The Green Elvis


Wondering what to make for breakfast, I noticed 3 bananas ready and waiting to be used, so I thought: okay, a smoothie it is. In no fret fashion, I looked in the fridge to see what else I could use. Out came some walnuts, small dandelion leaf, and a few pieces of romaine lettuce remaining from a recent trip to the farmers market. I put everything into the blender and added some water but then decided a bit of peanut butter would be a fun add in. I whirled everything up and served my husband a glass. For those who don’t know my husband Steve Carter, he is a musician and music is always playing in his head. On tasting the drink he said, “This is really good!” He asked what was in it, and after I told him all the ingredients, he said, “We should call it The Green Elvis!” So that’s how this drink got its name and whether you share it with a musician or not it’s sure to be a healthy, delicious treat!

Toadstool Books and Cafe


The No Fret Cooking duo was delighted to be featured at the Toadstool Bookshop and Cafe in Milford, NH, in June. For me it is always a special treat to have someone else prepare food from the No Fret Cookbook. On this evening, Shannon, the Cafe Chef made several dishes for attendees to sample. As we set up in the cafe, we were welcomed by a lovely group of women who regularly meet at the cafe to knit; they decided to stay for our presentation. This was a first to present to a group of knitters, which made for a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. As I set up we talked about knitting and it felt like we were all friends by the time the presentation began. A few of the attendees had already bought the cookbook before we arrived, had looked through it and knew what they wanted to make. They were delighted to be able to sample so many dishes while listening to Steve’s music. Shannon had prepared spinach balls, banookies, chakra juice, and mini zucchini provolone quiches. We heard comments ranging from “yum”, to “oh my gosh my mouth is experiencing a myriad of flavors.” Everyone was smiling as they eagerly went back for seconds. One woman said the samples were so satisfying and filling that she didn’t need any dinner as she was quite content. For us, the event was like spending an evening with friends enjoying each other, good food and good music! We thoroughly enjoyed our Toadstool experience and know you will too so check out their schedule for upcoming interesting presenters and learning experiences.

Barrington Public Library

On May 20th we were invited by the Friends of the Library at the Barrington, NH, Library to do a healthy eating and music presentation with samples. What I love best about small towns is there is usually a wonderful community spirit and an openness to learn about new things and this evening was just that. We were pleasantly surprised to see the room filled with local foodies of all ages with the youngest being only 8 but even at that young age was interested in food and cooking. After a slide show presentation, I answered questions, and a wonderful discussion followed about health, cooking styles, experiences, and favorite places to buy healthy ingredients that couldn’t be grown at home. After attendees were invited to sample fresh made macadamia milk and several snacks I brought while listening to Steve play live music from the No Fret Cooking CD’s. For us, it is always a treat to see people joyfully eating, talking, listening and sharing a no fret experience!