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

Pumpkin Tahini Bread

Pumpkin Tahini Bread Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I can’t stop thinking about The Roosevelts. Have you been watching the Ken Burns’ documentary on PBS? It is completely fascinating and I’m realizing how little I knew about Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor. It’s a long, 7 part series, but wow. Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child and not expected to live into adulthood? Did you know that Franklin was awkward and unpopular in school? Did you know that Eleanor was Theodore’s niece and Franklin’s 5th cousin? Did you know that Eleanor suffered from debilitating fear and self-doubt, but blossomed at an all-girl’s school, only to be… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Summer 2014

Summer 2014 in PIctures // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

Summer is hard to say goodbye to. I’ll miss the slower pace and no-cook dinners. It’s not all sadness, though, because fall is a mighty fine season, too. I’m already thinking about a trip to the cider mill for donuts and cider. Before I move on, though, I’m going to give summer one last high five with a post of my phone photos from summer 2014. Remember this Coconut Tres Leches Cake? THE BEST. Anniversary flowers I bought myself because I had to have them immediately. This Coconut Milk Grilled Pineapple was a summer favorite. Amy invited me to her… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 14 + Asian Cabbage and Beef with Soba Noodles

CSA 2014: Week 14 // Dula Notes

Saturday’s trip to the market was a chilly one and I couldn’t help but fill up on late summer produce. I stocked up on watermelon, corn and ripe little plums. I also had to get some honey crisp apples because they’re so good. I’ll be in full fall mode soon, but I’m savoring the last bit of summer while I can. I used the beets to make a smoothie recipe that I’ll share soon and I made an asian-style noodle dish with the cabbage that turned out so well I’m sharing it with you. Marc loved it. It comes together quickly… Continue reading