Sweet Potato Colcannon

My married name is Stewart, and St. Patrick’s Day at our house is no minor holiday. I saw Bon Appetit's colcannon recipe in a lineup St. Patrick’s Day fare. It looked hearty and good for a crowd, and it was. After the festivities, I set out to create a healthier, everyday easy weeknight version. This dish [...]

Butternut Squash Soup with Sea Scallops and Vegetable “Purses”

A friend came up with this butternut squash soup recipe, and when he served it, his elegant presentation wowed everyone. He placed one perfectly seared sea scallop in the middle of a bowl, ladled butternut squash soup around it, then topped the scallop with an elegant vegetable “purse” made from a egg roll wrapper tied with a [...]

Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad

Last summer we stopped for a snack at Whitefish Handcrafted Spirits. I ordered the first item on the menu – usually a good bet - a Brussels sprouts Caesar salad, along with a tasty handcrafted cocktail. I guess the idea of a warm salad made up of America’s most despised vegetable just got my attention. [...]

Simple Chicken Skewers with Spicy, Nutty Sauce

I got lucky last night. I tried out a new dish with my boys and they loved it. Ate every single bite without stopping, then asked for more when it was gone. These grilled chicken skewers with spicy nutty sauce are tasty, and snazzy enough to serve to adults. Jackpot. I was surprised because my boys aren't [...]

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Have you ever wondered why salads taste so much better when eating out? Hint: it’s the dressing! It’s all about the dressing. But many dressings are full of high fructose corn syrup, loads of sugar, and inflammatory oils. This is not what I want to be pouring over my greens! After all, shouldn’t your salad dressing be as healthy [...]

Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Red Peppers

Montana peaches are coming soon – we are about to enter the best few weeks of the year to enjoy the local bounty. To take advantage of our abundance of peaches, I simplified a recipe from License to Grill, and put peaches on skewers with chicken and red peppers. The result: a simple summer meal perfect with a green salad. You can easily substitute fish for chicken, or substitute whatever veggies you like.

Shrimp Tacos, Tacos de Camerón

Those who know me well have certainly heard “I’ll eat anything in a tortilla” along the way. I’m only sort of kidding that I think of them as a life-giving force. Let’s just say when our dear neighbors announced they were opening Victory Taco in the parking lot of The Lark, my heart sang.

Moroccan Chicken & Butternut Squash Soup

I teach cooking classes at Cancer Support Community in Bozeman, Montana, and one of the regular participants requested that I teach something with butternut squash. I started with this recipe but tried to make it more nutrient-dense by increasing the amounts of protein and healthy fat. Its medium-thick broth is hearty, sweet and spicy. The [...]

Zucchini Lasanga: A Healthy, Hearty Triumph

After a gorgeous summer and an extended, lovely fall, winter is upon us. By now folks have harvested their gardens and “put up” their bounty in cans, root cellars, or freezers. The snow is accumulating, we’re getting our winter gear together, our tummies are craving hearty dishes. Winter is here. To celebrate the shift of seasons, [...]

Chili My Way – Easy, Tasty, Thick & Hearty

I grew up in Oklahoma, which is probably why I say “yes, please” to anything Tex-Mex. One of the first cookbooks I ever bought was the El Paso Chile Company’s Texas Border Cookbook. I’ve been working on my own versions of two recipes from that book – one for guacamole, the other for chili. Here’s [...]