Posts in the category: Vegetable

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts

Cream-Braised Brussels Sprouts Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

When my brother and I were kids, we were weirdos and loved brussels sprouts. My Dad hated them and he’d go into a funny speech at the dinner table about how gross they looked and smelled. It made us giggle, but I’m sure my Mom was less than thrilled by his performance. Despite his best efforts, though, we were excited when mom made them for dinner. Nothing fancy, just boiled and minimally seasoned. My love for them only grew when I started cooking and could prepare them in new ways. Roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper was my favorite… Continue reading

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

Vegan Taco Collard Wraps

Vegan Taco Collard Wrap Recipe // Dula Notes

People have strong feelings for tacos. Taco love is almost universal, right? If you told me you didn’t like tacos, I’d be a little suspicious.  We’ve tried our fair share of tacos and they’ve never disappointed. Whether it’s the rich tacos at the El Guapo food truck, exotic tacos at Roast’s happy hour, the fresh tacos at Mas Tacos in Nashville, our favorite local spot Miguel’s or any taco anywhere in California, they all make us happy. I have tasted wonderful vegan tacos, but I’d never made a vegan taco at home. I was a little nervous, but the combination of… Continue reading

Pan-Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Dried Fruit

Are you enjoying fall as much as me? Instagram says yes. I’ve seen the prettiest fall leaves on Instagram feeds lately and I’m trying to soak it all in while I can. The wind has picked up in Michigan and I know it won’t be too long before the tree branches are bare. Today we’re having our trees trimmed and one diseased blue spruce removed. We had a certified arborist look at our trees and it was nice to hear that all but the spruce is healthy. We have six large trees, but my favorite one has green and creamy-white… Continue reading

Stuffed Pie Pumpkin

Dorie Greenspan holds a special place in my blogger heart. When I first started following food blogs, Tuesdays with Dorie was baking every recipe from Baking: From My Home to Yours. I never participated, but I enjoyed seeing those beautiful recipes come to life on Tuesdays. After following Dories’s blog in a slightly obsessive way, I’ve concluded that she seems like a lovely, thoughtful, and friendly person that just happens to be amazing in the kitchen, lives part-time in Paris and used to bake with Julia Child. She could give Ina Garten a run for her money in the dream life department.… 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

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

Thai-Style Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

Thai-Style Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Recipe // Dula Notes

My cast iron skillet is one of my top 3 favorite things in the kitchen. I bought it in a kitchen store in Charleston a few years ago. Nothing fancy, just a pre-seasoned Lodge Logic skillet that I probably paid too much for in that beautiful kitchen store. I had been going back and forth about whether to get one and Marc encouraged me to just buy it. I wonder how that heavy 12″ skillet affected our gas mileage on the way home from South Carolina. It has been a champ ever since. At some point, Marc became the cast iron… Continue reading

Vegan Curry Veggie Burgers

Vegan Curry Veggie Burgers Recipe // Dula Notes

It’s hard to believe that it’s already February. A thick pile of snow covers the ground, but not the main roads. We’ve been getting the best kind of snow lately. The light, fluffy kind that looks like a dream as it falls. This variety of snow happens to be easy to shovel off of the driveway, too, so it’s an all-star snowflake. That pretty snow fell as I made my way to a girly brunch with Cindy and Megan on Saturday. I had the best time hanging out with those gals. We brunched it up right with a sticky bun,… Continue reading