homemade fig bars #realfood

Fig Bars

A few weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook about noshing on some reduced fat Fig Newtons, and I was reminded how much I loved them, especially when I was a kid. So I set out to make a homemade fig cookie. I was inspired by a number of different recipes, pulling bits and pieces…

toad in the hole #realfood

English Toad-in-the-Hole

Over Mother’s Day weekend, I was browsing through old cookbooks, looking for some inspiration or ways to put new real-food takes on old favorites. I came across a simple recipe for English Toad-in-the-Hole, which I had copied down on paper some years ago from my mother-in-law, Wendy. Wendy was actually born in Bristol, England, and lived…

Mediterranean pasta salad #realfood

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are perfect warm-weather dishes. You don’t have to turn the oven on, and they make great leftovers for lunches and weeknight dinners. This pasta salad has both Greek and Italian influences, and you could easily change up the ingredients to your liking – using mozzarella or goat cheese in lieu of the feta,…