Maire Gilbert

I was a vegetarian who got together with a meat and potatoes man almost 25 years ago. I've always enjoyed cooking, and I was ready to tackle the challenge of helping my family eat healthy, and enjoy it.

Web Site: http://www.blogger.com/profile/14958204240364054378


Pasta with Prosciutto, Kale, and Red Pepper

Jul 30, 2014
Pasta with Prosciutto, Kale, and Red Pepper

This pasta is a grown up version of one of my favorite childhood sandwiches ... the BLT. Some of these substitutions make it a healthy pasta.  Prosciutto has a stronger and saltier taste than bacon, so less can be used. Kale holds up better than t...

Watermelon Lemon Fresca

Jul 24, 2014
Watermelon Lemon Fresca

Refreshing! That's what they'll say about this drink. It's got watermelon, lemon juice, a hint of mint, and sparkling water. Substitute champagne for the sparkling water for a refreshing version with a punch.Ingredients:1/4 cup water2 Tbs. sugar4 cups ...

Sesame Seed Salad Dressing

Jul 17, 2014

This salad dressing pairs well with any salad that has an Asian flair. It's featured with Ahi tuna salad, but I also love it with salad topped with blackened chicken. My inspiration for this one comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Santa Fe Light &...

In the kitchen: Sesame-crusted ahi with kale and quinoa

Jul 17, 2014
In the kitchen: Sesame-crusted ahi with kale and quinoa

Here's an ahi tuna salad that is an entire meal in itself. The kale and vegetables lend crunch and color, the quinoa adds substance, and the tuna tops it off for a beautiful and tasteful presentation. The tuna is encrusted with sesame seeds and the sal...

Scallops with Roasted Corn and Tomatoes

Jul 9, 2014
Scallops with Roasted Corn and Tomatoes

This dish highlights scallops, nestled on top of a bed of some of summer's finest. Corn is already a sweet grain, and pan roasting it brings out even more sweet flavor. Add some cherry tomatoes and peppers for color, and you're set to go. Scallops are ...

Summer Frittata

Jul 2, 2014
Summer Frittata

A frittata is similar to a quiche without a crust. It's cooked slightly differently, started on the stove top over low heat, then finished under the broiler. Frittata's usually include vegetables or meats and this one includes some of summer's finest a...

Strawberry Lemonade

Jun 25, 2014
Strawberry Lemonade

It's the height of strawberry season, which coincides with the tail end of lemon season in my yard. Strawberries and lemons, now that's a delicious sounding match. Kids, young and old, love both. Why not mix them together?Ingredients: 1 cup sliced stra...

Green Beans and Garbanzos

Jun 9, 2014
Green Beans and Garbanzos

You may have noticed a trend lately, garbanzo beans. One day I discovered my hubby like them, the next day I found them at Costco. Now I have garbanzos in stock, lots of garbanzos! With this latest recipe, I discovered he likes...

How to make lavender sugar

Jun 3, 2014
How to make lavender sugar

I had the good fortune to visit the Ali'i Kula lavender farm when in Maui, which is where the lavender photos here were taken. It was all things lavender. Lavender is an herb of many uses, one of which is culinary. The lavender typically used for cooki...

Turkey with Rice and Garbanzoes

May 22, 2014
Turkey with Rice and Garbanzoes

I have fond memories of a wonderful dish that featured chicken pieces cooked in a savory mixture of rice and garbanzo beans. It was probably bound with mushroom soup, but I've healthied up my memorable mixture to make this new dish....

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