CSA 2014: Week 10 + Herb Polenta with Summer Squash and Corn Succotash

CSA 2014: Week 10 // Dula Notes

This week I made fattoush, again, because it uses a variety of produce from my CSA. Tomatoes, parsley and lettuce all came from my share and then I grabbed a fragrant bunch of mint from our planter outside. I like to grow mint in the summer for cocktails and smoothies. Just make sure to plant mint by itself because it grows like crazy. My stash of summer squash is growing, so I made my favorite  Summer Squash Olive Oil Bread with Lemon Crunch Glaze and sent one loaf to work with Marc that was gobbled up quickly, even though it had some stiff… Continue reading

Best Buttermilk Waffles with Sour Cherry Maple Syrup

Best Buttermilk Waffles with Sour Cherry Maple Syrup Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledua

I’m hooked on Gossip Girl. It all started after reading through the latest issue of Vogue magazine peppered with Blake Lively dressed in high-fashion Americana. She’s wrapped in fringe, blankets and leather in breathtaking scenes shot in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It reminded me that I had missed the boat on Gossip Girl and that it was streaming on Netflix. I am now 2 seasons, dozens of Blair’s headbands, hundreds of Chuck’s quips and endless scandals in and I still can’t wait to sneak in an episode before starting dinner. On Gossip Girl, Rufus Humphrey is known for his waffles. He’s the… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 9

CSA 2014: Week 9 // Dula Notes

This week my parents are visiting and I’ve already used that beautiful cherokee purple heirloom tomato and cilantro for a fun taco bar. I made taco meat and warmed tortillas over my gas burners. I served everything family style with bowls of chopped tomato, pickled daikon and carrots, pickled jalapeño, shredded cheese and finely minced white onion and cilantro with a squeeze of lime. A bottle of hot sauce was on the table, too. Almost every batch of chard this summer has been made into Orechiette with Sausage and Rainbow Chard. The sausage and chard taste incredible together and it’s one… Continue reading

Snapped Pea Salad with Crispy Salami or Coconut Bacon

Vegetarian Snap Pea Salad with Coconut Bacon // Dula Notes

Are you as sad as I am about Robin Williams? He was my last thought when I went to sleep and my first thought when I opened my eyes this morning. My parents are visiting and after I told everyone about seeing reports of his death on Twitter, my Dad went online to read through all of his films while I made dinner. We said, “oh yeah” several times, forgetting about Hook or his stellar performance in The Birdcage. Mrs. Doubtfire will always make me laugh and Good Will Hunting is Marc’s favorite movie. A few weeks ago, I thought of how great it would be if… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Wright & Company in Detroit, Michigan

Wright & Company in Detroit, Michigan // Dula Notes

When Marc was given tickets to a Detroit Tigers game last Friday, I couldn’t help thinking about where we would eat. Detroit has an array of exciting new restaurants and old favorites I still need to get to. The internet has been buzzing about Wright & Company in Detroit and happily it was within walking distance of Comerica Park. Wright & Company is located on the second floor of a Queen Anne style brick building. The menu shares the history of the building which was completed in 1891 for a retailer of musical instruments. A few decades later the building became the Wright-Kay jewelry… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 8 + Summer Vegetable Salad with Carrot Green Chimichurri

CSA 2014: Week 8 // Dula Notes

I’m eating a rainbow! I can’t get over how gorgeous and colorful the shares are lately. As I cut into the ripe summer tomatoes to reveal a deep ruby center, I almost gasped at their loveliness and then thought to myself, I’m glad I have you to share my love of food with because those eat to live people would think I’m crazy. This week we received rainbow chard, carrots, colorful baby beets, tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash and cabbage. This fresh summer salad came together slowly as I waited for Marc to get home from work the other night. I… Continue reading

Oven Fries + Miso Mayo

Oven Fries + Miso Mayo Recipe // Dula Notes

I can hardly believe it’s August already. This summer has been a beautiful one with cooler than average temperatures that I am loving. It makes it much nicer for baking fruit pies and oven fries. Like most people, I love a good french fry. I can usually pass on most fried foods, but fries, oh fries! My favorite kind is the skin-on, golden-brown fries with a good amount of flaky sea salt. I appreciate both the soft fry and the crispy fry so a mix of the two in the same batch is ideal. These oven fries are my jam.… Continue reading

Detroit Tigers Game 2014

Detroit Tigers Game // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I love simple living and cherish my quiet neighborhood, but it’s also nice to be 45 minutes from Detroit. It always amazes me that although Marc and I are not big sports fans, we get invited to at least one Tigers game a year. The perks of living in Metro Detroit. This time a co-worker of Marc’s couldn’t use her season tickets and offered them to us. She wouldn’t take our money, so I made her chocolate chip cookies. There’s something electric about going to a baseball game. My dad used to take my brother and I to the old… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 7 + Saffron Sage Rice

CSA 2014: Week 7 + Saffron Sage Rice // Dula Notes

This week’s share was colorful with rainbow chard, yellow squash, baby beets, gorgeous tomatoes and a bright orange edible flower. The tomatoes were either eaten over the sink in all their summer glory or sliced and made into BLT’s. The baby beets and kale went into smoothies for the week. I picked up some Great Lakes trout and it was my first time making it. I drizzled it with a bit of olive oil, sprinkled it with sea salt and placed a few slices of lemon on top. I baked it for 15 minutes and it was really delicious! I… Continue reading

Strawberries and Yogurt Brulee

Strawberries and Yogurt Brulee Recipe // Dula Notes

Cindy just had a beautiful baby boy (yay, Cindy!) and while she’s taking care of that precious little guy, she’s asked some blogger friends to guest post. Today on her beautiful blog, Hungry Girl Por Vida, I’m sharing this easy, 4-ingredient recipe for Strawberries and yogurt brûlée! It’s like creme brûlée, but the healthy version! Head over to Hungry Girl Por Vida for the recipe.