It has been one year and six weeks since my husband Stephen had his heart attack and died four times before coming back to life. He is now down forty pounds, looking and feeling fantastic, and enjoying plenty of delicious, heart healthy fare.

While compiling menus for our Christmas gathering, I came across this tasty recipe created by Cooking Light Associate Food Editor, Timothy  Cebula. This colorful salad celebrates the produce of the season and would make a knock out addition to any holiday table.


4 medium beets (red and golden)

Cooking spray  

3/4 cup fresh orange juice (about 4 oranges)  

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon minced shallots

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 cups torn Boston

2 cups trimmed watercress

2 cups torn radicchio

1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place beets on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat beets with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until tender. Cool beets slightly. Trim off beet roots and stems; rub off skins. Cut beets into 1/2-inch-thick wedges.

3. Bring juice and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan; cook 10 minutes or until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Pour into a medium bowl; cool slightly. Add shallots, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.

4. Combine lettuce, watercress, and radicchio. Sprinkle lettuce mixture with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; toss gently to combine. Arrange about 1 cup lettuce mixture on each of 8 salad plates. Divide beets evenly among salads. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon dressing

*December 2009 Cooking Light magazine (Photo by Randy Mayor)

Delicious served with seafood or even a filet on the grill.

Note: I was going to serve Oregon Dungeness Crabs along side our salad for Christmas Eve but the season is opening late this year and not until months end. Please let me know if you have any fabulous ideas! Perhaps Bacala (or fresh cod) With Wine Broth & Crusty Bread? XO

Bon Appetit & Namaste! 









Fresh Tomato Sauce Sicilian

December 15, 2011

“In Sicily a good tomato sauce is considered an absolute basic in the kitchen.”


1/4 cup olive oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

9 cups cored, chopped very fresh tomatoes

4 28-oz cans whole tomatoes, crushed with juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 cup homemade chicken stock

1 tsp dried marjoram

1 tsp dried rosemary

6 tablespoons butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (about 10 dashes each)


Heat an 8 to 10-quart heavy bottom pot and add the oil, garlic, and onion. Saute until the onion is clear. Add the remaining ingredients except butter and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and gently cook, uncovered 4 hours, stirring often. Stir in the butter and salt and pepper to taste.

This delicious sauce freezes well. I used almost all of it with two shredded pot roasts for our Bolognese dinner with our firemen and their wives.

Fire House Bolognese

P.S. There is one handsome (aren’t they all?), single fireman available. Ladies feel free to contact me. You must live locally (Portland, Oregon), have a huge, genuine heart, be intelligent, beautiful inside and out, and have a great smile.

My old, laminated recipe…. Not sure who to give credit to?

 Bon Appetit & Namaste! 



Conscious Gratitude: A Supper With Heart, Part 2

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Grandmas Best Ever Pies

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Fire House Pot Roast Bolognese

December 15, 2011

“This is that very rich beef sauce that will turn a plate of pasta into a bit of glory!”  I first had this delicious dinner at a villa on a vineyard. The matriarch of the family cooked tirelessly and did this entire dish in one day. She would jump on her four-wheeler and head out […]

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Butter Lettuce with Pear, Gorgonzola, Blue cheese and walnuts

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Conscious Gratitude: A Supper With Heart, Part 1

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A Heart Healthy Indulgence, White Chicken Chili

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Good For Your Heart & Soul White Chicken Chili

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Your Heart, Our Pain

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This feels surreal to say, but last week my husband suffered  a heart attack during which he flat-lined four times. Which means I watched him die. This was my greatest nightmare realized, one that I had been warning him about and attempting to help him avoid for years. But even my deepest fears didn’t prepare […]

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