Fava Bean Bruschetta

Fava Bean Bruschetta

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in appetizers, Italian, Recipes, sides | 4 Comments

I know that I recently posted a fava bean recipe…but they’re so good!! Since they’re in season and I can’t get enough of ‘em (despite the extra work they require) I am posting yet another delicious way to prepare them. This is super simple, but takes a little time. It’s a great summer appetizer when ...

Warm Fava Bean and Radish Salad with Pea Shoots and Lemon-Tarragon Dressing

Warm Fava Bean and Radish Salad with Pea Shoots and Lemon-Tarragon Dressing

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in American, appetizers, entrées, sides | No Comments

I think the obvious thing to do here is reference Silence of the Lambs…but I’ll refrain. The hubs did enough of that for me This salad is absolutely perfect right now. All of these veggies are in season (at least in the Pacific Northwest) so try it while you can! If you can’t find fava ...

Fingerling Potato Salad with Spring Onions and Apple Cider-Dijon Vinaigrette

Fingerling Potato Salad with Spring Onions and Apple Cider-Dijon Vinaigrette

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in American, appetizers, dressings, Recipes | No Comments

Last week was the first day of the Bellevue, WA farmers market, and man oh man…best day of the year! I love springtime. I found lots of great produce, but was particularly happy about some fingerling potatoes, spring onions, dill and apple cider balsamic vinegar. Ingredients for a delicious potato salad! I’ve never really been ...

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in American, appetizers, Recipes, sides | No Comments

Asparagus often marks the arrival of spring, so naturally I had to make a simple dish that really showed off the wonderful flavor of this vegetable. I found the most beautiful looking purple asparagus, but have since read that it contains more sugar and less fiber than the green and white varieties. Regardless, asparagus is ...

Cumin-Lime Tofu and Kale Salad with Avocado, Blueberries, Shredded Beets and Spicy Pepitas

Cumin-Lime Tofu and Kale Salad with Avocado, Blueberries, Shredded Beets and Spicy Pepitas

Considering that my last post was a ridiculously decadent carrot cake, I thought, perhaps a little salad is in order? Upon moving to Bellevue I discovered that blueberries are the fruit of choice among farmers in my area. Awesome! I love fresh blueberries and even better, I’ll be able to frequent u-pick farms during the ...

Rosemary Sweet Potato Focaccia Pizza

Rosemary Sweet Potato Focaccia Pizza

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in appetizers, entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Sweet potatoes are kinda awesome. Until recently, I had no idea that they contain more nutritional value than any other vegetable. Who knew? So why not sneak them into something like bread to make it even more delicious! Since this bread is fairly sweet, it goes really well with rosemary. I also think that olives ...

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Yellow Squash Involtini with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Fresh Basil and Pickled Red Onions

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in appetizers, entrées, Italian, Recipes | One Comment

Pickled red onions are an awesome addition to this dish. Along with the red pepper coulis, they help to create a more complex flavor. If you think about it, the addition of pickled red onion isn’t THAT strange considering that ratatouille is sometimes served with involtini and it has a slightly sour, pickled flavor to ...

Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Salad

Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Salad

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in appetizers, Italian, sides | 2 Comments

I love this salad cuz it looks like a party on a plate. And since peppers are still available at the farmers market, I decided to have at it. It can seem like a lot of work, to roast the peppers, peel and seed them, but I promise its worth it. Roasting the peppers will ...

Cranberry Mustard Relish

Cranberry Mustard Relish

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in American, appetizers, Italian, sides | No Comments

Photo by Jenni Kotting This recipe was adapted from Mario Batali’s cookbook, Babbo. Makes for a great addition to Thanksgiving or even a little spread for sandwiches. Mmmm Ingredients: 2 cups granulated sugar 12 oz fresh cranberries (one bag) 3 tbsp dry ground mustard 1 tsp truffle oil (You can also use mustard oil or ...

Vegan Soft Pretzels

Vegan Soft Pretzels

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in appetizers | 3 Comments

Photo by Jenni Kotting My friend Jenni and I made these pretzels for an Oktoberfest-themed vegan meet-up. We thought we had the most awesome idea ever. There were 3 or 4 other people who showed up with the same idea. Oh well. I still think ours tasted the best. This recipe was vegan-ized from an ...