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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

There really aren’t many ways to entice children to eat kale and swiss chard, so I decided to follow some[...]

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Coconut Cupcakes with Unconventional Beet Frosting

Quite possibly, an entire book could be written about sweeteners. If the dangers of artificial sweeteners are not already blatantly[...]

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Shepard’s Pie

Today marks my 100th recipe contribution to the Reading Eagle. I’ve been writing for Berks Country since it’s inception in[...]

Polenta Fries

Today I’m writing about one of Italy’s most popular and inexpensive comfort foods, polenta (otherwise knows as ground cornmeal). In[...]

Cranberry Smoothie

In “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” Laura Vanderkam writes that people with a high-achievement attitude often wake[...]

JoAnn’s Famous Artichoke Squares

This recipe definitely stands the test of time. We’ve been making it for holiday dinners since at least 1985, although[...]

A Salute to Old Reading – Mushroom Soup

Realizing that my recipe articles broach topics of health and wellness more often than just being a recipe, I thought[...]

Gorgonzola Tomato Pasta

It seems like the conversations about what we eat and the connections between nutrition and disease are getting a little[...]

Autumn Stuffed Peppers

Autumn is the season of harvest, as with everything in nature, it’s a time to turn your focus inward and[...]

Le Pain Quotidien – Berks Version!

My husband and I were visiting a friend in Pasadena, CA recently when we happened upon a restaurant called “Le[...]

The LA Quiche

I’m calling this delicious concoction the LA quiche. After a recent trip to California, I couldn’t help but take in[...]

The Best Stir Fry You’ve Ever Tasted

Chinese medicine is absolutely fascinating to me, and so is Eastern food. Growing up with Italian roots, I can produce[...]

Summer Corn Salsa

Reconnect with the rhythms of nature while sweet corn is plentiful. The ingredients in this recipe are exquisitely simple yet[...]

Montreal Veggies

Electricity, fracking, greenhouse gas emissions, we all need to do our part to help out our environment, and in an[...]

Classic Caesar Salad

Caesar salad can really be hit or miss when you go out to eat at a restaurant. There are so[...]

Salted Golden Beets

Most of the time, grocery stores carry the deep garnet-red beets, but if you’re lucky, you can visit one of[...]

French Onion Soup

My question to all of the at-home chef’s out there who cook dinner for their families several times a week[...]

Butternut and Kale Salad

I’m not one to wear white before memorial day, but when it comes to the rules for vegetables, I have[...]

Fennel Casserole

The increase in obesity among children and adolescents is one of the major public health challenges of our generation. It’s[...]

Be Intentional Arugula Salad

Now that the season for indulgence is over, it’s time to renew your focus on the important connections between mind,[...]

Cauliflower Soup

It seems like I’m always looking for ways to use up some of my leftovers from a big holiday meal.[...]

Seasoned Nuts

This might be one of the easiest holiday gifts I’ve ever “cooked up” and I guarantee you’ll use it year[...]

Energy Bites

Years ago, my husband’s aunt used to make peanut butter truffles. The recipe basically consisted of peanut butter, butter, and[...]

Pumpkin Hummus

Tips for Eating Healthy and Saving Money! Many people believe that healthy eating costs too much to be sustainable. Quite[...]