Thanksgiving Recipe: Apple-Sweet Potato Soup with Shallot “Croutons”


I was thrilled when my friend Cathy of What Would Cathy Eat invited me to participate in her Healthy Thanksgiving Challenge! Cathy's challenge is all about making an amazingly delicious Thanksgiving feast, without a lot of fat and salt.I did it!  Well, not the whole feast, but a delicious first course of Apple Yam … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Christmas Cactus and Oatmeal Almond Chocolate Cherry Lace Cookies {Gluten-Free}


I'm definitely one of those people who thinks it's nutty to put your Christmas decorations up any earlier than December 1st.  And with Halloween just moments behind us, I'm focused on Thanksgiving.  So why in the world am I going to tell you these cookies will be perfect for your holiday cookie exchange now!?It's … [Read more...]

Rosemary Honey Turkey Meatball Recipe


Good things come in small packages.  That's what I've always been told, and that's what my kids will always be told, too.  (I'm 5-feet, 1-3/4-inches on my tippy-toes.)Coincidentally, I love small plates and little bites.  I absolutely love a ton of flavor, perfect textures, and cuteness packed into one delicious … [Read more...]

Apricot Glazed Carrots


To be honest with you, my favorite part about the Jewish holidays -- well, all holidays -- is the food.With Rosh Hashanah beginning in two days, I'm still working on my small plates of sweet, delicious side dishes that will make up the main course.  Next up . . . . Apricot Glazed Carrots! It's said that eating … [Read more...]

Roasted Cauliflower With Annato Seed Oil


Rosh Hashanah begins this Wednesday, September 28th, and my husband's birthday is the 29th.  I'll be celebrating both with some "small plates" and a gluten-free birthday cake!  Quite a combination, I know.In the food and restaurant world, "small plates" are essentially mini-dishes on small plates.  The idea is that … [Read more...]

Summer Wrap-Up and Recipes For Your Labor Day Soireé!


These three boys are responsible for my having a fantastic summer! I can only hope  summer felt longer to my kids than it did for me!  Somehow it flew by.  My boys and I spent most of it just hangin' out together, and cooking on the weekends, of course! So it's time for the last summer BBQ (though there's no rule … [Read more...]