Triple Pickle - Radish, Snap peas & Carrots

If you have a few handfuls of veggies hanging out in the frig, why not make a quick pickle? All you need are the veggies cut and trimmed, a jar, vinegar, salt, sugar and water. If you have a clove or two of garlic and some peppercorns, even better.

Recipe: Pizza Three Ways

We love pizza. When I have time to make pizza dough, I’ll make something like this grape, chicken, cream cheese & marble potato pizza. But I don’t always have time to make pizza dough and when that’s the case, naan bread or even a simple tortilla will suffice. So here are three pizza recipes, one for those days when you have pizza dough handy and two for when you don’t.

Recipe: Three Ingredient Kale Chips

Kale, oil & salt (and an oven) are all you need to make these easy, healthy kale chips.

Kids in the Kitchen: Kid-Friendly Garden Vegetable

If you are new to gardening with kids, tomato plants are a great way to get kids excited about gardening and encourage them to eat healthfully and fresh - right off the vine fresh.

Recipe Reality - Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Cozy and indulgent, spinach & artichoke dip is a favorite snack of mine. There are a plethora of recipes online but I found that this recipe at thekitchn with just a few tweaks is the most delicious I’ve found. I serve it with thick tortilla chips, salsa & sour cream and it is delicious.

Restaurant Review: Rich Table

I don’t often recommend restaurants because most don’t meet my (very very ) high expectations, so you can trust that when I do, that the establishment is special. I first visited Rich Table on a girls’ day out at the suggestion of a close friend and it was a wonderful experience. Because consistency is a hallmark of a great restaurant, I just revisited the restaurant with my husband and it was just as good as the first time. You need to go taste the delicious, innovative, fresh and expertly prepared food and experience the high caliber customer service & casual cool atmosphere.

Recipe: Roasted Baby Turnips, Radishes & Spring Carrots

The farmer’s market provides such delicious vegetables this time of year and roasting brings out the sweet caramel flavor of these baby turnips, spring carrots and radishes. This dish proves that you don’t need something to be complicated for it to be delectable. My three kids, 7, 4 & almost 2 were practically inhaling these as they came out of the oven.

Kitchen Gear: Stump Teapot

We and in particular my husband love tea and we have a few different teapots. But when our smaller teapot’s handle broke, we needed a replacement. After some research and shopping around we decided on the FORLIFE Stump 18-Ounce Teapot with SLS Lid and Infuser and it has worked out beautifully.

Recipe: Leftover Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Not that you would have leftover pulled pork or brisket but just in case, here’s what you do with it. You make the most awesome grilled cheese leftover pork sandwich. Ok? And to be honest, even if you don’t have leftovers, slow-cooking a pork butt/shoulder just for this recipe isn’t a bad idea either.

Recipe: Strawberry Oatcake - A More Healthful Take on Shortcake

Strawberries are back at the farmers’ market and we couldn’t be happier about it. Bright red, firm and sweet we’ve been eating them by the handfuls. And what better way to enjoy the first strawberries of the season but with a healthy version of strawberry shortcake. These cakes/biscuits are flaky, moist with a little golden crunch and pair beautifully with the strawberries. They are made with oats and a good portion of whole wheat flour and are more hearty and healthy than your traditional shortcake. And according to my husband tastier too.

Recipe: Miso Coleslaw

I love cabbage. I love coleslaw. I love miso. I also love simple & quick. This miso green cabbage coleslaw is a wonderful side dish and a perfect base for a more complicated salad. Crunchy, salty, sweet, umami, and creamy - yes please!

Recipe Reality - Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts

So I promised to make doughnuts in my new deep fryer and here is the recipe reality. These are delicious but I wasn’t able to make them look as pretty as the original. But they are so easy to make that I always have ricotta on hand just in case the craving grips me. They are moist, fluffy but still doughnut dense. The lemon and vanilla are perfect together.

Recipe: Raisin Scones with Clotted Cream & Lemon Curd

There is some whole wheat flour in these scones which makes me feel that I can justify a generous portion of clotted cream and lemon curd on these warm, flaky, moist raisin scones. Coming together in less than 30 minutes whether for breakfast or afternoon tea these are scrumptious. Serve them with freshly brewed coffee or earl grey tea and for the kids a tall cold glass of milk will more than suffice. Don’t have raisins? Currants, dried cranberries, chopped of dried figs or apricots would be delicious substitutes.

Recipe: Easy Fried Chicken Wings

Chicken wings, salt, pepper, corn starch, garlic powder, eggs & oil. You are 7 ingredients away from super tasty fried chicken wings. And I bet 6 of these ingredients are already in your pantry. These are amazing on their own being both crispy and succulent. They are delicious baked in sweet & sour sauce, bbq sauce, spicy garlic sesame sauce, smoky adobe sauce - you get the picture. Kudos to my mom for making this recipe a family staple.

Pantry Staple: Leftover Salmon Mac & Cheese

We all have boxes of instant mac & cheese in our pantries, my family prefers the Annie’s variety. And often after I grill or bake a large filet of salmon I will usually have about a single portion left over. My way to use up the leftover fish is to make salmon mac & cheese with peas. Frozen peas, a box of instant mac & cheese, a portion of cooked salmon, whole milk & a tab of butter are all you need to make this creamy and comforting pasta.

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