Archives for May 2007

Orange Spiced Tea

During cold winter evenings, my granny would gather a knitted blanket onto to her lap and sip her favorite tea. The odor of orange punctutated by the dark musk of cloves would fill our small living room as she siped, slowly turning the pages of her latest travel book. My version of her favorite tea has cinnamon for added spice and flavor.

Salt Scrub

Salt scrubs mixed with fragrant oil exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time! My version can be quite inexpensive compared to some store bought brands, though it is just as fragrant and keeps in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Healthy Travel

For me, summer always means taking short car trips to the Jersey shore, visiting friends and family who are dusting off their grills, and traveling to annual pool parties.

Sautéed Spinach

Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. High levels of vitamin K, A, C, B2, along with manganese, folate, and iron – all available in just one cup! This simple preparation is the fastest way to load up on nutrients at lunch or meal-time.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Homemade Chinese food can be so healthy if you cut back on the cooking oil. This dish is light and lovely, perfect to serve on top of some tender udon noodles or fluffy brown rice. I also recommend serving it on a bed of sautéed or grilled green onions.

Lean Meat Loaf

Meatloaf isn’t pretty to look at, but it’s funny how many people just love it all the same. When I was a kid, I actually preferred the leftovers. It made the best sandwiches and always seemed more moist and flavorful after a night in the fridge

Rich Filled Sour Cream Cookies

These are one of my all-time favorite cookies! My Granny baked a huge batch of these for my wedding reception. Luckily, I managed to eat at least one before the guests gobbled them down and the whole tray was emptied!

Granny’s Texas Sheet Cake

My roommate in college, Christina, used to beg me to make Texas Sheet Cake. Granny used to make it for us on the Fourth of July but my healthier version is delish year-round!