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How to Make Garlic Scape Pesto 3 Different Ways

The rain has delayed our early summer produce harvest here in Upstate New York. But one thing you can find an abundance of are garlic scapes — the green stringy top of hard garlic. Garlic scapes have a deliciously pungent garlic flavor blended with a fresher greens taste. You can roast or sauce them up, or you can use them the same way you’d use garlic. My favorite way to use fresh garlic? All the…

Honey Basil Strawberry Lemonade: Perfect For Hot Summer Days

Strawberry season’s in full swing here in the northeast and I’m so here for it! The fresh quarts of bright red berries have been truly irresistible over the last week. Which, needless to say, means recipe testing was essential. Remember when I said I’d be drinking ginger rose lemonade all summer? Forget that. This honey basil strawberry lemonade is everything summertime dreams are made of! You’ll definitely want to make a batch of this ASAP.…

crispy brussels sprouts

Sweet & Spicy Maple Sriracha Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts definitely rank somewhere at the top of my favorite crucifers list. But it’s rare that I season them beyond basic garlic, salt and pepper! Lately I’ve been challenging myself to go beyond my typical flavor and seasoning choices. Or using a favorite kind of flavor on a food I’ve never tried it on before. Maple Sriracha is a flavor I’ve used on chicken, but not on vegetables — until now. This is how…

Rustic Thin Crust Pizza With Herbed Goat Cheese & Local Sausage

Sundays are made for pizza and wine, am I right? As much as I love a good pizza dough that’s been given time to rise, thin crust pizza will always be my favorite. Thin crust pizza just has the PERFECT crisped texture. Standard pizza dough usually requires a couple of rise phases, so opting for a thin crust pizza is a great option when you’re trying to make dinner a bit quicker. Though it won’t…

SPICED LENTIL LETTUCE CUPS

Spiced Lentil Lettuce Cups With A Creamy Sriracha Lime Slaw

Summer meal coming in hot! As the temperatures climb my appetite tends to prefer lighter, plant-focused meals, but I get bored of salads quickly. Thus I find it necessary to get creative and make a variety of dish styles. One style of dish I’ve had in a variety of restaurants, but had yet to make at home until recently was lettuce cups. I wanted to create a dish that blended hispanic and asian flavors and…

Crunchy Veggie Ciabatta Sandwich With Chipotle Mayo + Goat Cheese

Nearly every time I eat a sandwich I declare it my new favorite sandwich, and this ciabatta sandwich is no different. Vegetables are often an after-thought when it comes to sandwiches, acting as toppings for a meat or protein base. Bored by lunchtime salads, I’ve felt inspired to create a variety of go-to veggie sandwiches of simple ingredients with complex flavors. Let’s deconstruct how to make my new favorite lunch: the crunchy veggie ciabatta sandwich…

Sweet + Spicy Spring Salad w/ a Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

An endlessly rainy spring has delayed the spring harvests here in upstate New York. Our farmer’s market opened, but fresh produce is pretty limited. Fortunately, a few spring veggies, like asparagus and radish, have been able to weather through the soggy season! With this week’s mini market haul, I bring you a sweet, spicy and zesty spring salad full of seasonal goodies and topped with a homemade dressing and torn bread chunks. Most of the…

Making a Zero Waste Kit With Things You Already Have

Hey friends! Zero waste and low waste living has had a lot of buzz lately, which is overall an amazing thing! Yay for sustainable habits! But I want to debunk the idea that you have to go out and spend a ton of money on zero waste items in order to start cutting down on single-use waste. Truth: you can create a little zero waste kit for little to no money! Here’s how: Step One:…

5 Reasons To Visit a Farmers Market In Your Area

Longer days, warm weather (unless you’re also in the northeast) and lots of sunshine aren’t the only things to love about this time of year. In cities across the country, late May and early June brings the return of farmers market season. Many rural and urban areas offer the ability to open-air shop the spring, summer and fall harvests — in addition to other handcrafted foods and goods. In celebration of the recent reopening of…

A BLT Inspired Spinach Salad With Bacon & Sourdough Croutons

Since starting the easy weeknight meals series back up I’ve become seriously motivated to get dinner on the table as fast as possible. The last two nights we’ve had delicious dinners prepared in under 25 minutes! One of my favorite meals of the week was this BLT inspired Spinach Salad with bacon and homemade sourdough croutons. In the warmer months our appetites definitely change in favor of lighter meals and salads. When I finished preparing…