Life in Balance: What’s the deal with the “Dirty Dozen”?

Should You Be Eating Organic? (A Seat at the Table)

Last month the Environmental Working Group released their Dirty Dozen list for 2019. This list, in theory, reports the produce that is “highest” in pesticide residue and informs consumers of the top foods that they should buy organic. This list causes a lot of fear and anxiety around food. The bottom line is that eatingRead more

Spiced Polka Dot Cookies

Spiced Polka Dot Cookies (A Seat at the Table)

I’ve never made sugar cookies before.  But when looking for a fun, new cookie recipe for a cookie exchange, I found these in Dorie Greenspan’s book, Dorie’s Cookies.  I combined a couple of Dorie’s recipes for a delicious spiced sugar cookie rolled in pearl sugar which provides a sweet, crunchy exterior.  These are wonderfully unique,Read more

Cooking 101: How to Peel Butternut Squash

How to Peel Butternut Squash (A Seat at the Table)

Can you believe it’s October already?!  My head is seriously back in June, so I’m having a hard time coping with the rapidly changing months.  But hopefully a couple of crisp days and some fall-flavored food will help me get my head in the right month!  So today’s cooking 101 is about one of myRead more

Adobo Black Bean Bowls with Chipotle Dressing

Adobo Black Beans with Chipotle Dressing (A Seat at the Table)

Black beans and rice is one of my favorite meals.  They’re tasty, easy, and make great leftovers too.  These Adobo Black Bean Bowls with Chipotle Dressing are a great twist with awesome smokey flavor.  This comes together quickly, and works well with the Adobo Chicken I made previously, but it’s also a completely satisfying dishRead more