Posts in the category: Appetizers

Beet Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese and Maple Walnuts

Beet Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese and Maple Walnuts Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

It took years of ordering beet salads in restaurants to finally realize that I should be making my own dream beet salad at home. If a beet salad is on the menu, I order it. Even though Marc is not a beet or walnut lover, he’s always pleasantly surprised that he likes the combination of beets, soft cheese and nuts. I just want to say duh, but that’s not nice. There are a few components to the recipe, but all are simple tasks that you can do while your beets steam-roast in the oven. After you assemble the salad, the… Continue reading

Vegan Roasted Cauliflower + Tahini Lemon Vinaigrette

Selden Standard's Roasted Cauliflower + Tahini Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I love eating out. It provides inspiration that I can bring back to my kitchen and I get excited about new flavor combinations. When I took my first bite of the roasted cauliflower at Selden Standard, I tasted the tahini + cumin + the zing of the pickled peppers mingling with the caramelized cauliflower. It was perfect. The dish isn’t fussy, but has layers of flavor. I’d never heard Marc rave about a vegetable dish like he did about this one. Chef Andy Hollyday from Selden Standard was interviewed on a local news show recently and shared how he makes his famous roasted… Continue reading

Easy Chicken Empanadas With Garlic Mojo Sauce

Easy Chicken Empanadas With Garlic Mojo Sauce from Hola Jalapeño // www.dulanotes.com @nicoeldula

Happy New Year! I hope your holiday break was just what you needed. I spent a lot of time in my pajamas, read 2 books and spent time with friends and family. It was perfect. Today I’m sharing a guest post from Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeño. If you haven’t visited her blog, you’ll be blown away by her creative take on latin-inspired food. For example: Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder, Seeded Pull-Apart Rolls + Warm Green Chile Queso and Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars, to name a few of my favorites. Her marriage to a handsome Mexican man whom she refers to as… Continue reading

Caramelized Onion Spinach Dip

Caramelized Onion Spinach Dip // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I can’t help it you guys, I love spinach dip. Well, I knew it could be improved upon, but there’s something about that creamy dip with fresh bread that gets me. After I made Everything Focaccia a while back, I thought it would be incredible with a good spinach dip. I’m so happy I was right about that. This dip is heavy on the spinach and flavor with the help of sweet caramelized onions. I don’t like spinach dips that are soupy with sour cream or frugal with the veggies. This dip is 100% from scratch, so no dried mixes here.… Continue reading

Everything Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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 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

Watermelon + Heirloom Tomato + Burrata

Watermelon + Heirloom Tomatoes + Burrata Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @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

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

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