Any recipe that includes artichokes is usually one that I will adore. And lately any recipe that includes navy beans is one that I will adore. So creamy and perfect – they add a decadent element to any meal. This comes together so fast it is hard to believe that it could be so good.

As I was reaching for the olive oil to give my salad a final drizzle the truffle oil caught my eye. I’m so glad that little bottle was at the front of my cupboard  - the truffle oil made this salad. I’m sure it would have been great with a splash of olive oil but the truffle took it over the top.

Navy Beans & Artichoke Salad adapted from Vegan Yum Yum

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in sauté pan. Add 1 cup beans, 1 can quartered artichoke hearts and 1 clove roasted garlic. Season with salt and pepper and heat until hot. Serve over greens and sprinkle with truffle oil (or olive oil) and a bit of fresh parmesan cheese.


I am loving the ideas you guys are coming up with for the Le Creuset Au Gratin dish give-away – keep them coming, the contest ends tonight at 8pm!


lime cooler cookies

We all know that I am not much of a baker – BUT I’m working on improving and that is the important part!  I was actually at the mall, ready to get a mixer, just so I could make these cookies – and many other baked goods to come –  and the taster told me

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le creuset give-away!!

In the spirit of the Holidays, I have a very exciting give-away for all of you… A set of two Le Creuset 6-ounce Petite Au Gratin Dishes from! has about every kitchen item you could ever need (or want for that matter). They have many popular lines such as: Chicago Cutlery Paula Deen

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haiti: the food

Missed Haiti: The People? Here it is. Now onto the food! I loved the food in Haiti, I really had no idea what to expect but was very impressed. It was delicious and the women who prepared it would spend all day getting it ready and presenting it beautifully. Starch is definitely the staple…think pasta,

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baked fennel

Fennel is a very under-used vegetable in my kitchen. Its existence has been limited to rare appearances in salads until now. Creamy, a touch of spice and crisp fennel all in one dish? I had seen a recipe in the Rachael Ray Magazine and had been dying to make it for some time. I believe

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haiti: the people

The Haitian people are some of the kindest people I have ever met. I was struck by their generosity when they have so little. Some had walked for days to see the Eye Doctors, many with cataracts, infections, trauma or even blindness that had never been treated. They patiently waited for hours or days to

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haiti: the overview

At the Miami airport it hit me. I would be in Haiti in mere hours and I was starting to get a tad nervous about it. It all had happened so fast that I didn’t even really have time to think about it. Which may have been a good thing. When the opportunity arose I

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