Persian Roasted Veggies

One of my favorite things about fall is my desire to turn the oven on and start roasting and baking everything in sight! After an extra hot and really smoky summer, (from all the forest fires) the cool crisp mornings and beautiful fall colors are more than welcome. Roasted veggies are a real staple in our house most months out ... Read More

Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

'We began with the best of intentions.' I've seen this sentence used several times in literature, and it always gets me - don't we all begin with the best of intentions only to discover the process is much more than we thought? So often a good idea fails to reach the level of reality because the original intention was flawed ... Read More

Garlic Butter Sautéed Mushrooms

When we were at the restaurant Mercato in Calgary, we had our whole meal mapped out but we never made it through all 4 of the courses! We ended up skipping the Tuscan Steak with a side of mushrooms and prosciutto wrapped grilled asparagus. It would seem I just can't get it off my mind, so I've developed recipes for ... Read More

The Best Rosemary Potatoes

It all started with an Italian restaurant... I feel like quite a few of my stories and recipes begin with that line. The first time I tasted these golden cubes, crispy with olive oil, and scented with rosemary, I knew they had a permanent place in my life. So, for the last decade I've been making these potatoes and everyone loves ... Read More

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

You probably know by now that I'm all about simplicity, and never more so than in the summer! When produce is at it's peak, it tastes amazing all by itself, so I've been guilty of eating tomatoes plain right off the vine all summer long. But... last weekend we went to this phenomenal Italian restaurant in Calgary (it's called Mercato ... Read More

Thai Style Broccoli Salad with Sweet Chili Lime Dressing

This may well be my favorite broccoli salad yet! Probably because of the addicting Southeast Asian flavors. And... what's not to love? Juicy chunks of mango, crunchy bell peppers, and a sweet chili lime dressing topped with toasted cashews. Ever since I made Healthy Broccoli Salad as a remake of the traditional recipe, I've been making variations with the common ... Read More

Citrus Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Pomegranates

I love bright fresh salads with a hint of richness. This Citrus Quinoa Salad is refreshing and light, zesty with fresh cilantro, and with an added creaminess from the avocados. It’s chock full of super-foods, and the quinoa makes it high in protein as well. If I’m making extra for leftovers, I leave out the avocado. That way, you can … Read More

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower is not a replacement for mashed potatoes by any means, it’s an awesome side dish that can rival potatoes any day! This recipe is adapted from the wonderful Tupelo Honey Cookbook that a friend gave me a while back. And… by the way, the Tupelo Honey Cookbook is an absolute goldmine of great recipes and full of … Read More

Parmesan Zucchini Gratin

We’re deep in zucchini season around here, with more than I could possible use up! This gratin makes short work of a few zucchini at a time, not to mention, it’s crispy-cheesy delicious! Zucchini and summer squash are often thought of as boring vegetables, but I think it makes them the perfect vehicle for all kinds of flavor combinations.