Recipe- Roasted Whole Carrots

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A light drizzle of oil, sprinkling of salt and pepper, and a short stay in a hot oven will help bring out the natural sweetness of locally grown carrots.  When a vegetable is grown locally, picked ripe, and eaten in season, it doesn’t need much fiddling with.

Note- This recipe won’t work well with industrially raised carrots shipped from far away Continue reading

Recipe – Garlic, Lime, Cilantro Bean Salad

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If you study the healthiest people in the world, and look at what they eat, you’ll see one food on their plates, often – beans.  Use your favorite canned or dried beans in this dish, and be generous with the cilantro.  I like to crush the garlic because it imparts more flavor. Continue reading

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Recipe – Granola: Vegan, Nut Free, Gluten Free

This recipe is a mix of my favorite Granola found at Me & Ollie’s in Portsmouth, NH and healthy “cookies” my hair stylist at Balayage in Hillsdale, NJ made.  I made it vegan and nut free for my son, without any sacrifice in taste. (If you have nut allergies proceed with caution with the coconut oil and seeds. My son has tree nut allergies but is not allergic to the coconut oil and seeds.) Continue reading

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Recipe – Ziti with Sausage and Broccoli

One of my favorite tasting, and most versatile foods in recipes is sausage.  There’s nothing like a good quality pork sausage, but if you want to change it up try chicken sausage, which is a tasty alternative to pork.  I get both kinds from Greensbury Market, an online modern-day market specializing in Continue reading

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Another Reason to Buy Local – Organics from China

I recently heard that organic chickens in the US are being fed organic feed from China. That doesn’t make sense. The cost of shipping feed that far goes counter to the organic ethos, which in it’s essence stands for local, sustainable food systems.  I’m also concerned about the organic standards in China. Continue reading

Marinara Sauce

Recipe – Marinara Sauce

Many years ago I remember eating a fresh tomato sauce that tasted just what I thought Marinara should taste like; fresh, light, garlicky, with a hint of basil, all complimenting the sweet tomatoes.  It was from a local Italian restaurant, and ever since, my goal has been to reproduce it at home. I think this recipe does it. Continue reading