Sausage Crostini and a Cascal Free Giveaway

The holidays are upon us, which means we get to cook and eat delicious foods.  This is a great appetizer to serve at your own house or to take to a party to share.  You can cut the ingredients in half and serve at dinner along side a salad or pasta.  It is super simple […]

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Chicken Paillard with Lemon Salad


Me and the hubs went to Florida to celebrate our anniversary a few weeks ago.  While we were there, I ordered this dish for lunch and then at a different restaurant a few nights later he ordered it for dinner.  Neither one of us had ever seen this dish before, but we both loved it. […]

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Spinach and Three Cheese Pie

This Spinach and Three Cheese Pie is so GOOD!  Don’t be afraid of the philo dough, the key to philo is to keep it moist.  I don’t unwrap mine from the plastic wrapper until I am ready to use and I have my melted butter and pastry bush ready to go.  I also keep a […]

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Chicken Roulades with Sage

This is a easy and delicious dinner to put together for a weeknight, but elegant enough for weekend and guests.  You can also portion this down to 1″ bite size pieces and serve as an appetizer.  After you roll chicken, slice and place a toothpick in each section.  Because it is smaller they will cook […]

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Pumpkin Cupcake with Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting

I discovered Pumpkin Pie Almonds.  I am in love, well, I was already in love with anything pumpkin and pumpkin spice, adding the almonds only deepens my love!  I didn’t know these wonderful creations existed, but of course like anything if you google it you’ll than feel like you must be the only one that […]

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Brazilian Beef Stew

Brazilian Beef Stew

I stumbled across this short and simple recipe in Silver Spoon cookbook and the idea of coffee and wine had me interested.  I had never put those two ingredients in the same dish.  Made me wonder who thought it up? Since I am still dealing with the pepper surplus from my garden I thought I […]

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Mexican Quinoa Salad and Free Giveaway

Quinoa, can you pronounce it?  I couldn’t, but its become part of our diet so I figured it would be good idea to pronounce it correctly when the boys asked what was on their plate, KEEn-wha is how it sounds. What is Quinoa?  It looks like a pasta, but it’s a seed and is related to […]

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Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits

Jalapeno Sharp Cheddar Biscuits

My garden is raining peppers, and I can’t keep up.  I’ve dried, pickled, canned and now I am baking them up as fast as I can.  This biscuit is perfect to accompany a soup, stew or in my case chili.  Its Football season and chili will be flowing on Sundays.  This biscuit rocks with a […]

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Orange Popovers

Orange Popover with drizzle of Honey

These little gems are delicious with a drizzle of honey or jam.  They take no time to make. 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest 1 1/4 cups milk 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 […]

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Zucchini & Cheese Tart

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I picked my first Zucchini.  Which means my counters will be covered with the little green guys very soon.  This is the first recipe I made with my first Zucchini. Enjoy! 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon slat 8 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes 1/4 cup sour cream 2 teaspoons fresh […]

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White Bean Ragout with Toast

White Bean Ragout with Toast-4

This recipe is in Bon Appetit May 2012, I tried it and immediately loved it, but decided to add shredded chicken from a rotisserie chicken.  Even better, plus more filling meal for the guys in my house! The recipe calls for you to make Soffritto, which is a mix of chopped aromatics, it is the base […]

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Perfect Peach Cake

Perfect Peach Cake

This cake is so delicious, I always remember it when I have an abundance of peaches on my counter from the trees in the backyard.  It truly is delectable! 2 1/2 pounds peaches, pitted and cut into 1/2″ thick wedges 5 tablespoons peach schnapps 4 teaspoons lemon juice 6 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar […]

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Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Okay, I have to admit that I have known for quite awhile how good Kale is for you, but Kale is a bit intimidating to me.  Why, you ask?  It doesn’t look good!  I have seen recipes for baked Kale Chips, watched celebrity chefs make baked Kale Chips, heard that they are as addictive as […]

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Happy Father's Day!


