Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup wasn’t born from  traditional wedding ‘food-fare’! Instead it refers to the “marriage” of flavors and textures from green vegetables with meat for a soup (minestra). The English translation from the Italian “minestra maritata” means “married soup”! I enjoy making this soup to serve on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as a prelude to…

Lucy’s Lentil Soup

Lucy’s Lentil Soup  Lentils are a staple in our house as they were when I was growing up! My mom would prepare this homemade lentil soup every Friday night for dinner and freeze the rest for another night. We would typically have this as a first dish, before fish or even a slice of pizza,…

Family Meals Nourish Confidence, Conversation, and Compassion!

Amid September’s back-to-school days with sports activities in full swing,  my guess “what parents really, really, really want (well maybe) is to sit down to at least one meal together as a family! According to a 2017 report of Family Meals Institute (FMI), Americans want, first and foremost, to eat “at home together” and secondly…

Slow “Roasted” Herb Chicken

Ingredients: One Whole Chicken Herbs de Provence or herbs of your choice (Rosemary and Thyme) ,  1 teaspoon Paprika, regular or smoked, 1/2 teaspoon Onion, one medium quartered Garlic, one large clove sliced lengthwise Equipment: 6 quart crock pot/slow cooker, cutting board, knife Instructions:  Place Onions on bottom of pan,  loosen skin of chicken enough to…

What was Your Favorite Meal Growing Up?

Did you have a favorite meal growing up? Why was it your favorite, and is it still a favorite? September is less than a week away, and we will be celebrating Family Meals month! Research shows that children who eat with their family have better self-esteem, better grades, and eat more fruits and vegetables. For…

Mama Lucy’s Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

For easy meal preparation during the week,  my mom, Lucy, taught me to prepare a large pot of  Marinara or Meat sauce on Sunday or over the weekend.  Divide into smaller containers, keep one in the fridge and freeze the rest. You will be set for at least two meals during the week. Marinara or…

National Survey Says: More Seeking Healthy Snacks!

If you snack a few times throughout the day, you aren’t alone! According to a national survey by the Hartman Group, ninety one percent of consumers snack more than five times a day — and eight percent of those skip meals all together – opting to graze throughout the day!  Snacking alone accounts for about…

Grandma’s Sweet Savory Spicy Escarole for Escarole Pie

Grandma’s Sweet Savory Spicy Escarole for Escarole Pie Escarole is a hearty green leafy vegetable. High in folic acid, fiber, and vitamins A and K, and minerals like manganese, copper and potassium. Escarole can be eaten raw or cooked.  Serve as first dish –escarole and cannellini bean soup or raw in salads. Growing up in my Italian family this…

Surviving College Without The Meal Plan! A College Collection of Creative Recipes

Part Two:  A College Collection of Creative Recipes from Nutrition Experts! When September’s National Family Meals  month ends, October quickly picks up with Eat Together.Eat Better month, a Washington State University Extension initiative continuing the focus on families sharing time and activities around food.   Evidence shows children growing up eating around the table have better nutrition, self-esteem and better grades, and parents…