Eat Your Vegetables

Roasted cauliflower and a New Year’s pep talk

In just hours, 2015 will be upon us. Time for a fresh start, no matter what that start might entail. If you are planning on eating right in the new year, you’re probably poring over recipes (hello, Pinterest!), trying to figure out what eat — a tough task that can end in a massive ...

Healthy homemade holiday pancakes

Each year on Christmas morning, my family always, always, always has a big breakfast. Homemade scones. Omelet casserole. A enormous bowl of fruit salad. Mom-mixed hot chocolate. Lemon poppy seed bread. It’s a spread. And it’s something my parents have been doing for decades. To ...

A minty fresh treat for the late December days

It’s funny to me how each one of us associates this time of year with a certain “holidays-only” flavor. For some, it might be eggnog. Or fruitcake. Or chestnuts. And then there are the secondary flavors — ones that we might enjoy more this time of year than we would in any other ...

Tip-toe back into the kitchen with slow-cooker curry

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/nov/25/282735/ My kitchen got some pretty heavy use over the holiday — before, during and after the holiday. Honestly, we needed to take a break from each other. The feeling was mutual (my poor oven). To ease back into the kitchen, it seems only ...

A holiday week snack perfect for the kiddos

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends. I hope everyone is warm and cozy and gearing up to devour some delicious seasonal treats on the big day (and then for a few days thereafter). Last week, I shared an easy and tasty side dish perfect for bringing to dinner or adding to your own menu. This ...

A jewel of a seasonal side dish

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/nov/11/282052/ Given it’s the week before Thanksgiving, chances are you’re thinking a bit about the big ol’ dinner that we all have on the final Thursday of the month. My husband and I host Thanksgiving each year at our house, but the ...

‘Baked’ sweet potatoes in the slow cooker

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/oct/27/281214/ It’s hard for some people to imagine, but maternity leave isn’t just a 12-week staycation with a cute baby. It’s 12 weeks of barely any schedule, unpredictable amounts of sleep and never knowing when you’ll actually have time ...

Spooky good cookie dough bites

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/oct/19/280782/ At this point in my life, I’m not one to overdose on Halloween candy. Up until a few years ago, yes. Now, not so much. Mostly because if I start eating it, I won’t stop. So I don’t start (if I can help it). But that ...

Celebrating sweet potatoes

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/oct/15/280600/ October is pretty tuber-tubular, according to the local farm set. A group of area farmers, foodies, restaurants and stores have banded together to make October “Celebrate Sweet Potatoes” month in Lawrence, even going so far as ...

A simple, hearty, handheld meal

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/oct/07/280132/ Life with a new baby is always a lot harder than you’d think it would be, even when you’ve already been through the ringer as a new parent before. It’s kind of funny, actually, that an infant that sleeps for 20 hours a day could ...

A twist on ratatouille

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/sep/01/278309/ October is a strange time of year if you eat seasonally. It’s easy to want the best of both worlds — the taste of summer to go along with the sort of warm comfort food that sounds so fantastic when a chill comes to the ...

A burrito in a casserole dish

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/aug/22/277874/ Honestly, I hate casseroles. I don’t know if it’s the word I don’t like or if I just had a gag reflex to tuna casserole as a child. No idea. I just know that most of the time when something is called a “casserole” I ...

Turn a BLT into an addicting AST

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/aug/22/277873/ Confession time: If you follow me on Twitter (@shhenning), you might already know that I’m pregnant. And probably going to have another kid just about any second now. In any case, as most of you know, pregnancy often comes with ...

The tale of the Thai dragon peppers

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/aug/22/277872/ I’m the garden planner in the family, but this year, the hubby made a special request after spotting the tag of a transplant at Vinland Valley Nursery: a Thai dragon pepper. Though the name alone was enough to conjure visions of ...

Chocolate zucchini muffins for the lunchbox

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/aug/17/277701/ I’ve started making the kiddo’s lunches for kindergarten, and, as any parent (or just anyone who has ever packed a sack lunch) knows, it’s sometimes difficult to make sure you’re including the right amount of food. Too much and ...

Lunchbox ideas

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/aug/13/277523/ The kiddo has been talking about bringing his lunch to school for more than a year. In the days before he started preschool, he asked if this is the year he could bring his lunch. We said no (because of school policy), but that he ...

Turning tomatillos into salsa verde

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jul/29/277026/ Recently at the [Lawrence Farmers' Market][1], my husband spotted some great-looking tomatillos — those little green husk tomatoes that add tart and tang wherever they go. We immediately scooped them up and begun to make plans for ...

When life gives you bananas, you make muffins

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jul/23/276677/ We buy a LOT of bananas. We use at least two a day in the morning smoothie that the kiddo and I share. Plus they're perfect for pre-workout snacks, after-school snacks and [banana ice soft serve][1] for dessert. But, sometimes, just ...

Eat Your Vegetables: The perfect blackberry pie

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jul/16/276414/ When attending a wedding, it is normally customary to RSVP, choose an outfit, talk the hubby into a tie. But recently, my wedding prep became RSVP, choose an outfit, bake a pie. Actually, two pies. A good running buddy of mine ...

Something new for the grill

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jul/09/276230/ Mostly because we did a horrible job of grilling outdoors last summer, the hubby and I are trying really, really hard to better use our little Weber this summer. We’re never going to be everyday grillers, or even ...