Two summer salads

Two Summer Salads

I think I'm probably in the minority when I admit that salads make me happy. But please don't get me wrong — I'm not playing high-and-mighty on the food front, boasting a conveniently timely preference for raw vegetables while our country battles its addiction to processed food. (I have my junk food weaknesses, oh, yes. Namely, potato chips — they're manna, I do believe.  Manna.) It's simply that I really, really do like vegetables. A lot. Always have, ever since my … [Read more...]

Garlic harvest twenty twelve

Garlic Harvest

Although my true garden love is the heirloom tomato, my favorite crop to grow is actually garlic. Unbelievably easy — fairly little effort with huge return: you plant the cloves in the fall (in my growing zone 6a), mulch them over and leave everything be until March. A little spring watering, regular fertilizer, and by July, you have an 8-month store of garlic. The patient among you have read me prattle on about the early, warm spring and generally outstanding growing weather. … [Read more...]

M’hanncha – Moroccan snake cake

M'Hanncha Moroccan Snake Cake

Filo dough experts, this cake is for you. Everyone else, this cake is for you, too. I definitely fall in the latter group — me and filo dough, we're not so much the bffs. It's one of those out-of-balance relationships, where I like filo (a lot) more than filo likes me (not at all). But I keep trying, and someday, I might just win filo over. In the meantime, there's this cake. … [Read more...]

Grilled vegetarian frittata

grilled vegetarian frittata

Hello, Summer of the Frittata! For quick, light and healthy meals, you can't top the combination of eggs and vegetables. Last year, my summer go-to quick meal was shakshuka, with its spicy, tomatoey, yolky goodness. This year, frittatas and migas have stolen my heart. (Tex-Mex migas — my favorite variation — are basically frittatas with strips of fried corn tortillas and salsa added to the mix, and sometimes stuffed into flour tortillas and eaten like a taco. I purchased a … [Read more...]

Roasted cauliflower with tahini yogurt dressing

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Yogurt Dressing

When the interwebs is involved, recipe inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. In this case, LinkedIn (of all places). I didn't think much of the dish when I first read about it (and regrettably did not note the name of it, which starts with an "m" (ever so helpful since so few dishes begin with "m"), but as the days wore on, I found myself thinking more and more about the tahini yogurt dressing. Soon, an obsession was born. (BTW, it's laughably impossible to search … [Read more...]

Grilled portabella tacos with avocado lime crema

Grilled Portabella Tacos with Avocado Lime Crema

Scootch over, gentlemen. It's grilling season and this girl likes to play with fire. Metaphorically speaking. I'm terrified of fire and wasn't even brave enough to light matches until I was in my late 20's. But, now ... grrrrr! ... I am woman, I create fire, I cook grub over smoky heat! (And me and super long fireplace matches are BFFs.) … [Read more...]

Strawberry coconut gelato

Strawberry Coconut Gelato

The strawberries have been lovely this season, but alas, they're winding down here. For some of you, the season is just starting, and for other lucky ducks, production will continue for some time. But here in the Heartland, our climate and soils are more suited for tomatoes and corn, and our local farmers' attentions will now be directed towards those crops. But, I was strawberry greedy at the farmers' markets this spring and have stocked my freezer with lots of bags of beautiful red … [Read more...]

Gardens + farmers markets = happy SoupAddict

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Hello, June! For months and months you've been awaited and now you've arrived [muah!]. Here. Take a seat and stay a while. A long, long while. Please? Okay? Pretty please? With cheese? Because you are ever so lovely. … [Read more...]