Grilled Watermelon with Smoked Salt and Jalapeno Rings

Grilled Watermelon, Smoked Salt and charred jalapenos -

Are you ready to get your grill on?  Memorial Day weekend surely is the gateway to summer.  Propane tanks are filled.  Bags of briquettes flying off the shelves at the outdoor home supply stores.  Everything is feeling red, white and blue! I have a very easy, quick, healthy, low cal recipe to share that is also out of the ordinary:  Grilled Watermelon.  Sound unusual?  Not as much as you’d think.  There are many ways to prepare it though this is the most simple and direct.  It grills in less … CONTINUE READING

Picnic Macaroni Salad {gluten-free}

Picnic Macaroni Salad gluten-free -

Our temperatures have turned once again feeling like it’s time to break out the grill and picnic supplies for cooking and dining alfresco.  A perfect time to bring out the gluten-free Picnic Macaroni Salad! We are in the last few weeks of school with more activities on the books than one would choose.  Concerts are scheduled, elementary school graduation booked, celebratory pool parties and picnics, summer swim team practices nightly all crowd my iPhone calendar.  I’m finding my sanity in … CONTINUE READING

Le Creuset and Hero Foods Giveaway for Arthritis Awareness Month {$110 value}

Le Creuset giveaway Arthritis Month

When my eldest child was 10 months old we moved from California to outside Washington DC.  To my good fortune I met an eclectic group of moms and all our first-born children were within two months of age of each other.  We became fast friends, spending a great deal of time together shepherding our collective flock.  As we grew to know more about each other I learned one of the moms had Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I was completely taken aback thinking, falsely, that only 'old people' have arthritis. … CONTINUE READING

Patriotic Smoothie Popsicles

Patriotic Smoothie Popsicles -

It is unbelievable to me that we are careening headlong toward summer!  A little bout of spring snow in the Rockies this past week does contribute to the disbelief.  My personal calendar tracks summer to start when the kids get out of school in early June and wrap up with school starting again in mid-August.  In between we always pack the calendar with loads of summer fun and summer food! One of my favorite things I made last summer was loads of popsicles.  From fruity and healthy, to boozy … CONTINUE READING

Beef Bourguinon a la Hassan {recipe} and The Hundred-Foot Journey

Beef Bourguinon á la Hassan from The HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

I love to travel and I love movies for very similar reasons.  Movies are a form of travel really, transporting the watcher to a different place, time or life situation.  I’m sure you’ve seen movies leaving you changed by the time you depart the theater, or feeling completely rejuvenated and excited.  I have one of those gems to share with you today! I received an email from Dreamworks this week, letting me know about a new movie they are releasing in August, directed by Lasse Hallström (who … CONTINUE READING

Meyer Lemon Salad Dressing

Meyer Lemon Salad Dressing -

It's unbelievable that we've had a huge dump of snow this week.  Spring's warmth had seemed to settle in with a promise of indefinite sunny days.  I have several large pots on my front porch and back deck growing heaps of delicate, flavorful lettuce, herbs and edible flowers.  They have been wheeled indoors for the time being and are happily continuing to grow and bloom oblivious to the Ugg-boot-down-parka weather we are enduring. I grew up in the iceberg lettuce era of salad.  We all just … CONTINUE READING