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Beat the Heat with a Luscious Berry Parfait

Blueberries and Strawberries Yum!

This recipe is so easy to make you really don’t need a recipe.


Fresh Blueberries
Fresh Stawberries (sliced)
Yogurt (any flavor) or Whip Cream


1. Add a spoonful of whip cream or yogurt to the bottom of a clear glass cup or bowl.

2. Add a few blueberries

3. Add a spoonful of whip cream or yogurt

4. Add a few sliced strawberries

5. Repeat as many times as you like until your cup is full

Eat your yummy berry parfait.

Cool • Fresh • Easy

Have a wonderful day.




Lunchbox and Body Friendly – Black, White, & Orange Salad

I thought I would share this very simple recipe with you. This is one of my favorite salads to take in my lunchbox. It’s perfect for packed lunches because it doesn’t get soggy. Today I had this salad with a 1/4 of baked sweet potato and some pork tenderloin. All were leftovers from the night before. I only took a picture of the salad, the rest of my lunch didn’t look quite as beautiful.

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pic taken with my iphone

Black, White, and Orange Salad

1 small head of cauliflower
3 large carrots
1 can pitted black olives
2-3 Tbs. of your favorite Italian salad dressing ( I use Newman’s Own Olive Oil & Vinegar)

1. Wash carrots and cauliflower.
2. Cut veggies into bite size pieces, then put into a glass bowl.
3. Drain olives. Cut in half and add to the bowl.
4. Add salad dressing and mix thoroughly.

4-6 servings

That’s it. You can eat right away, but It gets much better if you let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

This is a perfect recipe for picnics, potlucks, or just to keep in the refrigerator for snacking. It’s an easy way for me to eat more vegetables.

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bon appétit


The Best Black Bean Chile

My recipe for the Best Black Bean Chile is not the best because it’s some fancy recipe. It is the best because I can make a delicious and nutritious meal using up bits of leftovers that would have been put in the compost bin. Here is my recipe from last nights dinner.

About 8 servings
2-15oz. cans Organic Black beans – rinsed and drained
1-15oz. can of Organic White Kidney Beans – rinsed and drained
1-15oz. can of Organic diced tomatoes + a small bit of leftover tomatoes
1/2 cup leftover jarred Organic Spaghetti Sauce
3/4 cup diced celery – I salvaged the inner fresh parts of the celery.
2-Organic Carrots sliced – The poor lonely carrots in the bottom of the vegitable bin.
1-Diced onion
3-Organic Garlic Cloves minced (I love garlic)
1lb. Organic ground Turkey
2-Small boneless pork chops-Cut into small pieces (these were already cooked and in the freezer from leftovers).
2 Cups Organic Vegitable Broth – (Use more or less broth depending how soupy you want your chile)
1/4 cup Chile Powder
tsp. Onion Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
A splash of Red Wine (I used Merlot)
1 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions: In a large heavy stock pot add the Olive oil. Saute the onion, celery, and garlic until tender. Add the turkey and cook until done. I did not need to drain the browned meat because it was very lean.

Turn the heat on the stove down to simmer or low. Now add the black beans, diced tomatoes, white beans, sliced carrots, diced pork chops (optional), and spaghetti sauce (optional). Add the Vegitable broth and wine – Amount depends on your taste. Thick chile add less, soupy chile add more.

Add the seasonings. Again the amounts are approximate. I never measure I go by the look and the taste. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

Serve with Organic Blue Corn Chips and a bit of shredded swiss or cheddar cheese. Add a very simple green salad and you have a very nutritious tasty meal.


If you have young children you might be interested in this.

Billy Gorilly has just released his summer library program  theme song. This is his 3rd song for the library reading program. This years 2009 theme is Be Creative at your Library.

Billy Gorilly’s song is titled what else “Be Creative at Your Library” it is a very catchy and fun. I know the kids are going to love it.

You can listen to the short version of “Be Creative at Your Library” by Billy Gorilly here.

The full version won’t be available for a few weeks when Billy Gorilly releases his newest CD Billy Gorilly:Rockin’ the SchoolHouse vol.1

Patriotic Pretzel Sticks_A Sweet Treat

© 2009 Tamara Maellaro

I was at a party recently and one of the guest brought some chocolate covered pretzels with nuts. Everyone raved about how tasty they were and I agreed. I ate 2 of them, so much for self-control. When I started planning my upcomming newsletter I thought of these tasty treats. I did not have a recipe so I just decided to wing it. They are extremely easy to make, simple as 123. The pretzel snacks took less than 15minutes to make from start to finish (not counting waiting time for them to harden). These would be great for you to make for a kids party, BBQ, Memorial Day, July 4th, presidents day, or anytime.

Patriotic Pretzel Stick Recipe

Just a little note: I used the brands listed below because I had the chips in the pantry, the Snyder pretzel rods had the fewest broken ones, and the Wilton patriotic sprinkles were on sale.

1 bag pretzel rods (Snyders)
10oz. bag white chocolate chips (trader Joes)
1 jar Patriotic Mix sprinkles (Wilton)
Wax paper

© 2009 Tamara Maellaro


Put a piece of wax paper on the kitchen counter or on a rectangle baking tray. Use some sort of microwave safe container to melt the chips (deep enough to dip the pretzel rods). I used a 4-cup pyrex measuring cup. Pour the white chocolate chips into the container. To melt the chips cook in microwave for 1-1/2minutes, stir with butter knife then cook another 30seconds and stir again. Take a pretzel stick and dip into melted chocolate to coat. I tilted the measuring cup to get the chocolate far enough up the pretzel. Holding the pretzel horizontal I twirled it until no more chocolate was dripping. Then, hold the pretzel over a plate and sprinkle with candy stars or whatever you choose. Set the pretzel on wax paper and continue with the next one. I made 12 pretzel stix with some leftover chocolate which I used for dipped strawberries.

Now all you have to do is wait until the chololate hardens. I had trouble being patient so I put them on a tray © 2009 Tamara Maellaroin the refrigerator for 5-minutes. This helped them harden. I waited another 30-minutes to put them into celophane wrappers. You could use saran wrap. I tied the ends of the wrappers with some patriotic ribbon for a finishing touch (watch out, Martha Stewart).

My husband came home from work and ate 2 of them giving them 5 out of 5 stars for goodness.

I can’t believe how easy these were to make. You must try these with the kids. Even very young children can help by sprinkling the candies on the pretzels. I know there are probably many other recipes out there for these treats, but this one worked very well for me. I hope this helps you make and enjoy your own homemade treats.

Bon Appetit,© 2009 Tamara Maellaro