Recipe: Braised Cabbage

This braised cabbage recipe is so delicious, you're going to want to make a meal out of it!I love getting recipes from friends. Why? Well first off I believe when someone is willing to share a recipe with you it’s significant. After all, it comes from a very special place—their family kitchen. Second, usually recipes that friends share are proven winners and have stood the test of time with their families. And that’s certainly true about today’s recipe for braised cabbage from my friend, Nona. (more…)

Recipe: Quick and Easy Dijon Dill Salmon

with a Greek Yogurt Aioli

A delicious restaurant-inspired salmon recipe with mustard, dill, lemon juice and garnished with aioli!Do you enjoy eating seafood? I do, but I can be kind of picky, and I don’t feel like I’m a very experienced cook when it comes to fish. But with all the amazing health benefits of eating fish (especially salmon—can you say omega-3 fats!), I’ve been adding it into my cooking routine more often. So when my mom shared with me her version of a 15-minute, mustard and dill salmon recipe that she’s eaten at the Lemon Tree restaurant in Vero Beach, Florida, I had to cook it up! (more…)

Recipe: Creamy Beef Stroganoff with Peas

Bruce Bradley's Creamy Beef Stroganoff with Peas is a delicious, healthier take on traditional stroganoffs that's made with 100% real ingredients and lots of veggies. “What’s for dinner?” No matter what time of year or how big or small your family, answering the “dinner question” can be a real pain in the neck. So with kids heading back to school I thought I’d dedicate some extra time during the month of September to help out!

As a veteran food marketer I’ve seen most of the “solutions” big food companies have to offer. In fact when I ran General Mills’ Hamburger Helper brand the issue stared me down square in my face every day. To help understand Hamburger Helper’s consumers I committed to making at least one highly processed boxed dinners once a month. What an experience! And even though this was well before my real food journey had started, my family always preferred a homemade alternative like my Creamy Beef Stroganoff with Peas! (more…)

Are Muffins Healthy?

Are muffins healthy? And what's really in your muffin? Unfortunately most muffin mixes and pre-made muffins are bad news.Muffins and I go way back. When I was just a little kid my mom would take us shopping and for lunch at our local department store, Jordan Marsh. To be honest I don’t remember much more except for the amazing, Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins you could get with your meal. They were so good mom sometimes would buy an extra half-dozen muffins as a treat for us to eat at home. :-)

But are muffins healthy? Unfortunately, no. However, thanks to some misleading marketing many people believe muffins (especially those filled with fruit or bran) are healthy snacks. The simple truth is … sweet baked goods and desserts just aren’t good for you despite what many food companies might say. By definition they’re a treat and that holds true for muffins as well.

So why did I share I whole-wheat muffin recipe a couple of weeks ago? I don’t think baking up the occasional batch of muffins is a criminal act. Unfortunately, the story behind many of the store-bought options can get pretty ugly! (more…)