Takeout Tuesday: Featuring a Vegan Feast from Chef Nadine


A couple weeks back, I told you about our Periodic Table dinner featuring Chef Nadine.  Well, when she passed around coupons at the end of the night for her catered vegan meals, it got me thinking: Takeout Tuesday!  I love introducing people who don’t always eat vegan to just how … Continue reading

Heirloom Tomato, Squash and Pepper Gratin


Wow, I’ve really been off the grid!  I’ll blame it on a little bit of travel and a lot of writer’s block.  Or maybe the other way around.  We got back from an awesome weekend in Atlanta last night, and tomorrow I head to South Dakota.  Maybe I’ll just leave … Continue reading

A Bookalokal Taste of Brazil: Feijoada & Pão de Queijo

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Saturday we had our first experience with Bookalokal, a global dining community similar to Airbnb, except that instead of a place to crash you get good company and delicious home cooked meals! (In case you’re starting to see a theme here, yes, my entire social life revolves around food.  Glad … Continue reading

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken with Blackberry Jam


We’ve been doing a lot of hosting as of late, even for Messy Kitchen standards.  It’s hard to keep up.  I don’t remember the last time my kitchen was clean for more than a fleeting second.  I made this honey garlic chicken for my book club last week.  It’s not … Continue reading

Tahini Thumbprint Cookies with Fig Preserves {Leftovers Club}


The tahini kick continues!  Seriously, I can’t get enough of the stuff.  When I discovered the cookbook I acquired for the month from my Cook Book Book Club had an entire page dedicated to the fascination with Tahini, I was beyond stoked!  Since I only have this beautiful book for a … Continue reading

Jambalaya Skewers with Andouille Sausage, Shrimp and Fresh Okra

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One of my hopes when I signed up for my CSA was that the random deliveries would force me to seek out new recipes that experiment with vegetables I may be less familiar with. We’ve already seen this to be the case with kohlrabi.  Although I’m still not convinced that anyone … Continue reading

Cook Book Book Club and Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz


I recently joined a new book club.  Yes another.  I’ve told you before that it takes little more than a glass of wine to convince me to join your book club, which at times has proven problematic since I’m not a particularly fast reader.  Luckily, this is a different kind of … Continue reading

The Periodic Table Presents Dat Hotness: Science of Spice & Evolution

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Last night, Courtney and I were excited to take part in a dinner series that combines his passion for science with my passion for food!  Since I first heard about The Periodic Table, I knew it would be right up our alleys, streets that don’t often merge.  A joint venture … Continue reading

Fig, Goat Cheese, Proscuitto and Pistachio Stuffed Chicken with Fig Balsamic Gastrique


Summer is straight up flying by.  I kind of hate it.  I usually love Fall, but I’m pretty stressed out about this particular Fall.  Can’t we just make the Summer last forever?  I’ll even stop complaining about big hair, I promise! We’ve been keeping particularly busy, which I’m sure has … Continue reading

Lemon Chicken with Summer Squash and Goat Cheese


I’ve had a head cold for well over a week now.  First world problem I know, but it’s Summertime and this is getting real old.  I finally stayed home from work today, something I never do, but I really must get better before our trip this weekend.  Anyways, I’m reminded … Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Blackberry Brownies {Leftovers Club}


Despite being someone who is meticulously organized, I must admit that I’ve always had a tendency to procrastinate.  Whether it was designing a board game in middle school, writing a book report in high school or finishing that final fifty page research paper my senior year of college, I always … Continue reading

Vegan Pad Thai Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce & Sriracha Baked Tofu


On these hot summer days, I think we all crave something fresh and crunchy.  I know I do!  This salad is a great alternative to hot noodles when you need to satisfy a summertime pad Thai craving.  It was definitely inspired by the CSA veggies in my fridge. I started with leftover … Continue reading

Embracing the CSA Reject: Kohlrabi Apple Slaw


Fact: if you’ve ever been in a CSA, you’ve surely gotten kohlrabi. Now, if you’re thinking a CSA must be some sort of gang or terrible prison camp and kohlrabi a sexually transmitted disease, fear not: you still may be smarter than a fifth grader.  I myself had no idea … Continue reading