BALSAMIC VINEGAR DRESSING

We were having friends over for dinner the other day. I had planned this fancy salad with pears, dried cherries, glazed pecans, and goat cheese. I originally planned on using store bought dressing to save some time, but after further pondering, I decided I should up my game and rock some homemade balsamic vinegar dressing. With a fancy salad bursting with all that flavor I couldn’t lame out for the dressing. This balsamic dressing was super delicious and was a crowd pleaser. It kept really well in the refrigerator too. I think using the immersion blender helped keep the oil from separating. Continue reading “BALSAMIC VINEGAR DRESSING”

MOM’S CHILI

Chili in our family is a Halloween tradition. What turkey is to Thanksgiving, chili is to Halloween. I can’t imagine a Halloween without it. Even when we aren’t with my parents on the holiday, I try to carry the tradition and make her famous chili. It’s not overly spicy, or interestingly unique, but it is a classic dependable recipe. If you like to experiment, this is a good base to make your own creation. However, I don’t like to stray too far from this tried and true recipe. Continue reading “MOM’S CHILI”

GRILLED SUMMER SALAD w/ CREAMY FETA DRESSING

I’ve never been a big grill guy. In general, cooking on the grill never really appealed to me to much because I’m not a huge meat eater. Burgers, ribs, wings, they are all good, but definitely meals I’d prefer someone to prepare. With that, we never bought a grill. We were that family. The only people living the suburban dream without a backyard grill. But a few summers ago, my dad was upgrading his grill and I gave me his old one. Great, now I have a grill! I got it just when I started to cook mostly vegetarian meals at home though. Now what? I didn’t want to pass up a free grill, but how much grilled asparagus can a guy make?

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ORANGE MAPLE CARDAMOM GLAZED SALMON

I’m not a big grill guy at all. I love to eat things off the grill, but it just hasn’t been my preferred method of cooking. I could see myself getting into it now. I mean come on, look at that picture! I could get used to grilling if things keep turning out this good.

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SUPER SHAKE

When Aya was pregnant with Ellie, she was looking for a good healthy filling breakfast. She never really had much time to spend fussing on breakfast in the morning either. Then we came across a few chocolate breakfast shakes that put oatmeal in a blender with some frozen bananas. Wow, quick, easy, and filling. But we wanted to add some extra “pow” to it. So we added flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and a bunch of other buzzworthy super foods.

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