Spring Herb Pesto with Roasted Walnuts

When someone mentions “pesto,” you probably think about basil. It’s become synonymous with a traditional pesto alla genovese, a beautiful basil sauce originating from Genoa used on pizzas, pastas, in soups, and as part of many delectable appetizers. But “pesto” is actually the shortened form of the word “pestato,” meaning to pound or crush, referring…

Campari and Prosecco Cocktails

These Campari cocktails are a twist on the ones Brian and I loved years ago in Cinque Terre when we traveled to Italy before having kids. The “Campari Spritz” is served with a different twist or take every time, depending on the bartender’s tastes, but typically involves white wine, Campari, and a spritz of club…

Old Stove Retrofit and Huevos Rancheros

If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ll know that we started a big kitchen restoration nearly two years ago. It was everything you might imagine comes with restoring a 120-year-old farmhouse. Part of that project involved retrofitting an old Round Oak Chief stove that’s possibly as old as our house. Today, the team over at Rory’s…

Creamy Lemon Sesame Dip

This deceptively simple little 5-minute recipe will provide you and your family with days worth of iron, zinc, vitamin B6, selenium, copper, and vitamin E–all nutrients that support a healthy immune system. Plus, sesame seeds are incredibly high in fiber and calcium–and when you soak them, they are even easier for your body to digest…

Spring Asparagus & Winter Squash Pasta Sauté

If you’re looking for an easy way to serve up a yummy, nutritious family meal in 10 minutes, try this recipe. I pulled it out of nowhere last night after a harried day, and everyone approved. It’s a great way to fuse winter squash with in-season asparagus, green onions, and the sweet zip of balsamic….

Farmhouse Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

First of all, let me just say these cookies are delicious. You don’t have to want to be healthy to still just totally dig these. My daughter brought them to school and gave them to her friends. She also ate 7 of them. My son ate 6. They’re not huge (although you can make ‘em…

Cashew Arugula Pesto

There isn’t much growing in our garden right now ‘cept for some kale and arugula and a few spidery mustards. But the arugula is coming in like crazy and adds tons of interest to salads, wraps, and sides. Today I gathered a few handfuls of arugula and made a Cashew Arugula Pesto. Even including the…

How To Make Perfect Brown Rice.

Basic brown rice is a staple for us. I try to stockpile it along with some healthy basics in the fridge. This simple recipe stores great and makes easy work of dinner at the end of a long day. Paired with my Basic Black Beans, a few easy toppings, and you can make a complete…

Basic Black Beans.

Here’s how to cook up the most easy, basic, super cheap, flavorful meal you’ve probably ever made–and it’ll taste so good you’ll eat seconds and thirds and forget that what you’re eating is so darn good for you. Beans are probably the most under-celebrated foods, but they are one of the best foods for you…