Bistro onion soup

French onion soup is one of my all-time favorites.  I have tried several recipes over the years and have three other onion soup recipes already posted on this blog. However, this recipe is made in a slow cooker. I prepared the onions at the start of the day, turned on my Cuisinart slow cooker and…

Jamie Deen’s meat and potatoes

Here is a classic recipe for those men in your lives that are looking for a meat and potatoes dinner.  It is easy and quick and comes together with prep and baking time combined at 60 minutes. It is easy to adjust the ingredients depending on how many men and how hungry you expect them…

mushroom and spinach tortilla cups

  here is a quick and easy recipe for weeknight dinners. this one comes from Martha Stewart, and is very tasty.  i think this one could be varied with any of your favorite ingredients.  i adapted Martha’s a bit and only made four of the cups, and found that i liked my additions and changes….

baby zucchini

  on a quick trip to the Whole Foods Market, i happened to find baby zucchini.  what a cute product. usually zucchini are ripe when they are approximately eight inches in length. zucchini are nutritionally low in fat and calories, and a good source of Vitamin A, folate and potassium.  if you are interested in…

peppers and onions

fresh peppers and onions are such a wonderful tasty side dish.  this is such a simple recipe, it doesn’t even really need an explanation.  slice red and green peppers and mix with a sliced white onion in a small skillet. heat with olive oil until soft and slightly browned.  these peppers can be used to…

vegetable garden inspiration

last month i took advantage of viewing many yards on traditional summer garden walks. i always seem to be inspired by viewing what others have in their own home gardens.  on this particular walk, i was totally impressed with this home and the postage-stamp sized vegetable garden. this vegetable garden was not huge, as i…

balsamic roasted pearl onions

for a different type of side dish, try this recipe from everyday food by Martha Stewart.  the onions are very tasty, with the recipe coming together in a matter of minutes.  the calorie count on this dish is low as well, recorded as 81 calories per serving, with low carbs and fat grams. i used…

egyptian walking onions

  i was lucky enough to have a friend who was growing Egyptian walking onions, and she shared some plants with me last year.  i love these onions.  they are so unique and will provide so much fun to your herb garden.   they are very hardy and will grow nicely in Michigan gardens coming back year…

planting red onions

  i just finished planting my baby red onion sets and am so excited.  each year i try something new, and this is something i have never tried in the past.  onion sets are commercially produced baby onions that are guaranteed to be free from viruses.  they are slow-growing and will take several months to…

crispy healthy onions

  onions should be part of every meal.  they are high in fiber and vitamin C.  they lack sodium, fat or cholesterol.  they can be prepared in many ways and are a standard in many types of cooking worldwide. i found this recipe in Rachael ray’s magazine last year. for my version, i used medium-sized yellow onions. …

roasted red pepper and portabella mushroom panini

some weeknights need to be centered around a meal that can be made in minutes. either our schedules require a change in dinner time, or we decide that it would be best to complete garden tasks prior to a meal break. for those nights, i sometimes choose panini sandwiches for the main dish. using a…

shrimp and chicken wraps

are you looking for a meal in minutes? these low carb wraps are easy to make and can be ready to serve very quickly. i purchase whole wheat low carb low-fat wraps and brown them lightly in a skillet on the stove. usually this can be done with a light spray of pam olive oil…