Floral Crown Workshop with Made Floral

Floral Crown Workshop with Made Floral // www.dulanotes.com @nicoeldula

Last weekend was a busy one, but full of so many good things. On Friday night I basically had chocolate for dinner at the new Bon Bon Bon shop in Detroit, on Saturday Megan and I had a pierogi picnic (recipes soon!) and on Sunday I had brunch with my sister-in-law Meg and then we made floral crowns. The weekend of weekends! Martha DeFlorio is a floral designer who owns Made Floral and she makes the dreamiest floral arrangements. We met for brunch a few months ago over mutual admiration of our Instagram feeds. Martha also hosts different floral workshops all… Continue reading

Food Adventure // New Bon Bon Bon Shop in Detroit

New Bon Bon Bon Shop in Detroit // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’ve already shared my love for Bon Bon Bon when I visited their Hamtramck location last year, but the Bon Bon Bon gals were kind enough to invite me to an early glimpse of their new shop in Detroit. The Detroit location opens for business on Thursday, April 16 and will be open Monday-Saturday. It occupies a cozy corner of the Chrysler House building  and is colorful with orange walls, their adorable pink and red logo and stacks of the corrugated cardboard they use to pack up their chocolates. We sipped on champagne and tried a bunch of chocolates, basically having chocolate… Continue reading

Vegan Raw Strawberry Crumble

Vegan Raw Strawberry Crumble Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

How was your weekend? I hope it was good! For the past few Easters, we’ve had dinner at a friend’s house. I plan the menu with our hostess, Nancy, digging through my Pinterest saves for recipes we can make. This year we decided on Mom’s deviled eggs (the guys go crazy for them), Cookie+Kate’s green goddess hummus, Bacon-wrapped pork loin, beet salad with whipped goat cheese + maple walnuts, green beans sprinkled with summer savory, spaetzle and chocolate cake with espresso + bourbon buttercream and crumbled chocolate cookies (!!!) We split the menu up and I spent the better part… Continue reading

Miso-Parmesan Shishito Peppers

Miso-Parmesan Shishito Peppers Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoeldula

Today a group of bloggers are celebrating Emily of The Pig & Quill’s virtual baby shower! She’s having a little girl and we’re celebrating the best way we know how, with delicious food. Emily is a food maven who creates the most unique recipes and I thought she might appreciate this umami-rich appetizer. Our Trader Joe’s just started carrying shishito peppers and I’m already on my 4th bag. They are perfect simply blistered in a skillet of shimmering olive oil and finished with flaky sea salt, but sometimes you want to mix it up. Especially if you’re trying to impress a… Continue reading

Beet Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese and Maple Walnuts

Beet Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese and Maple Walnuts Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

It took years of ordering beet salads in restaurants to finally realize that I should be making my own dream beet salad at home. If a beet salad is on the menu, I order it. Even though Marc is not a beet or walnut lover, he’s always pleasantly surprised that he likes the combination of beets, soft cheese and nuts. I just want to say duh, but that’s not nice. There are a few components to the recipe, but all are simple tasks that you can do while your beets steam-roast in the oven. After you assemble the salad, the… Continue reading

Spiced Maple Stout Quick Bread

Spiced Maple Stout Quick Bread Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’m pretty sure all you need to know is that I sent one of these loaves to work with Marc and it was gone in a flash. Marc deserves a chunk of the credit, though, because he shared his “technique” for putting out my baked goods at work and getting people to partake. First of all, he tells me Mondays and Friday are good days to share because the company doesn’t offer any snacks on those days. He also sets out plates and napkins and attaches a sticky note to tell everyone what the treat is. This time he even… Continue reading

Love for Detroit + 313 Day 2015

Love for Detroit // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

It’s 3/13 today and in celebration, a bunch of Detroit bloggers are celebrating 313 Day, the area code for Detroit. We’re spreading some Detroit love with blog posts dedicated to what we love about this fine city. Even after several visits, I know I haven’t even scratched the surface. I did finally try late-night coney dogs at both Lafayette and American and feel pretty legit now. If you’re curious, we thought Lafayette won with a slight edge for better chili and a great snap to the hot dog. There’s so much to see, do, and eat in Detroit. You could spend an… Continue reading

Vegan Roasted Cauliflower + Tahini Lemon Vinaigrette

Selden Standard's Roasted Cauliflower + Tahini Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I love eating out. It provides inspiration that I can bring back to my kitchen and I get excited about new flavor combinations. When I took my first bite of the roasted cauliflower at Selden Standard, I tasted the tahini + cumin + the zing of the pickled peppers mingling with the caramelized cauliflower. It was perfect. The dish isn’t fussy, but has layers of flavor. I’d never heard Marc rave about a vegetable dish like he did about this one. Chef Andy Hollyday from Selden Standard was interviewed on a local news show recently and shared how he makes his famous roasted… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Winter 2014-2015

Seasonal Snapshots // Winter 2014-2015 www.dulanotes.com @nicoeldula

The almost constant sunshine this winter has been a delight. It’s resulted in both good moods and good light for food photography. You’ll see that it’s been a delicious winter with lots of snowy trail walks, too. The bathroom remodel was a big deal + we just love it. A Saturday walk on a new trail. Marble rye + slow-cooker corned beef + kale slaw Megan and I ate at the Katoi food truck during her #veganphase. Thai fried chicken for one! Selden Standard has the friendliest staff + beautiful, delicious food. Sometimes a girl just needs some frozen yogurt… Continue reading

Cacao Nib Meringue Cookies

Cacao Nib Meringue Cookies Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @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