I hope all you Father’s out there have a wonderful Day! I will be grilling up some protein for my hubby!  He likes good grilled food.  My kind of man!  He choose to have ribs on his day.  I will be placing the ribs on a broiling pan, with the bottom of the pan filled […]

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Booty From The Robbery


Not that kind of Booty, GEEZ, get your mind out of the gutter! After our successful robbery.  I had to process the treasure. I was pretty excited with my bucket of golden goodness, and may not have thought the whole process of extracting the honey from the cleanliness prospective.  Let me just say right here […]

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Fava Beans & Manchego Crostini


I had this dish at a local Latin Restaurant here in town and loved it, so as I am apt to do I went home and started trying out the recipe at home and came up with this little doozy.  I love the Manchego cheese, which is salty with the nutty flavor of the Beans. […]

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Grilled Buffalo-Barbecue Shrimp with Blue Cheese Dip


This is one of my favorite easy, healthy (going light on the dip) recipes.  I just love the buffalo flavor on the shrimp!  A great dish to serve on Sunday watching the game or on a weeknight when you just don’t have a lot of time to throw together dinner!   This with a side […]

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Cherry Cake


A bag of Cherries is a beautiful and tempting sight for me.  When the grocery stores starts placing the plump cherries out in the produce section, I start buying them.  I have to admit everyone in my house loves to pop the sweet gems in their mouth, but still I try to find ways to […]

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Poached Salmon with Avocado Puree and Pea Salad

Poached Salmon with Avocado Puree and Pea Salad at

This dish is so beautiful, delicious and it is SO good for you!  Half the list of ingredients are Super Foods so you know it is chocked full of goodness.  The recipe is from Jeffery’s Grocery in New York. 1 1/2 pounds skinless Salmon fillet 15 Tarragon leaves, torn 2 cups of  hot vegetable Broth […]

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Blackberry Cream-Cheese Cake

Blackberry Cream Cheese Cake at

This cake is such a pleasant surprise.  The cheesecake filling adds a creaminess to the cake, while the streusel tastes divine with the cinnamon, sugar and butter.  What a way to enjoy your Blackberries!  This is great as a dessert with a glass a milk or breakfast in the morning with a cup of coffee […]

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Peas, Peas, Everywhere!


I am typing this surrounded by my beautiful peas.  I have some in the fridge, some on the counter and more on the vine waiting to be picked.  Let me tell you there is nothing sweeter and more flavorful than a home grown pea! Peas are every gardeners success story!  You get to plant them […]

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Iced Sugar Cookies


Whenever I throw a party I like to hand my guests a little something to take home with them when they leave. This time I chose one of my favorite all time cookies!  Cause really, who doesn’t love a sugar cookie with icing? I ran to the Cooking Store to pick up a cookie cutter […]

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My Morning in the Kitchen Garden in Pictures


This morning the Fog was heavy and it made the garden so peaceful.  I took some pics and wanted to share.  The dew was showcasing the spiderwebs and making the plants glow green.  Foghorn was doing his morning jog around the garden letting his crows fly.  There were no bees or butterflies out this early […]

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Italian Potato Salad

Italian Potato Salad Recipe at

This is a Paula Dean recipe, I love to make this for a large group.  The reason – it is perfect for a crowd?  You don’t need to refrigerate it, you leave it to rest on the counter, so you can make it ahead of time and forget about it until its time to eat. […]

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Sweet Pea Ravioli in a Butter Sauce

Sweet Pea Ravioli in a Brown Butter Sauce

I have never made my own pasta.  It seems so time consuming to me and a bit intimidating.  Maybe because I have an Italian mother-n-law?? Anyway, I like to use Wonton Wrappers as a stand in for pasta.  My husband said these wouldn’t taste good without the homemade pasta.  I think he would agree with […]

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To Microwave or Not To Microwave


I am sure everyone who reads this post has a microwave or has access to one.  We all use it day in and day out to cook our popcorn, our veggies, and whatever we can that will make our lives easier. The question that keeps popping up in my life, is it bad for us? […]

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Guest Blogger Today – Jillian Mckee on Nutrition and Cancer


