I love to cook and enjoy exploring new types of foods, from all regions of the world. I try to use healthy recipes, but I'm definitely not a vegetarian (any more) and believe more in a balance of foods than in any sort of diet. It's challenging at times finding recipes for my husband, who doesn't like tomatoes and is somewhat lactose intolerant, but I've managed to adjust recipes to suit us both.

Gourmet Green Bean Casserole

Green beans and baby portobello mushrooms are roasted in a soy sauce-balsamic vinegar mixture, then topped with carmelized onions and herbed cream cheese for a gourmet version of the classic holiday dish.

South of the Border Coleslaw

Coleslaw with a Latin kick! Give pre-packaged slaw mix and your favorite dressing a spicy twist with traditional Mexican ingredients. Best if prepared the day before, to let allow flavors time to marry.