Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Baking and chocolate making are not my fortés, but I made an exception for a quick item that includes two of my favorite things — peanut butter and coconut oil — and my husband’s all-time favorite thing — chocolate. I know, I should be the one to be gaga for chocolate, but he is a diehard, … Continue reading

Ava’s deeply flavorful chili (with bacon & cinnamon to boot!)

This recipe comes to you all the way from Nashville, from a longtime family friend named Ava Parker whom we had the pleasure of staying with on our roadtrip to Kansas for the holidays. I remember Ava cooking a lot when her daughter Jenny and I were BFFs in grade school, but it was fun to connect with … Continue reading

pink grapefruit & avocado salad

It’s that time of year. When people show up at the gym for the first time in a year and decide that — yes — doing three cardio weight-lifting classes in a row is a good idea. As an instructor, I tell them — no — that is not a good idea. You need to … Continue reading

Let the eats begin: Christmas cookies

Welcome to December, the season of eating! While teaching my cardioblast exercise class this morning, I mentioned that we have plenty of reasons to work out this time of year, what with Christmas fast approaching. But a woman corrected me, “No, no, the holiday parties have already begun. It’s an entire season of eating.” How … Continue reading

Thanksgiving side dishes to bring — from the farm

Today was the last day for my ’round-the-corner farmers market in Mount Vernon, the last time I get to buy brussel sprouts and butternut squash from my favorite farmer, Jesús. But it’s also the day before Thanksgiving, the day for thanking God for the bounty before us — and boy did I come home with … Continue reading

Surviving #Sandy — cooking without power

I must start by recognizing the pain and hardship so many on the East Coast, especially in New Jersey and New York, are still experiencing from hurricane Sandy. The DC area and Alexandria, where we live, saw nothing compared to these other and more coastal areas. That being said, we did lose power for about … Continue reading

Weeknight dinners: shepherd’s pie, grilled cheese, pulled pork

After a weekend out of town and then one thing after another, I didn’t even make it to the grocery store until Thursday of this week. By the time Wednesday night rolled around, I was dying to cook something. Somehow I ended up making three photo-worthy dinners by Friday night, so I thought I would … Continue reading

Power foods for a workout weekend

The whirlwind weekend I’ve been planning for weeks starts tomorrow. And, just like when I went camping, I find myself the day before planning every detail of what I will eat. Tomorrow I ship out on a half-day boat trip with a handful of chefs from DC (and our fearless leader from the Department of … Continue reading

The conflicted converted cereal craver

It’s a gorgeous fall day. At a farmers market  yesterday, I squealed out loud at the bounty of autumnal offerings: dozens of apple varieties, leafy greens galore, butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, oh my! I already have a list in my phone of all the fall-ish foods I want to make, to include pumpkin bread, … Continue reading

Chopped at home: how to avoid going to the grocery store — again

It was Monday night. We were recovering from a long Labor Day weekend that involved far too much consumption of free food and a little bit of manual labor. As much as I didn’t feel like cooking, I felt even less like going to the grocery store — again. I had just gone late Saturday … Continue reading