Jillian contacted me and asked if she could guest blog here on A Healthy Life.  I couldn’t have been more honored that she asked and was thrilled and quite excited to include her thoughts. Jillian McKee has worked as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June of 2009. Jillian spends most […]

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Orange-Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Orange Vanilla Cupcake

Oh my goodness, this is my new favorite cupcake.  It is so, so, so good.  The orange and chocolate are decadent and sticking the cupcakes in the fridge hardens up the icing so its hard like the chocolate on a ice-cream bar!  I was actually trying to wait to have my next one till after […]

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Barbecue Shrimp with Cheese Grits


I have made a deal with myself.  No new cooking magazines, until I go through the old ones and try the recipes I earmarked and forgot!  So slowly, but surely I cooking them up, subjecting the family to the results and based on the reviews sharing them with you.  It’s been tough holding to the […]

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Healthy Fresh Chicken Tacos

Healthy Chicken Taco Recipe with Fresh Ingredients

These Healthy Fresh Chicken Tacos make me so happy.  Why?  Duh, It is a Taco recipe.  They are so easy to make.  They are fresh and healthy.  Did I say they are easy to make? This Healthy Fresh Chicken Taco dish will soon be one of your favorite because it is easy to pull together […]

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Mom's Egg Salad


Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Growing up I was an extremely picky eater so their is a handful of things that I remember eating that I really loved.  One of those was my Mom’s Egg Salad. My hubby was asking me to make Egg Salad so I called my Mom to ask her for the recipe. […]

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Spicy-Sweet Lamb Chops


This recipe got a mixed review in my house.  Jim does not like sweet food, so he was not a fan.  Me and Jacob thought it was mighty fine.  So, you be the judge based on your tastes. Its super quick and simple to pull together! 1/4 cup raisins 2 tablespoons sweet sherry 1/4 cup […]

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Sauteing Mushrooms


 Jim picked up the most beautiful bunch of baby Portabelo Mushrooms on Sunday. I sauted them for dinner the other night and as I was wiping them off with a towel Jim asked me why I didn’t just wash my mushrooms off under the sink.  Of course that gave me an idea to share with […]

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Pistachio Crusted Salmon


  For the little bit of time it takes to prep and bake this dish you will be amazed at how delicious it is.   Loaded with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.  What you expect in a  healthy delicious dinner that you can make for your family in under 30 minutes. Omega-3 from the salmon […]

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I Needed a New Favorite Cereal. Do You?


I was so bummed!  One of my favorite foods is cereal.  I don’t really have it for breakfast but it is one of my preferred late night snacks.  My go to cereal WAS Kashi’s Go-Lean Crunch Honey Almond-Flax.  I loved the taste, the healthy ingredients (or so I thought) and the added protein.  I knew that […]

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Guest Blogger Today


My son who is in college wanted to be a guest blogger, representing a few recipes that the college folks could use.  You know the ones who are working with limited resources and a closet size kitchen.  Not like Mom’s kitchen. Needless to say I was over the moon that he wanted to participate.  He […]

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Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche at a healthy life for me

My new love is Central American cooking. Everything I try is fresh, healthy and packs tons of flavor. This is great as an appetizer or an accompaniment to a steak dish. I like to serve it with my Grilled Beef Taco dish that will post tomorrow! A Latin Surf & Turf. 1/2 cup plus 2 […]

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Chopped Italian Salad

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This salad is a beauty!  It tastes as good as it looks and is great for you too! It takes no time to throw together and accompanies any main dish. On top of this salad being filled with large amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, iron and numerous trace minerals.  The Lemon […]

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Chickens Love Bath Time….


Chickens love to give themselves dust baths. They’ll flop onto their sides, close their eyes and just roll around, flinging dirt everywhere. They get the dirt way down into their feathers until it reaches their skin. When they are done, they’ll shake it all off and feel fresh and clean. In addition to cleaning the […]

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White Chocolate Coconut Cookies

These are my oldest sons favorite cookie.  I have been making these for years, I think the recipe originally came from Mrs. Paula Deen.  They are simple, delicious and are elegant enough to be served at a party.  I like to make them over the holidays, I freeze the dough in late October – early […]

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