Roasted Vegetables with Fresh Mint and Lemon Tahini Sauce

This recipe is part of the main course to 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!   As a child of the 80s and 90s, the notion of tahini being a regular on my white-girl-with-Italian-roots shopping list still tickles me.  I grew up with the blandest versions of casseroles, steamed and boiled veggies, lots of potatoes, ground meat in everything, and a way-too-thick bolognese sauce.  Something as simple as veggies roasted with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper never crossed my childhood plate.  This boggles my mind.  Exotic ingredients like tahini and sumac?  Forget about…

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…

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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