Lemongrass infused Risotto with summer vegetables, herbs and honey

Lemongrass infused Risotto with summer vegetables, herbs and honey There is something about fragrant herbs that send me into a tizzy of happiness. Lemongrass, basil and mint make this heaven, and I wanted to create a recipe that highlighted summer flavors like  corn and tomato which pop out of this dish partnered perfectly with the honey, …

Light on Olive oil Basil Pesto

Lemon Basil Pesto A friend of mine wanted me to make a pesto with less olive oil, traditional Pesto is made with a good helping of olive oil (see an Italian Grandmother’s recipe, my typical type recipe), but here is a version she claims is the best she’s ever had. Enjoy!

Why you should make Mayonnaise and Turn it into Ranch (recipe included)

The making of my Ranch dressing starts with mayonnaise. The reasonings behind why I think these simple sauces may have great importance in improving our health and in the healthfulness of meals is what “The Meal Matters Most” and Mayonnaise being a Health Food is all about. With the obesity epidemic and chronic disorders on…

Sesame vs Flax Seeds. Part 1

Roasted sesame seeds taste like candy to me. Utterly mind-blowingly delicious. Flax seeds? Taste like dirt. (Well, my opinion anyways, does anyone even “taste” flax seeds?!?) Flax seeds were planted and cultivated for thousands of years to make fiber, rugs and clothing, they became a popular food about 20 or 30 years ago when Omega-3…

The War on Cheese. Real Cheese Wins.

From a calorie model cheese is bad for you, it is high in saturated fats, salt and calories. From a stress model perspective cheese might not only be great for us, but according to a recent anthropological find that cheese has been being made for over 7,500 years. Cheese may even have been one the…

Adventures in Making Thank You Brownies

My neighbor came and shoveled my walkway and used his fancy blowing machine on my driveway. So I thought I might say “Thanks” with some brownies. Problem was I was pretty much still snowed in and I don’t really bake, let’s give it a go anyway….So collected anything I might have that resembles ingredients you…

Imitation Skyline Chili Dip with Kale

Cincinnati Skyline Chili: The original. Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati tradition but it gives me a terrible stomach ache and let’s face it ‘fast food’is sketchy. Here’s a made-at-home version that I find more to my liking and makes great use of that last bit of Kale of you have! Do you have a favorite…