Is it just me, or is the internet a little bit slow today? This site also took a little while to load up for me.
Overall, the site looks a little bit busier than it needs to, IMO. A few suggestions -
1 - I'm not crazy about the ad in the first post. If you must have ads in the content section of the site, I think it's better to place them in between posts than inside a post. The ad has nothing to do with the content of the post and it's a bit confusing.
2 - The header section of the posts is a bit busy. I personally would put the date on its own line, move the rating system down next to the comments, and remove the number of views altogether.
3 - The "departments" section in the left sidebar is a bit redundant, since you have all those pages listed across the top of the blog. You could eliminate that section of the sidebar.
4 - On a food blog, I think it's important to keep the categories section in the sidebar handy and quite visible when a viewer first opens the site. I noticed that it's far down on the right sidebar. I've also noticed that you have an archives drop-down menu on the left sidebar, which contains archives by month and category, and I haven't seen those combined into one drop-down menu before. Again - my personal opinion, I would remove the categories from that drop down menu and just leave it to archives by month. Also, I'd move the categories from their current location in the right sidebar over to the current position of the archives drop down menu, and let the archives drop down menu rest below the list of categories. It's a more visible position for your categories and eliminates some redundancy.
5 - One more thing about the categories - I'd indent the sub categories more. Right now, in IE7, it just appears that some of the categories are misaligned and it looks a little sloppy and is hard to read.
6 - Another idea would be to make the right sidebar the same color as the left one. It puts a little more separation between the content and the sidebar.
All of that being said, I'm adding the site to my favorites because it's always nice to find a food blog that includes healthy recipes. :)