• MIddle Eastern chopped salad

    Mediterranean Monday – Middle Eastern Chopped Salad

    This mixed vegetable salad, also known as Israeli Salad, is sure to make your “favorites” list! These Mediterranean themed weeks are becoming fast favorites in my house. Last week it was Middle Eastern Week. I had a great time making homemade pita bread, baked falafel, tahini sauce, and a variety of salads. But the best […]

    Mar 24, 2014 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Chick Pea Salad

    Middle Eastern Cooking – Chick Pea Salad

    Mediterranean cooking the Middle Eastern way! Chick peas, or garbanzo beans, are a common and popular source of protein in Mediterranean cooking. This particular recipe hails from the Middle East and would be equally at home on the Syrian, Iraqi, Lebanese, or Israeli table. You’ll find that it is quite popular on your table too, […]

    Mar 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Mediterranean Diet Quiz

    Mediterranean Monday – How Mediterranean is Your Diet? Take the Quiz

    Trying to eat a more Mediterranean style diet? Not sure how to add more Mediterranean foods, or even what foods are considered Mediterranean? Click below to take our fun, quick quiz and test your Mediterranean attitude! Then sign up for our newsletter and watch for our new Mediterranean Eating Plan coming soon. How Mediterranean Is […]

    Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Mediterranean diet

    Mediterranean Monday – Eating the Mediterranean Way

    You know about the healthy Mediterranean Diet, but do you know how to eat this way every day? The Mediterranean diet. Unless you have been living under a rock, you no doubt have heard about how healthy it is. How following the Mediterranean diet keeps you heart healthy, wards off dementia, and even cuts down […]

    Feb 24, 2014 | 1 comment | View Post

  • getting heart healthy with plant sterols

    What Are Plant Sterols?

    How do plant sterols help your heart? What Are Plant Sterols? Plant sterols are similar to animal sterols, which we know as cholesterol. However, plant sterols differ from cholesterol in two primary ways: You can only get plant sterols through diet while our bodies make cholesterol in the liver. This makes sense as cholesterol is […]

    Feb 24, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Cooking With Wine

  • cooking with red wine

    Cooking with Red Wine: Tips

    Do you enjoy the occasional glass of red wine? It is well known that wine, in moderation, is beneficial to heart health. But did you know that cooking with wine also provides many health (and taste!) benefits? Wine can be

    Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • black lentils

    Savory Black Lentil Side Dish

    Lentils have to be one of the most perfect foods. They come in a variety of colors and textures, they are easy to store and will last forever on the shelf, they cook much more quickly than other dried legumes

    Feb 27, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • healthy lemon raspberry cupcakes

    Raspberry Lemon Chardonnay Mini-Cupcakes

    As someone who loves summer, I am sad to see it end. While I can appreciate what others see in autumn, to me there’s nothing quite like the long hot days of July and the August fruit harvest. But all

    Sep 07, 2012 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Heart Healthy

  • getting heart healthy with plant sterols

    What Are Plant Sterols?

    How do plant sterols help your heart? What Are Plant Sterols? Plant sterols are similar to animal sterols, which we know as cholesterol. However, plant sterols differ from cholesterol in two primary ways: You can only get plant sterols through

    Feb 24, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • heart healthy granola

    Heart Healthy Granola with Plant Sterols

    Heart healthy granola full of plant sterolsĀ  and antioxidants. Granola is one of those foods that should be healthy. After all, most of us were introduced to granola as a health food. But then granola became an everyday item, a

    Feb 12, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • smaller dinner plate

    How to Lower Your Genetically High Cholesterol – Step 4

    In honor of Cholesterol Awareness Month, I am updating our popular cholesterol-lowering series from a few years ago. Following a Mediterranean style diet, increasing plant sterols, increasing Omega-3s and eliminating hydrogenated fats. For me those were the easy steps to

    Sep 16, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Vegan/Vegetarian

  • vegetarian chicken stir fry

    Vegetarian Orange – Chicken Stir Fry

    It’s World Vegetarian Day and the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month! That means it is the perfect time to commit to eating a healthier, less meat diet. Whether you choose to eat less meat for health reasons, to save the

    Oct 01, 2013 | 1 comment | View Post

  • sweet and sour stir-fry sauce

    Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry Sauce

    I don’t ever remember my mother making a stir-fried meal when I was growing up. Guess it just wasn’t part of the New England Puritan dinner repertoire in those days. But my husband bought me a wok before we were

    Mar 22, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Vegan Chick'N Noodle Soup

    Vegan Chick’N Noodle Soup

    Flu season has hit early this year. I am all for modern medicine, but I like to give the old time remedies a chance to work first. So when my hubby woke up with an achy body and cold-like symptoms

    Oct 03, 2012 | 3 comments | View Post

  • Other Recent Articles

  • bubbling sourdough starter

    Keep Your Sourdough Starter Bubbling

    Lots of people who love sourdough bread don’t bother to make it themselves because they think it’s too much work to keep the starter alive. I have one friend who has a “no pets” rule in her house – and that means no sourdough starter too! But once the starter is established (see how to […]

    Jan 14, 2012 | 6 comments | View Post

  • 3 Hot Food Business Ideas

    3 Hot Food Business Ideas

    Like many people, I am a collector. But you won’t find porcelain figurines or old hub caps or even lots of shoes at my abode. Instead, I collect business ideas. Business ideas jotted down on napkins or post-its. Business ideas pulled from magazines and newspapers. Business ideas from on-line articles and printed out on scrap […]

    Jul 11, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 5 Reasons to Start a Food Business Today

    5 Reasons to Start a Food Business Today

    Americans are starting new businesses at a rapid pace these days. So fast in fact, that the IRS is being inundated with EIN (Employer Identification Number) requests. Nonetheless, this is a great time to start a business – and a food business in particular. It’s AllĀ  About the Economy – It’s every man for himself […]

    Jun 29, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • cauliflower with olives and Feta

    Mediterranean Monday – Cauliflower with Feta and Olives

    Let’s call this Greek Week II. I proclaimed last week Greek Week, only to promptly be felled with a stomach bug. So last week was more “crackers and ginger ale” week than Greek Week in my house. Hopefully you fared better. Sometimes it is difficult to follow a Mediterranean style diet in the winter. The […]

    Jan 27, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Greek squash pie

    Mediterranean Monday – Savory Squash Pie

    It’s Greek Week here at Hestia’s Kitchen! That means it’s Greek week in my own personal kitchen too. We started it off on Saturday with a beautiful loaf of homemade Greek Country Bread and a big bowl of lentil soup. Last night it was this moist winter squash pie tucked into phyllo dough. It’s easier […]

    Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • herb pasta with myzithra sauce

    Herb Pasta with Myzithra Cheese

    World Pasta Day was last week, as if we need any excuse to serve pasta! Instead of using one of the oh, so many, dried pastas in the cupboard, I decided to celebrate the day by making fresh pasta from scratch and serving it with a Greek-inspired sauce. The dish turned out delicious, elegant, and […]

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    Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments | View Post