Cypress Grove Goat Cheeses I am Loving

Technically I’m lactose intolerant, but because cheese may be my favorite food, I cheat. The beautiful thing about goat cheese is that it’s lactose-free, so I can enjoy all the cheese I want, and not have to take those annoying dairy pills. Purple Haze in one of my all- time favorite chevres – it’s lavender notes (you can actually see the little flower buds throughout … Continue reading Cypress Grove Goat Cheeses I am Loving

Roasted Pear Salad with mixed greens, arugula, goat cheese, and tarragon

I have to keep shaking the salads up for the lunch programs I make at work, otherwise our guests (and our staff, and me!) will get bored.¬† This salad was made with baby greens, some arugula, pears roasted in the oven for 10 minutes with fresh tarragon and just a sprinkle of sugar, toasted walnuts (also sprinkles with sugar), a hard, rosemary crusted goat cheese … Continue reading Roasted Pear Salad with mixed greens, arugula, goat cheese, and tarragon

Roasted Poblano Peppers, stuffed

I love roasted peppers, and goat cheese, and really, everything in this dish. It is based on a this recipe from the March issue of Body & Soul magazine¬† – finally they focused on vegetarianism as a way to live “greener!”¬† As is my way, I changed a few things. First, I didn’t read the recipe very carefully, and halved the peppers before I realized … Continue reading Roasted Poblano Peppers, stuffed

Midwestern Holiday: Olive nut sandwich at Olympia Candy Kitchen

Visiting my family over the holiday Senor Lanky and I stopped in at Olympia Candy Kitchen, a diner that has served fountain drink and hamburgers across the street from the county courthouse since 1912. I had an Olympia special – the olive nut sandwich on toast. Green olives, cashews and mayonnaise with lettuce. It may sound strange, but it has a rich, fatty, delicious flavor. … Continue reading Midwestern Holiday: Olive nut sandwich at Olympia Candy Kitchen

Spicy Soy Chorizo Enchiladas

Working from home the other day while contractors injected insulation into my roof and walls, I had the time to let a sauce simmer on the stove and make something a little more complicated for dinner. I also had a some leftover groceries from Trader Joe’s, and a hankering for enchiladas, and this recipe was born. Enchilada Sauce 1Tbs. olive oil 3 cloves of garlic, … Continue reading Spicy Soy Chorizo Enchiladas

lunchtime salads

I prepare lunch buffets for work at least once a week, and try to keep them delicious, healthy, vegetarian-friendly, and budget conscious. Since I’m often eating these lunches, too, I also don’t want to feel bored, either preparing them or eating them, especially when I have multiple lunches to prepare in one week. I’ve started making more exciting salads to keep me entertained, and happy … Continue reading lunchtime salads