Halloween Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

I am a sucker for sweet potato fries.  At this very moment, I have a mental ranking the best places to order sweet potato fries running through my head.  For me, this equation is 50% about the fries and 50% about the dipping sauce.  By a ginormous margin, my favorite pairing for sweet potato fries is a creamy chipotle dipping sauce.  More than an aioli.  More than even the finest of house made ketchups.  I love the balance of the sweetness of the fry against the smoky, spiciness of the chipotle. Unfortunately, my favorite version of this combo is roughly 2300 miles from my house according to “the Google.”  So,…

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!…

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…

Girls’ Night in 5: Blackberry Goat Cheese Tarts

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. For the past week or so, there is a familiar sweet smell wafting through the air each morning on my run. Blackberries. I know that we are all supposed to love strawberries and raspberries and other things that aren’t so wild and plentiful, but I am a blackberry girl through and through. Maybe its because blackberry and stone…

Summer Salads and Sides: Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Some salads are green.  Lots of salads are pretty.  But some salads are SHOWSTOPPERS! This salad has my whole heart! Say “hello” to a lllll of the stonefuits!  Peaches, plums, and cherries.  Plus, sweet blueberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil leaves, and chopped almonds for crunch!  Drizzled with most amazing champagne vinaigrette – made with champagne vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice Oh, and did I mention the GIANT ball of burrata in the center?  No?  Well, there is a giant, creamy, gooey ball of fresh burrata cheeeeeeese in the middle.  In. Heaven.   This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and packed with all of the amazing fresh flavors of…
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