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5 Tips to Avoiding Your Kitchen This Summer

5 Tips to Avoiding Your Kitchen This Summer

So, we all know by now that I love to cook and I do it all the time. Daily, in fact. Whether I’m cooking for clients, friends, just myself or recipe testing for this blog, there is rarely a day that goes by that I […]

Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

You guys…..!  It’s peach season! Did you hear me? Peaches! That means it’s summer and the best time of year, in my humble opinion. Every summer I enjoy peaches by tossing them on the grill and serving them a la mode with some crushed nuts, […]

Corn and Basil Risotto Salad

Corn and Basil Risotto Salad

Alrighty, friends….comin’ at you with something fresh and summery today. My Corn and Basil Risotto Salad is so fresh and flavorful, I can’t even explain it. You’ll just have to cook it and see for yourself! Even more exciting, it’s one of my favorite summer dishes because you can switch it up any ol’ which way you want to feed your favorite summertime cravings. The only key here is the use of Risotto, a.k.a. Arborio rice as the base, but then you can get creative.

What I love about this “salad” is that it’s reminiscent of a pasta salad that you can eat for lunch or as a side for dinner, room-temp or cold, and it works perfectly well to make ahead in a large batch and pull it out when the time is right or the car is packed for that summer weekend road-trip. While pasta is good, rice gives it a nice change AND keeps it gluten-free, which is especially helpful anytime you’re feeding a crowd these days.

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Raw Cauliflower Salad with Jalapeno Mignonette

Raw Cauliflower Salad with Jalapeno Mignonette

OMGosh! How much do y’all love No-Cook recipes in the summer? I mean, we’ve been having a string of 90+ degree days here in Michigan and I’m craving crisp, fresh, bright, veggie-packed meals. Lately, this has meant lots of salads, but the other day I […]

Rescuing Produce with Hungry Harvest

Rescuing Produce with Hungry Harvest

On a scale of 1-10, I think we all agree that rescuing dogs gets a 10 for nobility, compassion and straight-up coolness. Am I right? Well, what about rescuing produce?! I happen to think it deserves the same amount of reverence. After all, food waste […]

Carrot and Zucchini Fritters

Carrot and Zucchini Fritters

Recently, I subscribed to Hungry Harvest…a food rescuing mission that just launched their newest delivery zone right here in Metro Detroit. Cool, eh? You can read more about Hungry Harvest and my experiences with the rescue boxes in an upcoming post. In one of my boxes, I received carrots AND zucchini, which inspired me to look back to a recipe I wrote last year for Carrot and Zucchini Fritters. What can I say….I like my veggies fried. Don’t you?

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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 way to make a batch of soup is to simmer a bunch of wholesome, healthy veggies in a pot and then puree them into a thick, creamy bowl of goodness. That’s exactly what this recipe for Creamy Leek and White Bean Soup does, too. Leeks, white beans, poblano, celery, garlic and yes, even cauliflower all in one dish. Don’t you just love that?

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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 […]