Game Hens with Sage and Rosemary
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Game Hens with Sage and Rosemary

It’s the time of year when we begin to get cozy at home, staying in to cook seasonal meals and enjoy old favorites. I’ve always liked game hen because they’re so tender, and they take on the flavor of other ingredients so easily. These luscious little hens are plump and bursting with rosemary, sage, three kinds of onions, and the zing of fresh oranges.

Three Fruit Muffins
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Three Fruit Muffins

Do you remember the Big Breakfast Cookies from the old Silver Palate cookbook? This is the muffin version of those beloved ‘meal-in-a-cookie’ treats. These banana/blueberry/raspberry muffins are made with spelt and whole wheat flour to be extra healthy, and sweetened with maple syrup (including a generous lashing of syrup across the muffin tops to assure perfect moistness).

Apple and Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Apple and Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches

It’s healthy (homemade yogurt ice cream on fresh sliced apples,) it tastes great, and best of all, it’s very, very messy. These ice cream sandwiches are meant to be eaten outside, hopefully not too far from a hose or a pool. You must remember that feeling: hot and sweaty meets messy and cold and delicious. It’s a little adventure.

Onion Ring Salad
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Onion Ring Salad

Maybe the problem is that we eat onion rings with burgers and steaks and other foods that aren’t heart-healthy, but how about some world-class onion rings presented on a bed of yogurt-based, lightly dressed mesclun salad? Isn’t that a main course to indulge in, guilt-free?Finding the balance between what you’ve always loved to eat, and what you think you should eat to be healthy is worth the effort. Because after all, food is more than sustenance, it’s one of the great pleasures of life.