Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette

Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @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

CSA 2014: Week 11

CSA 2014: Week 11 // Dula Notes

Here are my plans for this week’s share: Red cabbage – cole slaw or shredded on fish tacos New Potatoes - oven fries Summer squash, tomato, basil - summer squash with baked eggs Tomato and green beans – BLT’s with a side of steamed green beans Greens, cucumber and basil – salad with raspberry vinaigrette (recipe soon!) Rainbow chard – greens for smoothies Happy weekend! This week we received lettuce, green beans, rainbow chard, new potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, red cabbage, cilantro and basil.

Blueberry Nectarine Galette

Blueberry Nectarine Galette Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’ve decided that galettes are my favorite food. They’re pretty no-fuss to make, adaptable to the seasons and always the most beautiful things to ever come out of my oven. How could they not be? The fruit bubbles up and glistens as it cools. The free-form crust of the galette ensures there’s no two alike, but each one is rustic and charming. I love that. They don’t last long in our home and they are the sole reason I keep a spare pie crust in my freezer. You know, for galette emergencies. I found some beautiful nectarines at the farmers… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 10 + Herb Polenta with Summer Squash and Corn Succotash

CSA 2014: Week 10 // Dula Notes

This week I made fattoush, again, because it uses a variety of produce from my CSA. Tomatoes, parsley and lettuce all came from my share and then I grabbed a fragrant bunch of mint from our planter outside. I like to grow mint in the summer for cocktails and smoothies. Just make sure to plant mint by itself because it grows like crazy. My stash of summer squash is growing, so I made my favorite  Summer Squash Olive Oil Bread with Lemon Crunch Glaze and sent one loaf to work with Marc that was gobbled up quickly, even though it had some stiff… Continue reading

Best Buttermilk Waffles with Sour Cherry Maple Syrup

Best Buttermilk Waffles with Sour Cherry Maple Syrup Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledua

I’m hooked on Gossip Girl. It all started after reading through the latest issue of Vogue magazine peppered with Blake Lively dressed in high-fashion Americana. She’s wrapped in fringe, blankets and leather in breathtaking scenes shot in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It reminded me that I had missed the boat on Gossip Girl and that it was streaming on Netflix. I am now 2 seasons, dozens of Blair’s headbands, hundreds of Chuck’s quips and endless scandals in and I still can’t wait to sneak in an episode before starting dinner. On Gossip Girl, Rufus Humphrey is known for his waffles. He’s the… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 9

CSA 2014: Week 9 // Dula Notes

This week my parents are visiting and I’ve already used that beautiful cherokee purple heirloom tomato and cilantro for a fun taco bar. I made taco meat and warmed tortillas over my gas burners. I served everything family style with bowls of chopped tomato, pickled daikon and carrots, pickled jalapeño, shredded cheese and finely minced white onion and cilantro with a squeeze of lime. A bottle of hot sauce was on the table, too. Almost every batch of chard this summer has been made into Orechiette with Sausage and Rainbow Chard. The sausage and chard taste incredible together and it’s one… Continue reading

Snapped Pea Salad with Crispy Salami or Coconut Bacon

Vegetarian Snap Pea Salad with Coconut Bacon // Dula Notes

Are you as sad as I am about Robin Williams? He was my last thought when I went to sleep and my first thought when I opened my eyes this morning. My parents are visiting and after I told everyone about seeing reports of his death on Twitter, my Dad went online to read through all of his films while I made dinner. We said, “oh yeah” several times, forgetting about Hook or his stellar performance in The Birdcage. Mrs. Doubtfire will always make me laugh and Good Will Hunting is Marc’s favorite movie. A few weeks ago, I thought of how great it would be if… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Wright & Company in Detroit, Michigan

Wright & Company in Detroit, Michigan // Dula Notes

When Marc was given tickets to a Detroit Tigers game last Friday, I couldn’t help thinking about where we would eat. Detroit has an array of exciting new restaurants and old favorites I still need to get to. The internet has been buzzing about Wright & Company in Detroit and happily it was within walking distance of Comerica Park. Wright & Company is located on the second floor of a Queen Anne style brick building. The menu shares the history of the building which was completed in 1891 for a retailer of musical instruments. A few decades later the building became the Wright-Kay jewelry… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 8 + Summer Vegetable Salad with Carrot Green Chimichurri

CSA 2014: Week 8 // Dula Notes

I’m eating a rainbow! I can’t get over how gorgeous and colorful the shares are lately. As I cut into the ripe summer tomatoes to reveal a deep ruby center, I almost gasped at their loveliness and then thought to myself, I’m glad I have you to share my love of food with because those eat to live people would think I’m crazy. This week we received rainbow chard, carrots, colorful baby beets, tomatoes, cucumber, summer squash and cabbage. This fresh summer salad came together slowly as I waited for Marc to get home from work the other night. I… Continue reading

Oven Fries + Miso Mayo

Oven Fries + Miso Mayo Recipe // Dula Notes

I can hardly believe it’s August already. This summer has been a beautiful one with cooler than average temperatures that I am loving. It makes it much nicer for baking fruit pies and oven fries. Like most people, I love a good french fry. I can usually pass on most fried foods, but fries, oh fries! My favorite kind is the skin-on, golden-brown fries with a good amount of flaky sea salt. I appreciate both the soft fry and the crispy fry so a mix of the two in the same batch is ideal. These oven fries are my jam.… Continue reading