Appetizers

  • Up-Beet Salsa & A Great Cause

    Happy Saturday! Meet my remarkable friend Amanda. Amanda is really special to our family because she was between jobs when I first met her and became our nanny for a couple of years. My children adore their honorary aunt and she has supported me in multiple aspects. Amanda is a native Charlottean and is immensely talented as a [...]

  • Simple Baked Kale Chips

    My goals are strong this new year but I know the munchies are going to pester me for a few more days. I just want to snack on something crunchy and salty that is not processed. These ever so simple, crisped up greens fit the bill. I started by roughly chopping two decent size bunches [...]

  • Clean Party Eats: Spiralized Sesame Slaw Salad & Truffle Sweet Potatoes

    Happy new year! Who said the partying can't continue with your resolutions? Check out how I entertained with tofu caprese, chickpea salad in endive boats, spiralized sesame slaw salad, cheese and crackers, polenta cakes, and roasted truffle white sweet potatoes. I'm starting my 2016 off with reseting back to more planned and cleaner eating again. There is [...]

  • Red & Green: Panko Crusted Asparagus Fries & Smoky Red Pepper Hummus

    All that shopping and wrapping and just being home more has me in mega snack mode. These two zesty recipes take less than thirty minutes to prepare together! Crispy coated asparagus fries and tangy, creamy buffalo-esque hummus hit the snacking sweet spot while avoiding the need to nap afterwards. I bought asparagus just to saute [...]

  • Simple Asian Dinner: Crusted Tofu, Fresh Spring Rolls, Citrus Nut Chutney

    This is a mega post showing you a complete meal with Asian flair. We all really enjoyed this light dinner yesteray on a beautiful, sunny day in Charlotte. Fall and Spring really are the best here.  Lately it feels like sun and rain are alternating everyday! I made a baked, breaded tofu with the easiest batter, [...]

  • Roasted Butternut Bruschetta With Lemon Oregano Ricotta

    This is my special autumn appetizer and an unexpected twist on the classic bruschetta. Using the seasonal butternut squash, a trilogy of fresh herbs, and some light and bright ricotta, this will become a fall favorite of everyone. Dealing with fresh herbs doesn't have to be a tedious process. Laying the sprigs right on vegetables [...]

  • Roasted Maple Rosemary Carrot Fries

    It is common opinion that fries are extraordinary. Made around the world, containing few ingredients, and dressed up gourmet or just salted, ranging in budget, suitable to all diets, this universally friendly easy to eat food is everything you could ever want. Every fall, I can't resist buying "The Organic Carrots Of Many Colors" at Trader Joe's. Compared [...]

  • White Bean Pesto Hummus

    We have some rainy day blues going on here with a pretty empty fridge and pantry as well as a dead car battery. That's no bueno when you're feeling snacky! Thankfully, I had a carton of beans and still tons of basil in my summer garden. You can use this recipe as a rough guide. [...]

  • Spinach Feta Pan Fried Mediterranean Polenta Cakes & More

    (Polenta cakes served with goat cheese, roasted veggies and hot sauce.) Polenta, which originated in Europe, is similar to grits as both are made from stoneground corn. The type of corn for each varies as does the coarser texture of the cornmeal used to make polenta. I consider polenta to be a great vessel for [...]

  • Cast Iron Cooking, All In One Fajita Mix, & Zesty Queso

    I was late to the cast iron cooking game. I think I thought it was too heavy, not necessary, and required a lot of maintenance with tasks like seasoning and hand washing. My impression was wrong and it turned out to be a game changer! Yes, it is heavy. But that weight allows for more even [...]

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