Kale Salad with White Balsamic Infused Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

Kale Salad with White Balsamic Infused Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in American, appetizers, sides | No Comments

Photo by Jenni Kotting Ingredients: 1 Bunch of Kale, stems and thick center ribs removed, chiffonade the leaves 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts 1/4 cup golden raisins 7 tbsp fig-infused white balsamic vinegar (or just white balsamic vinegar) 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar 3 tsp agave nectar 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp sea ...

Nectarine Basil Salsa

Nectarine Basil Salsa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in appetizers, Latin American, Recipes | No Comments

My friend Melinda and I were recently vacationing in Florida. I seriously can’t think of a better post-beach snack than chips and salsa. We were determined to make a different salsa for each day we were there. Yep. We’re just a couple ‘a salsa whores. Here’s one of our favorites! Ingredients: 2 Nectarines, preferably organic ...

Cherry Mint Salsa

Cherry Mint Salsa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in appetizers, Latin American, Recipes | No Comments

This salsa goes really well with cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips. I’m just sayin’… Ingredients: 2 Cups Pitted Black Cherries, chopped 1 tbsp Red Onion, finely diced Juice of one lime 2 tbsp Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice 1 tsp Orange Zest 1 Jalapeño Pepper, finely diced (keep the seeds for more heat) 1 tbsp Fresh Mint, finely ...

Spicy Plum Salsa

Spicy Plum Salsa

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in appetizers, Latin American, Recipes | No Comments

This is my friend Mel’s favorite salsa (a.k.a. Lady Beast Salsa.) Ingredients: 8 Ripe Plums, pits removed and chopped 1 Orange, sectioned and chopped 1 Lime, sectioned and chopped 1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped 3 tbsp Red Onion, finely chopped 1 Jalapeño Pepper, finely chopped (with seeds for more heat) 1-2 tbsp Fresh ...

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Fresh Sage

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup with Fresh Sage

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in appetizers, Italian, Recipes, sides, soups | No Comments

Yesterday I found myself at Prairie Fruits Farm, sayin’ hey to the goats and checkin’ out what produce Blue Moon Farm had to offer. For those of you who live in Champaign/Urbana, Prairie Fruits Farm has a “Sale on the Farm” every Tuesday from 3-7pm. They also have some amazing Sorbetto made with locally grown ...

Shaved Fennel, Carrot and Fuji Apple Salad

Shaved Fennel, Carrot and Fuji Apple Salad

Posted by on Feb 21, 2011 in American, appetizers, Recipes, sides | No Comments

Sometimes, a vegan just wants a good ‘ole fashion salad. I think I tend to eat less salad in the winter due to the absence of the farmer’s market (but there are still some awesome local greens and veggies in the winter.) I think the key to a good salad is simplicity and really good ...

Citrus-Fennel Salad with Balsamic Grilled Figs and Walnut Chutney

Citrus-Fennel Salad with Balsamic Grilled Figs and Walnut Chutney

Posted by on Dec 9, 2010 in appetizers, Fusion, Recipes, sides | No Comments

For Thanksgiving, Jenni and decided to surprise each other by secretly preparing our own amuse-bouche to be unveiled before dinner. Technically, mine was more like an appetizer since it consisted of several bites, but I just want to say that I created an amuse-bouche for the sake of saying it. * Amuse Bouche: is a ...