American expat, restoring an old farmhouse in France; cooking, blogging, stumbling thru French life. To keep wine on the table I do a weekly menu planning site. The hubs hammers and saws; I cook and garden. Cooking for two can be a challenge - it's easy to make too much food, then eat it! My efforts, (and his efforts) and recipes are chronicled in my blog. All my recipes use fresh, seasonal ingredients. Healthy food for a healthy life. We left Minnesota in the late 90's in search of... better weather? It's a big world, we decided to explore it. After 1 year in Ireland and 7 years in Andorra we are now firmly settled in the-middle-of-nowhere, France. We are restoring a big, old stone farmhouse and raising 2 big puppies. Why, you ask? We don't know... But here we are.
Summer is salad season. With warmer weather we want lighter foods and less time in the kitchen.
Easy, healthy salads are the answer. Lettuce, Spinach, Pasta, Quinoa, Barley..... All make wonderful salads.Whether you're looking for a simple side salad or a main course for a warm summer evening, you'll find the right salad.
Enjoy summer, live easy.
Love Pasta but need some new ideas?
Love Risotto but think it’s too much work?
Cooking for two but need some help getting the serving size right?
It’s easy – all of it. 29 easy pasta recipes, 21 easy risotto recipes (great for leftovers), for two (or more – easy to double or triple). Simplify your time in the kitchen with delicious results.
Fall Vegetables is a collection of recipes featuring the best of autumn's bounty in side dishes, main courses and first courses, Most are gluten-free, many vegetarian and some vegan. All use fresh ingredients, are healthy and easy. Enjoy all fall has to offer with these simple recipes.
Summer menus for August is the final in the series of summer cooking. Summer is slowly coming to an end and the cooking is starting to move back to the kitchen. To finish off our summer here are 5 weeks of menus, with recipes for appetizers, main courses and sides, complete with shopping lists. The food is healthy and the recipes easy. Relax and enjoy the last days of summer.
Summer Cooking! Get out the barbecue and start thinking about all the wonderful foods of summer. The markets are overflowing with gorgeous, fresh veggies. To make the most of it you need a plan. To enjoy it you need some new recipes. Seasonal Weekly Menus for June has 4 weeks of dinner menu plans, with over 60 summer recipes, complete instructions and a weekly shopping list. Relax, enjoy summer.
Healthy Small Plates, volumes 1 & 2 together... Mix and match the recipes for simple meals all year long, combining soups with omelets, vegetables with pastries. Each recipes is an easy first course / starter or make smaller for cocktail nibbles or combine for a light meal. Be creative.... Have some fun.
Healthy Small Plates, Eggs, Vegetables, Tarts and more is a collection of small dishes. Under Eggs there are omelets, frittatas as well as other dishes. Tarts and Pastries feature easy dishes using purchased filo or puff pastry. Vegetable recipes use fresh, seasonal produce. Is every recipe healthy? Mostly... When the plates are small one can be a little more adventurous.
Healthy Small Plates, Soups and Salads, is a collection of easy, flexible recipes designed as first courses but working equally well as light meals. Add a baguette for a quick, lunch, combine two for an easy mid-week or lazy Sunday supper or serve one alone for an impressive first course for dinner with your future (prospective) in-laws. There are suggestions with every recipe.