Middle Eastern Green Salad with Dukkah Olive Oil

This recipe is the first course on a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!   My favorite salads are topped with all of the things!!  If you can barely see the greens below? Even better. Great salads follow an equation.  Its not exactly mathematics, but its still an important formula.  Salads need at least one sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy component!  THAT is the equation for the perfect salad.  This formula has limitless combinations! Once you have your sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy sorted out, you can go to town on the flavor and texture…

Fall Flavors: Sweet Potato, Faro, and Kale Detox Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Anyone else feeling the Halloween candy or junk-food hangover today? The movers transported our stuff to the new-to-us house on monday, and we spent all of Halloween unpacking. By evening, I was exhausted.  In truth, by noon, I was exhausted but evening sounds a lot better.  Moving is the worst! So whether its the mountain of dark chocolate peanut butter cups I ate while answering the door for trick-or-treaters or exhaustion from our move, this anti-oxidant rich, detoxifying salad is just what my body needs!!  Its full of delicious, wholesome, seasonal goodness! On a detox note, I’m hoping my very neglected skin will soak in these nutrients like crazy because…

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!…

Love People Well: Poppyseed Cream Cheese Muffins

The other day, I listened to an interview on a podcast.  The woman interviewed has made a point of hosting 500 people for dinner in her home every year for the past 5 years.  Meaning that she has hosted roughly 2500 people over 5 years.  Why?  To make them feel loved and give them a sense of community.  According to her, she isn’t a chef or even that great of a cook.  For her, its about the gathering of people, the building of community, and the sense of belonging it gives people to simply be invited. To say I felt convicted is an understatement.  She is showing everyone what a truly…

Girls’ Night in 5: Citrus Cured Salmon with Creme Fraiche

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. It seems that summer has burst onto the scene without any gradual warm-up or how-do-you-do.  I will never complain about a sunny day!  Just so long as things stay below 85 degrees.  Please and thank you. I melt into a puddle beyond 85.  That is my cut-off.  But, lets keep these low-mid 70 degree days coming!! When the…
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