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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Rosemary & Balsamic Chickpeas

Rosemary & Balsamic Chickpeas

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Italian, Recipes, sides | No Comments

This is a super simple and quick recipe that seems to be my go-to when I don’t have much energy to cook, but need some protein. It’s nothing fancy pants, but it sure can taste that way, especially if you have some good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil on hand. I think that these ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Oven Baked Lemon-Dill Potatoes

Oven Baked Lemon-Dill Potatoes

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in American, Recipes, sides | No Comments

Ingredients: 3 lbs organic red skin potatoes, washed and cut in half, then sliced 1/4-inch thick 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup safflower oil Juice of one lemon Sea salt and pepper to taste Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place sliced potatoes in a large bowl. Add safflower ...