Lacto-Fermented Green Beans

Lacto-Fermented Green Beans

'Tis the season for pickling!  It is the perfect way to preserve all that beautiful late-summer produce so it can be enjoyed all year long.  Plus, if you're making lacto-fermented pickles you're cultivating beneficial bacteria (probiotics) to give your body a boost in immunity, gut-health, and mood. I'm into pickled vegetables for many reasons. … [Read more...]

Italian White Beans with Kale and Tomatoes

Italian White Beans with Kale and Tomatoes

I'm a sucker for Italian recipes.  Maybe it was studying there in college, or spending so much time cooking there on the big trip. Whatever it was, my love of Italian food has stuck with me and always finds it's way into my cooking. One common misconception I often hear is the assumption that Italian food is heavy, filled with processed carbs, … [Read more...]

Grilled Corn & Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn and Roasted Tomato Salad

I am so head over heels in love with all of the fresh produce in season right now.  Going to the farmer's market is almost overwhelming in its abundance.  There are so many beautiful things calling out to me and asking to be cooked up into late summer deliciousness.  It's a good problem to have! And it reminds me, yet again, how you can make … [Read more...]

Thyme Scented Pattypan Squash

Thyme Scented Pattypan Squash

In my opinion, pattypan squash is far superior to its cousin yellow summer squash.  It has firmer flesh, a lovely flavor, and the cutest shape around!  It seems to be one of those vegetables that many people are unfamiliar with, so hopefully this recipe will open your eyes to the wonder of the pattypan. Thyme Scented Pattypan Squash Ingredients … [Read more...]

Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad

Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad

There is something magical about summer nights.  Seriously.  Everything tastes better, looks more beautiful, and seems more fun.  I'm lucky to live in a city apartment that has a wonderful deck overlooking the rooftops and trees below.  It's one of the best things about our apartment, and part of what makes city-living doable for me.  I spend hours … [Read more...]

Asian Greens with Ginger Garlic Sauce

Asian Greens

I'm such a fan of Asian greens.  They have a tendency to be overshadowed by their ever-popular cousin kale, but I think they deserve their own spot in the nutrient-dense limelight.  My father shares my opinion and always grew a wide variety of Asian greens, like bok choy and tatsoi, in our garden while I was growing up.  He used to tell me that the … [Read more...]

Spring Parsnip Soup with Crispy Leeks

Spring Parsnip Soup with Crispy Leeks

Spring-dug parsnips are one of my favorite treats.  You probably think of parsnips as a fall food - one of the root vegetables that appear at markets as the temperatures start to get colder.  And you're correct, but some brilliant small farms leave a portion of their parsnips in the ground over the winter and the results are truly … [Read more...]

Green Olive + Preserved Lemon Tapenade

Green Olive and Preserved Lemon Tapanade

You know how sometimes things are just so delicious you want to eat them straight from the bowl with a big spoon?  This is one of those things.  I made this as a topping for some freshly grilled fish, but we ended up eating about half of it scooped onto crackers while we were cooking.  It is so good that you’ll look for any excuse to eat this … [Read more...]

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I’m always looking for new healthy snacks to share with my family and friends.  Unfortunately many of the snack foods for sale in grocery stores are totally processed and full of junk.  But luckily there are endless options for delicious snacks to make at home.  These spicy roasted chickpeas are one of my favorites – they are so simple to make and … [Read more...]

Double Stuffed Pesto Mushrooms

Double Stuffed Mushrooms with Pesto

As you know, I'm freakishly obsessed with mushrooms at the moment.  They were never one of my favorite foods growing up, so I'm having a bit of a mushroom renaissance.  Now that I've realized I love them, I just can't get enough.  And it doesn't hurt that I now fully understand all of their nutritional benefits - immune-boosting and cancer-fighting … [Read more...]