1-Hour Valentines Day 3-Course Middle Eastern Inspired Menu (+ Shopping List!)

2018 Here We Go! Whooohooo!!!! I am super super excited to make this 1-Hour 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu the first official fresh content of 2018!!  This menu is consistent with the direction I want to take Almost Properly: simple, original, gourmet-feeling recipes for hosting and entertaining!  And, I may have agonized over the details and tweaks on this menu to an obsessive point, but I am so so happy with the end results that it makes it 100% worth it! 3-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner in 1-Hour If you reject the idea of crowded restaurants with prix-fixe V-Day menus, we should be friends.  Hi, I’m Maria!   Instead, make your own…

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…
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