Cacao Nib Meringue Cookies

Cacao Nib Meringue Cookies Recipe // @nicoledula

I’m always happy to have leftover egg whites from making tiramisu or ice cream or butterscotch pudding. It means I can make pretty little meringues. I treat myself to these beauties after making something rich with egg yolks, so clearly when Kate Hudson says a slim French woman taught her that a glass of red wine is her dessert, she will never understand me. And I will never have her abs. I haven’t been able to get these out of my mind, even after having more than my fair share of this batch. The bitter crunch of cacao nibs inside the… Continue reading

Vegetarian Spinach + Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Vegetarian Spinach + Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe // @nicoledula

Besides spaghetti with shrimp scampi, this stuffed shells recipe was another early success in my apartment kitchen. We were newly married with limited funds and in withdrawal from our parents’ ample cable packages. I often referred to the Food Network online for recipes, having missed that channel the most. Soon we discovered Lidia’s Italy, America’s Test Kitchen and Martha’s Every Day Food on PBS. And then I found food blogs and was set for life. This recipe is adapted from Giada de Laurentiis and while I’d made it quite a few times early in our married life, it’s sadly been… Continue reading

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Blood Orange Glaze

Almond Poppy Seed Bread with Blood Orange Glaze Recipe // @nicoledula

The sun is shining bright and reflecting off the snow. The temps are in the single digits. This morning I picked up paczki for Fat Tuesday and I made eye contact with an older gentleman getting out of his car dressed in striped knee socks and sporting serious bed-head that happily greeted me with a “Happy Paczki Day!” I had a lime curd cream-filled one with raspberry glaze that will be on my mind until next year. I can’t complain about today. If you’re having a lime curd cream-filled day like me or not, this almond poppy seed bread will make… Continue reading

My Whisky Valentine Cocktail

My Whisky Valentine Cocktail Recipe // @nicoledula #womenanwhiskies

Blood oranges are the prettiest, aren’t they? One looks like a sunrise while another will be the deepest red throughout. That’s why I love making cocktails with them. Last year I made a gin cocktail mixed with an easy blood orange glaze and this year I made a whisky drink. We wanted to try this Glen Grant scotch whisky because we’ve never had it and couldn’t find anything under a fancy 16 year version. We sipped a little on the rocks and loved the fruity and smooth flavor. Then we turned it into this pretty little cocktail that we hope you… Continue reading

Crispy Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel

Crispy Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel Recipe // @nicoledula

Ah, comfort food. Sometimes it’s just what you need. Whether you’re having a bad day, it’s snowy outside or you just want to eat like your Mom made dinner. I haven’t had nearly enough schnitzel in my life and I’m looking to change that. Making Schnitzel was actually Marc’s idea and I thought it was one of his best ideas ever. It’s easy and messy to make, but biting into the crispy schnitzel is really worth it. Promise. You can get creative and add different spices and herbs to your schnitzel coating, but we kept it classic here. Just a… Continue reading

Vegan Peanut Butter + Cacao Nib Granola Bars

Vegan Peanut Butter + Cacao Nib Granola Bars Recipe // @nicoledula

The Sunday after Christmas, we drove from my mom and dad’s in west Michigan back home to celebrate with Marc’s family. We left pretty early and stopped at our favorite coffee shop Lemonjello’s. We ordered lattes and some freshly made energy bars. We loved the chewy texture and the hearty ingredients that tasted great and kept us full until lunch. After that first bite, I wanted to try making my own. I loaded these vegan, no-bake bars with all of our favorite things. There’s peanut butter, sliced almonds, cacao nibs, hemp seeds and coconut. They’re quick and easy to make, too. You’ll… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Selden Standard in Detroit, Michigan

Selden Standard in Detroit, Michigan // @nicoledula

Marc and I had an afternoon off together, so I talked him into going to Detroit and trying a new restaurant. He really is so patient with my food obsession. It was between 2 new places, but one was closed on Mondays, so Selden Standard was the place. We pulled into the parking lot and saw that it was busy, but not crazy busy. We arrived around 1:30 for lunch. It’s important to note that they are open 11-2:30 for lunch and then 5-10 for dinner. We were greeted by the friendly and beautiful Natasha, fiancée of executive chef Andy… Continue reading

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones

Raspberry White Chocolate Scones Recipe // @nicoledula

When the farmers market is open, often I’ll treat us to a raspberry white chocolate scone on Saturday mornings. They’re sweet, but not too sweet and perfect for a quick breakfast before washing the veggies that came from the market. I’ve always wanted to make my own version and I’ve finally done it. These are actually not very similar to the scones I get at the farmers market, which are more like a drop scone with trails of raspberry making the dough a touch blue. I saw this technique of rolling the scones over at The Vanilla Bean Blog, a method America’s… Continue reading

Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom Remodel // @nicoledula

It’s finished! Well, it’s been mostly finished for a couple months, but I wanted to hang the finishing touches before taking the “after” photos. I was completely nervous that this remodel wouldn’t be what we were dreaming of, but it turned out even better than we had hoped. Our contractor, Lenox, was so kind and patient. He’s very detail-oriented, which is just what we needed. We’ve done a lot of DIY projects in our home, but we decided on a contractor this time because this little room needed a lot of work. These before pictures are horrifying. We pretty much kept… Continue reading

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale Recipe // @nicoledula

I’m writing today’s post in between bites of lunch. It’s leftover from last night’s meal we cobbled together from a Whole Foods grocery run and a pantry item. My lunch bowl contains spaetzle topped with shredded rotisserie chicken and I dumped a lightly dressed cabbage salad with Asian dressing from the deli on top and mixed. It’s actually pretty good. Sometimes you’re hungry and making food feels like the last thing you want to do. I really get it. That’s why I want to share one of my favorite weeknight recipes with you. It comes together so quickly that mise en place… Continue reading