Healthy home cooking

Darlene Rosen bustles around the small kitchen inside her Junius Heights home. An enchilada frittata simmers on the stove, filling the air with the smell of roasted Hatch chilies, onions and chicken sausage. This is where Rosen feels most at home. “Since I love it, time disappears,” she says. About two years ago, Rosen turned her passion into an online catering business, Honey Girl Kitchen, preparing meals using organic ingredients and hormone-free meats. From orders for individuals to those topping 75, Rosen does it all in her own kitchen. The business grew out of her neighborhood playgroup. Other moms loved Rosen’s food so much they started asking her to cook for birthday parties, baptisms and other family events. Most of the recipes Rosen uses came from her mother. “I never tasted Hamburger Helper until I was out of the house,” Rosen says. “She never cooked out of a box.” Along with regular menu choices, Rosen features a different item each month — wild mushroom shepherd’s pie for January. In 2012 Rosen plans to start operating out of a food truck downtown, offering home-cooked meals during lunchtime. For now, she’s savoring her time in the kitchen.

Honey Girl Kitchen

Three more spots for guilt-free eating

1 Green Spot Market and Fuels
The popular biodiesel gas station and eco-friendly convenience store offers healthy, grab-and-go grub, including tacos, sandwiches and salads — all made with organic, natural ingredients.
Northcliff & Buckner
2 Eat the World
Sometimes, portion control is key. This neighborhood catering business offers a variety of individually made entrées, sandwiches and salads for a quick lunch that you won’t regret later.
Abrams & Royal
3 Wholesome Foods Bakery
Neighborhood residents Anne Hoyt and Taylor Nicholson whip up gluten-free, organic baked goods for a healthier way to enjoy desserts.
Northcliff & Buckner