Posts in the category: Appetizers

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

Creamy Black Bean Dip

Quick Creamy Black Bean Dip Recipe // @nicoledula

I’m just not that into football, but I do love the snacks. If you root for the snacks, you always win. On Sunday we watched the game with Marc’s parents and I brought this dip. I’ve made it several times now and each time I get the look that says we’ll never eat all that. The bowl is always emptied, though! Best of all, it’s so easy, too. My mother-in-law made minestrone with a ton of veggies, a colorful salad with sesame dressing, meatballs, shrimp cocktail and apple crisp. A fun mix! We busted this dip out at half time and I was scooping… Continue reading

Beet Gravlax

Beet Gravlax Recipe // @nicoledula

By some cruel twist of fate, I live in the Great Lakes State, but have trouble finding really fresh fish in my city. If you’re making ceviche or gravlax, you don’t want to be on the fence about how fresh the fish is. This year at the farmers market, we have a fish vendor that offers walleye, salmon, whitefish and trout that was caught the day before in cold Lake Huron. I did a little dance of joy, knowing I could finally make ruby-hued beet gravlax at home (!!!) You need a few tools and a couple of days, but… Continue reading

Pickled Giardiniera

Pickled Giardiniera Recipe // @nicoledula

I used to tell Marc that buying me a smart phone would be a waste of money. How many cry-laughing emoji can we insert here? Then I distinctly remember going to an Italian market and seeing a giant jar of Nutella and thinking to myself, I would totally take a picture of this comically large jar of Nutella. Fast forward to the release of the iPhone 4 in 2010 and us waiting in line for 2-3 hours. Not because we had to have it immediately, but because we wanted to people watch and experience the line. The sun came up while… Continue reading

Marinated Summer Squash

Marinated Summer Squash Recipe // @nicoledula

Michigan cannot decide if it’s summer or fall right now with swings in temperature from 90 degrees to low 60’s and then back up to 80. That’s fine with me because I can’t decide if I’m ready to let summer go, either. I spent last weekend with my sister in law and we walked around the Ann Arbor farmers market under gray skies with our jackets on. We still saw basil, tomatoes, corn and summer squash, so I guess it’s not too crazy to share this recipe in September. I feel like many of us end up with extra zucchini or summer… Continue reading

CSA 2015: Week 3 + Ratatouille

CSA 2015: Week 3 // @nicoledula #csa

Before I forget, I want to tell you that I’ve made a CSA Pinterest board! I’ll be pinning recipes that match up with the kinds of fruit and vegetables I get in my share. Last weekend, I took the romaine, green onions and radishes to west Michigan and we made a huge salad with my mom’s vinaigrette dressing. It was lovely. I’ve been using the beets and beet greens in smoothies this week and I put the garlic scapes in my first ratatouille. Even though it isn’t a traditional ratatouille ingredient, I thought the scapes mixed well with the eggplant, onion,… Continue reading

Shrimp Pacifico Lettuce Cups with Guacamole + Week 3 of Whole 30

Shrimp Pacifico Lettuce Cups with Guacamole Recipe // @nicoledula #whole30

Only one more week to go on whole 30! I can’t believe it. Sometimes it feels like forever, mostly when I think about ice cream, but has gone by quickly at the same time. I set out to take a closer look at what we’re eating, challenge myself to meals that don’t taste like we’re sacrificing anything and to hopefully find new healthy habits. Those things are happening and I’m happy to share the experience with you. I needed to share the recipe for these shrimp pacifico cups because it was one of our favorite meals. A summery recipe that takes… Continue reading

Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade Pita Bread Recipe // @nicoledula

I know homemade pita sounds intimidating, but this dough is so friendly. Really! The satisfaction of pulling that first pita out of the skillet all warm and golden, is one of life’s simple pleasures. You can let them puff up in the skillet and stay pita-like or you can burst the bubbles that form while it’s sizzling to create a more naan-like wrap for sandwiches, like I did here. You can also serve naan with butter chicken or, you know, let a pat of butter melt on the top, sprinkle it with some salt, roll it up and eat it over the… Continue reading

Homemade Sweet and Savory Pierogi

Homemade Pierogi Recipe with Take a Megabite // @nicoledula

You guys know Megan, right? I assume you do because she’s the super fun gal behind the food blog, Take a Megabite. We go on lady dates from time to time, always getting a brunch appetizer. In addition to being fun to eat with, she’s also incredibly talented, kind, funny and a really good friend. I’m very lucky to live near her! We wanted to collaborate on something special and we came up with homemade pierogi. We dared to dream our dreams and came up with our own savory and sweet fillings. Between the two of us, you have 4 pierogi… Continue reading

Miso-Parmesan Shishito Peppers

Miso-Parmesan Shishito Peppers Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoeldula

Today a group of bloggers are celebrating Emily of The Pig & Quill’s virtual baby shower! She’s having a little girl and we’re celebrating the best way we know how, with delicious food. Emily is a food maven who creates the most unique recipes and I thought she might appreciate this umami-rich appetizer. Our Trader Joe’s just started carrying shishito peppers and I’m already on my 4th bag. They are perfect simply blistered in a skillet of shimmering olive oil and finished with flaky sea salt, but sometimes you want to mix it up. Especially if you’re trying to impress a… Continue reading