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…

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: 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…

Mango Coconut Sticky Forbidden Rice

Mango, mango, mango!  And coconut Milk!  And sticky forbidden rice! By the time this posts, we will be leaving for Kauai in T minus 6 days, so I wish I could say that this recipe was the product of my tropical recipe fever.  But I can’t.  In fact, it was the product of the husband not being able to chew for several days after dental work.  And after about day 2 of chocolate pudding, he was ready to mix it up a bit.  And knowing he is a huge fan of thai sticky mango rice, I thought this might be right up his alley.  I was not wrong.  As he…
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