A sampling of this and that from our kitchen in 2016.
We try to keep it simple, keep it local, and use what’s on hand (or in our backyard).
Bring on the beets! I did not grow up with beets. Or squash. Or pomegranates. Or Kale. These are all foods I’ve learned to love as I got older and started doing my own grocery shopping and cooking. My mother is a great cook, but there are a few things she doesn’t like. Much like … Continue reading Sweet Beet Leaf Wraps
It’s a new year, so naturally healthy, lean cooking is at the top of my to-do list. Inspired by a recent post by the fabulous chef Jamie Oliver, I decided to give poached eggs a try for this morning’s breakfast. My daughter wasn’t as impressed with today’s menu feature as I was, but I didn’t let her … Continue reading Poached Egg + Spinach
Get your fat pants ready. We live near one of the, arguably, best ice cream shops in the United States. This is the time of year I get antsy and long for a creamy cone of Mississippi Mud Pie or Lemon Chiffon, but Plainwell Ice Cream closes for the winter on Halloween night and doesn’t … Continue reading No-Churn Ice Cream
This is one of my go-to recipes when I am in a pinch to get a healthy dinner ready with few ingredients. It’s my modern-day chicken soup. It’s hardy, versatile, and forgiving. It’s also a great way to sneak things into your kids’ meals (my daughter is anti mushroom, but she hardly notices them in this … Continue reading Quinoa + Beet Greens
I grew up with a father who made the best guacamole. Every month or so we would sit down to a big pan of nachos loaded with peppers, olives, scallions, cheese, and beef. The nachos were good, but the guac is what I was after. Soft, creamy bites of green goodness. He never made enough – two … Continue reading Easy Guac
I was not a fan of salmon cakes when I was a child. To be fair to my mother, I wasn’t a fan of fish in general when I was a child. Luckily my tastes have matured as I have and now I love seafood (and lake and stream food) of all kinds. I always make … Continue reading Mediterranean Salmon Cakes
It’s Meyer Lemon Season! These juicy yellow gems are so delicious. Native to China, they combine the attributes of a lemon and orange to create a lemon that’s sweeter than the typical ones you find. I love the refreshing taste of lemon when it’s added to ice cream, cakes, salads, etc., so I thought I would … Continue reading Honeyed Lemon Skyr
When we lived in North Carolina, there was a little shop downtown called The Ice Storm with thee best lemonade. Some might think that lemonade is as simple as lemon juice, sugar and water, but owners Antonio and Yvonnia whipped up one-of-a-kind flavors that I’ve not seen anywhere else. You could pop in and ask for … Continue reading Pineapple Mint Lemonade
So this isn’t exactly food, BUT if you swapped out wildflower seeds for veggies, herbs, or strawberry seeds, if can easily become food. We tried our hands at making seed bombs to recognize the first day of Spring this year. My daughter helped me roll up balls of terra cotta clay, compost, and seeds to bag up … Continue reading Seed Bombs
I couldn’t tell what was blood and what was berry juice on my hands, but the 4+ quarts of fresh, wild blackcap berries was totally worth it. Matt’s parents live on a slice of southwest Michigan lovingly summed Blackberry Hill Farm. This year we’re seeing just why it was given the cute moniker. Enormous patches … Continue reading Spiced Blackcap and Mulberry Jam
I’m a mom who works full-time so spare minutes are precious on week nights. I’m also a lover of good, homemade food and that’s especially true when it comes to dessert. I was lucky to have put ten bags of fresh, organic berries in the freezer during the summer months so I make this super … Continue reading Easy Week-Night Crumble
I try, whenever possible, to only purchase animal food products (meat, dairy, eggs) if they’re free-range, grass-fed, and/or organic. As a family that lives on a tight budget, organic food can run up a grocery bill in a hurry if meal planning and a shopping list aren’t done prior to heading to the store. When … Continue reading Simple Chicken Stock
Soup – next to breakfast-for-dinner, it’s one of my go-to week night meals when I’m feeling less than enthusiastic about cooking. I usually always have stock in the house, and this cozy dish is great when you need something healthy and quick (and usually my three-year-old will eat it without making a fuss). Serves 4-5 … Continue reading Chicken, Kale, and Carrot Soup