Farmers’ Market Fresh

While the abundance of a farmers’ market may seem the last place to shop for solo meals, the overflowing displays of festive, just harvested vegetables and fruits is the ideal place to find the most delicious and most sensible additions to your solo meals and snacks. Produce purchased at a farmers’ market are super fresh,…

Spring Blossoms & Growing Ideas

The first blossoms of spring surprise me every year. As I walked through the botanical gardens a few days ago, I was wowed by the quilts of soft color that blanketed the tree branches that have yet to be repopulated with the reliability of green leaves. The wispy, wide blossoms are showier than the fruit…

Oven Roasted Vegetables

I enjoy the four seasons we have here in the Upper Midwest. There is value to slowing down in the winter. By March, however, the Wisconsin winter becomes a bit tedious. I start to long for the farmers’ markets of the other three seasons with their supply of fresh vegetables and fruits. How appropriate, however,…

GRAB & GO GROCERIES

As we rush, and sometimes slog, through our busy days and weeks, we may not realize that we are on the leading edge of trends that shape what is sold to us and how it is sold. What would seem like opposite needs: the desire to eat balanced, healthful meals and the need to find…

Chili From the Shelves

At first thought, beans may seem a mundane ingredient around which to build a meal. Because they are a blank slate for the taste buds, they are willing reservoirs for seasonings and preparations as varied as the globe itself. Beans of endless varieties crisscross continents and are part of virtually every regional ethnic cuisine. Building…

Chickeny Goodness

There are few things more satisfying after a long work or school day than comfort food that is ready-to-eat. A whole rotisserie chicken can be picked up on your way home and then become part of a, delicious, easy meal. What can be more comforting than the juvenile joy of eating with your hands and…

From Fruits to Nuts

Toothaches are the worst. No question. No debate.  Several months ago, my dentist told me root canal surgery was necessary to alleviate my toothache. I didn’t realize, at first, that it would take several appointments for the root canal and replacement crown.  Since I wasn’t allowed to chew hard or sticky foods, I missed some…

Anytime Eggs

When I talk to people about their frustrations with food preparation, an item that comes up often is cooking eggs. Inevitably, the issue is not having the right equipment. Having the right tools for the job is crucial: a non-stick skillet and a rubber spatula. Eggs can readily become part of your rotation of quick…

Greening Up Winter

We who have lived in the Upper Midwest for many decades intimately know of this phenomenon called winter. Currently, extended regions of the country are learning about the perils of the frigid season. We may not realize how much it can alter routines like our eating habits until we start to crave fresh, green vegetables. …

The Creative Momentum of Communal Tables

Coffee shops have certainly become more than a place to pick up a favorite drink.  They are gathering spots for neighborhood residents and visitors. Each one has a different vibe. A varied venue can feel right on a different day.  Often, they are the place to be solo together.  Many cafes include a communal table…