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Heather Tallman

Heather Tallman is a Bloomington native, freelance writer and mother to 2 busy boys. She is also a food writer for her local newspaper as well as the creator of Basilmomma, a cooking blog. She writes about her culinary hits and misses and all of the life that goes along with it. Her goal is to create fast, fresh and family-friendly meals that teach her children and others that creating meals from farm to table is not only attainable but easier than you think.

Recent Posts by Heather Tallman

October 16, 2011

New-Look Breakfast 

Maple Pumpkin Quinoa With Pecans

Maple Pumpkin Quinoa With Pecans

Quinoa is an easy to cook grain that - when combined with syrup - can be a rich, savory dish that is healthy too.

October 1, 2011

Dinner On The Go 

grilled chicken with onion

Chicken Breasts In A Green Onion Marinade

It is so nice to come home to a meal that is easy to get on the table.

September 25, 2011

Breakfast Treat 

Maple Spice Muffins With Apples, Carrots And Raisins

Maple Spice Muffins With Apples, Carrots And Raisins

I may not be ready for cooler weather, but I am sure ready for fall food!

September 18, 2011

Breakfast On The Go 

Banana Oatmeal Bars

Banana Oatmeal Bars

It seems like we are darting here and there after school to get to a lesson, practice or to run an errand. It is handy to have snacks on hand for hungry kids.

August 29, 2011

Meatless Dinner 

corncakes and salsa and crema

Corn And Black Bean Fritters

I like to prepare a meatless dish at least two nights a week. It is far easier to accomplish this in the warmer months when fresh food is most abundant.

August 28, 2011

New-Look Breakfast 

baked tortilla shell with eggs, tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream

Sunshine Egg Cups

These mini quiches are quick and easy, and I can make an individual one for each member of my family with their favorite add-ins.

August 24, 2011

Cold Beverages 

Watermelon Chunks In A Blender

Watermelon Lemonade, An After-School Treat

I will welcome my kids home from school with a frosty glass of watermelon lemonade, a sweet and refreshing drink I can feel good about serving.

August 22, 2011

Summer Grilling 

Pork Skewers with noodles and vegetables

Five-Spice Pork Skewers And Sauteed Green Beans

I am usually not good at incorporating Asian flavors into our meals, but I hit the jackpot this time with grilled pork skewers and sauteed green beans.

August 20, 2011

Hearty Soup 

corn chowder with chives and cheddar cheese

Corn Chowder To Eat Now And Freeze For Later

Corn is a little bit like zucchini in that if you are growing it and you have it 'coming out your ears' you may run out of ways to cook it.

August 17, 2011

Can't Believe It's Vegan 

Lasagna Rolls with Tofu Ricotta and Everyday Tomato Sauce

Vegan Lasagna Rolls With Tofu Ricotta

This is a fun way to serve lasagna: top each individual strip of noodle with the "cheese" filling, roll it up, and top it with sauce before baking.

August 9, 2011

Regional Favorite 

Crimping A Pie Crust

Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Creamy white and sugary-sweet, this pie is known in my family as Grandma King's Pie.

July 31, 2011

Fruity Treat 

Berry Cobbler With Whipped Cream

Pick Your Own Berries, Make Your Own Cobbler

My family had an adventure picking our own berries at a local farm, but the best part was enjoying the cobbler I made from them.

July 23, 2011

Summery Greens 

Summer Salad with blueberries, greens, and rice

Farmers Market Salad With Fresh Lemon Basil Dressing

What I decided to make from the treasures I purchased from the market was a salad that makes a wonderful side or light lunch.

July 22, 2011

Fast Food Nation 

Box Of Fast Food Toys

Fast Food Nation: One Mother’s Perspective

I initially applauded the decision by Jack in the Box to remove toys from kids meals, but when you peel back the layers you see that this is just a PR move.

July 17, 2011

Cold Beverages 

Peach Mojito with mint in a glass and pitcher

Peach Mojitos For Warm Summer Nights

A great way to start any meal on a warm summer night is with a nice, fresh drink.

July 7, 2011

Breakfast Treat 

Morning Glory Muffins With Peaches

Morning Glory Muffins With Fresh Peaches

Whether you eat this with a little yogurt or as a snack in the morning, this muffin is filling, healthy and has a little bit of summer in every bite.

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