New Paths

Sometime last year, during one of the sudden, violent, thunderstorms that we occasionally experience in Texas, a small tree crashed across a path in our beloved park. Getting around it was no easy task. Waist-high, thick, scratchy, bull thistle and burclover attacked us as we circumnavigated begrudgingly. “Surely, someone will bring a chainsaw and clear […]

Dark Chocolate Pudding

Dark Chocolate Pudding 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3 tablespoons cornstarch dash of salt 1/3 cup honey 2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions: Combine cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan. Whisk in honey and milk over medium heat. Continue whisking and heating until pudding is thick, smooth and just starting to boil – […]

Baked Salmon Cakes

Ingredients: 2 cups dry instant brown rice (or 3 cups cooked regular brown rice) 1 15oz can salmon (skin and large bones removed) (or 3 5oz pouches) 3 eggs 1/2 cup minced green bell pepper 1/2 cup minced onion 1/2 cup minced celery 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 1/2 Tablespoons creole […]

Blueberry Lemon Scones

Leave a comment Back in grad school, my sweet classmate rewarded me with these for teaching one of her kitchen labs. They’ve been a favorite of mine ever since. Note:  This Recipe was slightly modified from Cookie & Kate, which was mildly adapted from Chocolate & Carrots. Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1 […]

Gratefulness is Worship

Is there a better family movie than The Sound of Music? Highly doubtful. We recently experienced its delightfulness along with four of our granddaughters. The first time  Maria joins the Van Trap family for a meal, she reminds them of our fundamental moral imperative: to be truly thankful for the food we receive. Fundamental because […]

Perfect Baked Beets

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash but don’t peel a bunch of beets. Cut off greens and save for sauteing. Dry beets with paper towel and rub with olive oil. Place in a casserole dish and cover. Bake 60 minutes. Let cool slightly, then rub gently with paper towels and skins will just fall […]

Southwest Chicken Wraps

Leave a comment Ingredients: 3 cups chopped, cooked chicken 8 oz fresh salsa (you could use picante sauce, but it won’t be as yummie) 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, drained 8 whole wheat flour tortillas 1 medium tomato 1 cup […]

The Farm on my Doorstep

Every Wednesday I have to resist the urge to run out and hug my Farmhouse delivery guy! We began with a small bushel every other week and have loved it so much we just can’t get enough. We are up to two large bushels every week – and honestly, we’re talking about three.     […]

Bittersweet Holidays

This December marks the 24th anniversary of my father’s death. For those of us who have lost loved ones around the holidays, this time of year brings a mix of emotions. Losing my father at a young age shaped my life in many ways, especially my vocational journey. His long battle with heart disease was […]

National Weight Control Registry

The holidays are almost upon us and with them comes much feasting! So it’s no wonder that New Year’s resolutions often reflect a desire to improve our diet and exercise habits. The older I get, the less confidence I have that my New Year’s plans will be effective or sustainable. We are living in a […]