Seasonal Sundays (Week 38, Mid September)

A Brand-New Let's-Try-Something-New Newsletter-y Edition
Welcome to Seasonal Sundays, a new occasional? weekly? feature that I hope touches you with something so many our lives could use more of: real connections with like-minded people. Like catching up over coffee with a friend. Or an actual phone call with someone you'd like to see more of. Curious? Read on ...

A Healthy Celebration of Late-Summer Bounty

My much-loved version of the French stew called ratatouille, made with the eggplant, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes so abundant in gardens, farmers markets and grocery stores right now. For years, it's been one of my very favorite late-summer dishes! I've simplified and lightened up the French classic but oh, people, Ratatouille is so worth making.

Fresh & Seasonal, Perfect for Late Summer & Early Fall. Easily Vegan. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Naturally Gluten Free.

Green Chile Scrambled Eggs

Hungry for an easy, healthy breakfast? Me too! We love these simple scrambled eggs jacked up with extra protein and green chiles, either from a can (so convenient) or just-roasted Anaheim, poblano or Hatch chiles or even a simple green pepper (so seasonal). Add a warm tortilla and a little avocado, it's a breakfast feast.

Year-Round Breakfast Staple. Flexible & Adaptable. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein. Naturally Gluten Free. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special.

Oil Tanker Burgers

The summer's latest burger obsession, one invented by a creative young cook, age 10. He calls it an "Oil Tanker" (an unusual burger name which makes particular sense to a ten-year old ...) but this burger is stacked so high, maybe it's not just an Oil Tanker but a Super Tanker. I had another recipe planned for today but, really, a long weekend is just ahead and all these layers add up to the best burgers we've had in a long time ... so if burgers are on your menu, consider an Oil Tanker. Happy three-day weekends, all!

A Special Summer Burger. Weekday Easy, Weekend Special.

Shrimp with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta

Oh people, take a good look here, this is one of my favorite suppers in a long time, shrimp cooked in a nest of tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese. It's just gorgeous! It's my rendition of a Greek dish called Shrimp (Garides) Saganaki, a favorite (or so I read ...) at Greek tavernas. Here, a summer version of Shrimp Saganaki uses ripe, juicy summer tomatoes and a winter version, equally good, uses canned tomatoes. Both will have you looking for good bread to sop up the juices!

One-Pot Supper. Quick Supper. Fresh & Seasonal. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Warm Goat Cheese Appetizer with Mini Tomatoes & Capers

An Easy, Impromptu Summer Appetizer
Oh people, if only dinner were this easy! But then again? Add a bottle of chilled white wine and you just might be inclined to go ahead and call this big jumble of warm goat cheese and tiny tangy tomatoes and capers dinner, after all.

Simple & Summery. Easy Enough for Everyday, Special Enough for an Occasion. Perfect for Casual Summer Entertaining & Convivial Gatherings.

Summer’s Best Melon Ball & Blueberry Salad

Pure summer in a bowl, a pile of jewel-colored watermelon and cantaloupe balls plus blueberries tossed in a simple sweet 'n' tart dressing made with no more than fresh lime juice, honey and a bare touch of Tabasco.

Very Summery! Beautiful Color! Cool & Refreshing! Fresh & Seasonal. Great for Potlucks and Light Summer Meals. Weight Watchers Friendly. Easily Vegan.

Cold-Brewed Coffee for Iced Coffee

How to Survive a Steamy Summer
Just "brew" coffee grounds in the refrigerator not the coffee pot, creating a smooth and low-acidity coffee concentrate for making iced coffee and coffee smoothies.

Summer Classics, Cold & Refreshing. Not just easy, Summer Easy. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. Great for Gifts. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Stir-Fried Shrimp with Asparagus
or Other Summer Vegetables

My Latest "Master Recipe"
This is a such a great way to cook shrimp, you just might want to call it tonight's dinner! The recipe is as simple as shrimp stir-fried with your choice of fresh summer vegetables and tossed in an addictive sweet 'n' sour hot sauce. It makes up quickly, just prep and cook! This is an easy weeknight supper recipe but the taste is worthy of a special occasion too.

Real Food, Fresh & Seasonal. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

How to Keep Green Onions Fresh for Weeks

If your fridge ever becomes home to slimy bundles of only days-old green onion, then here's a tip that will save food waste, save grocery money, even save cleaning the vegetable bin! It's super simple and you don't need to buy anything special. Then green onions will keep for two and even three weeks, fresh and ready for the plucking right from your own refrigerator – like a flower bouquet for your refrigerator!