baby, it’s cold outside…

'Tis the season to simmer heart healthy whole grains with traditional holiday spices and one of the most delectable winter fruits. The pomegranate:  an absolute bear to dissect; akin to performing  surgery on the flesh, skillfully separating the ruby colored arils from the pulpy membrane,  magenta juice soaring through the air.  However, no matter how many splatters and stains result, I always seem to forget the gruntwork once I bite into those tangy-sweet seeds.  Actually, it's completely inevitable as I revel in the flavor - I will end up cutting into a pom again... Read more »

whole wheat pumpkin pancakes

We might be at the end of pumpkin season, but I had to squeeze in this post...  These pancakes are absolutely divine, easy to make, and basically very nutritious.  Okay, they'd definitely be healthier without the candied walnut topping, but this is what I call a "special occasion" or "weekend breakfast" - something you're not going to be eating Monday through Friday.  Joe discovered a pumpkin pancake recipe in his Men's Health magazine, ripped it out, and casually left the page somewhere it would be discovered...   Translation:   "Please make this for me!"  Anything for him.  So, I worked with the recipe and did my own take on it.  Let me know what you think! Read more »

leslie’s anniversary bread

I couldn't think of any better recipe to christen my blog with than our weekly breakfast staple, Leslie's Annviersary Bread.  I received this recipe from my running buddy, Leslie, hence the namesake.  We became fast friends when I joined a local running club and realized that we both shared a mutual obsession with food, cooking, and health in general.  We were both training for our first half marathon and spent the majority of our runs chatting back and forth about what we had cooked the night before or over the weekend, hearts pounding as we hit the pavement and mouths salivating as the ingredients were listed. Read more »