Eat Your Vegetables

Easy, delicious summer squash

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jul/01/275898/ I know the date on the calendar assures us that summer is here (the temps are a good reminder, too), but it finally felt like summer in CSA land when we scored not only tomatoes but also summer squash in the same box from [Rolling ...

Icebox peanut butter cup bars perfect for summer

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/25/275633/ I know I’m all about the vegetables in this column, but I would be completely remiss if I didn’t share this fabulous recipe for a great summer dessert. A healthy summer dessert, of course. But a great one, nonetheless. I love ...

A new kind of Caesar salad

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/18/275331/ We’re starting to get see the beginnings of our local tomato season, thanks to area hothouse farmers. And while I can’t wait for *real* tomato season, I’m thrilled to get a chance at any good tomatoes after a winter of ho-hum ...

Overnight oats to fight off summer

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/11/274944/ If you’ve read my column over the years, you’ve probably noticed that particularly when it’s hot, I will do anything to avoid turning on the oven or stovetop in the summer. ANYTHING. And I’m betting to guess you all feel the ...

Just beet it

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/jun/04/274655/ Local beet season has begun. For beet lovers, that means about six weeks of uninterrupted, local deliciousness. For those who don’t have much love for the rosy roots, it can mean almost two months of avoidance tactics. I am a beet ...

Fudgy pudding cake

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/28/274397/ I know I’m the one with the healthy eating column, but even I like to indulge from time to time. And usually if that indulgence makes it into this space, it’s obviously healthy. That said, sometimes, an indulgence is an ...

Oh, how does the garden grow

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/22/274203/ In addition to our CSA share from [Rolling Prairie][1] and our trips to the [Lawrence Farmers’ Market][2], my family always has another source of local produce in the spring and summer: our garden. I’ve mentioned before that ...

One last curry, I promise

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/13/273475/ As you may have judged from my last post, I’m sort of obsessed with curry at the moment. Or for the entire seasons of fall, winter and spring. And it doesn’t seem to matter what type — Indian, Thai, a hybrid — I want ...

Fresh, light summer curry

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/07/272996/ All winter long, it seems, I made curry. Thai curry, to be exact. I wrote about a few of them in this space. They were hearty and often served over sweet potatoes for extra nutrition, because I’m a little weird like that. And I ...

The case of the unloved asparagus

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/may/01/272744/ Sometime between last spring and this spring, my kiddo totally forgot that he loves asparagus. Last year, he’d eat the green or purple stalks, no questions asked. But this year? No, no, no, no, get that away from me, ...

CSA season is upon us!

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/apr/24/272389/ It’s nearly May, and you know what that means, don’t you? CSA time! For the past several years, I’ve been documenting how I use the CSA (community supported agriculture) box I get weekly through the spring, summer and fall ...

Healthy doughnuts, part 2

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/apr/17/271993/ When [I last wrote about doughnuts][1], I told you I was really, really trying not to make doughnut making a “thing” for me. I’d had a doughnut pan literally for years and had avoided using it because I was sort of afraid of ...

Healthy soft serve ice cream

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/apr/09/271646/ Like many kids, my 5-year-old is very much into the PBS show “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” which, for those of you who don’t have kids, is a cartoon spin-off of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” As you can expect from a ...

Strawberries sans shortcake

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/apr/02/271349/ It’s not that often that I write about snacks on this blog, and I’m trying to make up for that this year, with a few more ideas on what to eat when you’re hungry but not eating a meal proper. Today’s particular snack is one ...

The perfect pad thai

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/mar/27/271105/ I’ve been a longtime lover of pad thai. A connoisseur, really. It’s one of my go-to treat foods after a marathon or ultramarathon. I’ve devoured it in probably every state I’ve ever visited. Honestly, if a restaurant has ...

That’s a wrap, winter

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/mar/20/270746/ Sometimes, especially times like these when we are just starting a new season (hello, spring!), I end up taking an old favorite and changing it up a bit. You know, so it looks all fresh and shiny but pretty much tastes the same ...

Blueberries get a faux summer treatment

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/mar/12/270358/ I keep pretending the glimpses of warm weather we’ve been getting will actually last. And then Mother Nature comes in and rains (or snows) on my parade. She might have control over the weather, but I have control over the kitchen. ...

Healthy doughnuts (seriously)

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/mar/06/270079/ I love to bake. LOVE it. Thus, I probably have every type of baker’s tool lying around somewhere in my kitchen cabinets — Silpat, candy molds, springform pan, French spatula, etc. And I’ve used everything I own at one time or ...

Dreaming of June with beets

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/feb/26/269697/ I’ve been in the mood for beets lately. Like lots and lots of beets. Maybe it’s just my appetite’s way trying to get me to think warm thoughts. You know, because the local beet crop will kick in in June. Ah, June. Do you ...

Mini polenta pizzas a quick alternative to the real thing

http://www.lawrence.com/users/photos/2014/feb/19/269310/ A few weeks ago, I wrote about [National Pizza Day][1]. And while our family loves making homemade pizza so much that we probably do it once a week, sometimes you just don’t have the time to do it. I mean, if we don’t give the ...