Posts in the category: Dressings

CSA 2014: Week 3 + Grilled Caesar Salad

CSA 2014: Week 3 + Grilled Caesar Salad Recipe

Ah, summer! I can’t get enough strawberries right now and the other night I had some with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. If I’m not making the ice cream myself, I recently discovered Alden’s organic vanilla ice cream at Whole Foods and it’s my favorite. If it goes on sale, I just have to buy it. Some store-bought vanilla ice creams are too sweet for me and Alden’s is pretty perfect. Just in case you were looking for a vanilla ice cream to try. This week we received jericho romaine lettuce, russian kale, butter lettuce, asparagus, garlic scapes, strawberries and red baron spring… Continue reading

CSA 2014: Week 2 + Asian Vinaigrette

CSA 2014: Week 2

It’s summer! Lovely strawberries and garlic scapes found their way into our share this week and I’m ecstatic. Garlic scapes on pizza is one of my favorite toppings.  I’ll probably eat each and every strawberry right off the stem because they are fragrant and perfect. This week we received asparagus, red fire lettuce, french breakfast radishes, garlic scapes, dinosaur kale and strawberries. Today Marc and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary. WHAAT? I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around that number, but it’s true. Marrying him continues to be the best decision I’ve ever made. We go together like fresh… Continue reading

Ramp Compound Butter

Ramp Compound Butter Recipe // Dula Notes

Last year I couldn’t find ramps anywhere, but this year my Whole Foods has a generous section of midwest-grown organic ramps. I bought 2 bunches last week and made my favorite pasta with ramps and then I went back for 5 more bunches. I’m pretty greedy. When using ramps, I aim for recipes that will really showcases the distinctive mild garlic flavor that makes everyone crazy for ramps. And I need the recipe to use both the bulbs and greens because I’m not throwing half of it away. No way. Now that the weather has warmed up, we’re grilling every chance we… Continue reading

Roasted Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa

Don’t you just love tomatillos? If not, allow me to tell you why I do. They’re unusual, but pretty with their bright green skin and paper-like husks. I guess they come in other colors, too, and I’d like to collect them all; especially purple. They add a nice tart freshness to soups and sauces. I think I was a little scared to purchase them at first, but then they showed up in my CSA box last year. I was forced to make friends with tomatillos and I’m glad about that. This creamy salsa is a good example of what makes… Continue reading

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Garlic Soy Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe // Dula Notes

How was your weekend? I was lucky enough to have a long 4-day weekend and spend it in west Michigan with my family. We didn’t end up at the beach, but I wore my Love Lake Michigan tee like a boss. My mom and dad bought some big fireworks that we set off with good friends on Friday night. On Saturday, my sister-in-law Bethany hosted a little dinner party and I had so much fun cooking with her. The party guests brought amazing appetizers and Bethany made two summer salads with Asian flavors that were a huge hit. We marinated pork… Continue reading

Lemon Oregano Compound Butter

Lemon Oregano Compound Butter Recipe // Dula Notes

How was your weekend? Michigan was a bit chilly, but the perfect temperature for grilling outside and warm enough to keep the front door open during the day. At our family barbecue on Sunday, we all lingered on our front porch while Pandora provided the tunes. My parents stayed over Saturday and Sunday night and it was very nice to spend time with them. They kindly offered to help set the table and wipe down the porch railing so everyone had a clean spot to sit. The Rum Horchata Cocktail was a huge hit! We made 40 jalapeño poppers and thought we had overdone… Continue reading

Carrot Ginger Dressing

Carrot Ginger Dressing Recipe // Dula Notes

First, my cast iron skillet is fine! Thanks to a few tips from Billy, I used a copper mesh scrubber and some soapy water on the sticky parts. I scrubbed and the sticky film transformed into little beads that I could wash out of the skillet. Both a harsh scrubber and soapy water are NOT what you want to use on your skillet unless you have a situation. I definitely had a situation. The scrubber did take away some of the seasoning on my skillet in the areas where it was stickiest and I scrubbed most, but after a couple… Continue reading

Chive Blossom Vinegar

Chive Blossom Vinegar Recipe // Dula Notes

Kasey kindly alerted me to this gorgeous vinegar after she saw my spring snapshots. She always knows what’s up. I wasn’t planning on sharing my take on this vinegar because it isn’t much of a recipe and Tim of Lottie+Doof already did such a beautiful job on his post. I took a quick picture of the process with my phone and then I could not stop. The fluffy purple chive blossoms against their linear chive stalks proved too tempting a subject. After several phone pictures, I grabbed my camera and took more pictures. Originally, I planned to use the vinegar for… Continue reading