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CSA 2015: Week 4 + Roasted Broccoli with Shrimp

CSA 2015: Week 4 // @nicoledula #csa

Lettuce party! My box was bursting with curly greens and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve been trying to make mostly-whole 30 dinners with a protein, veggies and a side salad with homemade vinaigrette lately and it’s been working out well. I have incorporated ice cream back in to my life, though, because summer without ice cream is just no fun. I used the csa broccoli to make Melissa Clark’s Roasted Broccoli with Shrimp on one sheet pan and it was a huge hit. I used 2 heads of broccoli (which were a bit bigger than you get in the… 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

CSA 2015: Week 2 + Sausage with Onions, Peppers + Garlic Scapes

CSA 2015: Week 2 // @nicoledula

I’m eating fresh strawberries by the handful and loving it. The lettuce, kale and radishes are going into salads this week and the beets and beet greens will make the prettiest hot pink smoothies. I love putting garlic scapes on pizza, but we were still on whole 30, so I took a chance and added them to sausage and peppers and it was so good! I’ve included the easy recipe below if you want to make it for yourself. This week we received: avicenna butterhead lettuce, baby beets, garlic scapes, lacinato kale, French breakfast radishes and strawberries.

CSA 2015: Week 1

CSA 2015: Week 1 // @nicoledula #csa

My CSA is back and I have a lot of pretty salads in my future. I was especially awed by the pomegranate crunch romaine that’s deep burgundy on the outside and fades into pretty pink leaves on the inside. I took an ombre photo of the leaves for me and you and the heart-eyes emoji. The beautiful strawberries were gone in 2 days. They smelled so good!  If I wasn’t on whole 30 I would have been tempted to turn them into a strawberry galette. Eating them as nature intended was pretty great, though. Megan invited me to her summer party (I’m… Continue reading

Seasonal Snapshots // Spring 2015

Turntable Kitchen's Date Shake Recipe // @nicoledula

It’s that time again. Another season has come, was awesome and is leaving, but I took photos of the good stuff to share with you. I hope your spring was a good one! Here’s to summer! That time I finally put extra virgin olive oil and sea salt on vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmm. A particularly good Amazon delivery. This beet salad with whipped goat cheese was the prettiest pink mess. This date shake recipe from Turntable Kitchen was so good! My consumption of donuts was up this spring and this tagalong version was pretty incredible. Remember that time my Whole Foods… Continue reading

Travel // Nashville, Tennessee City Guide 2015

Nashville, Tennessee City Guide 2015 - Burger Up // @nicoledula

As we drove from Louisville to Nashville, our Airbnb host was our hero and messaged us to call for directions around some heavy construction. He saved us an hour of being stuck in traffic. We had encountered some construction traffic on our way to Louisville and in Louisville itself and we really appreciated the kind gesture. We arrived in Nashville and the rain had finally stopped. We settled into our Airbnb home in the Vandy-Belmont area near Vanderbilt University and not far from the 12 South neighborhood. The home was charming and full of our host’s artwork. We met up with… Continue reading

Travel // Louisville, Kentucky City Guide 2015 – Day 5

On our last morning in Louisville, we sadly packed our things and asked for a luggage cart to load our stuff on. They took that as a cue to pull our car around, too, so by the time we were done checking out, we were good to go. The service at the 21 C Hotel was truly great. Garage Bar, our brunch destination, didn’t open until 11, so we stopped by Please & Thank You, a coffee shop/record store in the NuLu neighborhood. You can’t really see it in the photo, but the chalkboard had “RIP BB King” written on… Continue reading

Travel // Louisville, Kentucky City Guide 2015 – Day 4

Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen Louisville, KY // @nicoledula

We started the day with massages and then pie, so that pretty much says it all. Marc had never had a massage and I had one once, which left me sore for a week! We thought it would be nice since life had been pretty hectic lately. We were greeted in the lobby and taken down into a secret passageway to the spa area. You get access to a shower, sauna and steam room, too. I told my masseuse about my previous experience and he told me he’d be doing a deep tissue massage, but that he would take it… Continue reading

Travel // Louisville, Kentucky City Guide 2015 – Day 3

Harvest in Louisville, KY // @nicoledula

On day 3, we slept in a little and decided to skip breakfast after having a late dinner. We leisurely readied ourselves for the day and walked back down Market street (or NuLu, short for New Louisville) to eat at Harvest for lunch. Their website does not do this place justice. They have a concise, seasonal menu, but we didn’t have any trouble finding dishes we wanted. I was tempted to get the souther fried chicken confit sandwich with candied jalapeño (!!!) Marc ordered the wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing, pickled watermelon, pancetta and sweet potato. He really enjoyed… Continue reading

Travel // Louisville, Kentucky City Guide 2015 – Day 2

Proof on Main in Louisville, KY // @nicoledula

On our second morning in Louisville, we woke up extra early for our bourbon tour. I insisted on breakfast before day drinking and the hotel restaurant, Proof on Main, was convenient. Everyone recommends it and now I know why. Marc ordered the Proof eggs benedict with creamy red eye hollandaise and Kentucky ham. I had the 21 C breakfast that included eggs, shaved ham, rye toast and the most incredible grits I’ve ever had. I feel I need to point out that I never eat ham. The typical texture and flavor of the ham I’m used to eating is not my thing,… Continue reading