A Different Take on Chili: Try Miso

In our house, chili is the go-to fall dish.  Old reliable.  I always have ingredients in the pantry to make some form of chili.  With meat or without.  With grains or without.  Always with beans because that’s what gives the chili some body and canned beans are always easy to keep on hand. So when…

Summer Vegetable Lasagna

Last week at the farmer’s market, I saw two zucchini the size of my forearm. The cost for the pair: $1.50. Thinking about what I had received in our CSA share, two types of eggplant and lots of end of summer tomatoes I cooked up an idea to make a lasagna using end of summer…

For the Love of the Summer Harvest

The other evening, while gazing happily into a simmering kaleidoscope of colorful summer produce I realized something terrible.  This beautiful bounty of tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant will all be over soon.  Before I know it, I’ll have to rely on tomatoes from a can instead of using fresh cherry tomatoes as a base for a…

Summer Squash Chili

I wish you could have seen the face I got when I told Ryan we were going to have zucchini chili for dinner. “Like, just zucchini?” – Yes, zucchini and black beans… and other ingredients that make chili delicious “But, no meat?  Not even ground turkey?” -Nope, just zucchini. I pulled this together in less…

Taco’Bout Beets

I’m a sucker for putting anything into a taco.  I’ve graduated from ground beef, ground chicken and turkey, to beans now to all or mostly vegetables.  I’ve had beets in our crisper storing way back since week six of our CSA.  One great thing about doing a CSA is you get exposure to lots of…

Ingredients of the Week: Tahini & Chickpeas

When we arrived home from vacation, the last thing we wanted was to go to the grocery store.  We needed to weed, cut the lawn, water the plants, do our laundry, catch up on email.  EVERYTHING BUT going to the grocery store.  After perusing our pantry and selecting a few recipes for the week, I…

Cooking on the Fly

The other night, a few of my least favorite things happened in the kitchen.  I came home and noticed three things: I was missing a few ingredients for what I had plan to make for dinner I had forgotten to thaw meat needed for dinner Produce that I had purchased at the farmer’s market (outside…

Meatless Monday meets Taco Tuesday

This week I’m trying to save our frozen meat reserves and use up what vegetables I can before vacation by making filling dinner dishes that will please my “but where is the meat?” husband.  I’ve learned over the years, that the key to pleasing Ryan when making any successful vegetarian dish usually involves pasta or…

Jammy Zucchini with Penne Pasta

Talk about a quick and easy weeknight meal!  I’ve seen this recipe in a few different variations across the web and tried my hand at it Tuesday evening.  Let me tell you it was simple and luxurious.  I know the phrase “jammy zucchini” can be a bit off-putting.  But when the zucchini caramelizes down with…

Chopped Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette, Feta, and Dill

This salad was a no brain-er for me to make this past week.  I get so excited when I am looking for recipes and I notice that 3 or 4 pieces of produce are all in one recipe.  This salad in particular has cucumber (which we had from two weeks ago), radishes, sugar snap peas,…

Cabbage & Pepper Chakchoukah

Well, it happens to everyone… or at least me once or twice a month.  You leave the house in the morning for work and forget to take out the chicken, pork, beef etc from the freezer to thaw for when you return home and need to cook dinner. Enter the ever so versatile egg.  Now,…

Kale Tabbouleh

This past week prepping for the long weekend.  Prepping for Ryan’s birthday, organizing lists of chores, making a grocery list… everything that usually comes easy to me (like writing) just seemed a bit harder this week.  Also a shorter work week meant more things to take into consideration for when the mania hits on Wednesday…