Vegetarian or Vegan

Cherry Grunt (AKA Cherries with Dumplings)

Before I get to the good stuff, can you do me a favor? Pretty please? I was chosen as a semi-finalist in a recipe contest and I’d really appreciate your vote! There’s $2,500 cash and a bunch of other prizes on the line, so its kind of big deal. I made the cannolis, and you can vote for them HERE. Thanks!

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In the summer, I love desserts that incorporate fresh fruit. I especially love desserts that don’t require having the oven on for long periods of time. Grunts are a simple dessert that don’t require the oven at all – the fruit and biscuits cook in a pot right on the stove top. If you have a grill with a side burner, you could even cook this outside! [….]

Rosemary-Thyme and Chocolate Chip Breads + Giveaway!

I think artisan breads are one of the biggest rip offs. I always stop to look at them at the farmer’s market. They’re beautiful and tempting, but I know they’re not worth the $5+ price tag when I can make one at home for just a few cents.

Breads can seem intimidating, but they really aren’t very difficult – especially if you use a “No Knead” method. Although this method requires some advance planning (it’ll need to rise all day), it only takes about 5 minutes of active prep time. [….]

Tostones with Green Sauce

I’ve loved plantains ever since I was a kid, but I never had (or even heard of!) tostones until my recent trip to NYC. In NYC, we ate these as an appetizer but they work great as a side dish as well. I served these alongside some grilled pork and pineapple tacos (the recipe for that is coming up tomorrow!). I’d also make them for a snack. They really don’t take very long to whip up, and I like the combination of savory and subtly sweet flavor. [….]

Onion Jam

Simply put, this onion jam was so good that I just can’t wait any longer to post it. Which means you’re all getting a special Sunday night post. 🙂 [….]

Springtime Risotto with Porcini, Ramps, and Asparagus

One thing I love about risotto is that just about anything tastes good in it, so it can be very seasonal. I used some nice spring asparagus and ramps in this. Unfortunately, I can never find a good selection of mushrooms here so I didn’t have many options. The dried porcinis were perfect though- they added a nice heartiness to the dish, and I used some of the broth from rehydrating them to flavor the rice.