Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Compote

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Compote Recipe // @nicoledula

In honor of Beyonce’s album, Lemonade, I’m serving up this strawberry rhubarb lemonade compote that I would totally make for Beyonce if she came to my house. She’s veegz now, right? It’s sweet and tart with a lemony zing from long strips of lemon peel that soften as it cooks. While Beyonce is making us crave lemonade, I came across Tim’s anti-lemon zest manifesto that made me laugh and coincidentally had 3 recipes lined up that all included lemon. After far too much deep thought on lemons, I decided that for me,  lemon has its place. Even boldly mingling with strawberries and rhubarb… Continue reading

Creamy Ramp + Lemon Pasta

Creamy Ramp + Lemon Pasta Recipe // @nicoledula

My week was made when Shoko shared this link to what’s in Prince’s fridge. He had 5 pounds of DUNKAROOS in his fridge! #GOALS He also had Usinger’s braunschweiger, which I grew up eating on thick and hearty pumpernickel bread because my Oma was very German. I HAVE THINGS IN COMMON WITH PRINCE. I highly recommend the link. Now let’s talk ramps. How are they so pretty?? I just can’t resist them in the spring, even though some people are over them. It’s the one time where the people of California are jealous of our midwest produce. I foraged these at… Continue reading

Bacon + Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice

Bacon + Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe // @nicoledula

As you may have seen on Instagram/Snapchat last week, I tried Goop’s nutritious kimchi cauliflower rice with her buddy Cameron Diaz’s addition of lean beef and a fried egg, but it didn’t capture the magic of our first cauliflower fried rice experience. It was a bit watery and needed more kick. I did some more homework and looked at several recipes, including my favorite kimchi fried rice and the original Nom Nom Paleo recipe we tried during whole 30. The resulting recipe was a success and I may have high-fived Marc over it. I grew up on rice and will always love it,… Continue reading

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice

Easiest Blender Cauliflower Rice Recipe // @nicoledula

Last June during Whole 30, I found myself poring over grain-free recipes. The diet never left me hungry, but I did miss certain textures and seriously craved comfort food. Cauliflower rice sounded odd, but fried rice for dinner sounded like a lifesaver. It turned out to be one of my favorite meals. The only problem is that making cauliflower rice is typically a real pain. Most recipes call for it to be blitz up in a food processor and I really hate cleaning my food processor. However, now I’ve discovered this blender method and YOU MUST MAKE ALL OF YOUR CAULIFLOWER… Continue reading

Shrimp Salad

Shrimp Salad Recipe // @nicoledula

Sometimes you just want to eat something that makes you think of warmer weather and maybe sitting on a porch in Charleston. Marc and I spent 3 days there in 2009 (whoa) and it was 100 degrees every day. Unseasonably warm for that part of June they said. We stayed at a bed and breakfast and each day at 4:30, they’d have tea time (iced tea for us) with light snacks. A spread of tiny sandwiches and tarts and crackers and dip. It was so lovely. We felt young and like we were pretending to be grown-ups. We kind of were. Whether… Continue reading

Napa Cabbage Slaw

Napa Cabbage Slaw Recipe // @nicoledula

This salad is famous in Marc’s family. His grandpa and grandma make it, his aunts make it, his mom and sister make it. I haven’t met a person who can resist it. It’s essentially shredded napa cabbage with toasted crunchy bits and a sweet vinaigrette. I did the unthinkable and altered the recipe a wee bit. While I love the original, I always thought the dressing was too sweet, so I kicked the sugar back by half. I also added more almonds and seeds to the crunchy bits because, as Marc reminded me, it’s the best part. I love this… Continue reading

Chai Spice Carrot Cake

Chai Spice Carrot Cake Recipe // @nicoledula

First, thank you so much for all of the love on FB, Instagram, and here on the blog regarding the baby news! Thank you, thank you! I’ve been really fortunate and haven’t been sick at all. I have great energy in the morning and have kept up my boxing/strength training classes. At night I’m pretty much useless, but I’ve learned to be really productive in the morning before work. My food aversions are few. Surprisingly I have more of an aversion to actual cooking than to specific foods and when I do make something, I hardly want to eat it.… Continue reading

Hey Baby

Dula Baby Announcement // @nicoledula

It just popped in my head that I hope Gwen Stefani announced one of her pregnancies with “Hey Baby Hey Baby Hey!” And if not, Gwen, I’m for hire. I’m excited to share with you that a little babe is on the way! And it’s a GIRL. So Beyonce Bader-Ginsburg Dula is still on the table. She is set to arrive around July 29 and it’s just starting to get real. Like really real. Let’s celebrate with cantaloupe letters and sprinkles, ok?

Seasonal Snapshots // Winter 2015-2016

Winter Snapshots - Chocolate Brioche from The Give Thanks Bakery // @nicoledula

We had a mild winter in Michigan and while it’s still cold now, it’s been sunny! Spring is starting off right. It’s time to take one more look at those winter pictures before I’m ready to eat asparagus and rhubarb to my fill. Photo above features Slow-Cooker Pork Ragu with Gnocchi. Yum. Christmas Stollen for 2015 and beyond. Mom always gets me cronuts when I visit now. Avocado toast just never gets old. New favorite Trader Joe’s candy to eat until my stomach hurts. Smashed crispy potatoes with eggs + lemon vinaigrette – best breakfast! The North American International Auto Show +… Continue reading