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…

Summer Salads and Sides: Grilled Carrots and Green Onions with Lemony Tahini Sauce

Playing around with grilled veggies, have resulted in some of my personal fave meals of the summer.  But its hard to get some male members of our species – the hubs included – super stoked about grilled veggies.  Anytime I’m making space for them on the grill: eye-rolls.  Chock it up as another one of my “wild hippy-dippy ideas.” But sometimes “wild” turns out amazing.  I love roasted carrots and green onions. But, I wanted a different sauce than the perfunctory yogurt sauce with mint leaves.  So while scooping tahini onto a carrot stick one day… I realized that might be was the answer.  And my-oh-my, this sauce was the answer!…

Grilled Spicy Honey Ginger Shrimp

In an alternate universe – one where I am much cooler, braver, and tougher – I would be a fisherman or a farmer.  I grew up in a fishing family so the allure of something so hands on and tangible has always been there.  Also, I have a fiercely brown thumb, so the former seems more plausible than the latter.  Nonetheless, knowing where the food that will feed my family and others comes from is one of the most magical and rewarding careers I can think of.  The idea of working in the dirt all day with my dogs in tow or waking up on a fishing boat to calm…

What to Make – 4th of July Edition: Grilled Curry Coconut Milk Pork Skewers

Burgers and dogs get all the 4th of July hype.  Why is that?  The last time I had a memorable one of either item was…… *Cue crickets chirping*  Or for those of you paying attention to American politics, to quote Jeff Sessions: “I don’t remember.” There are a few reasons to make hot dogs and/or burgers.  Beginning with: They are cheap. And ending with: They are easy.  But since shaking things up seems to the the theme of 2017 in the US, I am going to shake things up too… With these pork skewers!  They are marinated in a savory coconut milk and curry spiced mixture that is sweetened a bit with…

What to Make for Father’s Day: Flank Steak Korean-Style

I rarely take issue with the timing of a holiday but I have to say… Father’s Day probably is one of the worst. Graduations.  End of school.  Class parties. Beginning of summer.  Too. Much. Happening.. From what Google says, the first Father’s Day occurred in 1910 after a woman was inspired to honor her father during a Mothers day church sermon the year prior.  Ironically, some form of Mother’s day has been celebrated since Greek and Roman times!  How do you think dad feels about that?   Mother’s day is pretty uneventfully placed in the middle of May.  On paper, it sounds logical to place father’s day a month later.  I’m sure…
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