Side Dish Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

  It's an Autumn Saturday morning in Chicago. As I sit here and type this, I've already seen the weather go from dark and cold, to windy and pouring rain. Now, its slightly breezy and a lovely 70 degrees F and sunshine. Why am I telling you this? Well, for one thing, my fiance is… Continue reading Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

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Salads, Vegetarian Recipes

Kale Salad with Breadcrumb Croutons

  I'm guilty of it. I'll readily admit. I'm guilty of eating kale multiple days a week. I love it in my Fall Quinoa and Kale Salad, Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino, and Kale and Corn Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette.  All incredibly tasty, satisfying, and hearty. But just because kale… Continue reading Kale Salad with Breadcrumb Croutons

Pasta Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Fun enough for the kids.  Just grown up enough for the adult palate as well.  So simple to make.  Ready for it?  Sure you are.   This is a fun twist on macaroni and cheese.  I like creating an opportunity to introduce children to new foods and expand their palates, while simultaneously eating something with a sense… Continue reading Stove-top Gnocchi (not mac) and Cheese with Peas

Pasta Recipes, Salads, Vegetarian Recipes

Roasted Tomato and Arugula Pasta Salad

  I've got roasted garlic and tomatoes, and I've got feta cheese, and I've got arugula, and I've got artichokes, and I've got a deliciously lemony dressing.  And, you may partake with me on one condition; that you listen to (read) my short rant about Spring weather in Chicago.  Those of you not dealing with… Continue reading Roasted Tomato and Arugula Pasta Salad

Salads, Vegetarian Recipes

Arugula and Cauliflower Salad with Farro, Feta and Avocado

  Stuck in a salad rut?  Well, not anymore. This one has a fantastic variety of delicious and beautiful attributes.  Time to bust that salad rut!  (That sounds kinda weird, but I'm gonna roll with it.) Charred cauliflower is a fun and unique salad ingredient.  When combined with the nutty farro, a hearty quality is… Continue reading Arugula and Cauliflower Salad with Farro, Feta and Avocado

Side Dish Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian Recipes

Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts

  I get it. Telling you "Asian roasted Brussels sprouts are the perfect bar food snack" makes me sound like a food snob.  But if you're reading this, you're either already a food snob, or you're on the road to becoming one.  So let's embrace both our inner food snobbery, and this fantastically delicious and… Continue reading Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts

Dessert Recipes, DIY, Vegetarian Recipes

How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

  Stop wasting your money at Starbucks on pumpkin bread.  Start baking with homemade pumpkin puree.  It couldn't be easier. Sugar pumpkins are an excellent choice for cooking and baking.  These smaller squashes have a firm, sweet flesh and are only about 6 to 8 inches in diameter.  These particular pumpkins are great for roasting… Continue reading How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree