Summer Salads and Sides: Roasted Artichokes and Smoky Baba Ganoush

Artichokes and aubergine. Here in the PNW, both are August staples! Did you know that? Artichokes, aubergine and August. The aliteration doesn’t lie. Well, actually that’s probably not a good rule of thumb. Both of their prime seasons extend well into September, but that’s just not as convenient for my attempt at creative prose;) Regardless, artichokes and eggplant are at their peak in the same month! Let me try that again. Two of my all-time favorite veg are at their peaks Right. Now!!! Run, don’t walk to your friendly farmers’ market and snag one of each because we are roasting up some artichokes and making the creamiest, smokiest baba ganoush!…

What to Make for Labor Day: Recipe Round-up!

Recipe ideas to make for your Labor Day weekend grill-outs go more smoothly!  The key is make-ahead components!     Savories Sides, Salads, and Main Courses Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette A stone fruit salad with creamy burrata cheese on a bed of spinach and dressed with my favorite simple vinaigrette (made with champagne vinegar and fresh orange juice!). The vinaigrette can be made up to 3 days head! Did I mention the salad can double as your centerpiece? Once assembled, this salad is as colorful and beautiful as it is delicious!  To the recipe… Lightened Goat Cheese Dip with Pistachio Basil Pesto The lightest airiest goat cheese dip…

Summer Dessert: Roasted Plum and Nectarine Crisp

I remember making myself sick from eating too many plums as a young kid. If it weren’t for a distinct memory of the event, I would likely repeat the incident today. The unforgettable juiciness of black and red plums, and their smaller, tarter, and easy-to-eat-far-too-many of them Italian counterparts are still some of my favorite stone fruits. My great grandparents had an Italian plum tree in the field of their farmhouse.   I have vivid memories of my Great Nonnie cooking everything in gobs of butter, riding their very grumpy horse with my Dad, and eating as many plums as I could pick! Lesson learned about that last one. (Especially. before…

Summer Salads and Sides: Grilled Eggplant with Maple Tahini Sauce

As I’ve mentioned a million times, I love Middle Eastern cuisine – the flavors, the colors, but also the creative ways they use of vegetables!! So I wanted to take a deconstructed approach to the flavors of baba ganoush. I’m Italian, so I’m no stranger to eggplant. Shout out to the lovely eggplant parm!! Its August and eggplants are at their peak, so why not stick them on the grill to take advantage of the smoky flavor it adds! Topped with a drizzle of the most addicting tahini-maple sauce, you have the easiest, most addictive grilled eggplant side dish ever. Its like baba ganoush’s cousin-twice-removed (but with out the chilling…

Easy Middle Eastern Lahmacun

I’m going to let you in on a not-so-secret. You must promise not to tell my Sicilian Nonni.  Okay?   I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods more than any other food on the planet.  You may have heard me mention this a time or twelve, but I could happily eat it every day!  With such bold and varied flavors, how could I not??? When California Lavash reached out about trying their authentic Middle Eastern flatbreads, I was thrilled for any excuse to scoop up more hummus!  California Lavash breads are all non-GMO verified, vegan, and made without artificial preservatives or chemicals.  Yay, for no surprise ingredients! I opted to…
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