you can make a healthier version of cashew chicken with this simple, throw it all in the … Continue reading Cashew Chicken {in your Crockpot}

Rotini with Chicken Sausage, Spinach and Olives

I’m trying not to eat much pasta these days (moderation, right?) but some nights I want to dive into a big bowl of it.  I blame seeing this ad on my metro stop everyday. Thanks Panera You can serve this warm or cold;  I served it for dinner warm, first picture above, and had it for lunch the next day, cold, picture below.  You can … Continue reading Rotini with Chicken Sausage, Spinach and Olives

Braised Pot Roast with Burrata

This recipe was inspired by Heather Christo’s Braised Greek Pot Roast and Spaghetti.  I eliminated the pasta but serve over pasta or rice if you so desire.  The finished product picture doesn’t do justice to how tender and richly flavored the beef becomes after stewing in the tomatoes and red wine for a few hours. I also added one of my favorite cheeses to this dish. … Continue reading Braised Pot Roast with Burrata

How to: Make Vanilla Extract

I’m convinced you can order anything on Amazon.  My most recent exciting purchase was four incredibly-good-smelling vanilla beans.  They arrived in a somehow-illicit-feeling package like this which I shared on Instagram, prompting a friend to comment that this was #SallyPorn.  Indeed.    I bought vanilla beans so I could try my hand at vanilla icecream and more pressingly, make my own vanilla extract.  Making vanilla … Continue reading How to: Make Vanilla Extract

Sriracha Salmon

This is a spicy way to cook salmon, adapted from Self Magazine’s recipe feature from Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest: It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.  I left off the cilantro and added lemon, ginger and a tiny bit of olive oil mayonnaise so that the sriracha wouldn’t overpower.  I served the salmon with roasted brussels and corn for … Continue reading Sriracha Salmon

Pulled Pork {in your Crockpot}

This is the perfect recipe to make when you don’t really feel like cooking.  You can put it together in your crock pot, walk away and come back six hours later to dinner. The flavor comes from coating the pork with a spice rub of  brown sugar, chili, cumin, and cinnamon, then cooking it on a fragrant bed of garlic and onions covered with chicken broth. Enjoy the … Continue reading Pulled Pork {in your Crockpot}