Best of Summer Kale Salad with Blueberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Best of Summer Kale Salad with Blueberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette features summer’s best produce like sweet corn, blueberries and cherry tomatoes on a bed of hearty, healthy kale.   Original article can be seen on the fabulous food blog, Iowa Girl Eats by Kristen Porter!   The other day someone asked me why I like food blogging. I felt pressured to come up with a very thoughtful answer such as, I just love the way standing over a bubbling pot of food, methodically stirring, makes all my worries disappear! or, whipping up different flavor combos in the kitchen is my favorite creative outlet! While that is the case on occasion, in reality the thought of cooking anything that takes longer than 20 minutes these days stresses me out (hollar for quick, grilled summer dinners,) and guess what? After five years of food blogging, it’s HARD to be creative sometimes! After thinking about it for a second I told him … [Read more...]

Carrot Salad With Tahini and Crisped Chickpeas

I have been gushing in the margins about David Lebovitz’s carrot salad (pardon!salade de carottes râpées) since I made it for the first time four years ago. It’s exquisite in its simplicity, just lemon juice, olive oil, a pinch of sugar, some salt, pepper, and rough-chopped parsley, all applied in that old-fashioned taste-as-you-go method that basically guarantees it will be perfectly seasoned when you’re done. (You do this with everything you cook, right? Yeah, I forget too.) And this week, as the carrots are towered high at markets, was the week I finally wanted to give it its due. But then I started thinking about that carrot soup we talked about in the early days of 2013, which we finished with a lemony-tahini swirl and topped with cumin and sea salt roasted chickpeas and how fantastically filling it was, a real meal in a bowl, and decided we needed a fresh spring-summer spin on it. I have zero regrets. While no carrot salad could or should replace … [Read more...]