St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

It doesn’t get much greener than this!!  What makes this smoothie so healthful and energizing is the not-so-secret-anymore spirulina!! Have you heard about this multi-vitamin?!  All it takes is one teaspoonful a day to boost immunity, increase energy and support cardiovascular, eye and brain health. I teach for three consecutive class periods in the early… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

Cala Lillies

Here is a recipe I traditionally make for Easter gatherings. My cousin affectionatey nicknamed them “deformed twinkies,” and that is exactly the color and consistency of the cake portion. They are called Cala Lillies, however, because of the similar (easy to hold) shape to the flower. Every time I bring a platter of these light… Continue reading Cala Lillies

BEST Slow-Cooked Turkey Lasagna

A slow-cooked meal is a gift from your early self to your later self.  This one makes the house smell extra scrumptious. I made this for the first time this Christmas season.  I discovered it in my latest issue of “Muscle and Fitness Hers” (Jan/Feb issue) so you know it’s healthful!!  My family members tried something new this… Continue reading BEST Slow-Cooked Turkey Lasagna

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage – DELIZIOSO DISH!

I’ve been making this dish since I found it in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food a few years ago.  I make it often for special people in my life!  I’ve cleaned it up by replacing the heavy cream in the sauce with fat free half & half – it tastes just as scrumptious.  Buon appetito!!!! Baked… Continue reading Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage – DELIZIOSO DISH!

Homemade Red Velvet Cake

My mother was way ahead of the times.  She started baking red velvet cake when I was a little girl years ago.  At family parties, it commanded many ooos and ahs, and disappeared instantaneously.  As we grew, she stopped making as many desserts as she used to and red velvet cake became a distant taste. … Continue reading Homemade Red Velvet Cake

World’s Fastest Disappearing Dessert

Need a fast crowd pleaser??  Even the kitchen illiterate can master this one . . . With 38 of us (including T.A.’s) in the English department, there’s always food in the office.  We celebrate birthdays and “half” birthdays (for those born in the summer) by taking turns bringing in a small spread usually consisting of… Continue reading World’s Fastest Disappearing Dessert

I Scream, You Scream, We ALL Scream for Ice Cream

Blue Moon Ice Cream I recently stayed overnight at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI and enjoyed a sweet treat I haven’t tasted since, well, since the last time I was in Lake Geneva about 6 years ago . . . Blue Moon ice cream!!!  Apparently, it’s only available in upper areas of… Continue reading I Scream, You Scream, We ALL Scream for Ice Cream

Marvelous Mint Chocolate Brownies!

Who doesn’t love brownies?!  I’m kind of famous for these at work.  If I don’t make them at least twice a year, I lose tenure!  🙂  My dear friend, Mary, gave this recipe to me years ago back when we were next-door neighbors.  I’ve been making them ever since.  WARNING:  These are ooey, rich and… Continue reading Marvelous Mint Chocolate Brownies!

Good Dessert, Bad Dessert

I made this last night for tonight’s dessert.  It is actually good for you while tasting indulgently yummy!  I can’t take the credit for this concoction.  I stumbled upon the recipe in the November/December 2009 issue of Clean Eating – GG’s favorite cooking magazine, by the way!!!  It took me all of five minutes to… Continue reading Good Dessert, Bad Dessert

Cookies that Won’t Turn You Into a Pumpkin

This is one of my favorite desserts of the fall and winter seasons. Pumpkin is so good for you! Not only is pumpkin loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, but it’s also a good source of vitamins C, K, and E along with lots of minerals including magnesium, potassium, and iron. Wooo . .… Continue reading Cookies that Won’t Turn You Into a Pumpkin

Nuke and Eat Stir Fry

I found this in a past issue of Women’s Health and made it the other night so that I wouldn’t have to worry about making lunches for the week.  I just savored my last portion for lunch.  I hunt for recipes like this that don’t taste as “clean” as they are.  The spices coupled with the fresh veggies… Continue reading Nuke and Eat Stir Fry