Posts in the category: Main Dish

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Week 1 of Whole 30

Frisée Salad with Mushrooms and Fried Eggs + Starting Whole 30 // @nicoledula

If you normally roll your eyes at special diets, I feel you. I’m more of an “everything in moderation” person and I try to eat balanced meals while indulging occasionally, but I was feeling like things were a little off-balance for us lately. Maybe it was all the burgers + cookies + bourbon + biscuits + hot chicken in Louisville and Nashville?? I was following along with Erica’s Whole 30 experience and her beautiful and simple meals gave me the push I needed to try it for myself. If you’ve never heard of Whole 30, the rules are here. There is a… Continue reading

Greek Chicken Wraps

Greek Chicken Pita Wraps Recipe // @nicoledula

I made these Greek Chicken Wraps for Collaboreat and now I have the recipe here for you. I’m so pleased with how they turned out and then Melissa made them and sent me the sweetest Instagram message to say her family loved them. How lovely is that? Here’s the story behind this recipe and why it’s a big part of my first memories of Detroit. To someone who isn’t from metro Detroit, Greek Chicken Wraps might seem like a strange meal to associate with the area. Detroit’s diverse melting pot of cultures and love of greasy spoons has filled the area with diners featuring menus with… Continue reading

Ramp Spaghetti Carbonara with Poached Eggs

Spaghetti Carbonara with Ramps + Poached Eggs Recipe // @nicoledula

Last November, after meeting our new niece in the hospital, we went out for dinner at Mani Osteria in Ann Arbor. We toasted to little Molly and ended up having one of the best meals of our lives. All of the dishes were memorable, but the carbonara pasta with a poached egg on top blew my mind. Traditionally, carbonara involves cooking pasta and bacon and then mixing the hot pasta with raw beaten egg and cheese and allowing that mixture to coat the pasta in a creamy sauce that cooks from the heat of the pasta. Mani Osteria’s twist of adding… 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

Vegetarian Spinach + Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Vegetarian Spinach + Ricotta Stuffed Shells Recipe // @nicoledula

Besides spaghetti with shrimp scampi, this stuffed shells recipe was another early success in my apartment kitchen. We were newly married with limited funds and in withdrawal from our parents’ ample cable packages. I often referred to the Food Network online for recipes, having missed that channel the most. Soon we discovered Lidia’s Italy, America’s Test Kitchen and Martha’s Every Day Food on PBS. And then I found food blogs and was set for life. This recipe is adapted from Giada de Laurentiis and while I’d made it quite a few times early in our married life, it’s sadly been… Continue reading

Crispy Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel

Crispy Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel Recipe // @nicoledula

Ah, comfort food. Sometimes it’s just what you need. Whether you’re having a bad day, it’s snowy outside or you just want to eat like your Mom made dinner. I haven’t had nearly enough schnitzel in my life and I’m looking to change that. Making Schnitzel was actually Marc’s idea and I thought it was one of his best ideas ever. It’s easy and messy to make, but biting into the crispy schnitzel is really worth it. Promise. You can get creative and add different spices and herbs to your schnitzel coating, but we kept it classic here. Just a… Continue reading

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale

Spaghetti with Shrimp Scampi + Baby Kale Recipe // @nicoledula

I’m writing today’s post in between bites of lunch. It’s leftover from last night’s meal we cobbled together from a Whole Foods grocery run and a pantry item. My lunch bowl contains spaetzle topped with shredded rotisserie chicken and I dumped a lightly dressed cabbage salad with Asian dressing from the deli on top and mixed. It’s actually pretty good. Sometimes you’re hungry and making food feels like the last thing you want to do. I really get it. That’s why I want to share one of my favorite weeknight recipes with you. It comes together so quickly that mise en place… Continue reading

Easy Chicken Empanadas With Garlic Mojo Sauce

Easy Chicken Empanadas With Garlic Mojo Sauce from Hola Jalapeño // @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

Northern Michigan Pasties 2014

I made Michigan pasties back in 2011 and I’ve wanted to revisit the recipe for the blog and take prettier pictures. If you aren’t familiar, pasties date back to 13th century England and came to northern Michigan around 1864 when Cornish and Finnish miners migrated in large numbers for work in the copper mines. It was an easy lunch for miners that heated them on their shovels over a flame. Their dirty hands could hold the pasty by the crimped crust, eat the filling and toss the edge of the crust if they wanted to. I don’t recommend tossing this crust,… Continue reading

Pomegranate Kale Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Kale Salad // @nicoledula

I was going to share this salad next week, but I love it so much that I couldn’t wait. It will be on our Thanksgiving table and it’s been on our dinner table 4 times in the last 2 weeks. It’s simple, pretty and the hearty kale leaves stand up to the dressing, so it lasts for days. It looks like a diva salad, but it isn’t! This is also the official salad of the baby boom of fall 2014. My very first niece is expected to make her debut at the end of this week, a good friend is due next week… Continue reading