This post has nothing to do with an “active, mindful lifestyle after 50”. Instead, it is a tribute to my faithful kitchen assistant Merlin, who was our beloved family dog for over 16 years. He passed away on April 9th and life without him will never be the same. I’d always been a “cat person”, … More Merlin


Thanks to these clients for their kind words…Reviews  “Lisa has prepared many meals for my vegan husband. All have been very creative and flavorful. This comes from a non-vegan such as myself. We have all enjoyed having these delicious meals and have often ordered repeat dishes!”~Beverly “Lisa made a wonderful savory eggplant casserole and pasta meal … More Reviews

Carolina Caviar~

According to Wikipedia, pimiento cheese has been referred to as the “pâté of the South” or “Carolina caviar”. It was certainly a staple at our house! My grandmother preferred a dainty presentation: spread on thinly sliced (Pepperidge Farms) white sandwich bread with a faint smear of Duke’s mayonnaise. If she was on her way to a … More Carolina Caviar~

Crunchy Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Thanks to Ruth Graves Wakefield (, Americans have been enjoying chocolate chip cookies since 1938. She was the owner of the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts and wanted something new to “wow” her guests. I think she nailed it. Here is a vegan and gluten-free twist on her iconic creation… Crunchy Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies … More Crunchy Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Carrot Cake Muffins

As we steam full speed ahead into late spring and early summer, it’s great to have healthy, grab-n-go options. In addition to being loaded with flavor, these moist muffins are also gluten-free and vegan too!  Oh, yes, there’s another perk…thanks to the tantalizing aroma of spices, they make your kitchen smell great too~just ask Merlin.CARROT … More Carrot Cake Muffins

Adventures in Produce

Stopped by one of my favorite spots to buy produce not long ago-the Mexican market, “Las Huerta”. In Spanish, “huerta” means garden or orchard. It’s a great place to pick up beautiful tomatoes, avocados and mangoes, but this time, something new caught my eye: prickly chayote. Deep green and covered in sharp little spikes, it’s certainly … More Adventures in Produce