5 Things Detroit

5 Things Detroit // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

Today on Hither and Thither, I’ve contributed my take on Ashley’s 5 Things series where I show you my favorite spots in Detroit. I recommend exploring Hither and Thither further, too, because it’s a wonderful blog. Ashley’s kindness shines through in every post and her travelogues are gorgeous! Head over to Hither and Thither for 5 Things Detroit!

Everything Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Everything Roasted Pumpkin Seeds // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

There’s nothing like a good weekend. This last one was extra good because my sister-in-law Bethany was in town and we ate kimchi fried rice, Jeni’s ice cream and she taste-tested a new kale salad recipe for me. We celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday and after all of that food, we decided to take a Barre workout class together. I woke up the next day a little sore, but that’s a crazy good workout. I wish I had a batch of these everything roasted pumpkin seeds to share with her, too. If you love everything bagels or everything focaccia or everything anything, these seeds… Continue reading

Slow Cooker Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Butter

Slow Cooker Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Butter // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

Last year my CSA pumpkin was turned into this pretty stuffed pumpkin and this year I wanted pumpkin butter. I read about Stephanie’s Pear Quince Butter and her technique for caramelizing the butter in the slow cooker with vanilla bean was genius. Inspired, I was ready to make pumpkin butter magic. I have a large slow cooker and figured I’d need two pie pumpkins. My CSA farmer, Yvonne, generously gave me a second pumpkin after I told her what I was making and it just made my day. On a rainy Saturday morning I put all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and let… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 18 + Potato + Leek + Carrot Soup

CSA 2014: Week 18 // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

It’s the last week of the CSA and I’m going to miss it. The produce was beautiful and incredibly fresh. It prompts me to be more creative in the kitchen and because I hate to waste food, it keeps us from going out to restaurants when we have beautiful produce to eat. If you’ve ever thought about a CSA, now is the time to look for one in your area. I found my current CSA at our local farmers market, but you can also go to Local Harvest to search by zip code. They usually contact me around December to… Continue reading

Apple + Blueberry + Beet Smoothie

Apple + Blueberry + Beet Smoothie Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

A childhood friend of mine recently moved to metro Detroit and we made a lunch date to celebrate. We had the best chat, the kind you can only have with someone you’ve known since you were 6 years old. She showed me around her new house, talked about her kids, husband and remodeling plans. It’s sometimes funny to think of us as adults. Even though we have mortgages, jobs and husbands. During lunch I remember when we got glamour shots, the time I let her sister cut my hair and swimming in her pool. It made my heart happy to spend time… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 17 + Butternut Squash Vegan Queso

CSA 2014: Week 17 + Butternut Squash Vegan Queso

My scarves and cardigans are back in rotation and now soup always sounds like a good idea. I haven’t worn my boots, but I sure wish I was when a big gust of wind in the parking lot at work blew sand in my face and somehow filled my shoes with sand, which were close-toed flats. We had our chimney cleaned by a guy who looked nothing like Dick VanDyke, too. I knew he wouldn’t but I secretly hoped. This week we received red beets, swiss chard, butternut squash, potatoes, mini red and green cabbage, onions, Italian parsley and Nasturtium… Continue reading

4 Ingredient Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding

Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe // www.dulanotes @nicoledula #vegan

I always have chia seeds around for morning smoothies, but I was hesitant to try chia pudding. Despite the intrigue of a nutritious pudding that is fast to make and requires no heat. You see, I’ve never been a fan of tapioca pudding and I just assumed it was the same deal. I wanted to like this pudding, though! So what do you do when you need food to be more appealing? My motto is quickly becoming: Make it pink! This chia pudding is now one of my favorite snacks or breakfasts-on-the-go. It’s especially nice with creamy coconut milk and a… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 16 + TEDx Detroit

CSA 2014: Week 16 // www.dulanotes.com

What a crazy week! In addition to the start of our bathroom remodel and work getting busier, I attended the TEDx Detroit event on Tuesday.  I really should have tracked down Charlie Wollborg and his team to thank them for such a great time. Detroit is simply bursting with creativity and new businesses despite all of the odds against it. The city has been touted the comeback kid because for every knock, Detroit impressively finds a way to reinvent itself. My eyes were glued to the stage as different people shared their stories. There’s a Shakespeare in Detroit company!  Detroit… Continue reading

Salted Butterscotch Pudding + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Salted Butterscotch Pudding + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’m usually a good sleeper, but two nights this weekend I had a 3 hour gap of sleeplessness that I can’t explain. It’s amazing what scrolls through your mind on sleepless nights. It’s like looking at your browser history and visually seeing how one thought leads to another until thought #1 and thought #100 seem completely unrelated. At one point, I was writing blog posts in my mind. After hours of this, I told myself that I’ll never get to sleep at this rate. Then I moved to picturing puffy sheep jumping over a fence or waves crashing on a beach. Now… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 15 + Corn and Cod Chowder

CSA 2014: Week 15 // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

The temperature has warmed to the mid 70′s for perfect fall days. Our CSA still has a split personality with heirloom tomatoes and corn mixed with leeks and winter squash. Today is beautiful and I suspect there will be a few more things grilled before the weather changes. I’m also planning a BLT night while I have bumpy and perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes. I used the leeks and carrots in a potato, leek and carrot soup that turned out great. I’ll share the recipe soon! The chard is going into smoothies and the peppers and greens will be turned into a big… Continue reading