July 31, 2014

spinach, strawberry & avocado salad

Make a very simple salad special by adding strawberries and pecans.
Strawberries in Colombia are irresistibly sweet. The markets are full with them year round so expect to see a lot of them in this space.

For this salad I used:
6 large strawberries quartered
10 ounces spinach leaves
1 Cup roasted pecans
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted, cubed.

Make ahead and mix & toss with enough dressing to coat just before serving.

For the dressing: 
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. raw agave nectar
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
Juice of 1 medium lime
Salt & Pepper

Whisk all ingredients in small bowl to blend. Season with salt & pepper.

July 30, 2014

roasted butternut squash and quinoa salad

Last night I made a not so traditional dish but one that still screams comfort food.
We arrived in Bogota last Sunday and even though it has not been raining, it is still cold and it feels like eating this kind of food.
My kids loved this dish! 

For this salad I used: 2 Cups of cooked quinoa, 3 Cups cubed roasted butternut squash, 1/4 Cup pine nuts, 1/3 Cup kalamata olives, 1/2 Cup caramelized onions, and a bunch of baby spinach.
Dressing: 2 Tbsp. olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, 1 Tbsp. honey.
Mix all the ingredients while the quinoa, butternut squash, and caramelized onions are still warm. Add the dressing and serve.

July 29, 2014

some things I liked at the flea market in Washington, DC

I usually get overwhelmed at flea markets and leave empty handed, but definitely it is
one of my favorite things to do on weekends. There are many flea markets in the Washington, DC area.
I like the Eastern Market, the Georgetown Flea Market, and the Arlington Flea Market. Check them out if you're in town!

July 28, 2014

steamed mussels in coconut milk

This dish is all about the main ingredient, mussels.
I steamed them in coconut milk with Thai basil, chopped tomato, garlic, and bacon.
It makes a great first course served with a baguette (or two!) and a glass of white wine.

Mussels are tasty and fun to eat year round.

July 21, 2014

nectarine & peach crisp

nothing like a good crisp!
This time I had some nectarines and peaches in the fridge.
I just sliced them and covered them with an oatmeal crumb
to make a delicious dessert. One the screams comfort food!

Truly delicious when eaten warm out of the oven and with vanilla ice cream.

July 19, 2014

slow roasted pear tomatoes

Seriously good with pasta!
Cut the pear tomatoes in half, sprinkle them with kosher salt, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, add your favorite fresh herbs (I used rosemary), and bake for 1-2 hours in a 300 degree oven.

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