Vegan No-Churn Mexican Chocolate Ice-Cream

In life, there are things that I settle for out of convenience.  The picnic thrown with paper plates and disposable silverware…. The box of Meringues from Trader Joe’s I buy to avoid making something something gluten free for my gluten intolerant friend…  I’m too tired to make dinner so we get take-out.  In most cases, I know these aren’t whats best for me or are even harmful to the environment.  Often, they aren’t the aren’t even tastiest option. But if I look at my habits, the one thing I repeatedly buy out of convenience is ice-cream.  Yes, ice-cream – including store bought ice-cream – is absolutely delicious.  I know!  And…
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Muddled Mint Blackberry Spritzer Cocktail & Mocktail

Do you know the week when you realize summer has officially arrived?  It varies every year – especially in the Seattle area.  We had a lovely June and a so-so July right up until the last week of July!  From that point on, sunshine, shorts, and 80 degrees became the new normal.  No need to obsessively check the weather to see if that get together will get rained on.  No longer packing for every possible weather related contingency for a weekend away.  Its freeing really. As much as I love our rainy city and the greenscape it creates, I am beginning to appreciate the element of freedom that comes with…

Spiralized Kohlrabi and Apple Salad with Poppyseed Honey Mustard Dressing

Kohlrabi is one of the more curious looking farmer’s market finds.  Its bulbous, broccoli stem textured head, and crazy looking leaves that sprout upwards like a wild ponytail make it reminiscent of a Sesame Street or Veggie Tales style character.  Except that its not a character, its actually that adorable. Not sure what kohlrabi is? In case you haven’t tried it yet, the tasted is like a pepperier version of a broccoli stem.  Think about a flavor somewhere between fennel and arugula.  You can eat it a number of ways.  The most basic would be to slice it up like a carrot stick and enjoy it with hummus.  Or you…

Grilled or Baked Chicken Wings

Chicken is fast, cheap, easy, and enjoyed by pretty much all omnivorous humans.  Right?  There are so many chicken variations that it will make your head spin.  Every culture has put their own stamp on a signature chicken dish.  Every home cook has their go-to never-fail chicken recipe.  Its so versatile and small enough in size to be a diet staple.  But truly, when was the last time you ate a chicken dish that was out of the ordinary?  In all honestly, I can think of one lemon mediterranean chicken dish a couple years back that I had some bites of off my sister’s plate.  That was outstanding.  But in…

Swiss Chard and Kale Au Gratin

I frequently profess my love for chard.  Swiss, red, green, rainbow.  It doesn’t matter.  I love it all, but tend to buy the swiss/red varieties most frequently due to the deeper flavor and their higher concentrations of vitamins!  In the summers, I sometimes have too much chard (and kale, too)!  There are only so many green smoothies and salads one household can consume…So, sometimes I make this!  Swiss Chard and Kale Au Gratin! I love chard’s versatility.  It can be chopped up and thrown into salads raw, sautéed with a little olive oil, garlic, and s&p as a an awesome 3 minute side dish.  But, this dish proves that chard…
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