CSA 2014: Week 6 + Veggie Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice

CSA 2014: Week 6 // Dula Notes

Greens for days! It’s been a little challenging keeping up with the share because of Marc’s stomach bug. He’s been to the doctor and he’s on the mend, but for now he’s on a bland diet. They actually call it a bland diet and those are the two saddest words strung together. His meals have consisted of saltines, broth, plain rice, plain potatoes and Liberte lemon yogurt for breakfast. I’ve had to get creative and make Marc something plain for dinner and then add flair to my meal for something plain+. The pretty red carrots and some summer squash made… Continue reading

Grilled Baba Ghanoush

Grilled Baba Ghanoush Recipe // Dula Notes

Sometimes you want to change up your dip game and this easy baba ghanoush is a nice change of pace. It has the same flavors as you find in hummus, but it’s lighter from the use of eggplant instead of chickpeas. You can dip your favorite vegetables and crackers in it or you can spread it on lavash and top with raw or roasted veggies for a veggie wrap. It makes a party-size amount, which is great if you’re having people over or plan on using it for lunches for the week. Feel free to cut the recipe is half… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 5

CSA 2014: Week 5 // Dula Notes

The weather has been gorgeous this last week in Michigan. We’ve had a break in the humidity with temperatures in the low to mid 70′s with the occasional summer breeze. The breeze is my favorite part. It’s the perfect weather for me, but just the other day someone told me he’d prefer if it were hotter for boating, so I guess you can’t make everyone happy. I’ll just keep wearing my cute summer-weight sweaters and be happy enough about the weather for both of us. This week we received red fire lettuce, swiss chard, french breakfast radishes, yellow summer squash,… Continue reading

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad Recipe // Dula Notes

Until I moved to the east side of Michigan, I had no idea what fattoush was. Middle eastern restaurants are very popular around here and I remember the first time Marc’s family took me to one. It was a whole new experience with fast middle eastern music, draped fabric everywhere and new-to-me food. With a little help while ordering, I became a fan of the fresh and flavorful food pretty quickly. Fattoush and tabouli salad with tangy lemon dressing is usually the first course with as much fresh pita and garlic sauce or hummus as you can handle. The warm… Continue reading

Fourth of July Weekend 2014

Butch's in Holland, Michigan // Dula Notes

Ok, I was just going to tack a few of these pics onto another post, but I had too many to share. We went to west Michigan and specifically my hometown of Holland, for the fourth where my Mom, Dad, brother and sister-in-law live. Marc’s brother and his wife also joined us and we packed in as much fun as possible. We drove the (almost) 3 hour trip after work on Thursday night, very excited about a 4-day weekend. It’s our routine to grab dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Holland when we arrive. This time we chose… Continue reading

CSA 2014 Week 4 + Pita Pizzas

CSA 2014 Week 4 + Pita Pizza Recipe // Dula Notes

Our share was a bit smaller this week, but it was perfect because we were going out of town. I used the kale for smoothies and made a green salad with the romaine. The purple onions and garlic scapes went on mini pita pizzas and the basil and parsley was made into a pesto for those same mini pizzas. I took the strawberries along for our weekend trip and made strawberry and coconut cream popsicles. I’m sorry I didn’t take a pic of those, because they were pretty. I guess I’ll have to make them again, right? This week we… Continue reading

Coconut Milk Grilled Pineapple

Coconut Milk Grilled Pineapple Recipe // Dula Notes

As if hearing Prince’s, “I Want To Be Your Lover” TWICE wasn’t reason enough to call it a great weekend, the rest of it was pretty spectacular, too. We packed so much good stuff into the long 4th of July weekend. Some highlights include: barbecues, Dutch bakery cronuts, shrimp tacos, bocce ball, cool mornings on my parents’ deck, fireworks, ice cream, loads of sunshine and long walks. We almost made this grilled pineapple over the weekend, but we just couldn’t do it all. Don’t worry, though, I’ll still make this all summer long. It’s hard to improve upon ripe fresh… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 3 + Grilled Caesar Salad

CSA 2014: Week 3 + Grilled Caesar Salad Recipe

Ah, summer! I can’t get enough strawberries right now and the other night I had some with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. If I’m not making the ice cream myself, I recently discovered Alden’s organic vanilla ice cream at Whole Foods and it’s my favorite. If it goes on sale, I just have to buy it. Some store-bought vanilla ice creams are too sweet for me and Alden’s is pretty perfect. Just in case you were looking for a vanilla ice cream to try. This week we received jericho romaine lettuce, russian kale, butter lettuce, asparagus, garlic scapes, strawberries and red baron spring… Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie with Chevron Crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie Recipe // Dula Notes

This pie was a little miracle that happened while we were visiting the west side of Michigan recently. My sister-in-law and I made plans to walk to the farmers market and do a little browsing and buying without anything particular in mind. The Holland farmers market has a great selection of produce and flowers, so it doesn’t even make sense to have much of a plan. The peonies were clearly the star of the market and Bethany chose a bouquet of deep fuchsia peonies to take home. Aren’t these succulents great? They were planted in cement containers and I just… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 2 + Asian Vinaigrette

CSA 2014: Week 2

It’s summer! Lovely strawberries and garlic scapes found their way into our share this week and I’m ecstatic. Garlic scapes on pizza is one of my favorite toppings.  I’ll probably eat each and every strawberry right off the stem because they are fragrant and perfect. This week we received asparagus, red fire lettuce, french breakfast radishes, garlic scapes, dinosaur kale and strawberries. Today Marc and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary. WHAAT? I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around that number, but it’s true. Marrying him continues to be the best decision I’ve ever made. We go together like fresh… Continue reading