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Spring Salmon Toast

Spring Salmon Toast

So, last night I did something really smart. Wanna know what? I meal planned! What is it about the term “meal plan” that sounds so complicated and serious? It was really quite simple, and it was my way of starting this week on a healthy […]

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Pepper Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Pepper Sauce

So, like, we all know I went all-in on Cinco de Mayo this year. Seated, four-course dinner party and all. Well, I don’t want to beat a dead horse, as they say, but this Mango Pepper Sauce was just one of the really craveable dishes […]

Creamy Leek and White Bean Soup

Creamy Leek and White Bean Soup

Despite the fact that we are having 80-degree weather this week in Michigan, I am craving soup like crazy lately. I’m pretty sure what I am really craving is fresh vegetables. As spring comes to life I always crave fresh, whole produce, and my favorite […]

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions

I am a huge fan of quick pickling. Red onions, blueberries, celery, fennel, green beans, rhubarb, cucumbers, asparagus, mustard seeds, and so on. It’s so easy, you can pickle nearly anything and give simple things an exciting transformation. Keep in mind, pickling does not require […]

Chickpea Chicken & Buffalo-Honey-Mustard

Chickpea Chicken & Buffalo-Honey-Mustard

You may know by now that I am a personal chef, which means I cook for a lot of clients, in various homes, all with different dietary goals or preferences. Recently, a client introduced me to a new product she found that would hopefully help […]

For the Love of Asparagus

For the Love of Asparagus

Raise your hand if you love Asparagus!!! Me! Me! I do! I do! Now, more importantly, raise your hand if you don’t. I know there are some of you out there. Hey, I get it. As a kid, my grandma used to cook the worst […]

Charred Paprika Broccoli

Charred Paprika Broccoli

Have I ever mentioned that I love vegetables?  I’m not a vegetarian, but if pressed, I’d give up meat way before giving up veggies. Meat or no meat, meals just aren’t complete or balanced without veggies, IMO. My current obsession for vegetable cookery is simple. […]

Korean Beef with Kimchi Rice

Korean Beef with Kimchi Rice

It’s not often that I suggest steak for dinner, mostly for cost purposes, but let’s face it, we all need a little something different at the table from time to time. After visiting a local restaurant for Korean BBQ recently, I remembered not only how […]

Crispy Rice Squares

Crispy Rice Squares

Recently, I saw a post on a fellow food bloggers Instagram page for crispy rice balls. Hee Jee, of White Blank Space, called the cute little triangles “onigiri” and I knew immediately that I would love them. When I was young, I traveled to Asia […]

Curried Eggplant and Chickpeas

Curried Eggplant and Chickpeas

Another meatless recipe for my meat-free month of February – curried eggplant with chickpeas served with spaghetti squash!  This dish was inspired by a client request for eggplant, which, admittedly, I don’t cook very often. It’s never been a favorite ingredient of mine, however, I […]