Deconstructed Summer Salad with Peaches

Deconstructed Summer Salad with Peaches

Over the past couple months, I’ve ‘borrowed’ some friends’ kitchens when the urge to cook has simply gotten too strong to ignore and cannot be solved with the single frying pan and burner that is our current kitchen set-up. One such instance happened about a week ago when I met up with my writing partner, Mary, to catch up on work for the book (it’s still coming!). We were emailing to coordinate our work date and when she suggested we cook something together, it took me all of about 2 seconds to respond with a big, “YES.” And I probably did a little happy dance in front of my laptop. 

So, we did catch up on work to be done, toured a couple new farms in Loudoun, and then we cooked!… CONTINUE READING

Vanilla-Almond Chia Pudding Recipe | A Guest Post on Confessions of a Mother Runner

Vanilla-Almond Chia Pudding with Berries and Cherries

Hi, all!

How was your weekend?! It was a hot and super stormy one here in the DC area. So much so that Ben and I had an unexpected “dining in the dark” experience on Saturday night. We tried out The Sushi Bar in the new neighborhood (it was very good!) after seeing Jurassic World (also pretty good, as long as you don’t expect any character development. Or if you like looking at Chris Pratt. 🙂 ). A few minutes after getting to the restaurant, a torrential downpour and massive thunderstorm started. Everything went well with dinner but then about three-quarters of the way through our meal, the power went out! Down the entire street, not just at our restaurant. This was a first for me and made me think of the movie About Time where the main characters meet at a “Dinner in the Dark” event.… CONTINUE READING

Thai Carrot, Jalapeno and Peanut Soup

Thai Carrot, Jalapeno and Peanut Soup

If you live anywhere near the D.C. metro area, you’re probably looking at the title of this post thinking, “Bless her heart; she decided to give us a soup recipe today after we spent the past four or five days in 90+ degree heat with 70 to 80% humidity. That move must be playing games on her.” And I may or may not agree with you on that…the boxes seem to never empty fast enough right now. (But there is progress, progress, steadily, which must be good, right?)

Before you completely convince yourself that I’m off my rocker today, let me tell you something about this soup. You ready?

Thai Carrot, Jalapeno and Peanut Soup

This soup is magic. Want to know why? 

Because it tastes equally delicious served hot or cold.CONTINUE READING

Greens and Grains Bowl, Inspired by Cava Grill

Greens and Grains Bowl, Copycat Recipe from Cava Grill

My life is packed into boxes right now – we officially move tomorrow and that means that we may be living on take-out for the near future until I get the kitchen situated after we get back from Texas. I know that I’ll have some awesome posts for you after that trip, and until those are ready, I have a couple other recipes to share like today’s!

So, I have two wonderful things to talk about today – Cava Grill restaurants and George’s Mill Farm Artisan Cheese. These may sound foreign to anyone not from the DC area, so give me a little time to explain. Cava Grill is an offshoot of a popular local restaurant concept called Cava Mezze which has multiple locations throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia.… CONTINUE READING

How To Buy and Roast Asparagus + 4 Ways to Season

How to Roast Asparagus

Hi, all – happy Tuesday after Memorial Day Weekend! I enjoyed the holiday by spending a lot of time spent outside, both at a Nationals game and at a friend’s birthday BBQ yesterday. I’ve had my fill of hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad and cake and it was so, so yummy. I always find after holiday weekends like this that my body really just wants some vegetables, though. It’s a little over the meat and sugar and just wants something green. Seeing as how asparagus is in season right now (and will be only for a few weeks longer in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area), I thought I’d spend some time talking about this long, funny-looking vegetable. I have a simple recipe and a few seasoning combinations for you to try out with it at the end of this post, so stick around!… CONTINUE READING

Thai Tempeh Lettuce Wraps

Thai Style Tempeh Lettuce Wrap

Good morning! Can you believe it’s May already? I really feel like just yesterday I was freezing my buns off, had to wear four layers just to walk outside, and only wanted to eat casseroles. Now I’m living in much warmer temps (it’s staying in the 80s all week…crazy!) and want lettuce. Weird. My appetite definitely changes with the seasons and now it’s time for all things green and light.

These lettuce wraps are super easy to make, so I’m not going to spend much time talking about them today as I’d rather you just go pick up some ingredients if you don’t have them handy and try them out for yourself. When it comes to lettuce wraps, the filling is important, but so are the TOPPINGS.… CONTINUE READING