First Course | Chilled Spring Asparagus Soup with Crème Fraîche and Chives

Eight more days! I can’t believe the dinner we’re hosting for Ragdale is almost here. Last week I shared the article from Forest & Bluff highlighting the evening’s menu, and I promised to share the recipes. This will be my first course, a chilled soup that heralds the arrival of spring.

Chilled Spring Asparagus Soup with Crème Fraîche and Chives, Fletcher + Fork

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Grain Bowl | Quinoa Shrimp Salad with Cucumber, Tomato and Feta

Quinoa Shrimp Salad with Cucumber and Feta
Quinoa is one of my favorite ingredients. I frequently make a big pot and use it in different ways throughout the course of a week. A scoop warmed gently with almond milk, a pinch of cinnamon, dried fruit, and a generous dollop of honey and chopped nuts makes a wonderful, nourishing breakfast. A dinner side comes together in no time when you heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a sauté pan, add cooked quinoa, season well, and toss in a generous handful of chopped tender herbs and scallions. My favorite way to enjoy quinoa, though, is in a veggie and protein packed salad like the one below. Continue reading “Grain Bowl | Quinoa Shrimp Salad with Cucumber, Tomato and Feta”

Simple Supper | Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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Oh my, has it been a doozy of a week. We had a major plumbing debacle in our home, leaving us without water (save for one bathroom) and necessitating countless hours of incredibly unpleasant work. Physically exhausting, yes, but emotionally exhausting too as I was faced with sorting through dozens and dozens of boxes containing my mother’s belongings. I just wasn’t ready. Continue reading “Simple Supper | Spaghetti Aglio e Olio”

Entertain | Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon, Fennel and Parsley

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Happy Summer everyone! I hope the sun has been shining in your corner of the world. Construction on the kitchen is moving along, though I am absolutely dying to get in there and cook. Three and a half more weeks, if all goes as planned! Luckily, the weather has been incredible, so we’ve made good use of our grills. I thought I’d share my recipe for Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon, Fennel and Parsley, posted last summer on the aesthete and the dilettante. It is simple enough for a weeknight family meal, yet perfect in presentation for your next get together. Be sure to choose a fish with firm flesh, clear eyes, and a super clean smell – don’t be afraid to ask for a closer peek! I chose trout because it was fresh and local, but snapper would be a great substitute.

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Simple Supper | Bucatini with Mixed Herb and Walnut Pesto

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When most people think of pesto, the traditional version made with basil and pine nuts comes to mind. Did you know you can make pesto with many herb and nut combinations? You can even use blanched spinach, kale or arugula instead of, or in combination with, fresh herbs. Mixed herb pesto is one of my favorites, and it’s a great way to use up any leftover tender herbs in your fridge. I used a combination of basil, parsley and chives, but a handful of fresh mint or a smidge of tarragon would be wonderful additions as well.

Here the pesto is served over bucatini, but it’s also a delicious accompaniment to grilled vegetables, meats, fish, and shellfish. Everyone in my family loves a dollop stirred into mayonnaise for sandwiches (especially roast beef), and I love it in place of tomato sauce on homemade pizza. So versatile! Continue reading “Simple Supper | Bucatini with Mixed Herb and Walnut Pesto”