Monthly Archives: November 2009

teriyaki vegetables

I had tried Simply Boulder Culinary Sauces at a recent food show and fell in love with the Coconut Peanut sauce. And through the magic of a tweet, Seth from Simply Boulder was able to track me down and was kind enough to send me some samples so that I could go on with life 😉 Why am I attracted to these sauces? Because they are 1) delicious and 2) have real ingredients – olive oil, agave, etc.

I had some veggies that needed to be eaten and I knew just what they needed: Truly Teriyaki Sauce! This sauce was so light, but so full of flavor – perfect over steamed veggies.

I can’t wait to try out the other flavors! The sauces are in stores mainly in the West – but there is a store locator on the website and you can also order online.



Filed under gluten-free, product review, vegan, vegetables

shaved brussels sprouts with pancetta & parmesan

While I love most brussels – these may take the lead. I cannot wait to have this dish again, and the sooner the better in my book! I had been wanting to try my brussels shaved, I usually stick with roasting or sauteing but these were so good I may never go back! You know what they say…. 😉

I would definitely recommend trying this – the vinaigrette stands up to the brussels sprouts perfectly and the creaminess of the cheese, the flavorful pancetta…delicious!


3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp herbamare seasoning

salt & pepper

2 cups whole brussels sprouts, cleaned and thinly sliced

3-4 pieces of pancetta (I had thin slices)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 oz freshly grated parmesan

Mix olive oil, vinegar and seasoning. Set aside. Cook pancetta in pan until crisp. Chop into pieces and set aside. Heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in large pan. Add garlic and brussels sprouts, stirring until just wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Toss with dressing, sprinkle with parmesan and place pancetta on top. Serves two.


Filed under cheese, great meals, Recipes, salad, vegetables

You know you are from Wisconsin….

…when you see Beer, Bratwurst & Cheddar Soup….and you actually buy it.


…when you have brats for just a normal Tuesday night dinner. In November.

photo by flyingdutchee


…when you ask the bartender if they REALLY know how to make an Old Fashioned.

photo by hellabella


…when the Packer game determines Thanksgiving plans.

photo by Nihihiro & Shihiro


…when the words “dairy-free” are simply not in your vocabulary.


…when Fridays are synonymous with Fish Fry.


Do my Wisconsin peeps have anything to add? 😉


photos by: flyingdutchee, hellabella, Nihihiro & Shihiro and Central Historian

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Filed under cheese, cocktails, eating local, seafood, Uncategorized

I’m Thankful For…

I have so many things in my life to be thankful for and it is one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season – it really makes me think about others – in a way that definitely needs to be done year-round.


Just to name a few 😉 But this Thanksgiving I have something very special to be thankful for! In about one week I will be heading to Haiti with the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin for a week-long trip. Words cannot even describe how thrilled I am to have this opportunity. I cannot even begin to imagine how this experience will open my eyes, changes some habits and remind me to be so grateful, everyday, for what I have. I’m sure I will have lots to share with you upon my return!

On a similar note, Holly is raising $$ to build a well in Cambodia – please go and show some love if you haven’t already – even if it is only $10. We are so fortunate to live in a place where we have access to clean water on a daily basis. So you can think about that….. 🙂


Filed under blog friends, haiti, travel

lentil & garbanzo stew

In need of a quick, easy (not to mention inexpensive) crock-pot meal? Enter in a vegetarian meal that will leave your home smelling wonderful and is so simple to throw together. Now I made this on a Sunday so sauteing onions, garlic and jalapeno at 9AM was not too bad, but could easily be done the night before for weeknight meals.

The recipe can be found here on the Whole Foods website. I pretty much followed the recipe exactly but think next time I would add 2 containers of  Greek yogurt which was still more than what was called for. You know I like my dairy 🙂

It is best served over steamed veggies and or rice and topped with cilantro!


Filed under beans, herbs, protein, Recipes, Uncategorized, website

Caribou’s Dark Chocolate Mint Mocha


“We’ve raised the bar. The chocolate bar that is.”

Yes Caribou, you have.

I had my 1st Mint Dark Chocolate Mocha of the season – I do these things for you, you know 😉 And there are times when chocolate must be consumed before 9 AM. I rarely get fun drinks like this but Mint Mochas even trump Pumpkin Spice lattes  in my book! I always get these drinks with less syrup, less chocolate , no whip and no extras – and with skim or soy. (Yes, I’m sure I drive the barista absolutely crazy) Even with these adjustments this drink was so incredibly rich, chocolaty and PERFECT!

“Our chocolate drinks are now handcrafted with gourmet Guittard chocolate. We steam real pieces of dark, milk or white chocolate into milk to create the ultimate mocha experience”

Just do yourself the favor and go get one. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Filed under antioxidants, chocolate, coffee

roasted poblano & tomatillo guacamole

I actually made this dip for a Fiesta Party back in August and it never made its way to the blog 😦 but when I was recently heading to a Mexican-themed dinner I knew just what to bring! The recipe inspiration can be found here. It is a light and refreshing guacamole that is sure to become a new favorite!


Roast 1 leek, 2 poblano peppers, 1 white onion and 4-6 cups of tomatillos (all cut into about 2 inch pieces and drizzled with a bit of olive oil) at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Process roasted veggies with the juice of one lime and let cool. Add 3 avocados and 1/2 bunch cilantro and pulse until combined. Serve with tortilla chips.


Filed under appetizers, leeks, Recipes, Uncategorized, vegan, vegetables