Tag: Snacks

Corn and Yellow Squash Fritters

Corn and Yellow Squash Fritters

As a general rule, anything is better when frittered.  And way back, there used to be a Southern restaurant in Chicago that had these amazing deep fried corn fritters.  While I’ve never been able to find anything as close to their recipe, I think these are still pretty delicious Yellow […]

Simple Way for Kids to Love Vegetables

We have a Sunday tradition called “Kitchens” where we take turns picking from a list of kid-friendly dinner options.  Each of these options is basically a lot of individual ingredients so that each family member can customize their own dinner – whether it’s a pizza, stir fry or a burger […]

Spinach and Caramelized Leek Dip - Made with Greek Yogurt

Spinach and Caramelized Leek Dip (Greek Yogurt Version)

There was an article in Food & Wine about how well potato chips pair with Champagne.  That was all I needed to hear to rush out and buy some bubbly and a bag of chips to experience this newfound pairing. And if you have chips, you need a good dip […]

Smoked Beet Hummus and Pita Chips

Smoked Beet Hummus

Beet Hummus is pretty tasty.  So it must be even more amazing if the beets are smoked.  The challenge I found is that nearly every smoked beet hummus recipe cheated and used smoked paprika.  Find out how to make it for real by actually smoking the beets Never Let Good […]

Apple Butter with Fresh Ginger

Apple Butter with Ginger

Apple Butter was always a real treat growing up.  What I never realized is just how easy it is to make at home.  And ironically, there isn’t any butter involved in the preparation. While thumbing through a popular cooking magazine, I noticed an advertisement for Vitamix blenders that included a […]

Quinoa with Corn and Black Bean Salsa

I love quinoa, and I love salsa, but never had I thought of combining them in the same dish until attending a Chicago media event to preview upcoming menu items at the Corner Bakery.  One of the dishes they served was a quinoa salad made with a corn and black […]

Curried Lentil Burgers

Sometimes I get a craving for Indian food.  Sometimes I get a craving for a good veggie burger.  This is the answer to both. If you’ve read the write-up of my Loaded Veggie Quinoa Sliders, then you’ll know my feelings on the frozen veggie burger market. It’s not that great. […]

Spring Aspragus Pesto with Basil and Pine Nuts

Spring Asparagus Pesto with Basil and Pine Nuts

Growing up, asparagus was not exactly that high on my Favorite Green Vegetables list .  It usually came from a can, was stringy and had a slightly metallic taste.  It wasn’t until well after college that I started discovering treats such as grilled asparagus wrapped with prosciutto….when the cured ham […]

Homemade Chips and Guacamole

By far, the most popular, and most requested recipe in my family for me to make at get-togethers is guacamole.  Especially around the holidays, this is the dish I’m always asked to make in large quantities. So while there are at least a million basic guacamole recipes already on the […]

Mini Polenta Pizzas

If there’s one meal where you can’t go wrong and that everyone can agree on, it’s homemade pizza.  Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t like pizza? Here I’ve taken another favorite food, polenta, and turned it into crusts for these mini polenta pizzas. Mini Polenta Pizzas With some planning ahead, […]