SOS Kitchen Challenge: Spinach Roundup

This month’s SOS (Sweet or Savory) Kitchen Challenge asked readers to whip up dishes with spinach, and wow, did you ever take on this challenge with gusto! We received a dozen fantastic, creative recipes to try that all highlight the super-healthy leafy green.  And yes, a few desserts are included as well! Thanks to everyone […]

Brilliantly Beet Smoothie

[EL-LENd Me a Hand campaign update: Ellen listed my humble little self-published cookbook on her “Books Ellen Reads” page!  I couldn’t be more thrilled–and I know it only came about because of all of you–so thank you, thank you!  This quest also seems to have developed a life of its own. . . seems a […]

Apple Pie Smoothie

Thanks, everyone, for your great comments on yesterday’s post!  Honestly, I hadn’t thought that the “beeteroni” (thanks, Leah) was as far “out there” as it turned out to be, but am glad you liked the idea.  This ACD really does spark some unusual culinary adventures! [Quick housekeeping note before today’s post: I’ve been working on updating the blog and […]

Swamp Thing Smoothie*

* Or, Oddly Alluring Blend of Mudlike Green Vegetables to Clear Your Sinuses [Don’t you expect a giant, hairy, muddy hand to suddenly lurch from under the surface of that liquid, and grab you?] I’ve enjoyed green smoothies for several years now, and they’ve always been a staple when I need a quick and nutrient-rich breakfast.  […]

The Simple Life* (and Smoothie)

* [Absolutely no relation to the reality show of the same name] ## [That is one MoFo huge smoothie!] Now that the holidays are over and a new, fervently hopeful year has begun, I’ve decided to simplify my life. It might have been the post-apocalyptic array of file folders, sticky notes, to-do lists (to-do lists ON sticky […]

Mint Smoothie

The home I grew up in could very well have been the original inspiration for the mantra, “Reuse, Repair, Recycle.” My dad, the quintessential progeny of The Great Depression, still saves everything from empty jam jars, to twine from UPS boxes, to old socks, to almost-moldy tomatoes, and puts them to use again in some […]

Smooth Operator

Way back in my salad days. . . . (Come on, now, who am I kidding? Okay, let’s start again): Way back in my cake-for-breakfast, Snickers-bar-for-breakfast, leftover-nachos-for-breakfast days, I was seemingly able to get it all done:  work at a burger joint until 1:30 AM, sleep five hours, get up and make it to school for […]