Salted Butterscotch Pudding + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Salted Butterscotch Pudding + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Recipe // @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 // @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 // @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 // @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

Watermelon + Heirloom Tomato + Burrata

Watermelon + Heirloom Tomatoes + Burrata Recipe // @nicoledula

My favorite dinner in the summer is the unfussy, but completely delicious combination of burrata and heirloom tomatoes. I start having it for dinner the minute I get fresh summer tomatoes in my CSA. One afternoon, I had burrata left over and no tomatoes, but some cubes of watermelon and I figured why not? I now like it better than with tomatoes alone, which I can’t even believe I’m even saying. The sweet watermelon, savory cheese, rich olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper together is a food symphony. Give it a try! And if you’re thinking, hey… Continue reading

Travel // Traverse City, Michigan 2014

Traverse City, Michigan Travel Guide // @nicoledula

Traverse City has my heart and I think you’ll love it, too. It’s beautiful, friendly and good food is everywhere. The restaurants, wineries and breweries proudly share their cooperations with local farms, bakeries and cheese producers. It’s my kind of place. Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to everywhere we went. Lots of photos ahead! We stayed in a condo at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a thriving community that is a repurposed state mental hospital. It sounds pretty creepy, but the hospital treated their residents with respect and kindness. The hospital closed after the advancement of… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 13

CSA 2014: Week 13 // @nicoledula

I’m back from Traverse City! Maybe you didn’t know I had gone, but I Instagrammed many of my adventures. I’m putting the finishing touches on my vacation post because phew, it’s a long one with lots of photos, but I think you’re going to like it. While we were away I missed my colorful CSA! We did have some delicious, local produce at almost every restaurant we visited, though, which was lovely. Many of those restaurants pushed their heirloom tomato dishes because their time is almost up. I hoped we still had some tomatoes coming in our CSA and we did!… Continue reading

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe // @nicoledula

A friend of mine recently asked if I had a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe on my blog and it suddenly struck me that I didn’t. What the? Obviously I had to right this wrong immediately. I’m glad this recipe only makes 12 cookies, because I made a lot of batches to get this right. In the end I didn’t stray too far from the original America’s Test Kitchen recipe, but I went through a few recipes to make sure these were my favorite. They’re crispy on the edges, soft in the middle and they don’t skimp on the chocolate. A… Continue reading

Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette

Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette Recipe // @nicoledula

Raspberry vinaigrette makes me think of my first job. I filed documents and was the back-up receptionist in a corporate office. The company wasn’t huge when I started there. Later I found out that I was hired at the end of a merger with only a few key positions moving to Chicago, while the rest of the employees would lose their jobs. This explained the stressed out people and empty cubicles. I met all types of people while I was there, like the petite blonde that was obsessed with the McRib sandwich and the overworked payroll manager that buzzed around… Continue reading