Tahini Celeriac and Potato Mash

Vegan Tahini Celeriac and Potato Mashi // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’m really excited for this three day work week. My sister-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, which means we’ll have sweet potatoes and I’m really looking forward to that. We’re making Erika’s beautiful recipe. The dinner will begin with growlers of local beer, spiked cider and Mom’s deviled eggs. Then we’ll have turkey, fresh rolls, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, red skin potatoes and pomegranate kale salad. For dessert my mother-in-law is bringing a pumpkin roll and cheesecake. This Thanksgiving gathering will be unique because Marc and I usually go to my Mom and Dad’s while my… Continue reading

Apple Marzipan Galette

Apple Marzipan Galette Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’m an aunt, you guys! Miss Molly Irene arrived on November 13 and our whole family couldn’t be more smitten. Check out my Instagram feed for a sweet photo of her followed by a celebratory waffle cone with my new favorite flavor salty caramel coffee (!!!) We went to the hospital on chilly Saturday and just couldn’t get enough of her. She likes to stretch out her little arms even when she’s wrapped like a baby burrito. I made Meg some raspberry chia pudding for her little hospital fridge and we brought Matt some snacks, too. We bought Molly a Mini… Continue reading

Pomegranate Kale Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Kale Salad // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I was going to share this salad next week, but I love it so much that I couldn’t wait. It will be on our Thanksgiving table and it’s been on our dinner table 4 times in the last 2 weeks. It’s simple, pretty and the hearty kale leaves stand up to the dressing, so it lasts for days. It looks like a diva salad, but it isn’t! This is also the official salad of the baby boom of fall 2014. My very first niece is expected to make her debut at the end of this week, a good friend is due next week… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, Michigan

Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, Michigan // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

Alexandra Clark, owner of Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, has captured my heart with her perfect chocolate shop. From the practical yet completely stylish packaging to her gorgeous and delicious chocolates, I am smitten with every detail. Bon Bon Bon is tucked into a charming residential street and is open from 10-9:30 every Saturday. I wish that pink and red Bon Bon Bon logo was my life logo, it’s just the cutest. On our last visit to Detroit, I told Marc that I NEEDED to go to Bon Bon Bon. We had some errands to run in the city and… Continue reading

Pork Banh Mi Pizza

Pork Bahn Mi Pizza Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

Jessica of How Sweet It Is is having a baby! You know Jessica, right? Of course you do. So often I see her recipes on Pinterest and immediately want to make them. To celebrate her baby, a bunch of bloggers are showering Jessica with pizza, tacos, cookies and cakes. Wouldn’t you like to be showered with this pork bahn mi pizza? I thought so. I am thrilled with how this pizza turned out! I topped my easy pizza dough with a layer of hoisin, sprinkled some mozzarella on top and then nestled delicious marinated pork that I caramelize in a… Continue reading

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