Dutch Oven Mississippi Roast

Dutch Oven Mississippi Roast Recipe From The New York Times // @nicoledula

This Mississippi Roast recipe has become an internet sensation. The original recipe calls for a chuck roast, a stick of butter, pepperoncini and a packet of ranch dressing in a slow cooker. Sam Sifton from The New York Times reworked the recipe to decrease the butter, increase the pepperoncini and make a quick ranch dressing from scratch out of pantry staples. I was drawn to the recipe because my husband loves beef and this recipe only required that I pick up a roast and some pepperoncini. Plus, I really, really love pepperoncini. I planned the meal for last Sunday, cooking away while… Continue reading

Grapefruit Blueberry Scones

Grapefruit Blueberry Scones Recipe // @nicoledula

Important news, I pre-ordered my paczki for Feb. 9! I can’t risk not getting the lime-curd cream filled paczki with the raspberry glaze I fell in love with last year. Paczki eating is a pretty big deal around here. I mean, nobody wants the sad ones from the grocery store, right? Also, now that it’s January, I’m craving scones. It happens to me every January. I see all of the pretty winter citrus and right after eating my weight in drippy, pink, cara cara oranges, I start thinking about citrus scones. That tang from the citrus and buttermilk magically balances… Continue reading

Vegan Cashew Milk Hot Chocolate

Vegan Cashew Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe // @nicoledula

In 2015, I made an effort to try new brunch spots in and around Detroit. We did pretty well. One of our favorite places for dinner, Selden Standard, has a simple brunch menu, always choosing quality over quantity. I had hash while Marc had steak and eggs. We also split a side of tater tots and a cinnamon roll with mascarpone icing. It was my birthday after all. They also offer their own housemade cashew milk and as much as I wanted a glass, I felt I was at my threshold for ordering extras. I still wonder how it tastes,… Continue reading

Smashed Crispy Potatoes with Eggs + Lemon Vinaigrette

Smashed Crispy Potatoes with Eggs and Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe // @nicoledula

Marc says my biggest food pet peeve is under-seasoned potatoes and I guess it’s true. I really do love potatoes, but if they aren’t seasoned, what’s the point? Higher-end brunch or breakfast places usually know how to make good potatoes, but many of the little diners around here will serve me the most perfect-looking and crisp hash browns that are sadly very bland. There’s not much the salt shaker can do for you when the potatoes haven’t seen much salt before they hit your plate. I remember a Serious Eats article where J. Kenzi Lopez-Alt tested whether seasoning as you go… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Seasonal Snapshots // @nicoledula

It’s officially winter and time to glorify the beauty of fall and brace ourselves for cozy nights indoors. This fall’s brunch game was STRONG. I count 6 brunch pics! Photo above is from our fall vacation to Traverse City at Bonobo Winery. I love toast. I said this to Marc recently and he said that’s never something that’s come out of his mouth. His loss, man. Especially when I have incredible American Spoon jam to go on top. My favorite dish at The White Horse Inn! Housemade bread and butter pickles served with fried cheese bread. Sounds weird (or does is?) but… Continue reading

German Christmas Stollen 2015

German Christmas Stollen 2015 Recipe // @nicoledula

This is the 7th (!!) year I’ve made stollen and it’s the 4th year I’ve made a quadruple batch with my friend, Nancy. We call it the stollen workshop and this year I went over to her place after work on Friday, picked up pizzas and we set out our equipment and did some pre-measuring. Marc and I went back on Saturday afternoon after our morning kickboxing class and the last loaf was out of the oven around 6:30 pm. We watched holiday movies while we waited for the last loaves to cool. My Oma used to bring foil-wrapped loaves of stollen… Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pork Ragù with Gnocchi

Slow Cooker Pork Ragù with Gnocchi Recipe // @nicoledula

You may have noticed on social media that I’m a big fan of the Great British Baking Show on PBS. My girls Cindy, Emily, Sarah and Megan love it, too. The first American season aired a while ago and is now available on Netflix, if you want to catch up. I believe it’s called the Great British Bake Off in the UK and has been on the air for several years. I read that the first season on PBS is actually season 4 of the UK version or something like that. The show is a refreshing take on a baking competition because each person… Continue reading

Poached Cardamom Pears with Mascarpone + Honey

Poached Cardamom Pears with Mascarpone + Honey Recipe // @nicoledula

I have had this dessert on my mind since summer. Ever since I had that perfect wine-poached peach with whipped mascarpone at 9 Bean Rows in Traverse City. Such a simple dessert, but completely delicious. I put a winter spin on that concept and poached pears with fragrant holiday spices. I used a dry Michigan Gewurztrtraminer that we bought during the trip for the poaching liquid, too. Poached fruit is so elegant, but really easy to make and great for entertaining because it can be made well in advance. I’m going to have to throw a party, just so I can serve… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Mabel Gray in Hazel Park, Michigan

Mabel Gray Restaurant in Hazel Park, Michigan // @nicoledula

We went to the new restaurant, Mabel Gray, with friends on Halloween night and I was charmed from the moment I walked in. First of all, 90’s Janet Jackson was playing and I wanted to start dancing plus high five the person in charge of the music. Instead, a big smile crossed my face and I took in the whole place. Warm and friendly smiles from behind the bar greeted us and some of the staff was dressed for Halloween. I noticed a few distinctive and trendy Hedley & Bennet aprons, too. Everything looked polished and organized. The restaurant is small, 42… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Recipes + what I’m eating this year

22 Thanksgiving Recipes + what I'm eating this year // @nicoledula

This morning I washed the cranberries and tonight I’ll make the cranberry sauce and prep my kale gratin. Last year we started a new tradition of the whole family gathering in Holland for Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. A few weeks before last year’s event, I sent a slew of recipes over to my sister-in-law so we could pick the perfect inaugural menu. She added a couple of her favorite recipes and soon we had a great menu. This year, we’ve adjusted it slightly, learning the limits of oven and stovetop space. Here’s what we’re eating! Turkey – My Mom was never… Continue reading